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I would love to work with you to create a portrait that will be treasured for years to come. I love to paint portraits to honor a loved-one, decorate your home, or give as the ultimate one-of-a-kind gift. I can work from a photograph or paint with the subject live in the room with me! So whether you live in Portugal or beyond, want me to travel to your home, or would like to work remotely, I can paint something just for you to capture the spirit of the subject on canvas.
Terms & Procedures
The process begins with a meeting to discuss the specifics of your portrait. We will review your needs, look at my portfolio, or see the paintings in person if you live in the Porto/Lisbon area. This is also when we will choose the size and subject of the piece, as well as decide any deadlines that must be met.
You will be part of the entire process via phone, email, and/or Skype. To support my desire for the resulting piece to exceed your expectations, I do a preliminary sketch to show composition and expression, which I will send to you for your approval, usually within 7 days of receiving a quality reference photo (300 dpi or higher) or having our live sitting. Rush work is available.
Sittings: Very few subjects seem to have the time or desire to sit for the entire duration of the painting process. So I seek to sketch my subject or at least correct coloration at the end. Typical sittings are between 1 and 3 hours.
Should you approve the sketch, a 50 % deposit is required before painting begins.
It usually takes about a month for a painting to be completed. I take my time to make sure my work meets the highest standards.
The balance is due when the painting is finished and approved by the client. Satisfaction with the completed piece is of the utmost importance. You can request adaptation at no charge. I will work with you until you are deliriously happy with the painting. If you are not completely satisfied and do not wish to own the painting, the deposit will be refunded and the painting will remain in my collection. Upon completion, I will send you the preliminary sketch as well as the painting. I can ship express mail from Portugal. International shipping available.
If you are giving the portrait as a gift, I can also hand-write a card for the recipient. No problem!