Procedure and Fees
HOW THE PORTRAIT PROCEEDS
My goal is to create the most beautiful oil portrait commissions possible. I follow a set procedure to best ensure that each of my commissioned oil portrait paintings lives up to the highest standards. All due consideration will be given to best accommodate your schedule. 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.
THE FIRST MEETING
The collaborative process of creating an heirloom portrait or permanent tribute begins before our first sitting. Ideally, I will personally meet with the client prior to the reference-photo session to discuss setting, mood, pose, dress, canvas size and where the portrait will hang. Alternatively, this may be handled through phone consultations or email if need be. Once the decision has been made to commission an oil portrait, you will sign a contract which clarifies the terms and the specifications and a non-refundable deposit of 30% is collected.
I understand the client cannot sit for long periods to accommodate the needs of the artist, so I work from photos I take of you during our photo session. I will take 100-200 shots. I would ask for at least 2 hours to get these quality shots. During this appointment I will also do a color study from life if needed. Within a couple of days, you will review my selection of photographic references and we decide on the best one for your portrait. To ensure satisfaction the client is involved in every step during this process. An additional 30% is collected and the painting begins.
PAINTING THE PORTRAIT
The painting begins. This process should on average take between 1 and 2 months. When you commission a portrait you work directly with the artist. There are no intermediaries and communication is direct which ensures your satisfaction. I welcome your contact as I want you to always feel you were a direct participant in this process. During the painting process an additional sitting may be helpful.
Once the painting is completed, it is important that the painting is properly framed. The right frame both enhances and protects the portrait. Although you are responsible for the cost of the frame, I will assist you in selecting the best frame possible and may be able to offer a discount on the framing prices. The completed commissioned portrait can then be delivered framed, and ready to be displayed for years of pleasurable viewing. Balance will be required at delivery.
Joseph Mattus creates portraits in oil on hand woven Belgian linen and uses only the finest quality materials. It is his goal to create an heirloom-quality work of art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
|CANVAS SIZE||AVG FEES*|
|Head & Shoulder||$1850||$2200 & up|
|1/2 Figure with hands||$2500|| $3200 & up
|3/4 Figure||$3000||$3900 & up
|Full Figure||$3900||$6000 & up
There is a range of appropriate sizes for each of the above. Unless a specific size is required, I will choose the best dimension for the composition planned. Additional figures in the same portrait are discounted 25% and pets are extra . Fees may vary according to complexity of background and other details.
*Prices do not include framing, travel expenses, shipping, or sales tax if applicable.