Successful portraits are a true collaboration between client and
artist. Tom's process typically includes these steps:
1. An initial consultation to discuss the size, spirit and details
of the portrait.
2. Photograph the subject to explore pose, styling, background
and expression. This session can be scheduled at Tom's studio in
Greensboro or at a location of your choice. After reviewing the
results together, the final composition of the painting is developed.
For posthumous portraits, Tom will work with you to select appropriate
photo reference from personal or public archives.
3. Prepare a small preliminary study for your review, reflecting
the size, style and composition of the portrait. At this stage,
the final size of the painting is determined and the frame is chosen.
(Clients most often prefer that Tom work with them to select an
appropriate archival-quality frame.)
4. Create the painting in the studio using the finest materials
on premium linen canvas, resulting in a portrait that will last
for many generations.
5. Lastly, Tom prefers a final sitting with the subject upon delivery;
when that is not possible, he will ship the portrait directly to
All portraits are priced after the individual requirements for the
project are discussed. Fees begin at $6,500.00 for a single-subject,
head-and-shoulders child's portrait of average complexity, painted
approximately life-size in oil. Fees increase proportionally for
half-figure, three quarter-figure and full-figure poses and may
vary according to the complexity of the background. Discounts are
extended for multiple subjects in the same portrait.
Fees do not include travel, framing, applicable sales taxes, or
shipping expenses. Preliminary costs, such as travel, are billed
when incurred, and a non-refundable deposit of 40% is due when painting
begins. The balance is due upon final approval and acceptance of
the portrait. Please contact Tom for further information.