Naper Wow Pow: Canvas portraits by John Hershey

Each  John Hershey portrait starts off with a digital image and is enhanced using a variety of mediums to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art that resembles oil on canvas paintings.
Each John Hershey portrait starts off with a digital image and is enhanced using a variety of mediums to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art that resembles oil on canvas paintings. "I get a lot of requests for family portraits, lots of children, and also some individuals," Hershey says. | Submitted

Printing photographs on canvas isn’t new. But the custom enhancements John Hershey adds to his portraits result in oil-on-canvas-like artwork worthy of any mantle piece.

“It starts with the exactness of a photographic portrait,” explains John Hershey, owner of John Hershey Photography.

He says he works with a professional lab that translates his ideas into “timeless portraits.”

“I hold the photographic realism of the face or faces and especially the eyes,” Hershey says. “But give the clothing and background the painter’s feel.”

For the finishing touch, a Hershey portrait is mounted onto a rich and textural canvas to further enhance the altered image. The results are portraits that resemble canvas art pieces. Also ask about Hershey’s signature Marquis portrait mounted on heavy-duty masonite.

When Hershey started taking photographs in the ’80s, he quickly developed this method, working closely with the same photography lab since. To this day, he comes across former customers who say they still have displayed the portrait of their now-graduated kids.

“You frame it without glass, and it’s just like an oil painting,” Hershey says. “Perfect for the holiday season.”

Appointments at his 200 E. Fifth Ave., suite 117 b, studio or on location can be made by calling John Hershey at 630-450-2052.

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