Constance Edwards Scopelitis

The Power of Contemporary Portrait Art

Fine Art Portraiture captures the cycle of life at a moment in time and keeps treasured memories alive both now and for generations to come. A great portrait allows the artist to transport the subject to any setting.  A great portrait captures and then reflects the life force of the subject.  A skilled portrait artist must connect in a way that leaves a hint of their subject’s soul on the canvas.

Children’s Photo Realistic Portraiture

Children’s Photo Realistic Portraiture are influential in preserving lifelong memories.

Create a window into the innocence and wonder of precious childhood moments. For lasting memories, photographs can be taken by the artist at a specific location or in the artist’s studio. You may also provide a cherished photo from your beloved family albums. These photos will be utilized when creating the canvas, giving you and your loved ones a timeless oil portrait of your child.


Your Children’s Photo Realistic Portraiture begins with an underpainting. Watch the artist explain her techniques, here>

View the fruition of a Children’s Photo Realistic Portraiture from the video below

For creative background ideas in your Children’s Photo Realistic Portraiture, view other works here>

Official Portraiture

Official Portraiture: Corporate leaders, business owners, philanthropists, politicians, teachers, clergy, and athletes come to life on the artist’s canvas.

In order to capture the spirit of the sitter, photography is an essential step in executing any official oil portrait. When a man or a woman has successfully lead an institution or business, an oil portrait is a special way to honor that person’s contribution.

View the clip below showing  the progression of a commissioned Official Oil Portrait of Dr. Ora-Pescovitz

Gain an appreciation of Constance’s background in executing Official Oil Portraiture and Photography by visiting The Art Students League of New York City,

Contemporary Portraits

Contemporary Portraits present each individual with a unique, distinct, and diverse canvas. Sometimes different is better.

Executing each portrait with unique mediums, styles, and sizes combined with imagination create excitement in each contemporary portrait. In these portraits, photographs from your personal collection can be priceless information for the artist. Sitters can bring in a photograph from the past to recreate a special moment in time, or select an image from current photo albums. From photographs, to one-on-one time with the artist, the sitter will be able to narrate their own unique story and intertwine your own biography on to the canvas. Utilizing exciting mixed media elements, such as embroidery and cross stitch, these additional layers will present a one-of-kind, outside of the box, semi-autobiographical portrait.


Recently, Sheri Salata, author of “The Beautiful No” commissioned her contemporary portrait by Scopelitis. To learn more about Salata’s publication, visit her official website here>

Preview the newest, multimedia Contemporary Portraits in the video clip below


Go Back In Time

Go Back in Time and commission a portrait of those you love. Honoring an individual from the past, through oil portraiture, allows for their friends, family members, and other colleagues to admire their lasting legacy.

We don’t always have the chance to honor those important to us until after they’ve gone or retired. Perhaps, your children have grown up and you missed the window to capture them when they were little. A portrait can recapture the past in all its glory. The beauty of this type of portrait work is that loved ones, or trusted colleagues, may select a memorable photograph of the individual and allow the artist to capture the spirit of the sitter.


For creative background ideas in these unique Go Back in Time Portraits, view other works here>

View the clip below showing the progression of a Go Back in Time Portrait

In honoring a beloved Indianapolis judge-legislator-activist, Scopelitis was commissioned to execute an official oil portrait. To read this article, and view other Scopelitis news articles, click
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Graphite Portraits

Graphite Portraits and metal point drawings have a poignant beauty. Contemporary drawings in black and white are timeless.

Stated by the artist, Scopelitis informs her viewers that “to execute photo realistic drawings takes commitment, patience, and stillness. The heart slows, blood pressure lowers, and the mind stays in a meditative state of now. There is satisfaction seeing the trail of your mark making transform white paper into something else entirely. Content matters and it can be read very clearly in black and white.” Utilizing photographs to assist in the drawing process allows the artist to finesse and clearly present an accurate likeness of an individual.


In 2014, Scopelitis held a solo show of Indiana Icons. These icons, ranging from Indiana-born Hollywood actors to local authors, were presented in the Long-Sharp Gallery, in the Conrad Indianapolis. To view the work, watch the movie below


Recently, Scopelitis’ Graphite works on paper, as well as her Digital Art Media, were launched and exhibited in Art on Paper, a highly prestigious art fair in New York City. To view items in the show, read about Scopelitis and her gallery representation on Artsy, here>   To view other Graphite Works, visit Scopelitis’ Master Graphite page, here>

Commissioned Portrait Procedures

Commissioned Portrait ProceduresThe first step is a connection.  Most people have lots of questions and many don’t even know where to start.  They have a need, but would like to better understand why a portrait makes sense for them.  So, let’s connect. 

Photo Shoots for Commissioned Portraits: If you are in the local Indianapolis area, you’re welcome to visit my studio where we can chat.  If you’re outside of Indianapolis – or have a schedule that does not allow a visit – we can cover most details in a scheduled phone call. Once you’ve decided to move forward, I’ll want to get a good photograph of the subject.  Most projects include a single photo shoot that can be arranged.  In some cases, if it is not possible, I will help you determine which photographs from your personal collection can be used to create the portrait.  Live sittings are required at the end of oil painting projects. Sittings can be done in hour-long sessions. Usually, 1-3 sessions are sufficient.

Final Project DetailsEach project takes between three to six months for completion, and requires a 50% non-refundable deposit due at the onset of the project.  Arrangements can be made to expedite this process. Every effort will be made to deliver a product that will exceed all your expectations. In the unlikely event, the client is dissatisfied, the artist retains both the non-refundable deposit and artwork, and no balance is due. 


To follow Constance and her artwork, including Contemporary Portraits and more, view her profile: constanceart on Instagram