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Custom Portraiture Commission & Pricing

Charcoal, Conte, Pastel & Oil Portraits

I have created diverse portraits ranging from newborns to seniors, individually and in family groupings, in a variety of settings and sizes. I have also completed numerous posthumous portraits. The goal is to create the portrait that fulfills your dreams, so I will work with you until you are 100% happy with the painting you have commissioned.

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.

The 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 is available starting at $150 up to 16x20; $200 over 16x20. Please call me or fill out the form below with any questions you may have.

On the Threshold Oil on Linen Portrait
On the Threshold - Oil Linen Portrait
Motor Portrait

"Just a note to tell you again how absolutely delighted we are with (our dog) Robbie's portrait. You did a wonderful job of showing his loving spirit and personality. Everyone who sees it is amazed."

— B. & T.S., Walpole, ME

Commissioning a Portrait Artist: What To Look For

Commissioning an artist to paint a portrait is a once-in-a-lifetime undertaking for most people, if they’re lucky enough to have the means to do so.  Today many more people enter this exciting venture than in the past, since the internet has made hundreds, if not thousands, of choices in portraiture available.  Some of those portraits are offered by serious, professional fine art portrait artists; others come from mass production workshops in China and other overseas countries, and sometimes similar outfits in the U.S. which employ teams to turn out work.

Let’s say you’ve decided not to go with the cheapest portrait you can find, but with an individual American artist.  That narrows down your selection a little, but you will still find yourself with a vast array of options.  How do you know what to look for, and whether you’ll be satisfied in the end, and feel you’ve gotten your money’s worth?

One of the first things you will notice when you’ve begun your search, is that there is a very wide range of pricing in portraiture.  Maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise:  after all, you can buy a brand new car for $10,000 or half a million, and it’s still a car.  But remember what your parents always told you:  You get what you pay for.  Are you simply interested in having a favorite snapshot copied and converted into a painting?  Or are you looking for a professional to take time to get to know the subject and create a work of fine art which will capture spirit and personality as well as an excellent likeness?  Depending on your answers, you will want to call on very different artists.  A look at the various sources I’ve placed in the Resource Book will provide ample contrast, and not just in the swing of prices.

 

Charcoal // Conte Portraits

Mother to Be Conte Portrait
Conte Portrait of a Mother to Be
by Ruth Monsell

"For you to have immortalized her in such a wonderful way means more to me than I can say. I am honored to have this portrait be a part of my family. Know that you have touched my heart."

— M.K., Shawnee, KS

Charcoal // Conte Portraits

11x14
16x20

*Larger portrait sizes available from $50 to $150 additional

  • Head & Shoulders Portrait$400

  • Three Quarters w/ Hands Portrait$475

  • Full Figure Portrait$500

  • Complex Background or ClothingAdd $75

  • Additional Subjects25% Off of Above Prices

  • Pet Portraits$100 Off of Above Prices

  • Matting & FramingStarting at $150

**NOTE: Pricing does not include photo shoot fees, photographic prints, travel expenses, or shipping and handling. A deposit of one-third is required when the commission is agreed upon.

"For you to have immortalized her in such a wonderful way means more to me than I can say. I am honored to have this portrait be a part of my family. Know that you have touched my heart."

— M.K., Shawnee, KS

Pastel Portraits

Pastel Portraits

11x14
18x24

*Larger portrait sizes available from $75 additional

  • Head & Shoulders Portrait$750

  • Three Quarters w/ Hands Portrait$850

  • Full Figure Portrait$1,000

  • Complex Background or ClothingAdd $100 to $150

  • Additional Subjects25% Off of Above Prices

  • Pet Portraits$100 Off of Above Prices

  • Matting & FramingStarting at $150

**NOTE: Pricing does not include photo shoot fees, photographic prints, travel expenses, or shipping and handling. A deposit of one-third is required when the commission is agreed upon.

Portrait of Lauren Pastel Portrait
Pastel Portrait of Lauren
by Ruth Monsell

"I can't tell you how pleased we were with both of the portraits. You captured not only a remarkable likeness but also their own personalities. You truly have a gift! I look forward to seeing Suzanne's."

— R.N., Birmingham, AL

"I can't tell you how pleased we were with both of the portraits. You captured not only a remarkable likeness but also their own personalities. You truly have a gift! I look forward to seeing Suzanne's."

— R.N., Birmingham, AL

Oil Portraits

Portrait of a 6 Year Old Oil Portrait
Oil Portrait of a 6 Year Old Child
by Ruth Monsell

"You captured Marsha's soul as well as her physical beauty. It's more accurate than a photograph. You did a fantastic job and I will treasure it always. This beautiful portrait is a comfort amid the grief. I can't thank you enough for the sensitivity you must possess to produce such a wonderful work of art."

— RB, Maine

Oil Portraits

16x20
18x24

*Larger portrait sizes available from $75 additional

  • Head & Shoulders Portrait$1,500

  • Three Quarters w/ Hands Portrait$1,750

  • Full Figure Portrait$2,000

  • Complex Background or ClothingAdd $75

  • Additional Subjects25% Off of Above Prices

  • Pet Portraits$100 Off of Above Prices

  • Matting & FramingStarting at $150

**NOTE: Pricing does not include photo shoot fees, photographic prints, travel expenses, or shipping and handling. A deposit of one-third is required when the commission is agreed upon.

"You captured Marsha's soul as well as her physical beauty. It's more accurate than a photograph. You did a fantastic job and I will treasure it always. This beautiful portrait is a comfort amid the grief. I can't thank you enough for the sensitivity you must possess to produce such a wonderful work of art."

— RB, Maine

Portrait Commission
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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.

To request a custom portrait to be commissioned, fill out the form below, submit the form and the artist will contact you to discuss your order.

Check, money order, credit cards and PayPal accepted.

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82 Westview Road
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