a portrait is easy and fun- it’s a treat for you, or a very
we plan your portrait:
If you are
interested in having a portrait painted,
email me and we’ll set up your initial consultation. We’ll
meet in a location convenient for you and talk.
both in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles; arrangements can also be
made for San Diego and Santa Cruz.
discuss the idea of the portrait: will it be formal or casual, standing
or sitting, size and color, what you’d like to wear, and whether
you want to be painted at your home or my home studio. If you don’t
yet know what you want, we can figure it out together.
I’ll bring my portfolio, and books of classic and modern portraiture.
You can bring your favorite photos of yourself, and perhaps some
thoughts about who you are- ten words that describe you, ten things
you really like, your resume, an essay about yourself, or a post-it
with “I don’t what to say about myself!” written
agreed on a plan, I’ll write up a simple Commission Agreement
for us both to sign, and we can begin!
process takes just 2 to 4 weeks. Your time on the calendar is reserved
when we sign the Commission Agreement and I receive your deposit.
your portrait is painted:
The painting will
take two to three sittings. The first one is usually three to four
hours, although much of that time is spent choosing clothes and accessories,
arranging the pose and getting comfortable. The second and sometimes
third sittings will be shorter, two to three hours.
I was a courtroom
artist, so I’m used to working while people do other things.
You can listen to the radio, or watch videos, or you can bring a
friend to talk to. If you pose with someone else, you can talk to
each other while you’re posing. Some people like to relax
and enjoy the peaceful feeling of being still; others like to chat
with me as we work. You can ask me questions and get up and look
at the painting any time. We’ll have regular breaks to stand
up and stretch, eat or drink.
of each painting are determined by the composition of the portrait,
but in general I like to work at least 20” x 30”, and
there is no additional charge for sizes up to 36” x 48”.
Portraits are $1,000.00 for a full-figure picture.
- Double Portraits
are $1,400 for full-figure.
A deposit of
50% of the total is required before the portrait is started. The
remainder is due when you receive the completed painting. I will
accept a check for the initial deposit but I require PayPal, money
order, cashier’s check or cash for the final payment. Berkeley
sales tax of 8.75% is applied to the total purchase price.
are generally painted 30-70% of life-size.
- I paint
in acrylics so your portrait is varnished and available for you
to take home just three days after it is finished.
for highly detailed backgrounds or additional objects are negotiable.
- All prices
are subject to change.
- If you request,
you may pick up your portrait with the edges painted for frameless
display and wired for hanging; framing and shipping are the responsibility
of the client.
of my clients want a less traditional portrait- looser, more expressionistic,
more modern. Or they would like a picture to give as a gift- within
a weeks’ time!
If that sounds attractive to you, we should discuss a “four
hour portrait”- a quick portrait done alla prima in a single
sitting. We talk on the phone to set these up, probably emailing
some ideas or photos of you back and forth, then meet for the painting
with clothes and background already chosen. Payment for the painting
is made on arrival; you pose for three to four hours. And that’s
four-hour portraits are $450.00, executed in sizes up to 30”x30”.
There is no extra charge for up to two additional subjects.
You can choose full-length, half, or bust.
portraits are a great value and very fun to participate in- my clients
are always amazed by how fast it all happens.
love these rougher paintings; they are full of energy and mystery.
And of course if you decide you would rather have me go on and make
the painting more traditional, we simply proceed as with a regular
portrait, scheduling another sitting.
can keep the painting for three days to varnish it, or I can leave
it with you and you can have your framer varnish it- these are great
Asked Questions (FAQ):
long does it take?
painting will take two to three sittings. The first one is usually
three to four hours. The second and sometimes third sittings will
be shorter, two to three hours.
I have to sit perfectly still?
not. I was a courtroom artist, so I’m used to working while
people do other things. You can listen to the radio, or watch videos,
or you can bring a friend to talk to. If you pose with someone else,
you can talk to each other practically all the time you’re
posing. I’ll be talking to you occasionally as I work, and
you can ask me any questions you want and get up and look at the
painting any time. We’ll have regular break times to stand
up and stretch, eat or drink.
you paint my picture from a photograph?
but I’d really rather not. Photographs are useful tools for
a portraitist, but a painting from a photograph is a copy. Spending
time with the sitter allows me to get to know you, to see your face
from different angles and in different moods. A painting from life
moves back and forth through many moments at a certain time in your
life; a photograph captures a single instant.
I use the painting for my Christmas cards/website/business cards
can reproduce the painting for Christmas cards or to email to family
members; for commercial use such as a website we’ll need a
work-for-hire agreement and a slightly different pricing.
you paint my baby?
but I’d really rather not. At least not a traditional baby
picture. If you'd like a picture of your baby riding a giant caterpillar,
or your baby as a mermaid or a bat, we can talk. Babies and small
children are very challenging subjects, with a different visual
language. It’s not my specialty. There are portraitists who
specialize in children who can do a wonderful traditional picture
of your baby.
about my older child?
Kids over eight or nine can be part of the portraiture process,
interacting and establishing their character the way adults do.
I bring my baby?
best if you don’t bring your children unless they’re
posing- this is a time for you.
you make me younger/thinner/more beautiful?
standard for portraiture is “five&five”- five years
younger, five pounds thinner. I’m happy to do that if you
like. Everyone I paint is fascinating and beautiful to me; if you
have features you want emphasized, let me know.
you paint me nude?
but clothes are wonderful for storytelling. You’ll have a
more vivid portrait of a specific time in your life if you’re
wearing something meaningful to you.
you paint me and my partner performing a sex act?
if it’s consensual! (All blood play, breath control play,
and fluid exchange must be simulated!) You will have to sign a pretty
detailed release of liability though.
you paint me/us at our favorite dungeon/fantasy room/commercial
sex club/ drag bar/SF convention?
if it’s near the Bay Area or LA, and you secure permission
from the owner of the space. I’m very comfortable working
in public spaces and having an audience doesn’t distract me-
you can pose at ComicCon, on the street during Pride, or at Costume
Con if you want!
yes. It depends entirely on the pose. Sitting or standing in one
position for a long period can be uncomfortable. If you have any
kind of chronic pain or a back problem, we should choose a comfortable
pose and take frequent breaks. Some people are fine with holding
a pose that hurts like hell after the first five minutes; other
want to feel relaxed the whole time.