Figurative Portraits Process & Pricing

Figurative Portrait Commissions in 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 their best most relaxed self shines through.


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, season and clothing. We will go over the process, price, schedule the sitting and I can answer any questions you may have.  


During the scheduled sitting of 1 to 3 hours, we will sign a contract and a non-refundable 50% deposit will be collected.  I will take reference photos, and depending on the time and subject, I may make a few quick sketches. After the sitting, 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.

Color Study:

For more complicated imagery (one that involves multiple figures, specific setting or narrative symbols) I will then complete a small color study or a graphite sketch depending on what the piece requires, that will be the basis for the painting. It will provide you with a sense of composition, lighting and overall atmosphere of the final painting. For straight forward portraits, I will begin the final painting once we have agreed on the best reference to be used.


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 50% the total price is required when the contract is signed. The final 50% 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)


All Portraits are painted close to, or life sized.

Head & Shoulders – $1,200 – $3,000.

Half Figure (including hands) – $3,000. – $6,000.

Full Figure – $8,000.

Multiple Figures – each additional figure is 10% less than what their original pricing would be.

Example: A full figure sitting in a chair with a half figure standing behind with hands resting on the chair,
would be the price of the full figure plus 10% less of a half figure price.

To see examples of Portrait work  please click here.