The quality of materials used is very important for the durability and life of the artwork. Each portrait is painted on canvas mounted to a rigid panel, all hand-prepared by the artist using techniques recommended by most art conservators. Charcoal portraits are drawn on 100% cotton and framed with archival materials to prevent damage to the drawing over time. Every step in the portrait creation process is meant to ensure that the artwork will remain true to the time it was first created.
Rates are determined by medium (i.e. oil painting or charcoal drawing), portrait size, and complexity.
• 14" x 18"
• 16" x 20"
• 24" x 30"
• 24" x 36"
Please email Jeremiah@JJWPortraits.com for a quote.
Procedures: Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to complete a portrait?
Each portrait requires a great deal of attention to ensure that the highest quality is delivered. The steps involved in the preparation, creation, and completion of the work are executed with upmost care. The time it takes depends upon the medium, size and the complexity of the portrait.
Paintings generally take anywhere from 1 to 2 months for standard sizes. I use old world techniques which involve multiple layers, so each paint layer must dry before the next is applied. This provides a great deal of color depth in the finished painting. Once completed, varnish is applied to the surface to protect the portrait and to keep the colors vibrant. The varnish is then allowed to dry for several days.
Drawings don't require drying, so they take considerably less time. On average, a charcoal drawing takes 1 to 5 weeks to complete.
Do you work from photos or from life?
For your convenience, photos are the preferred source of reference to create a portrait. If using your own photos, please send them to see if they can be used as references.
What are your payment procedures?
Most major credit cards, checks, or cash are accepted. Payments can be made in monthly installments for your convenience. As is customary a 20% deposit is required at the beginning of the commission.