Commisioned portraits are one of a kind priceless works of art. It's a rare opportunity to have a painting done of you or your family members. Often these paintings are
treasured like a family heirloom for generations to come. The time and dedication required to create such a painting is clearly something that people have valued for centuries.
Process for Commissioned Paintings
Whether we choose to paint from life or a photograh, we will first need to discuss various options for the piece. Topics such as painting size, painting subject, poses, backgrounds, props, etc will be decided upon before the intial sketch is done. If the portrait is being done from a photograph, there will still need to be certain factors discussed - style, size, etc.
We can schedule a photo shoot or I can work from a photograph you already have. For sitting portraits, several sessions will be needed to complete the piece. Larger painting equals longer time.
A non-refundable payment of thirty percent (30%) of the total fee, plus any agreed upon up front expenses is required prior to the commencement of the commission. If a preliminary study is required, another 30% on acceptance and sign off for this stage. The balance is due upon your acceptance of the finished portrait. For mail delivery, the piece will be sent as soon as final payment is received.
For the painting, I use only the best archival paint and structural materials available. Most paintings are done on stretched canvas, but if you choose another support such as linen, wood, or on panel, this can be discussed. The materials and workmanship of your painting are guaranteed for life. Like the old masters works, your painting will last for centuries to come.
A portrait is possible in almost any medium. From graphite and charcoal, to watercolors and oils. The choice is entirely up to you.
Normally the cost of frames are not included in the final price. This method works best because each house is different and the choice of framing is a very personal matter. If you're interested in having the painting delivered already framed that is an option we can discuss. The price of the frame will be added onto the final invoice.
As a copyist at the National Gallery of Art, I've had the opportunity to work from various paintings from the old masters. It's possible to commission a copied piece of your favorite painting from history. The process is the same as it is for portraits and commissions.