House Portrait Process & Pricing

House Portrait Commissions 

(Graphite, Watercolor or Oil)

Commissioning a portrait is a collaboration between artist and client that can be a joyous and inspiring experience. I love the entire process of getting to know my clients, hearing their stories, and creating a work of art that they and their families can look upon fondly for years to come. I like to be open and clear about my process so that everyone is comfortable and excited throughout.


The initial meeting could be a phone call, and e-mail or an in person meeting, where we will discuss the kind of portrait you are seeking, in regards to the subject, setting, and season. We will go over the process, price and the contract and I can answer any questions you may have. Once the contract is signed and a non refundable 1/3 deposit is secured, your project will be scheduled in my calendar.


During the scheduled shoot, I will take reference photos, and depending on the allowed time and weather, I may make a few quick sketches in either pencil or watercolor. After the shoot, I will go through all the photos, notes and sketches to come up with the final compositional arrangement and either through e-mail, or in person, we will collaborate on the final composition and reference to be used. A second 1/3  payment is required upon approval of the final composition.


I will then complete the painting in my studio.


Once the portrait is finished, I will send a high quality photo of the painting to the client for approval before shipping. If the client is local, they may view the portrait in person. Once the final approval and payment are secured, I will deliver the painting.

Quality Guarantee:

I guarantee an exact likeness of the subject and will complete the portrait in a style consistent with my portfolio/website. I use the highest grade professional materials to ensure the painting is archival under proper conditions.


A non-refundable deposit of 1/3 the total price is required when the contract is signed. A second 1/3 is required upon approval of the composition and reference material, and a final payment is required upon approval of the finished painting. Approval should take place within 30 days of receiving the e-mailed or printed final image, or the final in person approval. Please be prepared to make the final payment upon delivery or prior to shipping. The painting will not be shipped until final payment is recieved.

Not included in the price: Framing, Shipping, Travel. Sales Tax (if client is in NY State)


House Portrait fees begin at $800.

example: a straight forward 18 x 24 house portrait typically ranges between $1,200. and 3,000. depending on medium. 

To see examples of House Portrait work, please click here.