Portrait Commissions in Oils

Portrait Commissions in OilsPortrait Commissions in Oils.

Clients regularly approach Fiona, having seen her work either in a commercial gallery or on this website, or through a personal referral, and commission a portrait for themselves. Fiona is a highly accomplished portrait painter, based in the UK, whose favourite subject matter for any of her paintings is the human figure. Her clients come from a very wide range of backgrounds and interests and not only commission portraits of themselves but also often their family members, friends and other acquaintances. Some clients request just a simple picture of their head and others prefer a full-length pose, a painting from behind or a nude. Fiona offers a very discreet service and images of the sitter, and the painting itself, will never be discussed or shared unless permitted by the client.

In an ideal situation Fiona will begin the portrait painting process by sketching and photographing her subjects in real life, either in her studio or in the client’s house. This process usually takes most of a day. Fiona then returns to her studio, without the client, to complete the painting by working from her original sketches and photographs. The length of time taken to complete a portrait varies tremendously taking into account factors such as size and the number of people in the painting, but is generally 2 to 4 weeks.

The cost of a portrait varies for the same reasons mentioned above, namely size differences and the complexity of the image itself (a painting with two sitters is effectively two portraits in one) but, as a guide, an oil painting on canvas about 8 x 10 inches will be £750 with prices rising with size and complexity accordingly. 

The first, and perhaps most important, stage in the process is to have a look through Fiona’s figurative work and decide whether her style of painting is the type of thing you are looking for. If it is then please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we would be delighted to discuss your ideas with you.