Upon first meeting a few details will be discussed: basic composition, size, pose, type of clothing, tone, background, subject and purpose. Once the preliminary design, by either a photo or small sketch is approved the painting will begin. When completed and approved the portrait will be delivered.
Sittings: Photographs - The portrait can be done from photographs, usually this involves one session with the sitter which should last 2 - 3 hours. The latter may accommodate both photographs and sketches. From Life - This requires a significant commitment from both artist and sitter (anywhere from 10 to 50 hours).
Timing: The period from sittings to delivery of a completed portrait can range for a couple of months to more than a year. This time frame is discussed as part of the normal commissioning process. As a rule it is best to provide as much time as possible for curing of the oil paint, among other things, prior to delivery.
Head and Shoulders $1,800
3/4 Figure $5,000
Full figure $8,500
All aspects as outlined above are, indeed subject to discussion. The goal is to arrive at the best possible family or corporat keepsake, within a given budget. A portrait is commissioned with tremendous appreciation for the sitter and vision of capturing him or her on canvas; both artist and client should expect a work of art that will be cherised and valued for generations.