1. We will meet at least once to become acquainted and to discuss the details of the portrait including size, composition, lighting, color scheme, clothing, props, placement and overall mood.

2. We meet again at your residence or chosen location where I will take reference photographs of the subject. These sessions usually run for two to three hours.

3. From hundreds of photographs I will pull together the best and privide you with several options. Together we will finalize the composition, expression etc. Many times I will work from more than one image, combining qualities from each.

4. Painting begins! A fifty percent deposit is expected at this time with the remainder due upon completion. Time to completion will depend upon size and complexity but generally takes between one and three months. The painting will be available for viewing before the final payment is due in order to allow for small changes and approval.

Standard Sizes and Compositions


Approximate Size



Head and Shoulders

Adult -20 x 16
Child - 16 x 12



Half Figure w/Hand(s)

Adult - 34 x 24
Child - 24 x 18



Three Quarter Figure

Adult -54 x 34
Child - 40 x 28



Full Figure

Adult -70 x 48
Child - 50 x 36

Having a portrait painted is a unique personal experience, yet one that will be shared and enjoyed for generations. I treat each opportunity with the care and time it deserves, and use only the finest materials available.

Looking forward to working with you,

Zachary Thornton