Commissioning a Portrait

Commissioning a portrait or painting is a fantastic way to create a timeless memory. Think outside the box of just a simple head study You have a vision – let me help you create it.


See the current price list here.



So, how do we make this happen?


  1. Vision: Head studies are a classic way to portray a horse or pet, but if you have something else in mind let me know! Subjects and elements from various photos can be combined. Don't have your own horse, but have a special idea for a painting I haven't done yet? You can commission me to paint it for you. That's how "Widget Watch" came about!

  2.  Photos: The right photos are vital to the process. If you have high-quality photos, great! As long you have written permission for any professional photos, we can use thought. If not, and you're within an hour of me (Milton, Ontario), I can come take photos, and include that in the price of the portrait (and you get all the photos as well). Too far away? I strongly suggest hiring a pro, but have a look at my guide "5 Tips for Great photos" if you're taking your own.

  3. Commitment: In order to secure your spot (because there is always a bit of a wait list) I typically take a 50% deposit. If you'd like to break payment down into more installments, I'm happy to work with you to come up with a plan.

  4. Action! Once I have the perfect photos, and you've shared your vision and story, I can get to work. I'm happy to share progress images with you as you go, or you can just wait for the reveal! You will have a chance to approve the finished portrait before delivery.


Portraits are completed using Old Holland Oil Paints on a high-quality archival surface – canvas, panel, or linen. If you have a surface preference, please let me know!


Please note time for completion can change depending on my current workload. Plan early for special occasions and holidays! Price lists are a guideline only - if you have something specific in mind, let's talk! You can email me at


I'd love for you to visit my studio (and meet the horses!) in Milton, Ontario (Canada). Please contact me to set up a time!

Phone: 905.854-2106


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