Most of my original paintings are available for purchase through one of the galleries listed in the Gallery section. If you are interested in a specific painting, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you the appropriate gallery contact information.
I can create a custom painting in almost any subject: landscape, floral, still life, figurative, and, of course, portrait. Because I use only permanent pigments and archival techniques, your commissioned painting can be enjoyed by future generations.
There are many reasons to commission a custom painting. Because the size of an oil painting is virtually unlimited, I can create a painting in a size to fill an unusual space in your home or office. The color scheme can be customized to give your room a coordinated look. By using subjects or objects that are meaningful to you, I can make sure that the painting reflects your personality and taste.
After we have agreed on a general treatment for the subject including approximate size and medium, we sign a contract, and you give me a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the contract price. Then I arrange an initial photography session, to be followed by a portrait sitting.
Before the photography session, I develop ideas for the design of the painting. But during the actual session other ideas present themselves. I am always looking for gestures and expressions that seem unique to the subject and do not usually decide on my final composition until after I have studied the photos from the session. I then do compositional sketches of the final portrait. If the subject is willing and able, I prefer to do most of the portrait from sittings. However, I do many portraits from photographs I take during the photography session. I find it very helpful, at a minimum, to have at least one sitting for a color sketch before I start the portrait. I also like to have a final sitting for the portrait.
After approval of the portrait and after receipt of the remaining 50% due, I varnish the oil portrait with two coats of conservation varnish. Then I arrange delivery of the painting. I also assist you with framing, if desired.
Every portrait is unique, so a definite price would be determined by a number of factors. However, just as a reference, an oil portrait with head, hands and about three-fourths of the sitter’s figure with a simple background starts at $4500. A simple head and shoulders portrait would be priced at $1500. Complex backgrounds are an additional charge. Multiple figures are priced according to the number of figures and complexity. Keep in mind that these portraits are usually about seven-eighths life-size. So a portrait including three-fourths of one figure would range from about 32 to 36” by 40 to 48”. A head and shoulders portrait ranges from about 18 to 19” by 24 to 26”.
After an initial short consultation, I arrange, if practical, to meet with you. I like to see the space where the painting will hang and discuss the subject and decide the best way to proceed. Once you and I have agreed on subject, size, medium, due date and price, you will sign a simple contract for the custom and give me a 50% non-refundable deposit. The balance due, including any applicable sales tax, framing, or other charges, is paid when you accept the painting. Prices on a commissioned non-portrait painting are usually about 25% higher than a non-commissioned painting of the same size.
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