Portrait Work: Looking for Me to Capture You?

Discussion with the client is welcome and necessary throughout the portrait procedure. Of utmost importance is a trusting relationship between the painter and the client. It is in my clients’ best interest to accept input and assistance in choosing the setting, wardrobe, pose and lighting for the subject of the painting.

It is not just how I place paint on canvas that makes me an artist. It is how I see, arrange, compose, and “feel about the subject” that are of equal, if not more, importance. I work carefully with you to ensure that your painting will be a true, classic portrait, that captures the likeness as well as the spirit of the subject.

Whenever possible, I prefer to spend some time merely chatting with and getting to know the subject for an hour or so before any sketching or photography is done. It is during this time, as well as throughout all interaction with the subject, that I am watching for “unintended revelations” — those moments when pretense is discarded and the soul comes to rest on the surface. These are the gestures, the expressions and the attitudes that I capture in my memory, to recreate on canvas a true likeness — a reflection of the person that is known, not just a correct arrangement of features.

For our first meeting, I schedule a sitting and/or photography session at your convenience. This first session or “sitting” can take place in my studio or at your home, office or other location, and will take from two to four hours. During this first session I may do a preliminary color study from life. Extensive photographic reference material is gathered to allow me to proceed in my studio after the sitting concludes.

  • All photos are kept in strict confidence, and are for my use only in creating the final painting.
  • No photos can or will be displayed or published without written consent of the person whose image is in the photograph. Your confidence is assured.


Source of Reference Photography

It is important to understand, that, except in the case of posthumous portraits, I do not work from photographs other than those shot by me. The way I photograph is guided by my sensitivities as a painter, and observer of people. I’ve have learned over time that here is no way to convey to another photographer what I need. It is purely a matter of instinct. I make no exceptions.

Photography Fees

In principle, I do not charge anything extra for the photo session, as that is part of the commission. If however the portrait commission is terminated, and my client wants the photographs, a fee of $75 is to be paid for time and materials, and the photographs will be delivered on a CD.

Otherwise, the only cost for photography would be travel expenses to locations farther than 50 miles from my studio. I am willing to travel round trip to any location worldwide at nothing more than the cost of my expenses plus a reasonable amount more for my time.

Start Your Collection

Getting Started
The first, and most important step to becoming a collector, is to love what you collect. Especially when buying art, make sure that the work of art touches you. If your heart begins to race and you start to feel a warm sensation all over…don’t panic. It just means that this is the piece for you. Take into consideration that this work of art will most likely hang in your home for a long time. Find that piece that you will never tire of…a work of art that will bring a smile to your face on the gloomiest of Mondays. You may want to start collecting images based on a particular theme such as music, family, romance, etc. Visit your local library, bookstore or internet and find out about the different styles of art; the various mediums used, and the great masters techniques. On a rainy afternoon, pay a visit to a local gallery or museum…and just sit there and stare at that painting that seems to captivate you. Examine the meaning of the piece. Put yourself in the artist’s shoes and imagine his or her muse. You’ll find that most art goes deeper than the canvas.
Those in the Know
Art galleries are an excellent venue for shaping your collection. Gallery owners often know about up and coming artists, events, and trends. They can help you invest your money in quality art as well as educate you on art terminology. Acquiring art is one thing. Preserving and displaying your art is another. Art galleries are the source to go to for tips on protecting your investment.
Ask Questions
Never feel embarrassed to ask an artist or gallery owner questions about art. Most artists thrive on the opportunities to speak to someone about their work. Each artist is unique and approaches the canvas differently. Ask the artist what his inspiration is; What technique he uses; How long does it take him to do a piece. Ask him why one painting costs more than another. Gallery exhibits and art trade shows are an excellent venue to meet the artist and find out what goes into the creation of your favorite work of art.

Let Me Create Something just for you!



From concept to completion, the client and artist work together to bring an idea to reality. Whether you are commissioning a large or small, public or private painting, the process remains the same. These are the steps you will follow as you commission a painting. Payment structure may vary between artists, so be sure to inquire.

1. Choosing the Style!

Finding the style ( by looking at works on the site) to create your painting is the key to owning a piece you, your family, or your organization, will enjoy and value for a lifetime. It is best to find an artist whose style reflects what you are looking for and who has experience producing paintings in the style you desire.

2. Provide your artist with information

Before you approach an artist you may want to answer these questions yourself so you are able to clearly convey your expectations.

  • What size would you like your painting to be?
  • Do you feel strongly that certain colors or shades of color should be included in the painting? If so be sure to let the artist know.
  • What is your budget? Be honest with yourself and the artist. If your budget is tight let the artist know. He or she may be able to work with you to let you know how to decrease your costs.
  • What is your deadline?

If the painting is a portrait or of an object, make available photographs of the subject to help the artist determine the level of detail needed. This will also enable the artist to give a better estimate.

3. Quote given to client

The artist will give you a quote for the final painting. The quote is an in-depth explanation of what the client should expect and will receive as an end product. The quote also includes the cost, which varies for each piece.

4. First payment due & painting begins

After accepting the quote, a down payment will be paid and work will begin on the painting.
If the painting is of a person able to model for the artist or an object that may not be left with the artist, a sitting will be scheduled. Several sittings may be requested by the artist to help produce the best possible end product. If the painting is of a person or object the artist cannot view in-person, please provide photos.High resolution (at least 300 dpi)

5. Client receives painting & final payment due

Once the painting is complete, the final payment equal to the remaining amount of the quote is due to the artist and the finished artwork is given to the client.

Let’s Get Started!

Call  or email +1 347-796-1583 /  artbyrice@gmail.com to Setup Your payment Schedule Allow 30 days for all commission pieces to be completed and additional 3 days for shipping/delivery.


Merchandise that is damaged during shipping/delivery, will be returned at returned and repaired at ArtbyRice expense. All ArtbyRice pieces will be accompanied by certificate of authenticity.


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    Limited edition of 100 prints .  All signed and numbered by the artist.  Canvas print is produced on 15 mil. canvas with a 2”
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