Portrait Commissions

Please feel free to contact me for exact pricing. I'm happy to discuss your ideas and help with any questions you may have. To offer some idea of pricing, a single head about 11x14 inches (as seen below, Girl with Red Lips) starts around $1,200.

A portrait can go in many different directions. It can simply be a drawing or painting of a loved one's face, but it can also be much more. Mood, atmosphere, setting, emotions, expressiveness, color, subject matter are all key elements which impact the feel of a painting. Maybe the painting is more about the person's favorite place, a room or a backyard –– and the person just so happens to be within in this larger setting. Considering these factors, among others, can help the client figure out what they may want. The final art will hopefully be something that can be enjoyed for years to come.

I don't do hyper-realism and I don't do corporate portraiture. I paint loose and expressively. I am an interpretive painter. Meaning, I'm more concerned with painting my sensations from what I see, rather than recording the actual fact of the matter. I have to have the freedom to do my own thing. My aim is to capture the feel of the person, to investigate who the person may be through my own eyes, what they have to say as an individual, and then, capture their likeness. The work is infused with my point of view and the realizations I had while making it. This, in my opinion, is what makes the final piece art, not just another well done portrait. Because of this, my portraits are unique unto me––they give insights to who I am as an artist.

If you want good art then there needs to be liberal amounts of mystery and open-mindedness to how the final piece will turn out. It's important that the artist is  left alone, free to create within his own genius, aside from the parameters of the project or any expectations in mind. This requires the client to be willing to put a lot of trust in me, the artist.