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  • Commissioning a Work
  • Pricing Guide
  • Media Choice

How it Works

If you are considering commissioning a portrait, you may already have a good idea of the type of picture you want. But if not, a good start is to think about who it's for, the style most suitable and where it will hang and how much wall space is available. I have written a brief guide about the choice of media which can be accessed on the tab above.

We would have an initial chat to discuss your requirements in terms of style, media and size. I would then submit a price for approval. Once agreed, we would arrange a single sitting where I take reference photos. Where this is not possible, I can work from existing photos or you may prefer me to prepare a portrait from an existing photgraph where it's not feasible to arrange a sitting.

Pricing Guide

From a simple pencil drawing to a large formal painting, each original work has specific requirements, and therefore prices vary accordingly.

As a rough guide, prices start at £250 for an A4 portrait drawing, £450 for a portrait in watercolour with simple background (A3 approx) and £3000 for a portrait on canvas (30 x 20 inches). These prices are for straightforward works with no special requirements and simple backgrounds. Prices will be higher for detailed and larger works. Travel charges will be chargeable at my discretion.

Once the commission is agreed, I require a 50% payment prior to starting the work, the remainder due on completion.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of my work, please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone, email or using my online enquiry form. I am based near Oswestry, Shropshire and can travel.

Here's a quick guide to choosing the right style and medium for a portrait.

Portraits on Canvas

My clients usually choose a work on canvas to have an original work with the most depth and complexity and talk of having their portrait painted as a legacy. They are also chosen for larger wall spaces and where a colour image is preferable. This is also the best choice for formal works.

Portraits in Watercolour

Portraits painted in watercolour are preferred where a looser colour image is required, and for smaller works. They combine the subtleness of a drawing with some of the depth of a work on canvas, and are more suitable for a less formal portrait.

Portrait Drawings in Pencil or Chalk

Many of my clients choose pencil or chalk drawings for their portrait, as aside from the advantage of lower price, they result in a simple classic image which is very evocative and enduring. It is suitable for both portraits of children and adults.