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Sometimes the size, format, and pose of a portrait are obvious choices. Many boardroom paintings, for example, are expected to be about 30” by 24”, and to include a head and shoulders pose with a toned background. Extraordinary portraits have been painted throughout history using this simple formula.

Other types of portraits may have a range of options to consider. While the primary interest is always the face, inner character can also be revealed in the pose, and especially by expressive use of the hands. As more of the figure is included in the painting, the complexity of the composition increases. This is the most important consideration in determining cost.

Also, the background elements chosen to support the pose can vary from the simple tone describe above, to a fully rendered interior or landscape setting. Extra details in clothing and jewelry, as well as the inclusion of objects significant to the sitter, may be desirable. Any or all of these devices can provide clues to personality, as well as form the compositional dynamics to keep the eyes of the viewer moving around the painting and returning to the face.

Because of these and other variables, which may increase the effort necessary to resolve the painting, sizes and prices shown here should be viewed as representative. They are meant to serve as a reference point for discussing your specific ideas.

Painting on canvas
or panel
approximate sizes
(inches)
approximate price
range

 

Miniature

5 x 4
10x8

$1,000 - $3,500

  Head study
10 x 8
12 x 10
16 x 12
$2,000 - $3,000

  Head and shoulders
16 x 12
20 x 16
24 x 20
30 x 25
$2,800 - $3,500
$3,800 - $4,700
$5,000 - $6,200
$6,000 - $7,500

  Half-figure with hands
30 x 25
36 x 30
$7,000 - $8,700
$8,400 - $10,500

  Three-quarter figure
36 x 30
44 x 36
50 x 40
$9,000 - $11,300
$10,500 - $13,000
$12,400 - $15,500

  Full length figure
54 x 40
60 x 40
and up

$14,000 - $17,500
$16,000 - $20,000
please inquire


  Charcoal/Pastel
20 x 16
24 x 20
$1,500 - $2,500
$2,200 - $3,200
 

 


Miniatures

Miniatures are tiny paintings inspired by the tradition of European portrait miniatures of the 18th century. Various poses and background treatments are available within the range of prices shown.

Sizes

Sizes represented in the fee schedule are approximate and may not reflect the actual proportions of the finished work. The artist reserves the right to adjust the overall size as well as the relationship of height to width as necessary to enhance the composition.

General Base Cost

General base cost of the portrait is determined mainly by the type of pose selected. The second factor in figuring cost is the level of detail and planning in the background, and/or additional figures. The third consideration is size.

Children

For portraits of children up to age 18 years, general cost will usually fall toward the lower end of the price ranges represented in the fee schedule. This may constitute up to a 25% discount, depending on age and size of the child. The finished size of the canvas may also be smaller than what is indicated on the fee schedule for that type of pose, while still allowing for a near life size image of the child. 

Background

Price ranges shown reflect a relatively simple toned area behind the figure(s). Allow for up to 45% increase as the background becomes more complex and detailed.

Additional Figures

For each additional figure on the same canvas, add from 50% to 80% of cost, depending on how much of the figure is to be included.

Pets

For inclusion of household pets, increase cost from 10% to 25%, depending on size of the pet. Horses or other large animals would not fall into this category.

Payment Schedule

The payment plan can vary, depending on price range. Generally, for amounts of $5000 and under, a deposit of 40% of the total is due in advance at the signing of the contract. The remainder would be due upon delivery and satisfaction with the portrait.For amounts over $5000, and for very large or complex paintings that may take a year or longer to complete, payments may be split into three, or even four, installments. In such cases, clients would receive photos of the work in progress along with invoices as payments become due.

Completion Time

To ensure placement on the project calendar, clients are encourage to book portrats six months to one year in advance of the delivery date, or even longer for very large or complex portraits. Simpler poses measuring 20” x 16” or smaller could possibly be finished within two months, depending on workload.

Frames and Travel

Prices do not include frames. However, the artist is happy to assist in the choice of an appropriate frame. Airfare and expenses associated with overnight travel are additional.

Delivery

If the client is within driving distance, the portrait will be delivered by the artist at no additional cost. Otherwise, shipping arrangements will be made. Costs for crating, shipping, and insurance will be discussed and agreed upon before contract is signed.