Commissions

Welcome to my Portrait page!  


More than just a Portrait caught in time, I have always loved and been intrigued by how some portraits capture so much more than “just the looks” of a subject – but the personal character within – a hidden beauty that is found within our moments.   This challenge to find and portray the inner spirit is the driving force behind my portraiture. It is a treat to share this joy with you!   I love working in Charcoals, Watercolors, and Oils. 

 


Getting Started:

  1. Send your ideas & selection of photographs to ShawnaLee: artist@shawnalee.com
  2. Tell the artist what you’re interested in for choices and recommendations!
  3. Choose the size & media that best suit your needs!
  4. First payment:  Your portrait begins after we both agree on subject, size & media. A first payment gets your work started. Balance is due when you’re thrilled with the portrait & prior to pick-up or Shipping. Your satisfaction is guaranteed, or the portrait doesn’t leave my studio.  Send Check to:  ShawnaLee Kwashnak 59 Bioski Rd., Middlebury CT 06762 OR  Venmo: @Andrew-Kwashnak

FAQ:

How long will it take?

Depending on Studio volume, dry media takes about two weeks from start to finish from the time all references and deposit are received and agreed upon.   Oil paintings can take anywhere from 3 weeks for very small to several months for much larger ones.

What is needed to create the portrait?

Each portrait is as individual at the subject(s)!  Most portraits only require a handful of your photograph references to complete. Others, such as Oil paintings, benefit greatly from a color study/photo session with the subject if possible. 

How are the portraits made?

The Old Fashioned way!!!  Every Portrait is created entirely by hand in the timeless way using quality art materials so that you and your family will enjoy your portrait for years to come! 

How much will it cost?

Fees for various media and sizes are listed below.  A first payment of 1/3 to 1/2 is required for your portrait to begin; The balance is due when you are thrilled with your portrait and prior to pick up/delivery.  You may pay by check or money order made out to: ShawnaLee Kwashnak, or pay conveniently through Venmo to “@Andrew-Kwashnak”.   If you are interested in a different size, please email the artist with your interest.  Artist@shawnalee.com



DRAWINGS: Pets or Homes

Drawings come with a complimentary neutral mat in a protective sleeve.   Fees are pretax. Additional pets 50% more.  Photography additional.  For combining a Person with a Pet, Please See Child Portrait fees below. 

CHARCOAL or GRAPHITE:

9X12

11X14

12X16

16X20

$300

$325

$400

$700

CHARCOAL with SOFT PASTEL:

9X12

11X14

12X16

16X20

$350

$400

$500

$825



PAINTINGS:  Pets or Homes*

Oil paintings come pre-stretched or mounted on a hardboard; Watercolor paintings come with a complimentary neutral mat in a protective sleeve.   Fees are pretax.  Additional subjects 50% more.

OILS:

8X10

9X12

11X14

12X16

16X20

24×24

$500

$600

$1200

$1500

$2200

$6000

WATERCOLORS:

9X12

11X14

12X16

16X20

$400

$500

$600

$1000

 



PORTRAITS of Children:



Charcoal



Highly detailed and finished Charcoals that capture the essence of your child!  These portraits may be created on white, neutral gray or warm art papers. Fees are pretax. Vignettes only.  Full figure or addition of torso/hands is 50% more.  Portraits are created from your supplied photographs along with photographer’s copyright release. 

One Child:

11X14

12X16

16X20

$600

$800

$1500

Two Children (or one person and one pet):

11X14

12X16

16X20

24×30

$900

 

$2000

$3000

Three Children (or one person and two pets):

16X20

24×30

$3500

$4500

 



Fall 2021 SPECIAL OFFERING:

This Child Portrait Offer is for a beautifully gestured & impressionistic hand sketched portrait on artist’s toned art paper (similar to example) using authentic old fashioned charcoals. A great value!!!!
12×9″ $300 + tax ($400 value)

 

 

 

 

 



OIL PAINTINGS!



 

 

 

 

 

 

These highly finished and detailed Oil Paintings are created from a combination of studio sittings (if possible) for accurate color notes in addition to photographs for referencing.  Additional subjects/hands/background 50% more.  

11X14

12X16

16X20

18×24

24×30

30×40

$3000

$4000

$6000

$8500

$14,500

$24,000

 



Fall 2021 SPECIAL OFFERING:

These little impressionistic gems will be painted “loosely” to keep the sought after fresh look!  From your supplied photo references & created in the studio similar to the “Amy Series” paintings shown above.  About 2-3 weeks depending on studio volume.

About 4×5″ $300 + tax

About 8×5″ (2 subjects) $400 + tax

 



Important information:

For ALL Portraits: 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 or important features 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 a close up of the front entry, special features, and landscaping. Of Utmost importance, please provide accurate color information because photographs distort color. Travel/photography is additional fee – typically $100/session.  Color studies of your home are not included in the commission, but may be purchased after your commission is fulfilled.


HELPFUL INFORMATION for Commissions:

Regarding photographs:

  • Photography necessary towards your photograph begins at $100/session. 
  • Professional Photographer’s photos: If you provide a photo from a professional photographer, ShawnaLee will need a copyright release in writing 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 subject photos for your portrait: Choose evening hours when the lighting is soft; If indoors, please take photo near a window without a flash. Be sure the light falls onto the face of your subject (not from behind!).  Get on eye level with your subject.  Please look for clear eye details & your favorite expressions!
  • Resolution: please be sure  your photos are at least 300dpi.  A photograph that is low quality does not provide the needed information. 

STUDIO POLICIES 2021

  • Portrait Commitment: Once ShawnaLee understand your needs & has the photographic references, a  deposit and signed contract form,  is required to begin your portrait.   Fees do not include taxes, photography, framing or shipping & handling or travel 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.  Your valuable feedback is an important part of the portrait process and up to two minor adjustments will be gladly made to your specifications. Additional adjustments, if possible, will be made based on studio fee of $100/minor edit; If you have additional photos found that may aid the portrait,  please send them along for referencing. However, Changes in reference materials AFTER work has begun constitute a new portrait agreement; Deposits are non-refundable and may not be applied towards another portrait.  
  • 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.  
  • 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 Certified to be hand-drawn on professional quality art paper with a complimentary mat, packaged in a protective sheet.  All materials used are acid free.  You will receive a Certificate of Authenticity.  Anyone with a work of art created by ShawnaLee prior to June 2019 may request a Certificate of Authenticity for their work.  Please send a SASE.
  • 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. 

**NO COMPUTER PRINTING!  I mention this as I have become aware of several online portrait venues that claim that they hand-paint their portraits. Please be aware that these companies may ONLY be adding paint to photo-shopped and printed works OR creating a “painting” through the use of electronic means and printing your finished piece and THEN dabbing a little paint on top. Please be an informed art investor and ask how your work will be created and what materials will be used. There is a HUGE difference between hand rendered and printed art!!!!!  All artwork by ShawnaLee is done entirely by hand on, and with, actual artist materials and created with expert skills that only come from a lifetime of dedication to the arts.  You have my guarantee!

I Certify on my honor that I create my art work in the old fashioned way – by hand with authentic artist materials!  Come watch a demonstration and see for yourself, or take an art class with me!

 

 

 

 


 

Reproductions:

By arrangement with the artist due to availability of the original work(s) of art.  This is best to arrange prior to pick up of your portrait. 

 Signature Worthy Fine Art Giclee reproduction

14×11″ First Giclee $350 + tax; additional printings $150 + tax each.

 

 


ShawnaLee Kwashnak     59 Bioski Rd.,     Middlebury CT 06762

  artist@shawnalee.com    203 598-0065