How to commission a portrait?

I bring the classical knowledge and skill to create a beautiful painting, and the consultative skills and dedication to understand and meet client expectations. Customer satisfaction is my top priority!

1. Initial free consultation

We will discuss the overall portrait pose, sizes, procedures and pricing.

2. Your portrait contract

After you have decided on having a portrait created with me, a contract is created. There are two payments. I require the first 50% (non-refundable) to begin designing, preparing and painting your portrait. You will be asked for approval at certain points in the process. The final 50% is due upon completion.

3. Designing

The concept for your portrait, exploring ideas for poses that connect with your vision will be discussed and evaluated. Props, lighting,backgrounds/foregrounds, clothing, etc. are details worked through in this phase. I do not copy photographs although exceptions are made for posthumous, pet and historical portraits.  I like the sitter to come to my studio while I photograph them and paint a color study.  This allows me to use the photos as reference while referring to the color study as my map for painting the flesh tones.  Also, because the portrait will be painted in the same light in which it was photographed, natural coloration and tonal relationships are honored.

4. Preparation for painting

Before beginning your full size painting, I will paint a quick color study from life of the sitter (one 3 hour session, in my studio) which I will refer to during the course of painting your portrait. I hand stretch the Belgian linen or prepare the linen panel.

5. Painting your portrait

At this point, I will be able to estimate the date of completion. After preparation, I begin the drawing on canvas and begin the underpainting. After the underpainting is complete, you are welcome to visit the studio to view the progress. During the painting process, additional sittings from life are helpful.

6. Delivery

Shipping, handling and framing are additional costs that you will be responsible for. After the final payment is received, the completed commissioned portrait can then be delivered framed, if you desire, and ready to be displayed.

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