| Portrait fees begin at $5,000.
All figures are life size or just under life size. The portraits
are done on the finest Belgian linen canvas.
A deposit of 30% of the price is accepted when the portrait is
commissioned and the balance is due upon completion. Prices will
be in accordance with the price schedule current at the time of
The approximate date of delivery of the finished portrait will
be agreed upon and become a provision of the commission agreement.
Price For inclusion of pets and/or intricate background elements
will be quoted upon request.
For additional subjects on the same canvas, the price is ½
That of the single figure.
Travel expenses and lodging will be billed at the artist's cost.
Georgia residents must add 7% sales tax to the commission price.
At a planning meeting with the client and / or subject, details
regarding the portrait are discussed. Decisions such as the spirit
(or type) of portrait, the size of the canvas, clothing to be worn,
etc. are made. If possible this meeting takes place in the client's
home or office or in the artist's studio. In certain cases this
can be done by phone prior to the first sitting. By talking with
the subject the artist is able to form impressions and formulate
ideas, and along with the client, decide how best to portray the
Sittings take place at the artist's studio, or the artist can travel
to the subject's location. A sitting is required for working out
the pose, and to get photographic reference material. Then the artist
does a color head sketch in oils in order to accurately determine
the subjects coloring. If there are several possibilities for poses
in the photographs, the artist selects from the photos the poses
she feels would make the best portrait, and then the client chooses
the pose from these. At the studio the artist does a small color
study of the portrait for composition, color, and design elements
and shows this to the client for approval.
Two or three sittings from life are preferable if the subject is
available to come to the artist's studio. If not, the artist completes
the portrait in the studio from the studies and photographic reverence
material. (As is the case for small children.)
When the portrait is completed the client/subject comes to the
studio for viewing of the painting and a final sitting; or, a color
photograph of the finished work can be sent for the client's approval.
Arrangements are then made for the delivery of the finished portrait.
It is preferable for the portrait to be viewed, at the final sitting,
in the frame in which it will hang. Therefore, at the first sitting
moulding samples are available for the client to choose from, or
the artist can work with a framer of the client's choice. The frame
is then ready when the portrait is finished. The price of the frame
and the shipping is in addition to the price of the portrait.