Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing structure is very straightforward - I charge by body parts: head and shoulders; half figure with hands, full figure etc. It can take me as long to paint a pair of hands as a face, so my fees are a reflection of the time required for each level of complexity. My fees are published on my website.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have a Bachelor's degree in fine art, with a minor in business administration. After graduation from college it dawned on my that I'd have to (gulp) support myself. I entered graduate school and received a master's degree in health care management, and spent the next seventeen years as a health care executive in Phoenix AZ. When my son was born in 1989, I looked at his face and decided to paint him. I developed a business plan to transition from the health care field and here I am, 22 years later.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with each client to create a treasured heirloom of original fine art, capturing the personality and uniqueness of each subject I paint. I can help them to capture moments in time, love, honor and respect.
I particularly enjoy painting posthumous portraits to capture families' memories of their loved ones,
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Take the time to investigate various portrait painters, review portfolios to develop a reasonable expectation of what the artist can deliver - likeness, style, price.
You should feel that you can communicate effectively with your artist, while understanding that you'll be commissioning a painting, not a photograph.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The skills in becoming an excellent artist are developed over many, many year's time. It's not easy, and it requires a willingness to continue learning and working very very hard. It's not a hobby. It's my profession.