The painting process

So — you think you might commission a portrait, but want to find out more about how the portraiture process works? Here's what will happen if you go ahead.

1. Initial consultation

We'll chat by phone and/or email about portrait size, subject matter, timescales and other aspects of your portrait — and I'll go into detail on any aspect of the process you like and answer your questions.

2. The portrait sitting

Once the details of your portrait are fixed, the next step is to arrange a sitting.

Typically, I will travel to you — though this will of course depend on your location and preferences! (I am based in Oxford, UK)

The sitting will last between one and two hours. Once we've found a comfortable position and pose, I will make some preliminary sketches and take a large number of reference photographs from various angles.

3. Painting the portrait

I will then take away my sketches and photographs and paint your oil portrait. It will typically take me 4-6 weeks to complete a painting — but if your schedule is tight and you need your painting more quickly, let me know.

I paint in a contemporary portrait style — and you can read more about my experience and qualifications as an artist on the Portrait artist page.

If you would like to be sent 'work in progress' photos of the portrait as it takes shape, or would like progress updates by email, I am happy to oblige — though many clients enjoy the surprise of seeing the finished portrait for the first time only when it's perfected.

As ever, the choice is yours.

4. Extras, framing and other optional services

Once your portrait is finished, you will also receive various free and optional extras. Find out more about your painted portrait extras

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the process, please do email me.

You might also be interested to read more about the benefits of portrait commission. And if you're thinking of giving a painting as a gift, you may be interested in the pages on portraits as romantic gifts or corporate gifts.

Contact me to discuss a commission