Creating the Portrait...Step-by-Step

First step is a phone interview to discuss your portrait needs.  Following our conversation, I provide a good-faith cost estimate and written agreement of terms. Once you approve, we proceed.

Next, we meet at a location of your choice for 2-3 hours.  We spend time discussing your ideas and preferences.  During this meeting I photograph the subject in various poses and settings. 

Back in the studio, I develop several portrait concepts from which you select the final portrait design.  Based on the chosen design, I create a small color oil study for your approval.  This study reflects the appearance of the full-size portrait, and gives you the opportunity to suggest changes before the final painting begins.

Generally, I complete the portrait within 3 months after approval of the color study.  A 40% deposit is collected at our first meeting, and the balance is due when the portrait is accepted.   Framing is not included.

Price Estimates

The following prices and sizes are approximate starting points for a single subject.   Actual price and size are set after the portrait design is chosen.  Often the portrait concept evolves, depending on the results of the photo shoot and new ideas that arise during the process.  This is art, after all. 

Half or 3/4 figure with hands/background;  $2000 - $4000   Sizes: 18”x24” to 24”x36”

Head and shoulders with background;   $1000 - $2000   Sizes: 12”x16” to 16”x20” 

Vignette (head only with abstracted background);   $400 - $1000   Sizes: 8”x10” to 12”x16”