House portraits
of distinction

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a house portrait cost?
5x7 portrait (on 8x10 paper)         $150
8x10 portrait (on 11x14 paper)     $250
11x14 portrait (on 16x20 paper)   $350

A down payment of 50 percent is required before beginning, and the balance is due upon delivery.

How long does it take to complete a house portrait?
Standard turnaround time is 3-4 weeks. Allow extra time during the holiday season.

Do you work from a photo? If so, who should take the photo?
Yes, I work from photos. If the house is in the St. Louis area, I prefer to take the photos so that I can explore and find the most pleasing view of the house. I also take several close-ups. This is particularly important on vintage architecture, where there is typically a larger amount of fine detail work.

Clients may submit their own photo, either by mailing a print, or e-mailing an electronic file to the address shown below. If possible, send several pictures, indicating the favored angle for the finished product and showing close-ups of the details.

What medium do you use?
My portraits are drawn in pen and ink, then colored with pencil, marker and pastels. This provides clean, precise lines, and vivid, true-to-life colors.

How is my finished portrait presented? Is it framed or matted?
Your portrait is placed in a mat for hand delivery, or shipped in a protective mailing tube (without mat) if being shipped.

The paper, mat and backing board are made from acid-free archival materials, to ensure the long-term quality of the image. I also recommend the use of UV-resistant glass to further protect the image against fading. Please consult with a professional framer to avoid damaging your portrait.

Why should I commission a house portrait when I can easily take a photograph?
While a photo can render an accurate picture of a house, it also captures imperfections and distractions. In a custom house portrait, I can make alterations and enhancements as needed to the home and the landscaping.

My house isn’t large or particularly impressive. I don’t really think it would make an interesting portrait.
I have created portraits of large and small homes, both vintage and modern, and they all have one thing in common: The owner feels a deep personal attachment to their home. A house doesn’t have to be large or expensive to be treasured by its owner.

How can I order a house portrait?
Contact me by phone or email (see home page for contact information). We can then set up an appointment to take photos and start the portrait.

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