I believe in celebrating and spending time learning about the individuality and uniqueness of ONE person.  Painting a portrait is a very personal experience in which I touch, hold, and spend time with one human being, through the beauty of paint.  

Portraiture, in particular oil painting, which is an ancient and slow drying medium (and like humans, has a multitude of layers) is about revelling and a extending a moment with an individual.

When creating and viewing a painted portrait, time ticks by slower, phones and tvs are muted, and you are able to have a visceral and visual connection with a tangible being. 

Want to have a physical connection which isn't mediated by a screen?  Contact me to start that process today by commissioning a wholly unique oil painting.


How does it work?

A commissioned work of art is a deeply personal collaboration that begins with a conversation, either by e-mail or phone.  Because I believe in the uniqueness and individuality of a single person, one painting/drawing focuses on one individual.  As a general rule, I don't paint group portraits, but would love to create several mini-paintings that could be hung as a group! I work from reference photos, sometimes a batch of several photos.  Not all photos are created equal and I will work with you to determine what photos work best.**

A 50% deposit is required to get started on your drawing/painting, which can be paid using cash, credit (Venmo, Applepay,Square, or Paypal) or check, after we've determined a vision for the work.  I create a rough oil sketch and work out the best composition for your painting.  I send progress photos along the way to ensure you are 100% satisfied!  A 2.9% processing fee is req'd for cc purchases if using paypal.

How long does it take?

Upon receipt of the deposit, commissions take about 8 weeks to complete depending on the size and complexity of a work. I often have a waiting list, so it is suggested to reserve your spot a few months in advance.  As a general rule, smaller works are created faster (8 weeks) and larger works can take much longer (up to a year)  I work diligently with all clients to keep them abreast of deadlines and give them clear expectations up front. 

How much does it cost?
  • Drawing (graphite)= $125 // 8" x 10" on paper

  • Drawing (color) = $250 // 8" x 10" on paper 

  • Small Painting =  start at $300  // size 5" x 7", 6" x 6" 

  • Medium Painting = start at $600 // size 8" x 10", 8" x 8", 9" x 12", 10" x 10", 11" x 14" 12" x 16" [additional $100 for each figure - animals included]

  • Large Painting = start at $850 // 18" x 24", 24" x 36"  [additional $100 for each figure - animals included] 

If you're interested in a custom or larger size, I'd be happy to send a proposal your way!

I also offer framing services for an additional nominal fee.

What medium do you use?

All drawings are created on archival paper for lasting quality.  Professional grade graphite and prismacolor pencils are used for all drawings.  

All paintings are completed in oil painting, using a full palette and traditional mediums, like Linseed Oil and Stand Oil.  Artwork is varnished for look and preservation. 

How much is Shipping?
  • S/H is included in drawing prices for all US clients.  International shipping incurs an additional cost.

  • S/H is not included in the painting prices for clients in US + Canada.  Your shipping notification is estimated in the initial quoted price for standard sizes.  For custom sizes, shipping may vary. 

Let's make a masterpiece!

Gallery of Commissions 


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TAMPA, FL      813-409-1207 

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