I offer bespoke, one-of-a-kind portraits of your loved ones, pets, or even a portrait of yourself! Examples of my previous work can be found below.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries or fill in the form above for commission inquiries:
Prior to the commission, I ask that you think about how you or the subject would like to be portrayed. This includes the size of the portrait, body position (eg. standing, sitting, pose), hand positions, clothing etc.
Completed works for Sale
Original works and limited edition and postcard-sized prints are available periodically on my etsy page here. In the meantime any queries on the purchase of pieces on this site are most welcome and can be made via my contact page or at email@example.com
Things to consider for your personalised portrait commission & FAQ:
Who and what is to be in the portrait.
Which medium you would prefer; oil, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, watercolour, ink, mixed media etc.
When the work needs to be finished. Often there is a special date such as an anniversary, birthday or retirement. I will always do my best to provide you with your piece on time.
The size of the finished piece. Many portraits are designed for a particular space. If you measure a space, please be aware that I am usually talking about the canvas size when quoting, so an allowance of c. 10cm or 4″ all round should be made for the frame.
Other considerations would include where the sittings will take place and, eventually, what clothes should be worn.
Once the details are established, I will be able to give you a quote. There are usually two elements to the pricing: the artist’s fee and expenses. It is worth noting that the initial price I will give you is for the portrait fee only, framing and delivery are not normally included.
I will require a percentage deposit for larger pieces as I rely on the income for my livelihood and can't afford to spend hours on a large scale portrait without payment.
An exchange of emails for establishing expectations will be made before starting to reduce problems due to misunderstandings.
Once the work is finished, I will often show you a digital image for approval before the work is handed over. Please allow between 2 – 5 weeks from placing your order to receiving your portrait.
The number and length of sittings will vary according to the technique and style of the portrait. If working from life, four to ten sittings of about 1 1/2 hours to two hours would be average and I am happy to travel to the sitter! The use of photography can cut this down to one or two sittings and I am more than happy to work from photography alone.
Likewise the length of time it takes to complete a work varies hugely. Three to six months is often the upper time limit for a larger painted portrait takes, but each work is different and the availability of the sitter for the sittings is an additional variable.
FRAMING A COMMISSIONED PORTRAIT
The frame for a commissioned work rarely forms part of the commission but I can advise what sort of a frame suits the work and who can make them.
THE COMPLETED PORTRAIT
We are used to seeing ourselves in the mirror or in photographs; by contrast we have never seen ourselves when translated through the imagination of an artist before. A portrait artist will be teaching you to see things in a new way – the more you look, the more you will see. At the end of the day investing in a portrait is investing in a thing of joy for generations to come.