What are your shipping policies?

All items will be packaged and shipped using USPS service and will include insurance from studio to destination.  Shipping & handling cost will be item dependent.  Click below for more information.

How long does it take for a commissioned piece to be completed?

The time involved in completing any commissioned artwork will depend on the number of subjects and details requested for the background.  I always suggest a "soft focus" background for most head and full body animal portraits, as this allows the subject to become the main focus of the painting.  Some paintings require a background, such as fencing, barns, mountains, etc.
The time involved averages between 4 to 6 weeks for smaller canvases, and up to 6 months on larger, more involved canvases.

 

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How can I reach you?

Feel free to email us at rider853@aol.com or call Willa at (804) 833-2062.

 

 

What is required for a commissioned portrait?

Most of my clients use their own personal photos, or photos that have been taken by a professional photographer for their commissions.  When using a photo that has been taken at an event or horse show, it is always a courtesy to ask permission of the professional photographer if their photo can be used for a painted portrait.  Most photographers are happy to grant permission since it is of the owner's horse.  Otherwise, any good, clear photos taken by the animal's owner are perfectly fine to create a beautiful memory in oil, acrylic, watercolor or pencil (graphite). 

Additionally, once the size of the commission has been decided, a deposit of 50% is required to start.  When the painting is completed, and the client has approved the final portrait, the remaining balance (plus any additional shipping cost and taxes) must be paid before the artwork is shipped.

 

Will the client be able to see the painting before it's completed?

I make it my policy to include the client in every step of the creation process.  Once the sketch is completed, an email will be sent for the client to approve.  Then, after background colors or details are added, another email will be sent to the client, as well as during the creation of the subject portrait, so I can be sure that the likeness of the animal is as accurate as possible.  Once the final brushstroke is done, an email is sent for "final approval".  After, approval, payment balance is due and the protective varnish is added to the painting.