All work is primarily done from a combination of life, photography and preliminary sketches. I prefer working from life when possible but I also understand that schedules are sometimes unforgiving and as a result, photographs are also taken. If the client requests their photography, I will do my very best to accommodate their needs. On occasion, it may be necessary for a second photo session.
The portrait begins with an initial meeting. There, we will get acquainted and have a discussion determining the type of portrait desired, medium, size, scope, the number of subjects, poses, clothing, setting, overall expression for mood, lighting & color harmony, as well as the location it will be displayed. Study drawings, notes and or color sketches of the subject(s) are also usually done at this time. After the collection of a signed commission agreement, with a forty percent deposit, I will return to my studio to begin. Later, I will present a preliminary drawing for your approval. After the drawing is approved, I am back again at the studio to paint a color study for you to have a sense of what the portrait will look like when finished. After approval of the color study, a second payment of thirty percent is due. Once the portrait is completed, the remaining balance is paid and the portrait is then shipped or delivered. Every effort will be made to ensure your complete satisfaction. I will NOT send the final portrait to you until you have approved it and are completely satisfied with the end result.
Fees for individual portraits:
All portrait fees are based according to the choice of medium, size, number of subjects involved and the complexity of the background, if any. With the exception of watercolor, sizes range from 16" by 20" and up for a single figure bust (head & shoulders only) portrait with simple mottled background. Prices may vary due to the intricacies of each portrait, i.e., dimensions larger than 16" by 20," inclusion of hands and feet, gloves/shoes, detailed jewelry and/or clothing, with very involved designs, ornaments and/or decoration have influence on the fee. Base fee for a 16" by 20" bust rendering. * For each additional figure add 50%. For fully involved background add 30%. Add 10% for each pet. Please contact the studio regarding quotes for commissions that include complex detailed backgrounds, please contact me for pricing information as each piece is quoted for individually.
Portraits in pen and ink, graphite or charcoal start at $1250* for a bust (head and shoulders) 16" by 20"
Portraits in oil start at $4,500* for a bust (head and shoulders) 16" by 20"
Portraits in watercolor- starting fees are generally less than oil portraits. Starting at $2250* for a 11" w by 15" h bust (head and shoulders). Add $1000 for a 15" w by 22" h. For larger sizes, please contact the studio as pricing information is quoted individually.
Portraits in pastel are comparable to watercolor fees*. Please contact the studio as pricing information is quoted individually. Soft pastels are applied to toned paper for these renderings.
Portraits in collage are unique to the individual, please contact the studio as pricing information is quoted individually.
Quotes are for unframed artwork only. Due to the intricacy of the collage & mosaic mediums, portraits may be scaled larger than life size with a simple background. All incurred travel and or lodging expenses (if any) frames and or shipping are additional. Prices subject to change without notice prior to purchase agreement, the 40% deposit reserves placement on the waiting list and holds current price.