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Dear potential client,

Most of the questions you will likely have about my portraits, whether in charcoal (or conte), pastel or oil, are addressed here, though I welcome any additional ones you may have.  You will see that the chart reflects different pricing for these media, but that the final cost is also determined by how much of the subject is to be painted, as well as factors such as background and clothing.  Please note that there are discounts shown for additional subjects (figures) in the same painting, and for pet portraits. 

The final cost is determined once we have spoken and agreed upon size, composition, framing, etc.  I am happy to guide you through all the decisions which go into a commission.  For instance, many people ask about my preference between pastel and oil portraits, and I can discuss the pros and cons of each with you.

I look forward to hearing your vision of the portrait you’d like to have me realize.


Ruth Monsell

Charcoal/Conte Pastel Oil
11x14 to 16x20
11x14 to 18x24
16x20 to 18x24
Larger: +$50-150
Larger: +$75-200
Larger: +$75-200
Head & Shoulders $300 $750 $1,500
Three Quarters with Hands $400 $850 $1,750
Full Figure $500 $1,000 $2,000
Complex Background or Clothing $75 Additional $100 - $150 Additional $150 - $200 Additional
Additional Subjects in same portrait 25% Discount off of above prices
Pets Deduct $100 from fees above

A deposit of one-third is required when the commission is agreed upon; the balance is due prior to shipping or upon delivery. Digital previews of completed paintings to be shipped are available on request. Requests for minor modifications in the finished portrait will be honored. My goal is complete client satisfaction. I want you to be thrilled with your portrait, and treasure it for a lifetime. The completion time of portraits in oil varies between one and three months. In other media, a portrait is usually shipped within six weeks of commissioning.

Pricing does not include photo shoot fees, photographic prints, travel expenses, or shipping and handling.

Matting and framing by the artist are available starting at $150 up to 16x20; $200 over 16x20. Please call or email with any questions you may have.

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