“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.”
Why commission an artist?
The decision to hire an artist to create a unique, original work of art is special. As a client, you'll want to familiarize yourself with an artist's style and determine if the artist and their work are right for you. A commission is more than just buying art - it is a collaboration between us both. Ideally, you and I will work together with clear communication so I can deliver a painting you will treasure for many years. A commission is more than just a purchase; it is an exciting and memorable experience. If this is a new experience, it can be a little daunting, but I assure you, it'll be worth it!
If you're new to commissioning artwork, here's a great article to help you narrow down what you're looking for.
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PORTRAITURE in Oil & Charcoal
Traditional portraits in oil. These are classically styled, realistic, and detailed paintings. They have an heirloom quality, and are ideal for commemorating a special achievement or occasion.
Alla prima portraits in oil. These paintings are done quickly in one session, usually no more than five hours. They are impressionistic with looser, bolder brushwork than in traditional portraits. Artists often leave the background intentionally unfinished to contribute to the overall sense of energy and spontaneity.
Traditional portraits in charcoal. These take much less time to complete than oil paintings, and yet convey a beauty and timelessness photos cannot replicate. Although charcoal portraits take about the same amount of time as alla prima oil portraits, they do not require the long drying time, and can usually be delivered to patrons in less than a month. Finished portraits must be displayed under glass.
Please note that I always use archival, professional grade materials. I limit the number of commissions I take each year in order to produce the highest quality and best likeness I can. I also produce works on my own for juried competitions and various shows.
Prices are for a single subject, head and shoulders with a simple background. Additional fees will apply for full torsos, hands, three-quarter portraiture, full-figure portraiture, and elaborate backgrounds. For group portraits, a fee of 75% will be added per additional subject.
Traditional Oil Portraits are painted on stretched Belgian linen. The sides are left unpainted and your portrait will need to be framed. Turnaround time is approximately six months for a single subject.
Alla Prima Oil Portraits are painted on stretched Belgian linen. The sides are left unpainted and your portrait will need to be framed. Single subject only. Turnaround time is approximately six weeks.
Charcoal Portraits are black and white on gray-toned paper. They are presented unmatted with a conservation backing board, wrapped in acid-free tissue paper inside a beautiful presentation folder. Although I do spray on a protective coating to help preserve your portrait, charcoal is by nature a soft, dusty material that is easily smudged. Therefore you must frame your portrait with glass/acrylic. Single subject only. Turnaround time is approximately ten days.
Prices are approximate and subject to change. Additional fees may include framing, shipping or hand delivery, and travel. Please contact me for pricing on larger and more complex works.
HOME PORTRAITS in Watercolor
In addition to portraits of people, I offer watercolor portraits of your home. I can work from your photos, but if necessary, I will come and take my own. In order to produce the best possible painting, I take several factors into account: the natural lighting, the angle of the camera, and any distractions that need to be removed (vehicles, bikes, etc.).
The Gold Standard Home Portrait
These realistic renderings of your house have a beautiful luminosity that only watercolor can capture. Pricing is for a single home/building with a hint of yard. There is an additional fee for fully painted backgrounds. The advantage of the minimal background is that the focus and impact is entirely on the beauty of the house itself. Turnaround time is about one month.
The Gold Standard is delivered unmatted with a conservation backing board, wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and presented inside a beautiful presentation folder.
The Precious Mini Home Portrait
These miniature home portraits are perfect for those on a budget. This smaller, more intimate size means the work is finished relatively quickly so I can offer it for less. With this standard size you will be able to find the perfect frame with ease. These are only available with a minimal background. Turnaround time is about two weeks.
Minis are delivered with an 8x10” acid-free single mat and conservation board, wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and presented inside a beautiful presentation folder.
I always use archival, professional grade materials, and I limit the number of commissions I take each year in order to produce the highest quality I can. Prices are approximate and subject to change. Additional fees may include framing, shipping or hand delivery, and travel. Please contact me for pricing on larger and more complex works.