COMMISSIONING A PORTRAIT
A Relaxed Approach
A painted portrait can capture the atmosphere of a moment in time or can represent a full and interesting life, becoming a precious family heirloom for future generations.
My approach is relaxed – sitters tell me they have found being painted to be a fascinating and enjoyable experience, even those who were initially a little unsure. I enjoy the process and love the challenge of capturing the essence of an individual in paint.
This is the process.
We discuss the type of portrait you’d like so that I can give you a firm estimate. To get an understanding of what you’re interested in, these are the questions I’ll be asking:
Roughly what size portrait would you like?
How many people will be in the portrait?
Will the portrait be head and shoulders, a half-length, or a full-length?
Will it be an indoor or outdoor portrait?
What kind of clothes would you like to wear and are there personal items you would like to have included?
Shall I come to you or you come to me?
What is your budget?
I keep the cost to a minimum and work within the client’s budget whilst still accommodating their wishes. When the price agreed, a schedule of sittings is arranged and the painting begins.
Sitting for a portrait may seem daunting, but it’s informal. I enjoy chatting and work quickly – for the comfort of the sitter, and to keep the painting looking fresh. Each sitting is around 2 - 3 hours with breaks.
A popular portrait format is to be painted at work or at home surrounded by the paraphernalia of the subject's daily life.
This style is particularly good for reflecting on a career or documenting a specific interest or way of life. This type of painting can make a great celebration or retirement gift.
I also paint house or garden portraits which are particularly popular with people who wish to remember a favourite home.
To see other examples of work, view my portrait gallery.
Single portraits start at around £800 for a head and shoulders (2 - 4 sittings). A half-length portrait around £1500 (3 - 5 sittings) a full-length portrait from around £2500 (4 - 6 sittings). A double (two-person) portrait would be around £4000.
These are estimates. The size of canvas, number of figures and amount of detail affects pricing.
I’m able to travel to sittings in the UK or abroad, especially important if the subject wants to be portrayed at home or in their workplace.
Painting from Photographs
When it’s not possible to paint from life, I can work from high quality photos.