Process

My goal is to create the most beautiful oil portrait commissions possible. I follow a set procedure to best ensure that each of my oil portraits measure up to the highest standards. 

Our first step is to have a conversation to discuss the specifics of your portrait. A commissioned portrait is a collaboration, so your input is crucial. Hearing the story of the portrait subject will help me to determine a creative way forward.


The next step is for me to take reference photographs. I will come to you with my equipment and take what usually adds up to hundreds of photos. Starting with the right reference photo is everything, so I am willing to travel anywhere in the continental US. If this is not possible, I can work from an existing photo if the subject is deceased. I can also coach you and give you some tips for capturing a good reference photo yourself.
 

Once a photo is chosen and a size is established, I start painting. I usually estimate two months, but if you have a special date in mind or need it sooner, I can try to work within your timeline.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Pricing

For the price of a decent piece of furniture, you will have a unique, meaningful piece of art that you will appreciate for the rest of your life. Regardless of the degree of complexity of the painting you commission,
I always strive to create an heirloom quality portrait masterpiece of the highest standards. 

Since a portrait painting is a collaboration between patron and artist, the first step is to establish a dialogue and determine the scope of the painting you desire. I will do my very best to accommodate both your vision and your budget.  

 

I usually paint relatively large sizes on high quality canvas stretched over heavy duty canvas stretchers, but can paint smaller sizes or do pencil sketches on paper for smaller budgets. The chart on the right is a very rough guideline, subject to change depending on a variety of factors, including backgrounds, timelines, how much of the subject is to be painted, etc. If you have an idea that doesn't fit neatly into this chart, please contact me, I'd love to hear your thoughts.