Portrait Paintings

Painting a portrait is both a challenge and a pleasure for me, and I strive for the outcome to be a lasting work of art. The samples below provide a sense of my subject matter, style, and range. 

My process varies. When I can, I like to start by meeting and talking with you about the proposed work. How large will it be? Where will it hang? What kind of background would be best?


As my samples show, I love to paint children, animals, brides--and often in landscapes that help to convey their inner natures and moods. Formal attire can lend an air of timelessness, and I love to paint boys as princes, girls as princesses; but casual clothing and settings can also be appealing. Children can show the best in us, while dogs remain our best friends (as do horses, cats, and a host of  "lesser" creatures!). And portraits of brides convey a woman at her most ideal, imbued with beauty, hope, and promise.

You might have photos that are special to you--and often I can simply work from these--but I also love to paint from life. This tends to work better with grown-ups than children, for whom the process of posing, for hours on end, can prove stultifying. However, when it is convenient, I do like to sketch children at play. This helps me to get to know them better, and I can use the sketches as references, though it is not essential. The same holds true for pets.

Heirloom portraits—those of departed loved ones and ancestors—of course depend on photos that you provide. The more professional these are, the better; but I can also make do with snapshots. 


Whatever the case, with every portrait I paint, my aim is not an exact photographic sort of depiction—which often results in a work that is lifeless—but a vibrant painting that brings a loved one to life for ages to come.

All of my portraits are in oil on linen canvas; and they are priced according to the following sizes, unframed, with shipping and travel costs (if necessary) extra:

8" x 10" to  9" x 12"   (head alone)                                                                                         $250 

16" x 20" to 18"x 24"   (head with shoulders)                                                                   $500

24" x 36" to 30" x 40"   (complete figure for children & pets, 3/4 for adults)       $750 +


larger sizes by negotiation

Isaac (8” x 10”) 

At the Old Homeplace (24" x36")

Jane (8" x 10")

Isaac (8" x 10")

Rebecca (8" x 10")

Mary Abbay (14" 18")

Sukie (24" x 30")

Huckleberry (30" x 40")

Georgeanne (30" x 40")

The  Blessing (16" x 20")

All the Sun Long (30" x 40")

Scott (30" x 40")

Sally (16" x 20")

Yaeger (30" x 40")

Buddie & Susie (24" x 36")

O. D. (18" x 24")

Sassy with Pony (after Greuze) (30" x 40")

A Young Princess (30" x 40")

A Young Prince with Friend (30' x 40")

The Harpist (36" x 48")

Girl in a Sari (18" x 24")

Girl in a Bonnet (18" x 24")

Self-Portrait of the Artist with His Bride (36 x 48")

Mrs. Robert Peel Sayle (56" x  84")

Three Sisters (30" x 40")

The Age of Enchantment (24" x 48")

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