How does it work? I meet with the bride and groom (or, alternatively, the painting can be a thoughtful gift from friends or family) to determine what the painting will depict, and whom. I will set up at the venue three to four hours ahead of time in order to lay in the architectural or landscape details, and will remain on site for several hours at least, more depending on your preference. And yes, I love to answer guests' questions, and encourage them to watch the "painterly" process! It's an added element of live entertainment on your special day!
How much does it cost? The price for a live painting usually ranges from $1200 to $4000 and up. The price depends on the size of the painting you would like, the date and time of your event, and the location of your venue. Prices may occasionally be lower than this at certain days or times of the year which are less busy, or if you are very close to my studio location. They may be higher if I am required for more than one day, and if air travel or hotel stays are needed to complete your painting. Because a live painting usually takes me between 7 and 10 hours to paint, if I need to drive over 90 minutes I may require an overnight stay, depending on the time of day. Please contact me with the date, time and location of your event and venue, and I will give you full booking details and a quote. If you are undecided, I am happy to chat to you if you are just interested and would like to know more, want to check my availability, or would like a rough estimate.
How much space do you need to setup? About 5’ x 7’. I bring my own equipment and don’t need extra tables, chairs or lighting. So you don’t have to worry about another to-do on an already busy day. I place my easel on a clean drop cloth and am very conscious of keeping my area tidy. A small table at the event is always appreciated.
How long does it take? Depending on the size of the painting and the details required, I aim to finish the work at the event itself if you prefer a looser, impressionistic style, or, alternatively, in my studio within 8 weeks. Occasionally it will take longer to complete the artwork, depending on details requested and other work being completed in the studio. Please note there will be an additional charge for shipping the artwork if I bring it back to the studio for refining. If I do bring the artwork to studio, you can also request professional photography of the artwork so that you may use the image on notecards or wherever you please!
How do I book you? I require a 50% deposit and a signed contract to secure your painting. Full payment for the painting is due within 2 weeks of the event.
How far in advance do I need to contact you? Several months to a year out is best, especially for destination weddings. There's only one of me, and once I'm booked for a date, I'm booked!
Do you travel? Yes! I just returned form an artist-in-residence program in Tuscany, so yes! I will travel anywhere in the world.
Where are you located? I have studios in NH and CT.
What else do you paint? I paint wedding bouquets, bridal shoes and dresses - even the groom's outfit! I'm working on putting together a "package" for wedding events, look for more information soon! Of course, as a professional artist, I also paint and sculpt traditional portraits. You can view my studio work here.
Do you paint from photos? Wedding or special event already happened? I also create paintings (at a substantial discount) from events that have already occurred, and can easily work from photographs, highlighting the best parts of the photo and adding to or even removing other aspects.
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