How We Begin:   An email to robertajbates@gmail.com is the very best way. I'll reply posthaste with a more detailed outline of my portrait process. Next, if proximity allows, an in-person visit to my home studio if you'd like. If not, we’ll do just fine working together through email and/or phone. It's been done many times. 

About Photographs:   Infusing the subject with verve and vibrancy is what I go for; finding the essence - that little something extra going on. Almost all portraits are painted using photos. I’ll assess creating successful portraiture from those you provide. If you're considering shooting new images and want help, I can give you some tips.

How Long to Turnaround:   I'm indulged when I have six to eight weeks to complete a small portrait. That said, I’m happy to try to work with your tighter schedule; especially if it’s for someone special on a special occasion. When your portrait is close to a wrap, minor adjustments can still be made. It’s important to me that you’re happy; even thrilled, overjoyed, ecstatic with the final. That makes my world go’round.

Pricing:   Number of subjects, portrait size, clothing detail, background complexity are considered. A couple of examples:  Single subject/head and shoulders 9x12" with uncomplicated background is in the $350 price range. Single subject/head and shoulders in size 14x18" with simple background is in the $575 range. Larger sizes and more detail, such as half or full figure/arm and hands will increase the fee. If there's a second subject, add about 50%. Together we'll peruse the options and I'll provide a firm quote soon after seeing reference photos.

Pets:   Pricing varies with these guys, too; though overall less than people portraits.

Just a Bit More:   A 50% non-refundable partial payment (check or cash) is requested when actual painting begins. Balance is due upon the complete satisfaction of both of us. For additional portrait(s) ordered at the time we start your first, a 20% discount is given on the second order. If artwork is shipped, charge is added for packing, shipping and insurance.

Portrait pricing is subject to change without notice, unless we've entered into an agreement.

About Framing:   Quote does not include framing; however, don’t dismay. Having been a professional framer, I'll be glad to give you some guidance.