Commissioning Public Oil Portrait Art

 A picture of my client with his official portrait - July 2018 

A picture of my client with his official portrait - July 2018 

Finding a Oil portrait artist...

For over 25 years, I've worked extremely hard to establish myself as one of today's most accomplished professional portrait artists.  I've been sought after by corporations, organizations and private collectors around the world looking for portrait artists for hire that hold their work to the highest standard. It's my passion to not only create a beautiful painting, but one that will be respectful to the subject whether they are living, or, if the portrait is created posthumously. 

While it's always nice to paint from life, I understand life isn't about perfect circumstances.  Many times, clients request portraits for someone who's passed and their photographic source material is far from ideal.  If you're looking to find a portrait artist who encompasses the ability to create something truly beautiful and regal, congratulations, you've found the right artist.  Earlier this year, I was commissioned by a corporate client to paint his retirement portrait. After I completed his painting, he asked if it was possible to paint a portrait of one of his predecessors.  This particular officer served in the late 1960s and the only photographs they had were from an old newsletter. Needless to say, the black and white photo was only 1 inch by 1 inch and the resolution was about as clear as you could get at that time.  With my years of experience, I was able to create a realistic 24-inch x 30-inch portrait of the officer at the same level of quality as the previous portrait I painted. After reviewing the photo, I searched for a gentleman with similar features to sit for me so I could achieve appropriate skin tones and lighting. The extra effort resulted in a beautiful painting that honored the hard work and spirit of the former officer. 

When searching to find a portrait artist for hire, you want an artist that not only holds their standard to a high level of quality but someone who can adapt to challenging circumstances like the example I mentioned.  Furthermore, you want an artist who is both professional and courteous.  From the signing of the contract to the delivery of your painting, you want to work with an artist that is capable of handling all of your concerns.  This isn't a job for an artist right out of art school - it requires years of refined skill and experience. For over two decades, I've provided quality service to clients around the world and have NEVER missed a deadline.  No matter what your needs may be, no matter how impossible they may seem, I will strive to exceed them.  I'm able to provide my clients with virtual mock-up designs of how my paintings will look in their space well before I even pick up a paintbrush.  If you so desire, I can even create a custom frame for your painting.  These aren't options commonly extended from most professional portrait artists.  Most of all, I strive to provide exceptional customer service that removes the stress from commissioning such a personal piece of art. Because of these high standards, I've acquired many satisfied clients who've become enthusiastic, repeat customers. These clients are always happy to refer me to friends, business associates and family and that's the greatest and most satisfying compliment I can receive. I look forward to working with you and creating an heirloom piece that's certain to captivate its viewers for years to come.

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 Original source material from 1966

Original source material from 1966

 Progress photo of the painting halfway into the project

Progress photo of the painting halfway into the project

 The Finished Portrait Painting

The Finished Portrait Painting

 Close up of the hands

Close up of the hands

To schedule a free consultation over the phone click on the contact link to submit your request

 Portrait of philanthropist Rob Harrell

Portrait of philanthropist Rob Harrell

Frequently asked questions:

Q: Do I have to be local to commission a painting from you?

A: No.  You can commission me from anywhere in the world.  In fact, there are many clients I haven't had the privilege of meeting due to location. We can do 100% of our business via the phone and the internet.  

Q: Can you do a portrait from a photo?

A: Yes.  By providing my portrait painting services to clients worldwide, it's often difficult to do a portrait from a live model.  Instead, I ask my clients to provide me with a high-resolution photograph sent to my email address ericarmusik@gmail.com.  To be direct, the end result is at the mercy of the reference I receive.  Unfortunately, I cannot paint what someone is thinking.  If you are satisfied with the photo and it's of excellent quality you will get a painting that is to that exact standard.  

Q: What payment methods do you accept?

A: I accept all major credit cards, PayPal and bank wire transfer for all payments. I'll first send you a contract with the details of the project for you to sign.  At that time, you can make your payment.  Upon receipt, I will send you a confirmation.  Payments for commissioned work are in full at the start of the project.  

Q: Could you provide references?  I'm ready to proceed with the project but I'd like some feedback from some of your former clients.

A: I'd be more than happy to provide you with references. I have many satisfied customers who'd be happy to share their experiences and attest to the quality of my product and the extent of my customer service.  Don't hesitate to ask!  

Q: Once the finished painting or drawing is finished how will it be shipped?

A: All drawings are shipped in a rolled tube or stiff envelope. They'll be sent USPS and I will provide you with a tracking number once they are mailed.  All paintings are shipped either USPS or FedEx.  All work will be insured during shipment.  Small paintings will be shipped in a padded and double reinforced cardboard box.  Large paintings and international shipments will be shipped in a custom wooden crate I will build. All shipping fees will be included in the initial contract.

Q: I have a very tight deadline and I'm not sure you can paint or draw my commission in time.

A: Always ask me first.  Unlike many artists, I'm not afraid of a challenge.  In my 25 years, I have never missed a deadline for a client.  I've taken on some enormous projects during my career and never once sacrificed my artistic standards for the sake of a deadline.  Don't assume I can't do it without asking.  I've been doing this long enough to know what is possible and how to achieve it.

Q: If my painting gets some dust on it can I wipe it off?  

A: Yes, all of my work is museum quality done in oil paints.  If the painting has been on your wall for a year or so and you notice it getting dusty you can wipe it off with a damp cloth or Viva paper towels since they don't have any fibers.  Your oil portrait is protected with two coats of retouch damar varnish which will protect the paint from any harm.  However, DO NOT ever touch the painted surface because the oils on your hands will damage the surface.  This is why you're never allowed to touch a painting in an art museum.  

Q: Will I receive any paperwork for the artwork I've purchased?

A: Yes.  I provide all of my clients with a Bill of Sale and a Certificate of Authenticity.  This is the necessary paperwork you can provide your insurance company or appraiser to validate the value of the artwork you've purchased.  Bear in mind the value of your artwork will continue to appreciate and this paperwork should be stored in a safe, fireproof place.

 Presentation of the portrait of Rob Harrell in 2017

Presentation of the portrait of Rob Harrell in 2017