Portrait Commission Info

We offer Three types of portraits -

1. Portraits painted from Life

2. Portraits painted from your photo reference

3. Enthusiast Portraits like our hunting and fishing portraits and athlete portraits.

listed below are the techniques ordering specifics and prices for each of these categories. If you have any questions about ordering send an email to awanga@me.com for a free consultation.

NOTE: for 2013 all canvases will be shipped as a frameless gallery wrap with painted edges and will be ready to display upon arrival.

Most of our clients prefer to frame their art locally due to the high cost of shipping framed artwork. We want you to be able to immediately display your art when it arrives so we stretch your canvas as a gallery wrap with painted edges so it can be displayed beautifully without a frame. It is very easy to frame your gallery wrap if you choose and we can offer affordable sources in your area who will do that for you. We can ship your painting framed with one of our artist select frames at your request for an additional framing and shipping charge.

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1. Portraits Painted From Life - PRICE BY QUOTE ONLY

Expressive creative portraits painted from live sittings or from photo reference sessions staged by the artist.

• Traditional Painting Techniques of the great portrait masters

• Requires live client sittings

• Painted on site or in studio

• Choice of a variety of mediums and styles from classic to expressive

Our goal with these renditions is to create a likeness that reflects the character and interests of the subject while allowing for creative expression by the artist. We offer a variety of mediums and sizes from small cameo paintings to full life size canvases and larger than life murals. These works use only the finest materials available for the chosen medium. A.J. paints in an astounding variety of styles to suit your tastes giving you the ability to choose classical portraiture or a more expressive or graphic contemporary style.

We are available to travel to your location to do the initial sitting which may include sketching and a series of photos for additional reference. Price quotes will include travel, lodging, framing and delivery expenses. Due to variables in size and differing requirements dependent on the chosen medium, pricing is available by quote only.

Email the artist for a free consultation and information on commissioning a life portrait = awanga@me.com

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2. Portraits Painted From Your Photos

Amazing and affordable painted portraits based on your sentimental snapshots. Created by a master artist using a powerful mix of classical painting methods and cutting edge modern illustration techniques to produce breathtaking masterpieces for your family.

• Mixed Method Acrylics or Traditional Oils on fine canvas

• You supply photo reference

• We can work from simple snapshots, antique photos, yearbook pics etc.

• Entirely rendered by hand. (No photoshop filters used)

• Combines cutting edge modern illustration techniques and classical masters painting methods

• Short turn time

• Museum quality canvas and pigments

• Affordable and unique

• Duplicates available as Giclee' canvas prints



Mixed Method Acrylics From Your Photos

Created using your snapshots as reference these canvas artworks are executed by hand, one brushstroke at a time. We use a mix of traditional fine art and modern illustration methods to create the ultimate acrylic portrait. Your portrait begins life as an accurate underpainting that serves as the foundation for the final acrylic work. Like the underpaintings of Titian, Rembrandt and Vemeer, this pre-version of the final painting sets the composition, creates volume, and gives substance to the subject matter. Dark and light tones are mapped out to create the effects of depth and illumination in your portrait. Traditionally this process is worked out directly on the canvas. We do this stage off the canvas giving us freedom to experiment using less expensive or virtual materials. Various methods are used to create the initial underpainting. We use dry brush speed painting techniques in oils as employed by master Russian portrait artists, modern digital speed painting methods employed by top Hollywood concept artists and graphite or charcoal drawings on plain paper. Once the underpainting is complete it is mechanically transferred to the artists canvas for final color application and rendering of details using the finest pigments and paints. We often create different elements of the painting as separate pieces combining them during the transfer to the final canvas. The flexibility of our process allows for unequaled speed of creation. This is the factor that allows us to do these incredible paintings at such affordable prices. These are stunning works of art that far exceed the beauty and drama of your original photo reference. There is no photography or photoshop filtering used. Every square inch of your canvas reflects the work of the artist's hand.

Mixed Method Acrylic Prices

Little Gems - Head and Shoulders to Half Body pose. Simple background only. One or two subjects only

11x14 = $195*

16x20 = $225*

18x24 = $250*

22x28 = $300*

Standard Sizes any pose

22x28 = $700*

24x30 = $800*

24x36 = $850*

30x40 = $950*

36x48 = $1500*

*50% Deposit required via Cash, Check, CC, Debit or PayPal. Free Shipping. Average turn time 4-6 weeks. Price Includes up to two subjects. Add $50 for each additional subject. Overly complex themes or backgrounds cost extra. Your painting will arrived as a contemporary gallery wrap with fully painted edges for immediate display. Custom framing is available for an additional charge.

Email the artist for a free consultation and information on submitting your reference photos for consideration = awanga@me.com


Traditional Oil Portraits From Your Photos

For clients who desire the allure of classic oil paints we offer the finest in oil portraiture. Executed using the methods of the classic masters on fine linen canvas, using only the highest quality pigments and varnishes, our oil portraits are true museum masterpieces.

NOTE: We recommend acrylic paint rather than oils for portraits based on your photos. Modern acrylic colors have been proven to last for generations and use the same exact same pigments as oil colors. Our methods ensure that the acrylic paintings have the same visual beauty as traditional oils. In fact many fellow artists mistake our acrylic portraits for oil paintings. The greatest advantage is the cost savings of our acrylic art vs. oils. due to the reduced time it takes to create them.



Traditional Oil Portrait Pricing

Prices range from $1,500 to $7,500 depending on size and complexity of the project.  These portraits take from 6 months to complete due to the slow drying nature of the medium.

Email the artist for a free consultation and information on submitting your reference photos for consideration = awanga@me.com



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3. Enthusiasts Portraits Based on your photo reference

Hunting • Fishing • Sports • Music • Any interest or hobby

• You supply reference or have us photograph you in action
• Can recreate an event if you didn't get a photo
• Acrylics or Traditional Oils
• Hand rendered (No photoshop filters)
• Cutting Edge Technique
• Short Turn Time
• Museum quality materials and pigments
• Affordable and Unique
• Duplicates (Giclee') Available
• Add in a buddy, relative or outfitter
Email A.J. for easy ordering instructions
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Portrait Pricing
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Mixed Method Acrylics
11x14 = $400*
16x20 = $500*
22x28 = $700*
24x30 = $800*
24x36 = $850*
30x40 = $950*
36x48 = $1500*
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Traditional Oils
$1,500-$7,500*
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*50% Deposit required via Cash, Check, CC, Debit or PayPal. Free Shipping. Average turn time 4-6 weeks. Price Includes up to two subjects. Add $50 for each additional subject. Overly complex themes or backgrounds cost extra. Your painting will arrived as a contemporary gallery wrap with fully painted edges for immediate display. Custom framing is available for an additional charge.

Email the artist for a free consultation and information on submitting your reference photos for consideration = awanga@me.com


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