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Steps towards a PortraitSure

STEP 1: Explore the possibilities

Ask me whatever questions you may have, and find a suitable reference photo. For tips on selecting a good reference photo, click here. Feel free to share a few candidate photos with me by email and we can determine which may be the best choice. Contact me by email to

STEP 2: Decide on options

  1. Medium: Check these examples to help you decide whether you want a portrait in charcoal, water colour, coloured pencil, pastel, or ink. My portrait gallery also identifies which medium was used for each portrait.

  2. I offer two framing options: wood panel or mat. You can choose between

    • an 8 in. x 10 in. portrait that is protected with fixative, and slipped into an 11 in. X 14 in. mat (black or white). Portrait will be ready for framing.

    • a 10 in. x 10 in. portrait that is protected with fixative and varnish and  mounted on a birch panel that is 1.5 in. thick. Choose the colour of the panel edge (black, walnut brown, bleached white, grey, or natural). No additional framing is required.

 See examples of these two options by clicking here.​​

STEP 3:  Order your PortraitSure

Send me your reference photo by e-mail ( and specify your choice of medium, choice of frame, and mailing address. I will send you an invoice for the commissioned portrait and ask for a $100 deposit. Payment can be made by e-transfer to

STEP 4: A PortraitSure is born

I will draw the portrait and send you a digital photo preview of the drawing (normally, within 2 weeks).

STEP 5: The Finish Line

Upon your acceptance, and payment of balance owing, I will apply fixative and frame or mat as requested, wait a few days for curing and ship to you within 5-7 days.


Note: Portrait can be shipped anywhere in Canada for $20 or picked up by client at a Westboro address in Ottawa.

How to order: Image
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