Here are my prices for commissioned portraits:
Materials that I Work With
My paintings are created with the finest quality archival artist’s colored pencils, watercolors, or oils on surfaces that are archival: paper, Aquabord®, Gessobord®, or canvas. Once the painting is completed, I finish the surface with a protective UV-resistant acrylic spray, for watercolors, pencil, and colored pencil images. Oils are finished with a protective non-yellowing varnish, which allows the oil painting to “breathe” as it continues to dry over the next year. If you choose, I can mount the image on a cradle, which offers a contemporary gallery frame appearance to the painting and eliminates the need for a frame. I stain the poplar cradle with a golden oak stain. Once you receive the painting you can hang it right away, or if you would like to have it framed, it will fit into a standard 2″ rabbet frame.
5 Easy Steps to Commissioning a Custom Painting
- The first step is to email me photographs. Because my aim is to create highly detailed portraits, it is important to send me the best you have. Please see below for photo guidelines.
- We will work together to choose the best size and medium.
- With these details solidified, I email you an invoice, and your payment places your name on my list.
- Once I begin work on your portrait, you will receive progress images along the way, allowing you to give input and guide me to create the perfect portrait. After all, you know your subject best! This will ensure you are 100% satisfied with the outcome.
- Once the painting is finished, dry, and you are completely satisfied, I ship the painting using the quickest methods possible so it’s with you as soon as possible! Oil paintings take several weeks to dry before I am able to ship.
Working With Photographs
The quality of the photographs you supply me greatly affect the outcome and quality of your finished image. It is very important to send photographs that exhibit great detail and focus. I always suggest sending a few photographs so I may get an understanding of your subject and so I am able to see the different colors and angles. All these subtleties will make your portrait unique.
It is necessary that I review your photos before I accept your order. Unfortunately, what may seem like a great snapshot of your subject may not translate as a beautiful image. My aim is always to deliver the very best of my work to my customers, and to give you a custom painting that you can be proud of. Please feel free to send an email with attached images so we can discuss your options.
You may send me:
High resolution, 300dpi or greater jpegs through email
A CD containing the images, or photographs via snailmail.
**Please do not send me professional photographs, unless they were taken by you! Due to copyright infringement laws, I cannot paint from these types of photos. If you decide to send photos from a professional photographer, they must be accompanied by a signed release form from the photographer.
All CDs and photographs will be returned with the completed painting, however, I ask that you send duplicates in case something should happen to them.
How to Choose the Best Artist for your Commissioned Painting
There are a lot of artists painting portraits and advertising online. How do you know who to choose? Here are some ideas to help you decide:
- Choose an artist based on their prior work. If an artist has work that is consistent and recent, then you have a good idea of what they can accomplish.
- Choose an artist whose work looks like what you want your final product to look like. Look at several artist’s work. Select an artist whose style is similar to your desired finished result.
- Choose an artist whose price is reasonable for the value that you are receiving. When you look at your portrait years from now, will you know in your heart that you paid a fair price for a good value?
- Choose an artist whose portraits convey feeling. As impressive as photo-realism is technically, art is about visually expressing feeling, and portraits are all about feeling.
- Choose an artist who paints in the medium you like. Oil paintings look very different from watercolors, and pastels are still different. Look at the work of different artists to decide which medium you are looking for.