I can paint my portraits either from a live sitting or from a photograph, or a combination of both. There are pros and cons to both ways. When working from photographs, your lighting is limited to what is in the photo or made up as I go. Working from life is difficult for the subject being painted to pose for the long amount of time it takes to paint a portrait, plus there are always scheduling problems. Although working from life gives you the most realistic situation, I find that working from photos is the most simple way.
The photo needs to be of the highest quality available in order to get the detail needed.
You can have your portrait completed in the medium of your choice. I do pencil/charcoal on illustration board, soft pastel paintings on heavy duty velour paper, or oil/acrylic paintings on canvas. Each technique used will last for years to come and can be passed from one generation to the next.
Pricing is based on the medium chosen, the number of subjects in the painting, and the amount of detail included, such as: hands, intricate clothing patterns, full figure, background scenes, etc. The base prices for portraits are for a head and shoulders pose with a plain background. The "normal" size for these are 16" x 20" or 20" x 24". Other sizes available upon request.
Pencil/charcoal= $325.00 ($275.00 each additional subject);
Pastel= $650.00 ($575.00 each add. subject);
Oils= $1200.00 ($1050.00 ea. add. subject)
For a more customized painting, details can be discussed and we can determine a fair cost at that time. A 30% deposit is required, which is non-refundable after work has begun.