How much will my portrait cost?
Cost is negotiated for each portrait based on size and complexity. Figure sizes range from head-and-shoulders up to the full length figure. Oil portraits start at $1000 and charcoal portraits start at $500.
I also offers a vignette portrait in oil, which starts at $400. This includes the subject’s head only, rendered in a loose painterly style with an abstract background, and painted from a photo provided by the client.
I offer a 10% discount for additional commissions ordered with the initial portrait, and started within 1 year.
How long before I receive my completed portrait?
The portrait is usually completed within 3 months after approval of the color study.
What if I am not satisfied with my portrait?
The client-artist relationship is based on trust, and my success depends on good word-of-mouth from happy customers. My primary goal is client satisfaction.
A color study is prepared for client approval before I begin painting the full portrait. The study gives you a clear idea of the appearance of the final piece. This is your opportunity to request changes to composition, color, etc.
When the painting is unveiled for final approval, I encourage clients to live with the piece for a few weeks. Within that time, I am happy to make changes. Extensive revisions after unveiling may incur extra charges, at my discretion.
Will you help me with framing?
Yes, I will assist with frame selection, since the frame has such a powerful impact on the overall impression. As a rough estimate, quality framing costs approximately 10% of the cost of the portrait itself.
Will you create a portrait from a photo that I provide?
Due to the critical need for good photo reference with this type of portraiture, I usually work from photos I take myself, with the following exceptions:
Posthumous portraits: If suitable photo references are available.
Vignette portraits: If you have a favorite photo you would like translated into an informal vignette-style portrait. Working from client photos is one reason the vignette portrait is offered at a lower price.
Other questions? Email me.