Fortunately, thanks to photography, nobody has to spend hours sitting for portraits anymore. If possible, I prefer to meet my subjects, make sketches and take photos, and discuss with you what you have in mind and what would be your ideal portrait - for example, the personality of the subject that you wish me to capture, the perfect "pose" or position, etc. And whether you want a painting or drawing, what size, where it might be displayed, etc. I can make suggestions if you are not sure. Nothing is done until you are happy with what is decided..
If this sounds somewhat daunting, fear not, it's completely relaxed and painless! But I can work from your existing photos if you prefer, depending on the quality.
I usually use a combination of several photos and sketches to come up with the final composition. Sometimes I can't meet my subjects, (if, for instance, the portrait is going to be a surprise, or because of distance), and, again, I can work from your existing photos.
Once everything has been agreed, I ask for a 30% deposit (non-refundable, unless I have not made a start on the work), and a date will be agreed as to when the work will be completed, depending on my schedule, and your needs. I will email photos of my progress, (not everyone wants this option, but it enables me to make adjustments if there is anything you are not happy with). The finished work will be handed over to you following payment of the outstanding balance. Be assured that I will only consider the portrait finished when you are completely happy with it..
For pastel drawings I use soft pastels on high quality paper. Sizes given under "Prices" are for the drawing - the price includes mounting and framing, therefore the total size will be larger, and the work will be ready to hang.
For paintings I normally use acrylics. I do use oils, which are beautiful, but take much longer due to drying time. I prefer to paint on board, but will paint on canvas if required. All paintings will be backed by battens so that they are ready to hang, and will stand proud of the wall..
I travel within 10 miles of my home in Heswall to meet my clients at no extra cost. For appointments further away, extra travelling costs are negotiated. If the completed work is to be sent as opposed to my delivering it personally, agreed delivery costs are additional.
This is a general size guide - other sizes can be arranged. They are based on the painting or drawing featuring one subject - additional subjects can be included, depending on the size of the work, and what is required. The extra cost will be discussed and agreed upon.
|30" x 30"||Acrylic: £425||Oil: £495|
|30" x 20"
24" x 24"
|Acrylic: £395||Oil: £475|
|24" x 20"||Acrylic: £375||Oil: £450|
|24" x 16"||Acrylic: £350||Oil: £425|
|24" x 12"
20" x 16"
|Acrylic: £325||Oil: £395|
|20" x 12"
16" x 16"
|Acrylic: £295||Oil: £375|
Prices Include mounting and framing;
|24" x 20"||£275|
|24" x 18"||£250|
|20" x 16"||£225|
|20" x 12"||£215|
|18" x 12"||£200|
|16" x 12"||£185|
Please ask for an estimate. Price depends on size of wall and complexity of required design.