Frequently Asked Questions



Hows, Wheres and How Muches

What kinds of pictures do you work from?

I can work from any photo, physical or digital. Digital photos often work much better when I can zoom in and see details. That means that the clearer the image is (usually this means higher resolution), the better a likeness I can create. Physical photos are scanned and returned to you promptly.

How long does a portrait take to finish?

How long a work will take depends on:

– what medium you choose (oil paint takes a lot longer than graphite or charcoal since the paint has to dry)

– what 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


Usually, once I get started, a graphite work might take 1-2 weeks whereas an oil painting could take a month or more.

Can you put faces together from different photos?

Absolutely! It’s a great way to get your favorite shots all together in one group. I can help you find which angles work best 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 will usually look better in larger sizes.  

Can you make prints for other family members?

Sure! I can make up to a size 11″ x 17″ in-house, or we can look into a specialty service. Let me know what you need and we’ll go from there.

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.

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

Contact me and we can chat about what you might have in mind. More Questions? Let’s talk!

“Omgosh, it’s gorgeous! You did an outstanding job. I can’t thank you enough.”

Stefanie R.

Excited Furmom


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.



Our studio is located in Stoneham, Massachusetts.


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