How pricing is determined
Every portrait is unique in its own way.
When I price a portrait, these are the main factors that determine how much your commissioned portrait will cost.
As a general rule, the way I price portraits is by the rendering time required to complete the painting. L
11 x 14” oil painting on panel will start at $975 (includes materials)
18 x 20” oil painting on panel will start at $1250 (includes materials)
I use the total square inches of the painting dimensions as a general guide to determine price.
Regardless of its size, your painting will be created using the finest archival materials, ensuring it will never yellow or crack over a lifetime. I only use light-fast super premium oil pigments, and every painting will be protected befroe leaving my studio to protect it from sunlight, and small scratches.
Material costs can vary, depending on the surface selected. Typically — before I even start painting — my materials cost between $60-100. Your price may vary slightly from the examples above, depending on factors such as whether the portrait is painted on panel (less expensive) or stretched linen canvas (slightly more expensive.)
Basic paintings are priced upon on primed 1/8” masonite panel, making it very easy to frame. However, it should be noted that all panel paintings will require a frame of some sort.
Depending on your personal aesthetic (and the environment in which you will display the painting) you may opt for a painting done on primed linen canvas, mounted on 1” stretcher bars. This enables the painting to be hung directly on a wall and would not require a frame.
Additionally, you may prefer the more polished look of a “floater” frame on stretched canvas, allowing for the canvas edges to be seen, yet with a deeper profile depth and finished edge of a frame.
Canvases stretched on primed, premium-quality Belgian linen are typically more expensive, increasing material costs over my basic paintings by as much as $100, however, when finished the canvas can be hung directly on the wall and would not require a frame.
Depending on the composition of your subject matter, I will be happy to provide you with recommendations to make the process easy for you.
Complexity of the painting
Most paintings will be pretty straight forward, however it should be noted there are occasional exceptions to this.
One example of a more complicated painting, would be a painting with two dogs. It would require more time to render the expressions of two dogs in a single painting, hence it would require more time.