Frequently Asked Questions



Hows, Wheres and How Muches

How long does a portrait take to finish? Can you work to a deadline?

We can work with deadlines! It can be nerve-wracking to wonder if a painting will be ready in time so we would decide together on a clear date of delivery before the work is ever started.

How long a piece will take depends on:

– What medium you choose. Oil paint takes a lot longer than graphite or charcoal since the paint has to dry in between layers.

– What/who is to be in the portrait. One face with a simple background is going to take less time than multiple faces and/or a detailed background.

– How many revisions you request.


A graphite or charcoal work takes at least 2 weeks whereas an oil painting can take at least 2 months depending on what’s in the portrait.


Do you need me (or my kids or my pet) to sit for you?

Nope. I work from your photos, either digital or film. Makes things easier for everyone! If you don’t already have an image you’d like to use, we can work together to to take the perfect picture.

What will it cost?

Pricing is based on several factors including color v. black&white, size, number of revisions and how many subjects in the work. Contact for details or to request a quote. Oil paintings with a single subject and simple background usually start around $375. Want more details? See our pricing page.

Can you put faces together from different photos?

Absolutely! I can help you find which images work best. It’s a great way to get your family all together.

What sizes can you create?

I can create your portrait any size you like. That said, standard sizes are much easier (and cheaper) to frame upon completion. I usually try to work in 11″ by 14″ or larger since smaller dimensions tend to make details hard to see. Multiple subjects (i.e. more than two) will usually look better in larger sizes and will need to be at least 11″ x 14″.

Can you make prints for other family members?

Absolutely. I can make up to a size 11″ x 17″ paper prints in-house, or I can order canvas prints, T-shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags…the list goes on. Let me know what you’d like and we’ll go from there.

Ok - how do I commission a portrait? Or an original piece ? I might have a few more questions...

Contact me and let’s talk!


From our baby beginnings, we love to look at faces. What we see can comfort and inspire us.

My art sets out to capture the emotions and expressions of faces we love, especially faces that are no longer with us, or furry friends that make us smile. I want to offer a Presence, so that people may always feel the love in sight of their portrait.



My studio is located in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

Email: afinelikeness at gmail dot com

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