The Portrait Practice painting course makes painting fun and easy!


Avoid overthinking & overworking the painting

And how to address mistakes and corrections - and handle your emotions

& so much more

Move quickly through the painting process

Mix skin tone ranges properly

Loosen up your brush strokes

Start from the bare bones with a loose outline drawing - no pressure!

Ok, let's all laugh together. But really, it can be! In the Portrait Practice course, I'll show you exactly how to:

What if painting portraits was fun and easy?

Make educated decisions when placing paint on the surface

I'm a fine artist, live wedding painter and contemporary portraitist. I am a wife, a mother, a leader and small business owner, and a mentor for artists. 

Hi, I'm Stephanie Gaffney.


Experience has taught me a lot of lessons about having a service-based fine art business, and I want to share that knowledge with you.

You and I have a lot in common. We are artists, working tirelessly to find the connection, the sweet spot, between what we want to create, and what our clients want from us. 

After finding this sweet spot for my art business years ago, it has become my passionate mission to help you build the dynamic, profitable and sustainable fine art business you desire, by propelling your painting style development, business acumen, and artistic brand.

It would be an honor and a joy to become a part of your creative journey.

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The Portrait Practice will include my personal painting supply list, direct links to easily purchase materials, and step-by-step guide to how I prepare to paint portraits in the studio and in a live painting scenario.



Is this course for portrait artists? Yes. But is it really for live wedding and event painters? Also yes.

Ok, fellow wedding painters, this one's for you.

education for live wedding painters

When I first started booking weddings in 2015, I had no guidance, no handbook, no education available to me at all. This gig has been a learn-as-you-go experience since day one. And I have learned a LOT.

I've learned that, although it's very challenging and stressful, any artist can stand up and paint live - perform and create - at a wedding, and do a great job. Any artist can connect with a couple that admires their work, and produce something unique and inspiring, and earn good money.

That's right.

Anyone can do this. This Portrait Practice course will help you loosen up and paint with efficiency and confidence - two of the most important tools in your box.

You will learn to: 

  • Draw and sketch portraits to warm up
  • Start with blocking in values 
  • Use fewer and bigger brushes 
  • Mix more colorful skin tones
  • Paint faces at different angles

and then, we'll go over:

  • Catching issues early in the process
  • Preventing stiff or overworked details
  • Starting from scratch
  • Addressing fear and anxiety while live painting
  • & so much more

You're going to take a break from stressing out about the work that you have to do, and will get to enjoy a calm, uplifting and captivating video series, at the bare minimum.

That video series will have you so inspired and motivated that you will fly through your first portrait sketch, then another, then another.

As you see improvement in your practice work, your confidence rises, and you start promoting yourself and getting more portrait orders/booking more painting gigs.

Your client's will be thrilled with their paintings, you'll be filled with pride in your work, and then before you know it, you have a booming, profitable art business.

Listen. When you sign up for this course, this is what's gonna happen:

At least, that's what happened to me when I started implementing the practices taught in the course. Except, I didn't have this lovely course to learn from, I spent years learning this stuff. Imagine what your creative practice and financial success could look like if you got a head start?

"Look no further for an art course. Stephanie is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to perspective, proportions, and color. She explains her tips and tricks clearly with a ton of passion!" 


As a professional artist myself, Stephanie’s skill and knowledge on color, lighting, and perspective is unmatched. She is the first person I go to for artistic advice as her instruction is always helpful, efficient, and precise. In short, she’s the real deal and I cannot recommend her expertise enough! 


I previously had painting experience, but what Stephanie has to share in this course undeniably has improved my technique, refined my practice, and helped me speed my painting process up.


A few months back, I had taken Stephanie's Portrait course. I was looking to increase my knowledge, improve my skill, and definitely improve my speed. This course helped me do just that. 


I am a professional artist but have not been super uncomfortable in portraiture especially in front of people. While sharing her experiences with us Stephanie has helped instill confidence in me as I booked my first wedding. The Portrait Practice course was well presented. It was like having coffee a friend; fun, inspiring and informative! 


There are not enough praises that I can give about the course! It was so well put together and presented! It was easy to follow and I learned so much regarding colors, tones, shadowing, proportions, and more. It was presented at a great pace…not too fast & it didn’t drag out. 


Portrait Practice Course testimonials

Lucky for you, this course magically speaks to each of these levels, and more. Whether you're a hobbyist painter who wants to paint portraits for fun, or a professional who wants to elevate her portrait style and charge more for her work, the Portrait Practice is the course for you.

Enrollment is currently closed. Join the waitlist to be contacted immediately when doors open again next spring.

You're a flourishing live wedding painter who wants to improve speed & efficiency and realism.

You're trying your hand at live wedding painting, and want to know how to paint tiny faces with detail.

You're an established artist and want to become more selective with your commissions and focus on elevating your portrait work.

You're a brand new full-time artist, and you want to know the quickest and most effective path toward financial stability and abundance.

Painting is a delightful hobby, and you want to learn how to paint faces.

So, where are you in your artist journey?