Commission Q & A

How do I commission a painting?


To start the commission process, simply contact Lisa Bane and start the conversation. Lisa will gather the information needed for creating your portrait and answer any questions you may have.




What is the commission process like?


There are a few options for the painting process. Lisa will discuss with you which option works best for the portrait you want to commission. Live Sittings: Lisa will meet with the subject and paint while they sit for her, for a few sessions until the painting is complete. This works better for a head and shoulders portrait of a person; pets would not sit still long enough. Reference Photoshoot: Lisa will meet with the subject, take some reference photos, possibly do a reference sketch, and then finish the painting in her studio. *The first two options are preferred by the artist in order to have the best results. Reference Photos from Client: You could send Lisa several good quality photos of the subject and she will choose which ones to use as a reference for the painting. (Photos taken with natural light without a flash are best for portrait paintings.) This is the popular option for pet portraits.




Can Lisa paint from one of my photos?


Yes, Lisa can use your own photo for a painting reference. Lisa will help you in the process of selecting an optimal photo that will give her the visual information she needs to paint the best portrait possible. Whenever possible, Lisa prefers to meet in person to gather her own reference materials, which helps her to create her best work. She understands this is not always possible, and will work with you in order to achieve a portrait that you will love.




What does a portrait painting cost?


Price range $750 - $10,000+ for oil portraits,
$500 - $6,000+ for pet portraits in oil,
and $250 - $2,000+ for charcoal portraits.

Prices vary according to size, complexity, and number of subjects. Please contact the artist to ask for a quote.




How do I pay for my portrait painting?


Payments through PayPal, credit cards, and checks are accepted. Payment installments are also accepted. A 30% deposit is required before starting the commission, once the details of the commission are agreed upon. Final payment is due once the final portrait has been approved by the client.​




What technique does Lisa use with her portrait paintings?


Lisa starts with a blank canvas, then draws directly on the canvas with thinned down paint and a brush. She then develops the drawing into an underpainting, which shows the light and shadow areas of the subject. Next, she adds color, using professional grade oil paints. As she develops the painting, Lisa continually makes adjustments to ensure she is getting the best likeness and making the portrait lifelike and realistic. The finished painting is then allowed to dry and then is varnished with Gamvar, a quick drying varnish for oil paint.





Canvas size selection aide
Click on a canvas size to visualize in an interior setting.

9x12" pet
9x12" pet
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12x16"
12x16"
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16x20"
16x20"
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16x20" pet
16x20" pet
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18x24" pet
18x24" pet
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18x24"
18x24"
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24x30"
24x30"
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30x40"
30x40"
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