Frequently Asked Questions

COMMISSIONING A PORTRAIT

Why commission a painted or drawn portrait, rather than a photographic portrait?
Commissioning a painted or drawn portrait from life provides an enjoyable, collaborative experience which results in an artwork that projects your image through time.  Where a photograph captures a moment in time, a portrait captures a life lived up to that moment.

How long will it take?
In today’s busy world I offer a single sitting of three hours, rather than the customary six sittings of two hours, during which I make a colour sketch and take reference shots. The process begins with a discussion about the pose, what the sitter will wear, where the image is to hang, and terms etc. You can also commission a portrait from agreed high resolution photographs that inspire me.

Does the same apply to children?
A child's portrait often begins by my noting their skin colour in their own home.  Work continues from agreed photographs, often taken by parents.

Does the same apply to pets?
A pet portrait begins by noting colouring, texture and temperament of the pet in their own home.  Work continues from agreed photographs, often taken by the owners.

How much will it cost?
Cost depends on the size of work, the number of sitters and whether it is a drawing or painting. The smallest single portrait in oils I offer 40x30 cm (16x12 inches) will cost £600. The smallest  single A3 portrait drawing will cost £250. For pet portraits only, I offer A4 size at a cost of £180.
Payment is spread in instalments across the time it takes to produce – normally around six weeks to three months for oils. A non-obligation quote excludes framing, any pre-agreed travel/accommodation expenses incurred and shipment. You can find a table of costs here.

Can you give a portrait as a gift?
Yes. The Portrait Experience Gift Card provides a unique present to commemorate a special event or anniversary.  We agree a price, medium and size for a portrait, you gift the card.  We then meet with the sitter together within a month – and agree a date for the final unveiling!

Do your portraits and other art come with a Certificate of authenticity?
Yes.