Process and Pricing

Portraits from Reference Photographs

I generally work from one or more reference photographs in my studio. The portrait painting may be based on photographs that you already have, or if there is the opportunity, from my own reference photos.

Photos should be clear and in focus. The subject should have a reasonable amount of lighting. Photos with natural lighting are better choices than photos that use a flash. I am happy to review several photos to help you determine which are portrait worthy.

If you want to commission a portrait based on a professional photo, I ask that the photographer provide written permission. Keep in mind that there are probably more lovely opportunities for portraits in the candid moments of life from your own photo collections.


The price of a work is based on its size. The minimum size of the work is based on how large it needs to be to fit the desired subject or subjects. I will work with you to determine the best dimensions for your portrait. Here are some examples of sizes and prices.

Small Paintings (1 subject) — $250
(8 x 8″, 8 x 10″, 9 x 12″)

11 x 14″ (1 subject) ———– $385

12 x 18″ (1-2 subjects) ——- $540

16 x 20″ (1-3 subjects) ——- $800

22 x 28″ (1-4 subjects) ——- $1540

24 x 36″ (1-6 subjects) ——- $2160

Above prices do not include sales tax and the cost of shipping.

Prices on this website are subject to change at any time.


A deposit of 50% the cost of the portrait is due upfront. The remaining cost (including any shipping or travel) is due upon your approval of the work. The finished and unframed painting will then either be shipped, picked up, or if you live in or near the Twin Cities, MN, delivered to your residence or to a local frame shop.