much is a portrait?
The price depends on the size and the number of people in the painting.
My price list appears under the heading "Custom Paintings/ Portraits" on
the Menu with examples of various sizes offered.
long does it take to complete a portrait?
I work rather quickly and the amount of work I have at any given moment
will often determine how long it will take before a portrait is finished.
A wait of a month or two is usual.
should I wear for the portrait?
I like to suggest certain things but the "be yourself" guide is probably
the best advice I can give. Dress in something you look good
in. Bright colors make it difficult for me but if red is your favorite
color then by all means, wear it. I usually try to discourage
stripes and plaids because they can make a painting "busy".
Jewelry is always a nice touch especially if it is meaningful to the sitter.
about a frame?
The frame is an integral part of any painting and I will help a client
make a selection by showing the finished work in a frame I think is appropriate.
If a client doesn't agree we will look at corner samples of other frame
moldings until one is found that is satisfactory. The frame
is not included in the price of the portrait.
is the procedure for having a portrait painted?
It begins with a meeting to discuss things like: who is going to be painted,
the size of the portrait, price, etc. After that, a photo session
is arranged to take place at either my studio or in a location requested
by the client. I take a number of photos from which the best
pose and facial expressions are selected to do the portrait.
Prior to starting the portrait, I like to have the subject stop by for
a brief visit so I can accurately record things like complexion type, hair
and eye color. When I feel the painting is ready to show the
client, I will contact him/her to arrange the presentation. If needed,
any finishing touches necessary can be made at that time. Satisfaction
you work from my photos?
Yes. Often I am asked to do posthumous portraits and I have a lot
of experience working from photographs, black & white photos included.
The computer has made it much easier today since an image may be altered
to make things more visible that might otherwise be obscured due to an
exposure problem. I must rely on the descriptions by people
who knew the subject (for things like hair and eye color) and I welcome
suggestions. Unfortunately, not all photos are suitable.
I will only be able to determine if I can use a photo to do a portrait
after viewing it.