How to Commission a Portrait

1. Initial Consultation


An initial consultation will take place via email,  phone or in person to discuss a possible commission.  This would just be an initial chat to answer any questions and for me to gain an idea of the subject.  We would also discuss options of size and prices.  



2. Beginning the Painting


An initial payment equal to 50% of the total fee will be required to secure the commission and then I can begin taking photographs of the subject to work from.   I will visit to take the photographs, where the subject will be in their own surroundings and a selection of clothing will be available.



3. Completion of the Painting


I will then begin painting and give you a collection / delivery date .  

For a single head and shoulders piece this will usually be about 6-12 weeks (after photographs are taken), but a large painting involving one

or more full figures will obviously take longer.  


The remaining 50% of the fee will then be due upon delivery / collection of the portrait.




Note: The exact composition and look of the painting will only emerge as part of the creative process and, although I will endeavour to keep all suggestions in mind, my priority will be in responding artistically to the subject and making a visually successful painting. In other words, be open for a unique painting that will bring conversation for many years to come!