Portrait Commission Process

What’s involved in a portrait commission? Well, it’s pretty involved! When you see what it takes, you might consider just getting a photographic portrait. And you would think that after the many significant advancements in photography, the fine oil portrait would be completely extinct by now.
No way!
A classic oil portrait can offer so much more than even the best fine art photographic portrait.
There’s no comparison!

A Collaborative Portrait

While it might sound great to simply submit a photo to your portrait artist and he paints a portrait from it. Well, a fine oil portrait is not so easy. Sorry! 

A classic fine oil portrait takes a lot of work and it will involve the artist, client, and the subject. That’s why I like to refer to it as a collaborative portrait.

While I can paint what I see rather well, I simply cannot paint a person who I don’t really know very well. 

Brainstorming the Purpose of the Portrait

There’s a lot packed in right here. This is where all the real work is done.

Sittings and/or Photo Shoots

This is the foundation of a good oil portrait. Snapshots need not apply! Seriously, snapshots, especially those taken with a flash are very difficult to work with and the lighting is usually rather poor.

Patience, Please!

Really good portraits cannot be rushed. Even if tried, I could not complete a portrait in just a week or two. Why? Many classic oil techniques, like some of the ones I employ, are only completed after several layers of paint, over many sessions. Most of my oil portraits can be completed in 2 to 3 months, depending on the size and level of detail in clothing, accessories, and backgrounds.


Upon completion of your portrait, you can review it in my studio if you are local or via high-resolution digital photos if not. Necessary changes can be taken care of if any are needed. It’s not finished until you are completely satisfied. Upon acceptance, delivery arrangements would then be discussed.

If you haven’t already done so, Book a Call with me to discuss your portrait commission.