On Commissioning a Portrait Painting

Having a portrait painted is a very special journey for both the artist and the subject. I strive to create a beautiful painting that not only attains a remarkable likeness but also captures the true spirit of my subject. My goal is to create an heirloom quality painting that will be treasured by future generations.

With every portrait I aim to create a unique and timeless work of art, and to make the process enjoyable and rewarding for everyone involved. I work from live sittings and/or from photographs.


The collaborative process begins with an initial meeting at my Ottawa studio or the client’s preferred location. At this initial meeting we will discuss the type of portrait desired and determine the size, scope, and location where the painting will be displayed. Each individual has a unique quality that will be interpreted through the pose, clothing, setting, lighting and expression selected for the portrait. The next step is the photography session where a variety of poses and lighting combinations will be explored. The client is involved in every step during this process.

In certain circumstances, where time or distance is a concern, the initial meeting and the photographic shoot can be combined.

I select the photographs to be used as reference photos and submit them to the client for comments. The choices can be discussed either by phone or in person. Upon approval of the final choice, I proceed with the portrait.

I can paint posthumous portraits if appropriate photographs and reference materials are available.

Resource Photos

Because I mainly work from photographs, the inconvenience and expense associated with sittings can be minimized or avoided. Photos are taken at my studio, at the client’s home, or other settings as desired. I’ll provide recommendations, but I encourage client participation as well.

Whenever possible, I prefer to take the photographs or be present at the photo shoot. However, I realize that it is not practical in some cases. If a professional photographer is used, I request a waiver, signed with permission for me to use the photographs.


Prices are based on the size and the intricacies in each painting.  Prospective clients can contact me using the Contact link to discuss their individual situation.  A 30% non-refundable deposit is required with a signed contract to proceed with the portrait. Balance due at completion of commission and acceptance by the client.

Portrait Sculpture

The procedure for a portrait sculpture is similar to that of painting.  However it requires different photographic references.  Prices vary based on size, intricacy, and the finished material of the bust.  If the bust is to be cast in metal, the casting and material fees are in addition to the portrait commission.

Completion and Delivery

Once the portrait is finished I will send photographs of the painting/sculpture to the client for approval before shipping; local clients may see the finished portrait in person.

In general a portrait is completed 3-6 months from the client’s approval of a particular pose and composition.

I guarantee an excellent likeness to the subject. The highest grade professional materials are used in the creation of the artwork ensuring durability and permanence.