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What are the payment terms for commissioning a portrait?

To secure a first sitting and begin the portrait the artist requires 50% of the total commission fee (including expenses) up front. 25% of the total fee is invoiced after the portrait has been reviewed and approved by the client with the remaining 25% then due upon delivery of the final portrait. For larger commissions [...]

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How long do oil portraits take to dry?

An oil painting can typically take from 2 to 8 weeks to be ‘safely’ touch dry so a retouching varnish can be applied and the painting delivered to the client. An oil painting will continue to fully dry (or cure) over time and this process can typically take over 6 months.

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Who owns the copyright of a portrait painting?

As is the norm with any work of art, the copyright automatically remains with the creator. If the commissioned portrait is to be reproduced in another format or used for commercial purposes then Gary is more than happy to discuss such usage at the briefing stage.

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Do portrait paintings need any special aftercare?

Most portraits are provided with a retouching varnish applied which helps protect the oil painting. In time you may wish to replace this removable varnish layer with a final artists varnish which Gary can help you with. Gary always provides advice on looking after your painting upon delivery and explains the dos and don’ts on [...]

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Do you provide framing of the finished portraits?

I don’t currently frame any paintings myself but I can oversee the framing process for clients, working with one of my preferred local framing partners. At any point during the commission process I can offer advice on how best to frame and hang your work in your home.

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How are the portraits delivered?

Wherever possible the artist prefers to deliver a completed portrait in person. Alternatively, clients are welcome to collect works from his studio by prior arrangement. When delivery in person or collection is not convenient, the artist will arrange for the painting to be carefully delivered by a specialist courier.

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