The minute my children were born people began telling me that it all goes by so fast, like I was in a race against time and I was already falling behind.
It's a lot of pressure.
My portraits allow you to let go, and celebrate their childhood. Their little smiles, their sense of wonder, the moments when we whisper, "These are the days."
When you work with me on a portrait of your children, you'll find the experience to be very personal. First I make sure we choose the perfect photo to use as my reference for your drawing. I can make subtle changes to a composition to emphasize the relationships, or combine multiple photos to tell a new story.
I will guide you through the process honestly and sensitively. In the end, you will have a family heirloom to treasure for generations. Read testimonials from previous customers.
- Send me the photo(s) you would like me to base your drawing on. If you can, please share the story about why it's so special. If you only have video, send me a link so I can watch it. There's a chance I can find the perfect frame from the video to use as my reference. So even if a photograph was never taken, we can still capture the moment.
- Let me know if you prefer my black-and-white drawing style, or my more painterly style in color.
- Select the size of the art you would like in the drop-down menu and how many children are in the portrait.
- You also have the option to have your art professionally framed so it arrives at your door ready to hang on your wall. I highly recommend this step to ensure the longevity of your drawing. Learn more about the archival framing process then add on a frame to your order.
My signature will be printed on paper.
You will not receive a digital file.
What is a digital painting or drawing?
This is art created on a digital drawing tablet with professional art tools. I draw your portrait by hand on a screen.
You will be shown a pencil drawing preview of your portrait. At this point you can suggest up to three slight rounds of revisions, if necessary (Sketch 1, Sketch 2, Sketch 3). Once the sketch is approved, no more edits are accepted for the drawing. Then I begin the color. The process repeats: Up to three rounds of slight revisions, if necessary. If more than three revisions rounds are requested of the sketch or painting, an additional drawing fee will be added to support the time extension.
What does "giclee print" mean?
Giclee is French word, pronounced see-clay. It is the most superior of printing techniques. The special pigment-based inks are archival and bond to the paper, which helps them last for generations. The ink includes UV inhibitors that prevent the art from fading. They are also delicate, which means the art should be framed safely to ensure longevity.
How is art shipped?
Commissions are shipped flat, framed by hand (if requested), safely packaged and mailed directly from my professional printer. You will receive a tracking number. US shipping times are generally 2-3 weeks from order date, or 3-4 weeks if framing. I have no control over arrival times once it ships out or additional fees that incur. International orders may incur more shipping fees for you and extended travel time over which I have no control.
If you would like a portrait drawn from a photo that is private, I will keep it that way. I am extremely grateful to the families who trust me with their most intimate imagery. Every family signs a permission slip that gives you the opportunity to state your internet boundaries. I only share commissioned art with the public IF I have been given specific approval from the families.
Full Copyright of all art and sketches remains with the artist. No reproductions or business usage allowed.