COMMISSIONEd portraits

How to order that gift of a special commissioned portrait by Barry

In my 51 years as a fine artist one of my favorite things is when I hear from someone that had commissioned me to draw a portrait in the past of a loved one of theirs and they share the excitement that the portrait brought the recipient of their gift—as well as themselves. Believe me it never gets old for me. I think it’s because I’m still amazed by the God-given artistic gift I have and treasure, no matter how many portraits I complete, I’m still amazed that I have this skill. Each piece of my artwork to me is like an extension of myself in my mind, heart and soul. They are the closest thing to being like a child to me as anything I could create.

So, that being said and if you’re looking for that special one-of-a-kind gift for the special someone I certainly hope you will consider commissioning me to do that special portrait for you.Whether it’s a single subject, two subjects or a grouping, I’d love to talk with you about me fulfilling your dream gift. I promise, they like you will never forget this special gift. Pricing is based on the size of the portrait and the number of subjects in the portrait. Simply fill out the online questionnaire and I’ll be in touch with you to get more detail information and answer any questions you may have. I will discuss your submitting the reference material for which I will work from to complete your commission portrait. I can be reached at 817-821-3374.

Commission Portrait Sizes and Pricing

High resolution photographs (minimum of 1200 DPI (dots per inch) are required to create the portrait. Photos are to be emailed to 

Will a high res photos be able to be emailed to us?__Yes __No

Number of people you’d like in your portrait?

  • 15”w x 22”h __1
  • 30”w x 22”h __1 or __2
  • 40”w x 30”h __3 or __4 or __5

Portraits are executed on a first come, first serve basis. Your deposit reserves your space next in our portrait line, although all efforts will be made to accommodate due date request, if at all possible.

Each portrait is done completely by freehand. There is no projecting or tracing or graph techniques used in the creation of all portraits. Portraits depending on size and number of people in it take a minimum of 8-10 weeks to complete. You will receive occasional photo updates of the progress of your ordered portrait as it proceeds along. Updates are at the discretion of me, the artist and how much has been completed between updates. Although I work on numerous orders at the same time, each portrait is very special to me.

I like to listen to the favorite artist or style of music of the person of which I am drawing. That is so I feel a connection to the subject! It’s gets my artistic spirit in line with theirs. Trust me it works for me. You will see an area to provide that information in the portrait questionnaire.

All portraits require 50% payment down for artist to start portrait. Remaining 50% balance and shipping charges due upon completion. Shipping insurance included of the full value of the portrait.

Single subject:            Sizes           Price

Ebony pencil            15”w x 22”h.    $1500

on 100% acid-free,   22”w x 30”h    $2500

Strathmore board.

Two subjects:              Sizes           Price

Ebony pencil           30”w x 22”h.    $2800

on 100% acid-free,

Strathmore board.

Three* subjects:        Sizes             Price

Ebony pencil           40”w x 30”h.    $3700* 

on 100% acid-free, 

Strathmore board.

*For additional subjects added to the portrait the price is the base price of $3700, plus $1000 per additional subject. 

Six is the maximum number of subjects in a 40”w x 30”h portrait.

Many of our customers have wanted to share their portrait with other family members. We offer the ability to make prints of your portrait by special ordered. If that’s something you think you might want we can talk directly about size and pricing for your prints. All print cost are the cost of the print(s) + 20% surcharge + shipping and handling of prints to you.

Examples of commissioned portraits

Early steps of the commissioned portrait of Ralph Ellison

AUthor ralph ellison

From the private collection of Mr. Kyle Winkfield

Reference photos of which portrait is developed from.

David Reid

From the private collection of Mr. Charles M. Reid

The eyes are where the artist finds the soul of his subjects.

The grandson of the artist’s life

From the private collection of Mr. & Mrs. Ian F. King

Reference photo of Reverend Chew.

REVEREND Albert chew

From the private collection of Ms. Billie King

The photo, close-up reference image.

Mrs. king

The close-up detail of Mrs. King’s eye with reflection.

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