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Commissioning a portrait painting is a significant undertaking. A portrait will last for generations, years after the family photos have long since faded. Regardless of the degree of complexity of the painting you commission, Marvin Mattelson always strives to create an heirloom quality portrait masterpiece of the highest standards.

Since a portrait painting is a collaboration between patron and artist, the first step is to establish a dialogue and determine the scope of the painting you desire. Marvin will do his very best to accommodate both your vision and your budget. When you commission Marvin to paint your portrait you are dealing directly with the artist. There are no intermediaries and this ensures your communication is direct and there will be no misinterpretation or misrepresentation. If anything, your expectations will be exceeded. Please contact Marvin directly to discuss the portrait you envision.

Portrait fees start at $5000. The price is based on the following criteria: the number of people or pets in the painting; how much of each subject is to be depicted; the size of the actual painting itself; the intricacy of clothing, jewelry and props; and the complexity of the background setting. Please be aware that the price for a vignette portrait is based on having the subject come to Marvin's studio for either live sittings or for a reference photo session.

Travel expenses, framing costs, shipping fees and any state or city sales tax, where applicable, are additional. A one third non-refundable deposit is required when you sign the contract. A second payment of one third is due when you approve the color study. When the completed portrait is delivered and it meets with your approval, the balance is due.

The following cost estimates are based on approximately life sized, single figure, oil portraits, painted against simple tonal backgrounds. For posthumous portraits an additional 50% surcharge is added to the cost below. Thank you for your interest.


First Place
Portrait Society
of America 2006


Best Portfolio
Portrait Society
of America 2004,
2005,
2006 & 2007

Certificate of
Excellence
Portrait Society
of America 2005


Award of Merit
Portrait Society
of America 2004


Second Prize
American Society
of Portrait Artists
2001 Competition


Honors Award
ASOPA 2002
Competition


Finalist
ASOPA 2000
Competition


Portrait Honors
The Artist's
Magazine: 2003
Adults
Cameo 11 x 14" $5,000
Head & Shoulders 14 x 18" - 22 x 28" $10,000
Half length 22 x 30" - 28 x 34" $20,000
Three-quarter length 30 x 36" - 38 x 48" $30,000
Full length 38 x 48" - 42 x 70" $45,000
Children
Cameo 11 x 14" $5,000
Head & Shoulders 14 x 18" - 18 x 22" $8,500
Half length 18 x 24" - 22 x 28" $15,000
Three-quarter length 22 x 28" - 28 x 34" $20,000
Full length 24 x 30" - 34 x 48" $30,000
Portrait Vignettes
This is a less formal solution to portraiture than a fully resolved painting. The face is completely developed but the majority of the painting varies in its degree of finish. It conveys a spontaneous quality which works well in children's portraits.
Please click here to see an example of a portrait vignette in a new window.
Vignette portrait 14 x 18" $6,500


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