After four long years focusing on fine art school, I'm so excited to be able to offer commissioned portraits, pet portraits, and custom paintings again. The process of commissioning a portrait painting with me begins with a free personal consultation. During this first meeting we will discuss image style preferences, the desired pose, framing, and where the finished artwork will hang in you house. In order to get a good likeness, I will also try to get to know my sitter either through this first interview or from the process of painting from life. Communication is key for us to find a way of creating a family heirloom and oil portrait that will be cherished for generations. The custom oil painting will be a shared vision between you, the subject being painted, and my artistic interpretation. As a portrait artist, I consider my sitter and clients to be full partners in the portrait commission process.
Being the portrait painter that I am means that I believe all people should have the opportunity of being seen, heard, and reflected back in a compassionate artistic manner. I've had many portrait sitters express how they felt validated and empowered through the process of sitting then viewing their painted portrait. ~Tali
Professional Grade Materials
A custom portrait and oil painting by Talya Johnson is created using strictly professional grade artist pigments (oil paint) on archival papers, board canvas, or linen to ensure the longevity of the artwork.
Before committing to the commission process, I will ask my client or person being painted to review my portrait gallery in detail to ensure they are familiar with my work, art style and general aesthetic. There is a 50% non-refundable deposit due after our initial consultation, and before our photo session. I will make sure our agreement and time-table is in writing and that I have a good photograph of my subject in hand. If you are supplying me with your own photo for reference, rather than having me complete the photography, I will need a copyright release from the original photographer. The remainder of the deposit is due upon approval of the official portrait, prior to delivery. In general, a small oil painting will take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to finish. The completed portrait the needs 6-8 weeks to dry.