Questions to Consider

Important factors to bear in mind

Nowadays our clients commission many different styles and compositions. When commissioning a portrait, look at past examples but do not be swayed by the composition.

We recommend looking at how they were painted. Often artists are overlooked because the colours are too bright, but colours, composition and objects are personal to the sitters, which makes portraits all the more magical and unique.

What is the time frame when commissioning a portrait?

A head and shoulders portrait can take approximately three months to complete from booking to framing. However, it entirely depends on the artist in question's schedule. We have been known to turn round a painting in two weeks for a surprise birthday.

Generally it is mutually beneficial to both sitter and artist to paint from life, although if you have a busy schedule, a selection of our artists are happy to work from photographs. However, unless the commission involves a posthumous portrait, the artist would have to take his/her own photographs.

If you are looking to commission a portrait that needs to be unveiled by a particular date, please do let us know.

How much does a portrait cost?

Portraits are traditionally just under life-size. Expect to pay upwards of £1,600 for a head and shoulders in oil on canvas. Half and three quarter length portraits are general between £5,000 - £20,000, with full lengths costing anything between £10,000 - £30,000.

If you are interested in commissioning a group portrait, please give us a call as prices are dependent on a number of factors including how many people are to be included and the size of the canvas.

What is the best medium for you?

Our artists work in a variety of mediums, including Oil, Watercolour, Charcoal and Pastel. Interesting alternatives to Oil are Watercolour and Charcoal, which are usually more affordable. The general rule of thumb is that it is better to commission a charcoal by an established portrait painter than an oil by a lesser practiced artist.

Is there a particular rule for children?

In short, no! We encourage people to consider several factors, i.e. the age of the child and whether they suit a certain media. Commissions range from double portraits of mother and child, to delicate pastels, or strong charcoal head and shoulders portraits. Interestingly, drawings are now framed to sit comfortably amongst the best modern and traditional paintings.