Below are some of the
commonly get asked. Of course, if your question is not found below we
will happly answer your inquiries. Just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 919-880-7431
here to Request a Portrait Quote
We offer portraits in oil,
pastel and watercolor.
All three mediums that we
created from the finest artist grade pigment. The difference is that
their binders are different. The binder used in oil paints is linseed
oil. The binder for watercolor is gum Arabic and the binder for pastel
is gum tragacanth. This difference in binders is what leads to the
different techniques of painting.
Our oils, pastels and
outlive your grandchildren! Although oils are considered the
traditional portrait medium, today’s acid free papers,
specialized materials and museum framing techniques make
portrait an heirloom for generations!
We love to work in all
Yes! We will check them
for clarity and advise you on which direction to go from there.
Absolutely! Theresa spent
both horses and dogs. She raised Connemara ponies and Belgian draft
horses as well as competed in Hunter Jumper events. She also owned and
operated a 100 run boarding kennel and bred and showed the top winning
Field Spaniel in the history of the breed. Did we mention the dairy
goats? The cameo pet portraits are very popular as are the portraits
combining the owner and pet. Check them out!
course! Steve usually creates the house portraits. The most popular
medium is watercolor and three sizes are available. Although we can
take the photographs, clients like to show us favored landscape
photographs so we will gladly work with you for that perfect look of
your home! At the same token we have painted portraits of boats, cars
and assorted inanimate objects!
Yes! We are always
creating backgrounds. Currently the most popular ones are gardens and
Yes! That is one of our
most often asked questions and the resulting portraits are a delight to
No problem. That is our
Given the option , we normally prefer to take our own photographs of
the subject. We take photographs with the knowledge that we will be
using them to create a finished portrait (not a photograph) so our
concept of a photography session is different than that of a
photographer. We are casual and relaxed and the result is subjects who
are also relaxed!
you have photographs, let us look at them. If we are taking the
photographs, we arrange an appointment for a photography session either
at your home or on location somewhere else. After we take the photos,
we'll develop them the same day and help you select the right pose and
expression for your portrait! At the same time we will help you decide
on size (we’ll sketch out sizes for you at your home), which
medium and your framing requirements.
Yes! We travel all over
States meeting clients. The client provides both transportation
(airfare or gas mileage) and room and board if we are traveling a great
distance. If the photography session is within 100 miles of Raleigh,
NC, there is no charge for travel.
No! We collect $150.00 at
the time of
the photography session that is then applied towards the downpayment of
the portrait if for some reason we have to return at a later date.
Since we will be working on your portrait back in our studio, we find
that our photography is necessary, not optional (if the subject is
available) and usually superior to many photographers' photographs! Our
photographs reflect our knowledge of face and character and represent
what we are looking for in expression, pose and lighting of our
clients! Although the resulting photographs are ours, the client can
better visualize (especially when we sketch them out) what their final
portrait will look like!
We are working with our
creating their portraits all the time! Generally we complete our
portraits in 4-6 weeks from the time we begin working on them. Oils
take longer because of the nature of the medium. There are times when
we find it more convenient to schedule the photography session now
although we may not be able to start your portrait for a few weeks or
months. To avoid disappointment, please allow for our schedules and
contact us now!
In all of our years of
have never had a disappointed client! Read our testimonials or
personally contact some of our clients! "Getting a likeness" is our
specialty!! That is why we work hard to determine the right portrait
for you before we start! We always emphasize that this is YOUR portrait
(not your neighbor’s or mother in law’s) and will
work with you to create that special portrait you will proudly display
in your home!
Of course! If, after
portrait, there are some alterations needed, we will happily make any
adjustments. Simply let us know within 7 days of accepting the portrait
so that any color pallettes that we used are still fresh!
Yes! We have shipped our
mediums) safely around the world! We will not ship framed pastels or
watercolors with glass! We always insure your portrait.
Yes! We do have access to
wonderful framers and galleries and are available for advice, but many
of our clients prefer that we handle the whole process.
We accept Mastercard,
Visa, American Express, checks and cash.