Your photo transformed into art.
Frequently asked questions
How does a commission work?
My process involves using a digital version of your photograph as a direct reference for your portrait. After discussing the specifics of what you are looking for, I provide you with a digital mockup before the artwork begins so that you can have a clear idea of what to expect the final to look like.
To view the full step by step process visit the Commission page here.
How much does it cost?
The portrait cost will depend on the size, the number of subjects and the choice of medium.
The postage and packaging cost will depend on the portrait cost and your country of residence.
To view all portrait and postage and packaging prices visit the Prices page here.
How does payment work?
Payment will be split into 2-3 instalments depending on the estimated commission start date.
If you’re scheduled for five months or less in advance you will be asked for an initial deposit of 50% of the overall price. The remaining 50% will be invoiced upon the finalising of the portrait.
If your start date is scheduled for more than five months in advance you will be asked for a place-holding deposit of £100 (or 50% of the overall price if this is less). Then the remainder of the first 50% will be invoiced just before the start date. The remaining 50% of the overall price will be invoiced upon the finalising of the portrait.
All payments are non-refundable unless the commission is cancelled by the artist.
What methods of payment are accepted?
I accept payment via bank transfer. All payment must be made in Pounds Sterling.
Can I pay in instalments?
If you wish to pay in instalments we can come to an arrangement, however work will not commence until the full required amount has been fulfilled.
Please note that all payments are non-refundable unless the commission is cancelled by the artist.
How long will it take?
The start date will depend on the length of my current waiting list. As for the work itself my technique is very time intensive and depending on the size/complexity of the portrait it can averagely range between a week and a month to complete.
I will always do my best to accommodate your time preference and if your commission is a gift I can provide a gift certificate which acts as a beautiful place holder to send to the recipient until the portrait is ready.
Do you accept international commissions?
Yes, it is very exciting to send work abroad! However payment will have to be made in Pounds Sterling.
How is my portrait packaged and delivered?
I make sure to package each portrait with the utmost care.
Not only are all packages sent via insured post but your artwork will be carefully placed within a protective sleeve, secured between solid sheets of MDF, sealed in a waterproof mail bag and clearly labelled with a ‘do not bend’ warning.
I also ensure all packaging is recycled, recyclable or bio-degradable (and where possible all of the above).
Do you do revisions and alterations?
I make sure that the digital mockup is as close as possible to your vision of the final outcome so that you can rest assured you will be fully satisfied with the final portrait. However I will consider small alterations if they are possible which will be charged at an hourly rate.
Can you compile multiple photos for a group portrait?
I do not advise this technique as it is very difficult to make the lighting and perspective match seamlessly across all the subjects. However if you are comfortable with these discrepancies I am happy to oblige and will do my best to make it feel as natural as I can.
Can I purchase a portrait as a gift without providing the photo?
Yes, if you wish to pay (either in part or full) for a portrait as a gift but wish the recipient to have control over the design I provide a gift certificate which can then be used by them to commission me.
Do you frame the portraits?
Framing relies heavily on personal taste and at present I do not have the facilities to accommodate frames as a part of my service.
Will my portrait/photo be used on your website?
Using previous commissions as a part of my online portfolio is a crucial part of maintaining my business and I am grateful to all who allow me to display scans of their portraits. However if you are uncomfortable having your portrait or photo included in my online portfolio or social media platforms let me know and I will be happy to accommodate.
What materials do you use?
I only ever work on archival quality paper that I am careful not to touch with bare skin in order to uphold its archival status. The gold detail is painted in Liquid Leaf which is a permanent lightfast and rich pigment that adheres well to paper. I use fixative on my pencil drawings in order to prevent smudging.