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Commission a Portrait

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

If you are interested in commissioning a portrait, here is how the process works in 4 easy steps:

1. Meeting

I believe that I need to get to know the client, so ideally, I would like to meet face to face or, if not practical, via Zoom.

During the first meeting we will discuss the requirements for me to get an idea of the tone of the picture, size, composition, space where it will be hanging and so on. Having got to know the sitter a bit helps me both with the design and execution of the painting.​

2. First Sitting

After the initial meeting I usually have an idea of the composition and at this stage I take some test photos, where I try various compositions and lighting, exploring possible routes to final composition. This would normally take around an hour.

Afterwards, I review photos and look for improvements that can be made in lighting, colour and composition.

3. Final Photoshoot

At this stage a have a clear idea of the composition and I take numerous images to get that one great shot to paint from.

This can mean taking a few dozen images, which can typically take one to two hours.

4. Painting

Once the final image is agreed, I start painting the portrait. Timings would be discussed and agreed in advance. Depending on the size, the execution of the painting may take any number of weeks to paint.


Q: What is the Price for a Commissioned Portrait?

A: Paintings (oil on canvas) cost:

100 x 70cm £4,600

65 x 50cm £3,200

30 x 40cm £2,100

Graphite pencil on paper drawings of A3 size cost £1,000

Q: How long does it take?

A: As a guide, a 50 X 70 cm size painted portrait takes two to three months

Q: Is framing Included?

A: Framing is not included, but I am happy to offer advice on this

Q: Is transportation cost included?

A: You can either collect work from my studio in Primrose Hill, London or I can also arrange to have the work delivered to you. The price of delivery will be pre-agreed with you and added to your final invoice

Q: How and when do I pay?

A: Once we are ready to get started, 50% of agreed fee is paid before I start working and 50% at the end of the process

Q: Do we sign a contract?

A: Once we have agreed to proceed after our initial discussions, I will send over an agreement for you to sign, and begin work on your painting

Q: Can my commission stay anonymous?

A: We will discuss your preference in advance and, if you prefer so, I will not share your portrait image(s) online

For commissioning a portrait please get in touch by filling in the contact form using a link below:


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