Female Portraits

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My wife and I decided that a portrait would be an appropriate way to mark our daughter's marriage this year. Having originally found the Fine Art Commission's website almost by chance we have been delighted by the guidance they gave us, including the style and size of the picture, the choice of artist and the costings. Our oil sketch now takes pride of place in our drawing room, and gives us enormous pleasure each time we look at it.

Client, September 2016


Female Portraits

The mere thought of having one's portrait painted is enough to fill one with nervous self-doubt. However, having Fine Art Commissions’ to help us choose the right artist, and then overseeing every detail of the process until the framed picture was delivered, ensured that it was enormous fun. We commend Sara and her team to anyone considering a portrait or conversation piece.

Adrian Scrope


Female Portraits

The price is the same whether one goes direct to the studio, or via the gallery. I liked knowing that Sara would step in if the family weren’t happy with the painting.

Annabel Rayleigh


Female Portraits
We encourage all our artists to paint models in their spare time as this allows them to experiment with composition and find inspiration from portraits of the past. This portrait was influenced by ‘Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1’ by James McNeill Whistler.

Female Portraits
People often come to Fine Art Commissions with the assumption that a portrait is usually painted in oil. We listen to what they are looking for and advise whether this medium would be the best fit for their project, as it may be that charcoal or pastel would be more suitable.

Female Portraits
Often, we are approached by sitters who are extremely busy and would prefer one sitting for their portrait. We then help select an appropriate artist who is happy to work from photographs, while still capturing the essence of the sitter.

Female Portraits
This portrait was painted by Nicky Philipps to mark the sitter’s term as High Sheriff, show by the inclusion of the jabot. The sitter’s two whippets add a more personal dimension to the portrait.

Female Portraits
As an agency we need to know each artist’s painting process, and becoming the sitter is the most effective way of doing this. This portrait of Rosie was painted in three sittings, during the first sitting the original pose was restructured as the artist noticed she gravitated into the pose she now holds in the portrait. It is important details like this, knowing how an artist will handle a situation and make sure the client is comfortable, which is reassuring to know for future clients.

Female Portraits
This is a charcoal drawing of Sara, the founder and Director of Fine Art Commissions. It is incredibly valuable for us as agents to sit for portraits, as we find out about the process of finishing a portrait and can also demonstrate the artist’s style and skilful ability to capture likeness to potential sitters.

The artist chose the pose for this portrait and finished the drawing in three sittings. On the last day of sitting, a friend of Sara’s adopted the role of Fine Art Commissions, suggesting that the mouth was a too severe and it was altered slightly.

It is incredibly valuable to have a second opinion and we are always here to say if something is not quite right.

Female Portraits
Birthday commissions are something we are frequently asked to arrange. This portrait of the artist’s aunt was painted for her 80th birthday. He pays homage to his aunt’s passion for art by placing her in a rendition of one of her favourite paintings by Kim Ramholt.