FAQ

Here are the questions that I am asked most often:

What’s the first step in ordering a portrait?
That’s easy! Everything is outlined on the Portrait Procedure page.

How much does a pastel portrait cost?
Prices vary, depending on the size and how many subjects are in the painting. There is plenty of information on the Portrait Fees page, and of course, you can contact me for a specific quote.

How long does it take?
Completion time varies, depending on the complexity and size of your portrait. You should allow at least 8 weeks, depending on my painting schedule. If you have a special occasion, just let me know and I will do my very best to meet your deadline. Please order your Christmas portrait gifts by October 1.

Can you help me determine what size portrait I should order?
Definitely. Depending on your subject(s), you won’t want me to paint the head(s) too small or over life size. I will show you your compositional choices ahead of time, and we will agree on your expectations before I start painting.

Can you work with someone who doesn’t live near Springfield, MO?
Of course. Painting portraits for people who live in other states is so easy, thanks to the internet. You can email or mail me photos, and we can communicate by phone or email. When I am finished painting, I will shoot a photo of your completed portrait, and you can approve it via email before it is shipped to you.

I will need to send you photos. What kinds of photos make the best portait?
Please refer to my Photo Guidelines page, where you’ll find answers to all your questions.

What exactly are pastels?
Pastels are sticks of pure pigment, the same pigment found in oil paints. They are applied dry and directly to paper or other hard surface, and their beauty is found in the layering of unmixed colors. When properly protected behind glass, pastel is the most permanent of all media, for it never cracks, darkens or yellows.

What surface do you work on?
I use acid-free archival professional-grade Wallis pastel paper, mounted onto acid-free foam board.

Will my portrait be ready to frame?
I can provide acid-free double matboards in your choice of colors, so that your portrait is ready to frame upon delivery. When it’s possible, I like to help my clients select their framing. If you live at a distance, I provide instructions for handling and having your local framer complete your portrait order.

Can I get prints of the finished portrait?
Absolutely! A number of clients want them to give as gifts to grandparents and other family members. I can give you a quote.

How long have you been painting portraits?
I’ve drawn and painted people for as long as I can remember. I was a drawing major at Missouri State University, where I earned my BFA in Art. I started drawing colored pencil portraits of children in 1989, and progressed to painting in pastel by 1997. To date, I’ve painted well over 300 portraits, and hope to paint hundreds more.

If you didn’t see the answer to your particular question, please contact me!