How to Order

A portrait painting or drawing is a wonderful way to celebrate or commemorate the special moments and people in your life, or to give a gift that will be a treasured heirloom. Transform your family snap shots into works of art!

I am available to create portraits of infants, children, adults, dogs, cats, horses and animals of all kinds, as well as homes, vehicles, and boats. Portraits are created based on your provided photographs.  Portraits painted from life at the artist’s studio or client’s home are available to clients in the Maryland/DC area.

To begin discussing your commission, please e-mail the reference photo(s) of your choice to me at joanna@joannabarnum.com. The best reference photos are medium to high resolution, in clear focus, taken without a flash. I will do my best to work with the photo of your choice, but I may need to reject reference photos that are too small or unclear. I can also combine separate reference photos of different people or pets into one painting.

Note: By sending me a reference photo to work from, you are granting me permission to create a derivative work based on it. In the case of a photo taken by a professional photographer, you are responsible for obtaining permission from your photographer to use the photograph in this manner. Resulting artwork may be displayed in my portfolio or used for promotional purposes unless requested otherwise. Feel free to use your commissioned portrait for any personal purpose, but you may not use it commercially without my permission. If you display it on your personal Facebook page or non-commercial website, please include a link to www.joannabarnum.com below it.

A 50% deposit is required to begin work (except in the case of “quick pet marker drawings” where payment is due in full to begin). I accept payment via Paypal, check, or money order sent directly to the artist, or I can create a custom Etsy listing for you to purchase if you prefer. The balance is due upon digital preview of your finished piece. Your original portrait will be shipped once it is paid in full.

Shipping fees are approximately $5-$20 depending on size and number of portraits being shipped. I am happy to ship internationally. I am not responsible for any additional customs fees that may apply to international packages. Shipping fees include priority mail, delivery confirmation, and insurance.

Please allow 2 weeks-1 month for completion of your portrait during most of the year. If you need your portrait by a particular date, let me know, and I will do my best to meet your deadline.  Rush fees may apply for tight deadlines. December 1 is the final deadline for portraits needed by Christmas, and January 20 is the final deadline for portraits needed by Valentine’s Day.

You will have the opportunity to approve and request revisions to a preliminary drawing for all portrait options except for the “quick pet marker drawings.” “Quick” drawings are a bargain one-shot process with no revision stage.

 

Watercolor:

9” x 12”- $200 for first subject, +$30 for each additional subject (Maximum 2 subjects)

10” x 14”- $250 for first subject, + $40 for each additional subject (Maximum 3 subjects)

12” x 16”- $300 for first subject, + $50 for each additional subject

18” x 24”- $400 for first subject, + $60 for each additional subject

Each “subject” is a single person or animal. Detailed backgrounds may be counted as an additional subject. Most homes or vehicles count as a single subject.


 

Ink:

9” x 12”- $200 for first subject, +$30 for each additional subject (Maximum 2 subjects)

10” x 14”- $250 for first subject, + $40 for each additional subject (Maximum 3 subjects)

12” x 16”- $300 for first subject, + $50 for each additional subject

18” x 24”- $400 for first subject, + $60 for each additional subject

Each “subject” is a single person or animal. Detailed backgrounds may be counted as an additional subject. Most homes or vehicles count as a single subject.

 

Graphite:

9” x 12”- $100 for first subject, +$15 for each additional subject (Maximum 2 subjects)

10” x 14”- $125 for first subject, + $20 for each additional subject (Maximum 3 subjects)

14” x 17”- $150 for first subject, + $25 for each additional subject

19” x 24”- $200 for first subject, + $30 for each additional subject

Each “subject” is a single person or animal. Detailed backgrounds may be counted as an additional subject. Most homes or vehicles count as a single subject.

 

Quick Pet Marker Drawing:

This is a special bargain portrait drawing! It is being offered for pet/animal subjects ONLY at this time. It includes no revision stage. These drawings are done in a fun, energetic combination of pen, marker, and sometimes colored pencil.

6” x 9”- $50 (Maximum 2 subjects)

 

Illustrative Portrait:

Not just for art directors! I will work with you to create a special portrait including conceptual elements that will tell a story or illustrate your favorite things. These make excellent unique wedding portraits.  You can also commission an illustrative portrait of your favorite historical figure or fictional character. For example, a client had me create a portrait of Florence Nightingale as a gift for someone graduating nursing school.

12” x 16” solo- $550

18” x 24” solo or couple- $700

 

Prints:

I can create professional quality inkjet prints of your commissioned work if you need extra copies for gift giving. You may also order prints of any of the images in my illustration portfolio (Please contact me to place an order, or see what I have in stock in my Etsy shop).

Standard print prices for signed fine art prints of portfolio images:

Mini: 4″ x 6″- $5, or 4/$17 (glossy only)
Small: 8.5″ x 11″- $15, or 4/$40 (glossy or matte finish)
Large: 11″ x 17″- $30, or 4/$100 (glossy only)
Jumbo: 13″ x 19″- $40, or 4/$140 (glossy or matte finish)

Discounted print prices for extra copies of commissioned work:

Mini: 4″ x 6″- $2.50 (glossy only)
Small: 8.5″ x 11″- $5 (glossy or matte finish)
Large: 11″ x 17″- $20 (glossy only)
Jumbo: 13″ x 19″- $30 (glossy or matte finish)

 

Framing:

I do not provide framing services at this time. Please support your local independent framer! All original artwork should be framed with a mat or spacers- glass pressed directly against original artwork may damage it over time.

For clients in the Baltimore, MD area I recommend TruAx Custom Frames (Northeast Baltimore) and Still Life Gallery (Ellicott City).

For clients in the Annapolis/Anne Arundel County, MD area I recommend The Framer’s Vise Gallery.