While abstract painting is certainly my passion, I am also a firm believer in the sacredness of the traditional portrait, especially when it's of a loved one. I am fortunate to have two college degrees in painting-- a BFA from the University of Georgia and a MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design---formally training me how to paint the human figure. Going from abstract painting to creating the likeness of an individual keeps my work exciting, and is not as much of a stretch as one may think. The two both yield to formal artistic aspects, and require a balance of skill and creative licensing to convey a message to the viewer. My goal with all of my work, but especially with a portrait, is to create a beautiful, timeless, intriguing glimpse of the subject that keeps the viewer enthralled for generations to come.
Paintings are oil on canvas, and finished with a light varnish to protect from aging and to give a consistent freshness to the finished look.
The first step is to send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 1-3 photos of your subject(s) answering the following questions:
- Are these pictures taken in good light?
- Are they on the eye level of your subjects?
- Is this a clear photograph (high pixels, close up, etc.)?
- Are their eyes open and mouth closed?
- Is this a professional photograph? If so, be sure you have the permission of the photographer before you send the picture to me.
Look for natural pose pictures. Paintings of people in a natural playful pose look better than a "smile at the camera" painting. Try to capture your children playing when they are not looking. Remember: Good photographs make good paintings!
Please answer the following questions in your email:
- What size of painting would you like to commission?
- Are there any changes you would like to make to the original photograph (e.g., color changes, clothing changes, combining photographs)?
- Feel free to include any other notes, inspiration, details. The more information, the better!
Once I receive your email I'll let you know if I need any additional information, and we'll discuss your thoughts more in depth to make sure we're on the same page. Once we decide on your painting and a payment deposit is received, portraits take 4-6 weeks to complete.
Because of the extra time that goes into making sure you, the client, are totally happy with the piece, portraits cost more than the price of my regular paintings (ever heard of the expression, "It cost an arm and a leg"? It's based on 18th century artists' charging methods for portrait paintings. The more of the subject included in the composition, the more the painting cost!). As soon as the price and size are confirmed, I will send a Paypal Invoice for the complete total of the painting (no need for a Paypal account; you can pay with your bank account or credit card). A deposit of 50% of the total is required to begin. I will send pictures of the final painting once complete and if you’d like changes to be made, you may request up to two revisions within your current purchase. All pricing is based on size. Tax and shipping (if applicable) are not included.
The smallest canvas size available for portraits is a 9" x 12", however, larger sizes are available upon request. Price list reflects standard canvas sizes for portraits. Both landscape and portrait orientation are available.
Shipping costs will be added to the final amount due once the painting is complete. This will be based on the destination of the painting. If you are in the metro Atlanta area, you are welcome to pick up your painting at my home studio in Decatur, Georgia.
Delivery and Installation
If you live in the metro Atlanta area, delivery and installation are available for an additional fee, and based on location and size of painting. If you are interested in this service, please note in your original email.
All sales are final. If for some reason we cannot agree on your final painting, you may use your initial deposit as a store credit towards a ready-made painting on my website.