Portraits are painted from life. I sketch the subject in different poses and settings, and usually settle on the idea for the portrait fairly quickly. After that, it's sittings of 2 or 3 hours each, or more if schedules and energy allow. The number of sittings varies; my record so far is 18. It's usually a lot of fun; I'm not tyrannical about the subject staying stock-still, I like talking and joking with my sitters, and we take plenty of rest breaks.
I have two objectives in my portraits: likeness to the subject and a painting that stands on its own merits.
Prices Half-length: $15,000
Additional figures cost half as much again as the principal figure.
A deposit of one third is to be paid before I begin, the balance to paid upon completion of the portrait. Portrait prices do not include travel and lodging expenses.
These prices are for the sort of formal portrait shown - informal or candid-looking pictures - more like "paintings," if that makes sense - are priced like the rest of my work, by size.