Stephen Bennett is available for private portrait commissions of children, adults and family groups. A client is able to work closely with Stephen choosing the style, size and coloring desired.
Commissions are very important, both to Stephen’s development as a world renowned portrait painter and to help support his travels whereby he seeks out indigenous people to paint throughout the world.
“It is rewarding to create portraits for others as they become a record of a person’s face and personality. That portrait lives on, being preserved as a painting to be enjoyed by many generations to come. To work on a commissioned portrait is a creative collaboration whereby my client’s ideas and input help me to paint a portrait that is unique in all the world.”
PAINTING FROM PHOTOGRAPHS
You will not have to sit for hours! Stephen uses photographs as references to paint from. If possible, he prefers to take these photographs himself. Alternatively, he can send you a sample and lighting chart so you can have the photos taken by a professional photographer. In Southern California there are photographers familiar with Stephen’s lighting style. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE FINAL PAINTING
Although Stephen Bennett’s paintings appear to be photographic, they are really renderings from printed images. Photos are only used as guides and inspiration for the painting. Stephen uses acrylic-ased paint on canvas. He interprets the personality of the subject using color expressively from paints he’s hand mixed from pure pigments. At left, please use buttons to view the examples of Children, Adult and Group Galleries to review and select your preferences for style and color.
Once a contract is filled out detailing the size and requirements for a portrait, a deposit of 75% of the portrait price is paid. A date is agreed for the completion of the portrait. This is usually around 4 – 6 weeks depending on the size, style, coloring, complexity and the artist’s schedule. Once the portrait is completed, you will be contacted that the balance is then due. The portrait is mailed in a reinforced tube and insured to assure delivery in pristine condition. Handling and shipping costs are included in the price of the commission.
Group portraits are available for families. You and your children can be cherished for generations to come as individual portraits, or with a group painting as above.
Stephen Bennett creates portrait paintings in the following sizes: Small, 24 x 30 inches, Medium, 36 x 40 inches and Large, 50 x 60 inches.
Pricing is based on size, style and degree of detail requested. Prices range from USD $2,000 to USD $15,000