Commissioning a portrait

At the first meeting, the artist will help the subject determine what kind of style and mood will work best for the occasion. The subject may want to be portrayed as dignified, important, powerful, or warm, approachable, and friendly (or perhaps all of the above!). Different possibilities for poses, clothing, and location will be explored. If the portrait is to be posthumous, a review of all existing photos will be necessary.

The Sittings:

A sitting of 2 to 3 hours will be scheduled in which the artist will sketch as needed and some reference photographs will be taken. Additional sittings may be required, but are rare.

The Sketch:

The artist will compose a sketch inspired from the sitting in charcoal, graphite or pastel, which will show his plan for the setting, expression and mood of the final painting. The sketch may be made available for purchase.


Upon approval of the sketch, the artist will return to the studio to paint the portrait. This process can take anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on the size and complexity of the painting. The subject may visit the artist’s studio at any time to view the progress of the painting.

The Final Review:

Once the painting is finished, it will be presented for final approval to the subject and their family before the unveiling is scheduled.

Quality Guarantee:

The artist guarantees an exact likeness of the subject. Only the highest grade professional materials are used in the creation of the artwork, ensuring durability and permanence.


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