FAQ

Impressionistic Portraits

Frederick, Maryland (US)

From large formal oil portraits (like this piece of my wife, Elci) to smaller affordable gouache paintings that capture a moment, I love to paint people in various settings and enjoy having my pieces tell a story.

Do you paint pets and children ?

Yes. Working from photographs supplied by you, I do paint pets and children in the same loose, painterly, impressionistic, colorful style using bold brush and palette knife strokes (in oil paintings) that my unique style of painting is known and recognized for.

Mediums used?

For my oil paintings, I only use chemical free walnut oil as the medium to dilute and mix my oil paints with. I find that it dries faster than other solvents which is an advantage to me when creating paint layers. Finally, the overall piece dries faster thereby allowing me to get it to the client sooner. For my gouache pieces the only required medium is water.

Delivery time?

Depending on my workload, size and complexity of the piece being ordered, on average my time frame to ship a finished piece ranges from 4-8 weeks. For a 25% surcharge, I am able to accommodate rush orders and a much faster turn around time (ie. upcoming weddings, birthdays, anniversaries etc).

Lifestyle portraits?

Unlike a formal portrait where the subject is most often looking straight at the viewer, a lifestyle portrait is typically a painting that tells a story and is painted in oil on a large canvas. Examples: a photo-journalistic shot of a bride and groom together, a client may want a spouse painted while he/she is shopping for flowers at a flower market, buying produce at a farmers market, hugging a dog, reading a book by a window, praying in church etc.

Formal portraits?

Over the years, I’ve found that the most common size requested for a formal portrait painting is 24×24 inches (60×60 cm).

On the other hand, lifestyle portraits usually encompass multiple elements and are usually larger with the most common size being 36×36 inches (90×90 cm).

How to pay?

I have a merchant account with PayPal so you can use any plastic card to send payments to me. If you’re local and prefer to pay by cash, that’s acceptable too.

What are your prices?

My prices are based upon size, complexity and medium used to paint them.

In general, water based Gouache paintings on paper are cheaper than oil paintings on canvas.

Please reach out to me with what you have in mind (ie. subject, size, medium) and I’ll be happy to quote you a price.

Custom Gouache on paper painting sizes and their prices:
6×8″ – $175
8×10″ – $275
9×12″ – $375
12×16″ – $475
16×20″ – $675

18×18″ oil on canvar
6×8” gouache on paper
6×8″ gouache on paper
6×8″ gouache on paper

Please contact me on prices for oil paintings on canvas.

Start by picking a photograph that you adore, then choose a medium (gouache or oil), then choose a size that’ll fit your needs, contact me to discuss your project following which we formalize your order via an electronically signed agreement and a 50% prepaid retainer.

We collaborate to discuss background colors and other small additions/deletions from the piece.

Along with the final 50% balance due, the actual UPS packaging, shipping, insurance costs (receipt provided to you) and 6% Maryland state tax are also added and collected prior to shipment to you.

All shipments have a tracking number and must be signed for by you to accept the delivered piece.


Contact

Email: pepikhara@gmail.com
Text: +1 301 662 9000