Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT MEDIUMS DO YOU WORK IN?
A variety of mediums are used, which include pencil, charcoal, sepia, mixed media and traditional oil paints.
HOW MUCH DOES A PORTRAIT COST?
Portrait cost depends on the size of the piece, the number of figures in the portrait, medium, material, and method. In general, pencil portraits start at $200, charcoal portraits start at $1,000, oil painted sketches start at $2,000, and traditional oil portraits start at $11,000.
WHAT IS AN OIL PAINTING SKETCH?
Oil painting portrait sketches are unique in that they are done from a live sitting entirely in one sitting session.
HOW LONG DOES A PORTRAIT TAKE?
The time spent on a portrait depends on the size, the number of figures in the portrait, medium, and method. Small pencil portraits from life can take as little as 30 minutes to complete, charcoal portraits from life take about 2 hours to complete, oil painting portrait sketches take about 3 hours to complete, and traditional oil painting portraits take about 4-6 months after the reference photos are approved.
WHAT IS A SITTING SESSION?
If you choose to have your fine art or portrait commission done from life, then the subject would need to do a sitting session either at the studio or at a location of your choosing. During this session. Depending on the type of portrait, the subject is guided through a series of warm-up poses of approximately 5-10 minutes, in search of a pose for the final piece. When working on the finished art, the remaining session is comprised of 20 minute poses with 5 minute breaks in between.
DO I HAVE TO COME TO YOUR STUDIO?
Sitting sessions can be done at the studio, or I can travel to the location of your choosing for a pre-discussed fee. Travel fees are based on estimated travel expenses.
DO YOU NUDE PORTRAITS?
Yes, nude portraits can be commissioned. Contact me for more information.
DO YOU WORK FROM PHOTOGRAPHS?
Yes, while working from life is preferred (and discounted). Portraits can be created entirely from photographs.