1. Do you do anything else besides portraits?

Yes. I paint mainly figurative and abstract works, and I have a number of works up for sale at:



2. How do you paint?
I start with sketches and reference images. I work largely on computers, mainly because they offer such lovely tools not available in the real world - inverted paint adds contrast, fractal paint builds clarity and texture, paint sensitive to underlying luminance, saturation or colour intensity add chromatic depth, and variable filtering and blending paints provide unusual contrasts - how I wish these were available in the physical world!

3. How far would you travel?
Anywhere in the world. Travel costs can be high of course, and if they're too high for you, we can use Skype and photos - surprisingly effective actually.

4. Is this like David Hockney?
Not really. Hockney's digital work uses, I believe, brushless techniques and a blank canvas (see Hockney video). The result is a literal interpretation of his hand movements. In my opinion, digital fluids - such as digital oils, acrylics and watercolours - are richer, and more representative of the painting process. They also extend the physical palette, with beautiful and complex behaviours simply not present in physical paints - such as negative paint, undrying techniques and underpainting.

5. What is your refund policy?
I offer a guarantee - a full refund of my artists fees if you're not delighted with the final work.

6. Where can I find more information about Timothy Cumming?
Have a look at my About Timothy Cumming and painted portrait blog pages - they're pretty up to date. If you'd like to know more, ask me a quick question.

7. Why are there no sitter names on your website?
I believe my clients deserve privacy. I trim names to initials so it's easy for the sitter's friends or family to find them, but it doesn't broadcast to the world who they are. If you'd like to talk to any of my clients, please just ask and I'll put you in touch with their permission. I will of course, offer the same protection to you.

8. Why digital painting?
It's beautiful in ways not possible in the real world. Inverted paint adds contrast, fractal paint builds clarity and texture, paint sensitive to underlying luminance, saturation or colour intensity add chromatic depth, variable filtering and blending paints provide contrast - how I wish these were available in the physical world!