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About Portraiture

Portraiture [to achieve a likeness] is a unique set of skills that not every figurative painter has; they might be a fine figurative draftsmen and painter but do not, for whatever reason, have the ability to render a likeness. Portraiture is a rare and unique skill that is in the possession of the artist or not. . Portrait painting is not just the ability to replicate the topography of the subject but to imply something of the inner qualities or essence of sitter hopefully expressing something of the multiplicity of the individual.

The mediums that I express my portraits in are; in drawing, charcoal and graphite on paper; painting, oil on canvas and pastel applied sanded paper ground. To facilitate the portrait process there is four methods;

  1. Painted from live sessions combined with my photos.
  2. A drawn study done from a live session together with my photos.
  3. Painted from my photos.
  4. Painted from the patrons photos with my input on the selection of the photo or photos.


There are three factors that determine the cost of a portrait:

  1. Size; a surface measuring 40x26 is more expensive than one that is 16x20.
  2. Complexity; a full figure as opposed a head study.
  3. Labor; the length of time involved.

Below are some examples of prices both for oil and pastel. Remember that every portrait is unique and nothing is set in stone but these examples give good ball park numbers.

16x20 life size head study; 1800.00
18x20 ¾ figure 2300.00
19x24 ¾ two figures 2800.00
40x26 ¾ life size single figure 3800.00
70x30 life size full figure 5300.00


16x20 life size head study 900.00
19x24 ¾ figure 1300.00
19x24 two figures 1600.00

For any questions or details please contact my representative Phinney Gallery of Fine Art Joseph, OR 97846, [541] 231 2977.