Painting from Photographs

Rebecca paints using photographs for reference and inspiration, yet most portraits draw on several sources. Collecting a few of your favorite shots of the subject is a great way to start the conversation, even when one image in particular stands out for its special meaning. In addition to being handy as references, your photos help Rebecca see the subject through your eyes and ultimately paint a more meaningful portrait.

Photos for Portraits of People
For portraits of people, it often works best for Rebecca to do a photo shoot. Rebecca will meet you to take photos, which usually takes one to two hours. Proper lighting, angle and composition are critical for a good rendering of the human face.
Out of the Seattle area? Rebecca can travel at the clients expense to get images. If you’re interested in a miniature portrait, she can often work with clients photos. Feel free to contact her with any questions or ideas.
Photos for Pet Portraits
You know your pet best, and because they can often be either too excitable or shy around someone new, it usually makes sense for you to take your own photos. Please share your favorite pet photos, and Rebecca will happily offer advice on taking the ideal portrait reference. If you’re local to the Seattle area, Rebecca is also available to help out in person.
Tips for photographing dogs and cats.
Photos of Special Moments
Sometimes a snapshot is all that is left of a cherished memory, and a commissioned painting can be a great way to give that moment new life.

Just get in touch with Rebecca to get started!

Give a Portrait Painting as a Gift

Pet portrait oil painting miniature by Rebecca LuncanPortraits make wonderful gifts! They can be intimate, celebratory, or playful, depending on what you want your gift to say. Receiving a portrait is a powerful experience, and the portrait itself only becomes more meaningful with time.

Learn more about past portraits created as gifts on Rebecca’s blog.

Gift Certificates

Portrait gift certificates make a flexible and unique gift. They make a great gift on short notice, with the option of involving the recipient in the process. Details of the portrait do not need to be worked out ahead of time, and the price can be kept secret as you prefer.

Prices and Payment

Pricing Guide (Without Framing)

Size Single Figure Single Pet
 4” x 4” and smaller $700 $550
 8” x 8” $1300 $950
12” x 12” $2000 $1400
16″ x 20″ $3100 $2200
20” x 24” $4000 $2650
24” x 36” $5100 $3400
36” x 48” $7200 $4650

Prices vary depending on the details of the work. Multiple figures and complex backgrounds increase the price. In general, additional pets add 20%, and an additional human figure adds 50%.

Payment Schedule

The price is broken into two or three equal payments. The first payment reserves your place in the calendar, and the last payment is due when the artwork is finished.

Portrait Commission Schedule

Portrait commissions are booked out about a year in advance. If you have a deadline that is under or close to a year, contact me right away and we can do a gift voucher or get you portrait in the queue before someone else takes your slot.