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I would be honored to have the opportunity to work on a commissioned piece of art for you. The information below applies to pet portraits only and you can see samples of my work in this genre in the Feline Portrait Gallery. I will be updating the website soon with information on commissions of oil painting portraits and/or classical reproduction work.

Prices on commissioned work vary based upon several factors including medium (watercolor, color vs. graphite pencil), size, theme, and number of subjects. All artwork is produced using the finest quality materials, including acid-free paper and artist-quality pigments and pencils. In general, portrait prices will range from $75 for a small (9"x12") graphite pencil work to $250 for a larger (16"x20") full-color piece. Prices will be reduced by 30% if the artist is allowed to make and sell reproduction prints of your portrait, otherwise the work will be yours exclusively.

Initial sketches will be emailed to you for review, and no deposit will be required until you are satisfied with the progress underway on your commissioned work and approve the preliminary sketch.

For more information, please contact the artist directly at Photos submitted for consideration for portrait work should be high resolution images (at least 300-600 dpi) that can be printed to 8"x10" in size clearly. Please take a look at some of the sample images below for some examples of good photo poses for portrait work, as well as examples of how various photos can be handled and transformed into artist images. I recommend photos taken in natural light (no flash) for the best results.

Photo & theme samples

Peaceful Bear
This image of Bear was a fairly straightforward, photo-realistic portrait done in prismacolor. Black cats can be a challenge, but this photograph provided enough light and contrast to see the contours of his fur, and the pose captured his gentle nature. The background was simplified and stylized slightly to eliminate the chairs and bring up the color of the rug. This piece has become my most popular cat portrait to date.
The Young Prince
Jack had such a regal bearing to him that I just had to give him an elaborate background of Celtic knotwork. His pose was otherwise quite excellent for a sitting portrait, eyes open under natural light, and his body nicely framed within the photo.
Siblings George & Martha are rarely out of each other's sight or company, so of course any portrait had to include both of them. The color was a little dull in this picture, so black and white pencil seemed the best approach in this case. A Celtic background also livened up the composition and expressed their unity of spirit.

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