Thank you so much for considering commissioning a portrait by ShawnaLee.  There are many options to choose from for your pet, your family or for your upcoming event.  Please scroll down to see the many listings. Thank you! I look forward to helping you preserve great memories!

Commissions Procedure:

The beginning of any work of art begins with an idea and a sharing of thoughts and concepts with the artist.  All of ShawnaLee’s works of art are done by hand using real art materials and rendered with skills honed over a lifetime of devotion to the arts.  ShawnaLee will make every effort to ensure your total satisfaction with your portrait.

For Dogs, Cats or Horses:  Please provide ShawnaLee at least three of your favorite photographs – of the highest quality possible –  along with your ideas of what you would like!   Please include a few words about the subject such as name and personality traits as this is valuable information for the artist as she works.   Before beginning, ShawnaLee will give you recommendations along with a fee quote specific to your needs.  Your portrait begins once a deposit has been received.

For Home Portraits: Please provide ShawnaLee with several photos of the home from your desired point of reference.   Supporting photos will show details not easily seen from the main reference such as the front entry, special features, and landscaping.

For Children or Adults:   The best portraits are created with a combination of live sketch studies, photography and your valuable insights.  When this is not possible, ShawnaLee is still able to create a quality portrait for you through the use of several photographic references.

Fees Starting at:

DOGS, CATS:   Single pet Vignette (head and shoulders);

  • Graphite  sketches   11×14             $100*
  • Graphite drawings   11×14             $250*
  • Charcoal  drawings  11×14             $250*
  • Pen&Ink watercolor 11×14             $600*
  • Oil                                8×10              $400*

HOME PORTRAITS:  Pen & Ink with Watercolor Washes ~ starting at:

11×14             $500 + tax

16×20             $1,000 + tax

18×24             $1,600 + tax

HORSES:                                         Vignette    with Bridle   Full Body    Double

Graphite                  14×11              $300*          $350*               $400*       $500*

Graphite                 16×12              $350*            $400*             $500*        $550

Montage                  18×24              $900* includes Central Drawing and up to 4 smaller studies

Charcoal                  14×11              $350*          $400*

16×12              $500*          $550*              $650*

Oil                            10×8               $600*          $675*

12×10             $700*                                  $800*

16×12             $800*                                  $900*

18×24             $2500*                                 $3000*

20×16             $3000*                                  $3500*

24×18              $4000*                               $4500*

30×20             $6000*                                $6500*


Single person with head and shoulders with simple background from your supplied references (does not include live sketch studies or photography).  This is a great option for those with busy schedules or for posthumous portraits.

  • Graphite                14×11                $400*
  • Charcoal                14×11                $600*
  • Oil                           14×11                $800*


The full Portrait Experience is enjoyed as your portrait will be a collaboration as we explore lighting, pose and background to create a unique family heirloom for yourself or someone you love.   This includes our collaboration as we explore live sketch studies to find pose and lighting; photographs for studio referencing, digital proofs for your approval & artist’s travel up to one hour from Middlebury. CT.  This package offers the full experience of having a portrait created!

  • Charcoal                         14×11 – 18×14                    Starting at                 $900-$1200*
  • Oil                                    14×11                                 Starting at                 $2000


Gunthers with Grandchildren extra contrastCherub Choir April 2013From your family photographs:   Starting at $100/head for a simple Charcoal Sketch similar to choir example to left.   Please inquire for an estimate. Starting @ $150/head for similar to the Family Portrait.Gunthers with Grandchildren extra contrastGunthers with Grandchildren extra contrast

Children’s Choir example


Gunther family of four


Family Portrait example



Caricature sketches ~ at your event:

Have your guests sketched during your event as artists have done for centuries!  Your guests rotate every 3-15 minutes depending on your needs and each receives a caricature sketch with a complimentary mat in a plastic sleeve.  A Great Experience, a conversation piece,  and a take home gift from you!

ShawnaLee can sketch approximately up to 30-40 guests in a 3 to 3 1/2 hour time.

Please email ShawnaLee for current rates and more information regarding bookings.


Regarding photographs:

  • Professional Photographer’s photos:  If you provide a photo from a professional photographer, ShawnaLee will need a copyright release in order to reference the photo. Thank you for respecting artist’s copyright laws!
  • Limited Photos available: If you only have a limited # of photographs available, please supply the artist with as many as possible so that she can familiarize herself with the subject.
  • Taking photos for your portrait: Choose evening hours when the lighting is soft; If indoors, please photo near a window without a flash. Get on eye level with your subject.  Please look for clear eye details & your favorite expressions!

Regarding your portrait:

  • Portrait Commitment: Once ShawnaLee understand your needs & has the photographic references, a  deposit is required to begin your portrait.   Fees do not include taxes or shipping&handling if necessary.
  • Your Satisfaction: Full payment is due upon your approval of the final portrait. The artist will post a photo of the original art on her artist’s facebook page or email it directly to you for your approval.
  • Timing may vary from 2 weeks to several months, so please plan in advance if you have a special deadline in mind.  ShawnaLee will let you know when she is beginning your piece and keep you posted to the progress.   “Thank you for your patience – it is my goal to make every portrait the best it can be!”   Gift Certificates are available.
  • Pick up or Delivery: You may choose to pick up your portrait at the studio, or it may be shipped  to you via Priority mail for an additional fee.

Artwork by ShawnaLee

  • All sketches or drawings are hand-drawn on professional quality art paper with a complimentary mat, packaged in a protective sheet.  All materials used are acid free.
  • Paintings are hand painted (no computer printing!) on quality stretched canvas/linen in your choice of oils or acrylics.  Prices are for single subjects with neutral /soft backgrounds.
  • Additional subjects, sizes, or detailed backgrounds are available; please inquire.
  • *Plus CT State Tax.  Photography, live sittings, travel and framing not included.  Fees listed are approximate and are subject to change. 

PRINTS~ By arrangement with the artist due to availability of the original work(s) of art;

First Printing Additional Prints

Fine Art Giclee ~ hand signed by Artist

$350 + tax $150 + tax

Fine Art Photo

$150 +tax $150 + tax



   ShawnaLee Kwashnak     59 Bioski Rd.,     Middlebury CT 06762    203 598-0065