I do commissioned paintings on a limited basis. I need to allow time for my own painting and gallery work. Depending on the complexity of the painting, the medium (watercolor, acrylic, oil, collage) the framing, and the size, I charge between $400 and $600. Larger or more complex paintings may be more expensive. I am quite willing to work out payment terms with clients. Paying over six months, for example, is quite acceptable.
I call the shots on portraits. I decide on design, colors, shapes, medium, and anything I deem to be artistically important. Im primarily a creative artist, not a portrait artist. Your commissioned painting may not look like you. I'm using you to launch a piece of art that in some way resembles you and includes you.
Some conditions of commissioned work that I hold to if at all possible:
1) I take the photographs for the commission myself. In some circumstances, such as distance, I will use one of your photos that we both agree on.
2) The client pays 50% of the agreed-upon price at the outset.
3) I can be possessive and grumpy about being in charge. I do not welcome comments or suggestions along the way. In fact I will not show you the painting while I am working on it. And finally, the finished painting is just that: finished. No revisions unless I see something needs to be changed. Final payment is due before I show it to you.
4) Clients must realize that I am committed to stylistic elements (often colorful and abstract) that I have used for some time. I do not paint in a realistic style. There are such portrait painters, for example Christian Richard Nelson (http://richardchristiannelson.com/). His fee for a portrait runs about $12,000.
5) I prefer to meet with clients before photographing and painting begin so that I have some personal thoughts about them. My painting is highly subjective and works best if I get to know clients beforehand.