Process and Fees
I prefer to work from life, and will meet with you in your home (additional travel fee), or in my studio. Please be prepared to spend 1-2 hours at each session. The number of sessions vary, but usually total 3 to 6 live sessions (less, if I'm working from life AND photos). Having your portrait painted is truly an unique experience and I like to have as much information about you as possible before starting the painting. I observe your mannerisms, personality, and nuances. All the details that will contribute to a wonderfully accurate and lifelike portrait.
If the above posing schedule is not possible, I take my own photos and still would like to meet with you for 1-2 hours to get a sense of who you are, what you envision, and to start the painting process with a sketch (oil, watercolor, or charcoal), and/or color study.
My goal is to keep you informed during the whole experience. When the portrait is near completion I will send you digital images of the work and we can discuss it over the phone, or via e-mail. This will be the last opportunity to make changes/alterations.
The fee for the portrait will be payable in two installments. A non-refundable deposit of 1/3 of the total fee is due at the initial session, the remaining 2/3 is due upon completion of the work. Your final payment is considered a formal indication of your satisfaction, after which time I will not make any further changes/alterations.
A basic frame is included in our agreed upon price. Shipping/handling/crating charges are added onto the fee.
My work may not be altered or reproduced, and I retain the copyright on the image. I reserve and retain the right to use the image for promotional purposes, including but not limited to brochures and other printed material, publications including books and articles about my work, and websites and films showing my work.
Oil Portrait fees begin at $2,000. Please contact me for more details.