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Working with Jessie Rasche: How to Hire a Portrait Artist
Steps in Commissioning a Portrait Painting
Look at Previous Portraits. Before contacting me, look at my previous portraits. I work in a modern impressionist style that celebrates color and brush marks while capturing the essence of the person. If you love my style, Contact the Portrait Artist for a free consultation.
Free Consultation. This is a casual meeting or phone conversation where you share your hopes for a painting and we both make sure that I am the right artist for your project.
I can bring paintings in a couple of sizes to help with decision making, and share any other information that helps in your decision making. If you choose to commission a portrait, a non-refundable deposit of 50% is due before the next step.
Photos and Sketches. We meet, and I will paint a 2-3 hour color study of the sitter(s) and take photos to work from in the studio. For young children or people who cannot or do not wish to sit for the color study, I’ll take color notes to work from.
Composition Review. We discuss the layout options and painting direction. I show collectors sketches to help with decision making.
Painting. Work on the painting begins. Collectors receive photo updates of their painting at every stage of the process and are welcome to visit the studio at any point to see their portrait in person. Collectors have the opportunity to approve the painting before delivery.
Delivery. Your painting will be delivered or shipped as soon as it is dry to the touch. You now own an original, beautiful portrait.
Varnishing. I am happy to varnish your painting after it has dried for the necessary 6-12 months.
Prices – Portrait Fees
An original, one-of-a-kind portrait painting is an investment that will preserve a special moment in life for generations.
11 x 14 inches – $650
16 × 20 inches – $1700
24 × 30 inches – $3000
Listed is the base cost of an oil portrait of one or two people on linen with a neutral background. Additional subjects and detailed backgrounds are an additional charge. Framing and travel outside the Brookings/Sioux Falls, SD area or the Minneapolis, MN area is an additional charge.
Contact me with any questions or to set up a consultation.
Other sizes and options
Pencil portraits start at $250.
Miniatures start at $300.
Corporate portraits start at $3,000 for a 16×20 in, and $8,000 for a 24×30 in portrait.
Question: Will you work from my photo?
Answer: Only if absolutely necessary.
If you are within driving distance, we can meet for a photo-shoot. It is included in my pricing, and the paintings come out better when I am able to take a photo with painting in mind. Photos that are great as photos are not necessarily great for painting from.
If you are too far away to do a photo-shoot, or if there is another reason that a photo-shoot is not feasible, I will need written permission from the person who took the photos I work from.
Question: Can I make copies of the portrait you paint for my friends?
Answer: Artists maintain the copyright of their artwork even if the physical painting is sold. No reproductions can be made without written permission from the artist.
Question: Can I share the portrait on social media?
Answer: Yes! Please tag me. @jessierasche on instagram or @Jessie Rasche Art Studio on facebook.
Love it Guarantee
I put my heart and soul into all of my paintings and hope that you will love yours. If you are not happy with your portrait painting, let me know and we can talk about whether or not you would love it after some changes. I’ll either make changes or refund the payments you have made beyond the non-refundable deposit.
I want each collector to love their painting, and will do what I can to make sure that happens!
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