Why choose us?
As a charity dedicated to portraiture, our aim is to make commissioning portraits easy and enjoyable for you.
We offer the services of our expert Commissions Consultants on behalf of our Members to help you to choose the right portrait painter for your commission. The Consultant then supports you throughout the portrait commissions process. We offer face-to-face consultations, or consultations by email and telephone without obligation.
Finding a portrait painter
Alternatively you can use our Online Artist Finder to choose and contact a portrait painter yourself.
INTRODUCTION TO CHOOSING A PORTRAIT PAINTER
The first stage is to establish the parameters of the work; who is to be in it, whether a background is to be included, how large the work is to be, which medium and an idea of how much you would be prepared to spend. (Please be aware that, when discussing size, artists think about the canvas or paper size whereas you will be thinking about the overall size which includes the frame).
Choosing an artist
Armed with this information you can then embark in choosing an artist. This decision is key to the success of the portrait so it is important that you get it right so research is essential. The research element should educate you as to your aesthetic taste, what choice of artist would be within your budget, their style, location and availability. You will soon develop an instinct for the art that appeals to you, and it is this instinct that should guide you to your artist right up to the final stage.
Meeting the artist
Quality is hard to assess online so a short-list of no more than three artists should be made with a view to meeting your preferred artist. If you try to visit all of the artists, you will find the process so time-consuming that you are likely to be daunted by it. The other two artists are there as a back-up just in case your first choice does not work out.
When you meet the artist it is important to explore both the practical aspects of the portrait such as the number, length and location of sittings, and the aesthetic decisions such as the content of the painting.
Booking the first sitting
Once you are sure about the artist it is time to book the first sitting, and it is only at this point that you become committed and that a deposit is often paid.
Sittings are relaxing and enjoyable experiences and many friendships have been formed between artist and sitter.