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Commissioning a portrait

Consider, first, where your finished portrait will be hung – would a tall or wide, large or more modest-sized portrait sit better there? Is there a colour scheme it should work with? How will it be lit? Would the painting be better on a box canvas, to perhaps hang unframed, or on canvas board for you to frame to your taste? Or would a drawing be more suited to the setting (or your budget)? More importantly, what does your instinct tell you to go for?

References

For private commissions, the best results happen if I can meet with the subject to make sketches and take my own reference photographs (I rarely do portraits from life... who has the time to sit?) – this way the commission is entirely my own work and I can be confident that my source material is suitable. I would urge this course if possible.

However, if this not practical and you are providing photographs I can only work from what I receive, so they must be of suitably high quality – pin sharp, well-defined and with good contrast at high resolution, at least. 

Once you have formally initiated a commission I can provide detailed guidance on how to send (and take, if necessary) any photos required. NB third-party photographs may only be used with the owner/photographer's consent.

Results

While we will settle on size and medium in advance, I favour painting in oils – I really no longer use acrylics as, while oils take longer, they better serve my process and give, I believe, a richer result. I usually paint on canvas, or canvas board if preferred, while drawings may be in charcoal or graphite (or both) on paper. As to treatment, or 'style'... that is something I cannot force, as I find that each face dictates its own progress as the portrait evolves – the individual subject will always make his or her own way to the surface!

Within an agreed timeframe you will (if you cannot visit in person) be emailed a low-resolution digital copy of the portrait, when I feel it is close to finished, for your approval. In all instances I will achieve a likeness and you should be happy with the final result – if you're not, you are under no compulsion to accept it. However, you should be accepting of my style... after all, you've chosen it!

Payment (by bank transfer) is due on final emailed approval, after which delivery of your portrait will be facilitated as soon as possible. Carriage or post can be arranged if collection or delivery in person is impractical.

If family or friends would like print-on-canvas copies of the portrait this can be arranged.

 

NB I also paint historic-style portraits (as on view at Athelhampton House). If you are interested in this please contact me to discuss your requirements.

 

Prices

PORTRAITS

Paintings

30x40cm/12x16in (oil on canvas or board)    £515

40x50cm/16x20in (oil on canvas or board)    £635

46x60cm/18x24in (oil on canvas only)     £740

50x76cm/20x30in (oil on canvas only)    £920

60x90cm/24x36in (oil on canvas only)     £1,115

76x100cm/30x40in (oil on canvas only)    £1,490

 

if you prefer your portrait to be rendered in acrylic rather than oil paint we can discuss this option

All unframed, sizes approximate – other sizes, materials and requirements on request. 

Historic-style portraits prices on request.

 

Drawings

graphite and/or charcoal on paper

A4 21x29.7cm/8.3x11.7in    £99

A3 29.7x42cm/11.7x16.5cm    £185

 

Portrait quotes are for single subject, head only.

Some portraits (music icon or private commission) can be reproduced in print on canvas, usually at 46x61cm/18x24in, to order @ £150 – other sizes may be available. Please enquire.

Music icon portraits are available as posters, signed & tubed, 50x70cm/20x28in @ £25 (Currently David Bowie, more soon)

 

Also available

SHORESCAPES

I occasionally produce a few non-portrait paintings, almost exclusively of the Dorset coastline. Currently available are:

Eype Beach
original, acrylic on canvas, 50x76cm/20x30in @ £495
or print on canvas, signed, 50x76cm/20x30in (to order) @ £150
or A3 signed & mounted giclée print on paper @ £45

Lyme Bay from the Gardens
original, acrylic on canvas, 305x787.5mm/12x31in @ £415

Purbeck Dawn
original, acrylic on canvas 40.6x50.8cm/16x20in @ £345

The Fleet
print on canvas, signed, 50x76cm/20x30in (to order) @ £150
or A3 signed & mounted giclée print on paper @ £45

(all can be seen on the Gallery page)

 

P&P/carriage extra.

 

NB: The artist retains all reproductive rights to her work and may use any resulting images in any media (unless otherwise agreed with client). No other copies, either print or digital, may be made, sold, shared or distributed – whether by the eventual owner of the work or anyone else – without the artist's express permission and attribution as specified.

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