You are a gifted portrait artist. The painting of M. is so much like him.E. B.
I was home from school last week and had a chance to see my finished portrait and I love it! It is very beautiful. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job!N.J.
Wow! Great portrait they all say who know me.Robert Genn
You have an excellent skill for likeness.William Whitaker
The painting is wonderful. I am so pleased.M. H.
The Commission Process
Book a Consultation
Get in touch to reserve your consultation with Laurel.
Photos & Sketches
Laurel takes pictures of your child in a variety of poses and settings.
The portrait completion is celebrated with a Portrait Unveiling Party
What’s the best age to have my child’s portrait commissioned?
I paint subjects of any age!
How much do you charge?
The cost to create a portrait is per person, plus canvas size and how much of the body is shown. Patrons may choose from options starting at $2,500 for a full-color oil painting. Options at lesser cost include drawings and oil sketches from life.
How long will it take to complete the portrait?
I work on many paintings that need time to dry between sessions, so need up to one year to complete the painting.
Can you paint from one of my photos?
No, it is necessary for me to take reference photos in order to obtain the best artistic results. Photos can be taken at your home, my studio or another location of your choice.
How do you decide on the background?
I will recommend what I think will work best, but we decide together on the desired background, including any extra costs for landscape, pets or other details that will require more time to execute.
I was thinking about waiting until my child is a little older. Can I just call you then?
Yes, however, I accept only a limited number of commissions each year.
What happens if I don’t like the portrait when it’s finished?
This is a problem I have never had to address as my clients have all loved their paintings but rest assured that your satisfaction and the quality of the work is my highest priority.
Laurel has spent decades studying and refining her brushy, realist style in order to capture the ephemeral beauty and unique qualities of her subjects.
She focuses on what is special about her portrait sitters, immortalizing and capturing them at their best for posterity.
The goal is to create a painting with emotional impact that will become a treasured family heirloom.