Fine art portraits

As we move through life, we all like something to remember those special moments with loved ones that warm the heart. Fine art portraits will not only make a great decoration to any room, but will not fade over time, preserving the memory of those happy days.

Imagine the look of delight on someones face when they open a present of an original artwork of their loved one. Maybe you would like to indulge yourself in something special as well (you know you deserve it).

Absolutely love the drawing of my two boys. Both personalities caught perfectly in the image and the details within the drawing are incredible. It’s nice to have a picture that isn’t digital to treasure forever and have on the wall to show off. Excellent work and a very happy customer I am.”

Working from photographs, my aim is to achieve a ‘painterly’ style with pastels, whilst taking the time to achieve the best likeness possible. If you live locally, I am happy to visit and take photos if necessary.

You can view previous dog portraits, cat portraits, horse portraits and family portraits in my portrait gallery here.

Portrait prices can be found below and include a standard frame and shipping. Should you feel that my prices are too expensive, then I will only ask that you please first check out other artists prices and quality and then return here to compare.

I guarantee a likeness, and if you are not totally happy with the finished product, then you will be offered a refund (please see my terms of use for more info).

“……… The portrait is a carbon copy of the photo provided, showing excellent skillmanship. Chris is very professional and very pleasant to work with, nothing is too much trouble.…….

Given the nature of a pastel picture, I always frame immediately in order that the picture is protected from damage, especially during transportation.

Please note that the sizes in the table below relate to the picture prior to framing with my standard frame.

InchesCentimetresTotal cost
10 x 825 x 20£97
12 x 830 x 20£112
16 x 1240 x 30£239
20 x 1650 x 40£381

If you wish to have your picture professionally framed (complete with artist glass), I can arrange this at an additional cost.

Some guidance to help in deciding your portrait picture size and sizes are in inches:

10 x 8 – Ideal for a small head portrait.

12 x 8 – Ideal for small dog/cat head and body portrait, small head portrait or larger dog head portrait.

16 x 12 – Ideal for larger dog head and body, horse head portrait or adult portrait. Can fit 2 small head portraits.

20 x 16 – Ideal for horse head and body portrait or multiple head portraits.

There are no add – ons for multiple portraits. i.e. if you have more than one portrait in
the picture, it is one price that you pay.   

Normally a portrait is of the head and shoulders, and a background is included to compliment the overall picture.

Should you want a more detailed background to this, please contact me for a quote.

If you wish a portrait in charcoal only, then deduct 10% from the overall cost.

Note that I may request a pre-payment of 25% of the cost by cheque or bank transfer to book a slot.

If you would like your finished portrait painting professionally reproduced in other forms such as mugs, coasters, fridge magnets etc (see my shop for some examples), or would like to purchase a reproduction of any of the pictures that you see on my site, just let me know when you get in touch.

You can see some examples of merchandise here.

A gift card is also available if you are short of time. You can buy a £50 voucher or pay for the full price of a commission if you prefer.

Gift Card Amosartworks

Below are a few before and after examples of my portrait work. Please select a picture for a more detailed view.

Whether you would like a portrait of your dog, portrait of your cat, portrait of a horse, family portrait or even a hamster portrait, I am sure that you will be delighted with the result.

What are pastels?

No, they are not chalk. Pastels are a popular medium and are made up of pure pigment, (soft pastels can even be used with water). The level of binder used to keep this pigment together defines the hardness of the pastel. From hard Conte sticks and Faber Castell pencils to the superior soft Sennelier and Schmincke pastel sticks. I use all of these as they are very light fast and will not fade over time.

Schmincke soft pastels.

Next, the paper is important too, and I use Art Spectrums “Colourfix” range. This is a thick watercolour paper with a coating that gives a rough finish for the pastel to adhere to.

For sketches in charcoal or pastel pencil I use Ingres or Canson paper. and cartridge paper if a white background is required with the charcoal.

Finally, as I do not use fixative, i use a frame with glass to protect the completed picture. All the materials I use are light fast and acid free and so will retain their colours.

To contact me in order to arrange a portrait commission or any other inquiry, please use the form below.

Alternatively, just give me a call on +44(0)7908971882.

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