Kent Stowell, Artistic Director,
Pacific Northwest Ballet (detail).
The process of creating an official portrait painting or
a children's portrait in oils begins with a discussion between
the client and the artist, to determine the size, composition
and price of the oil portrait to be created. Questions of
clothing, background and the location in which the painted
portrait will ultimately be displayed are considered. A 40%
deposit is required upon contract signing.
Michele Rushworth then travels to the client's office, home
or other location of the client's choosing. Some preliminary
sketches will be created and photographs will be taken of
the subject. The artist will then show the client selected
photos to be considered as reference for the oil painting.
She will also create a small oil sketch to indicate the composition
and approximate colors to be used for the proposed portrait.
An estimated completion date for the portrait is then established.
The artist commonly has a waiting list of approximately a
year, though sometimes schedule changes can be made if the
delivery of a portrait painting is requested for an upcoming
The portrait will then be created in the artist's studio,
using the finest museum quality oils on Belgian linen canvas.
The remaining 60% of the cost of the portrait is due upon
satisfactory delivery of the completed painting.
The artist will handle framing upon request.
Prices for a portrait in oils start at $8,000. Please contact
the artist at 425-681-5104 for more information and to begin
the process of commissioning a museum quality portrait in