James M. Berger    

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Charcoal Portraiture by Artist James M. Berger 
~ Commissions Accepted

Below you will find a small example of my work completed using charcoal pencils upon hardwood panels.
Why a hardwood panel and not canvas or paper?
I do this to avoid potential damage to the finished piece.
Canvas/paper is vulnerable to rips etc., as well, paper needs to be framed/displayed behind glass, which may cause glare while viewing. 

Harwood Panels may be either cradled/braced (18"x24" and larger) or left un-cradled 18"x24" and smaller) dependent on faming choices.

Most of the work shown below were precursors for finished oil paintings, though stand quite well on their own as finished works of art.
All subject matter will be considered. Landscapes/Seascapes, Human and pet portraiture. I'll do my very best to usher your vision into reality.
If this is something that is of interest to
you, don't hesitate to get the process started.

Send Email inquiries to and we can discuss what you have in mind.
The easels fill up fast and each work takes 3+ months to complete, dependent on complexity and individual variables etc.

Thanks very much for your interest in my work.

(If you are able to click on an image below, it'll lead you to a photo of the completed oil painting.)


Always in our Hearts
9-11 Always in our Hearts

Scott (Ghost Firearms Instrutor)



The StoryBook
After William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1877

Lance (Blues Traveler)

Twilight's Preyer
Peace be with you
Peace be with You

Snow Day (Bernese Mountain Dog)

Living Water

Jason in Iraq

Jackson (Ghost Firearms Training Instructor)

Old Man in Red (after Rembrandt)

Charles Squires

Paul (Ghost Firearms Training Instructor)