Simon Bland

Portraits of Individuals, People and Family Groups FAQ

How to Order a Portrait of a Person or Family

About People Portraits

Formal portraits follow a rigorous design process before any work starts on the canvas. They can be fully customized to meet your individual needs; any type of background, setting or pose can be accommodated.

All formal portraits are painted in oil on hand prepared linen unless otherwise requested.

Can My Own Photos Can be Turned into Paintings?

Yes! Portraits can be done from your own reference photos. If you live locally I can also take my own at no additional charge. The portrait usually starts with an in-person visit where we can meet and discuss your needs.

Please note that professionally taken photographs can only be used on receipt of a written release from the photographer.

How Much Does A Portrait Of A Person Cost?

All portraits of people and family groups are individually priced, and the price will vary according to the requirements of the portrait. A standing portrait is larger and, therefore, more expensive than a seated portrait, and so on.

Sales tax is added for WA state shipping addresses or where otherwise applicable.

What Sizes Are Available?

All portraits of people are custom sized to meet your needs, but we recommend a minimum size of about 16x16 inches for a head and shoulders portrait. The minimum size increases if more of the body is included, so a typical seated portrait should be at least 26 inches high.

Children can be painted on smaller canvases than these.

How Do I Pay?

All portrait commissions are done for a fixed fee which will agreed with you in advance of placing the order. A deposit of 50% is requested at the time the order is placed, the balance is due on acceptance and delivery of the order (or prior to shipping, if shipped).

You may either purchase directly from the online store (please check in with us in advance of doing this), or we will email you an invoice with a link to a secure site where you can make payment. Checks and cash are also accepted.

General Information That Applies to All Portraits

Do Portrait Commissions Come Already Framed?

Sorry, they don't. All commissioned portraits are delivered unframed and the cost of framing is not included in the commission fee. A frame can be supplied at additional cost, if required.

What About Shipping and Returns?

There is no additional charge for shipping to anywhere in the US, however crating and shipping charges for over-size paintings are additional to the basic fee. Please contact us for a quote for shipping work outside the US.

Please note that all payments for commissions, including the deposit and payment of the final balance, are non-refundable, unless due to errors errors in invoicing.

All commissioned paintings are non-returnable. We will provide a preview of the painting prior to shipping and will modify and/or repaint the painting if you are dissatisfied in any way.

Intellectual Property and Copyright

As the artist I retain the copyright on the image of the painting (although I'm happy for you to share and use it freely).

This means I retain the right to use the image for things like promotional purposes, brochures and other printed material, publications including books and articles about my work, and websites and films showing my work.