"Creating portraits is an intense experience requiring deep concentration and focus for long periods of time. I take regular breaks to come back with “fresh eyes” - even a 5 minute break can help you see things in a different light. This is so important to getting the spirit and personality just right in the portrait. Once I am happy that it is right, then I contact the client for their final input. If they know the subject well, 9 times out of 10 then can spot something I couldn’t, even with all those breaks! But getting it just right is so important to me, because it is so important to you. Sometimes just one little mark can make all the difference."