Shane McDonald has trained for more than 25 years creating memorable, masterfully crafted artworks.

Permanently capture your loved one, adored leader, or yourself with an irreplaceable portrait painting! Start a family tradition and forever preserve your memories of a treasured time in your life in a unique work of art.

Written Proposal

Shane will write-up a proposal iterating the mutually agreed desires for the portrait on paper, in e-mail, or in a proposal form. The terms for a down payment and scheduled delivery will also be written.

Initial Sitting and/or Exchange of References and Down Payment

Shane will set up an initial sitting and photography session. A quick live sketch may be produced at the initial sitting to confirm the discussion of the portrait composition. The sketch also serves as an opportunity for Shane to interact with the subject(s). Sometimes non-copyrighted images such as snapshots or videos may be used as reference—especially if the subject is not available. A down payment is required prior to any travel by Shane, or at the initial sitting if local. (If photographs are being supplied for reference, the down payment should be submitted with the photographs.) The down payment is usually 33% of the total commission price.

Confirmation of Compositional Studies

Shane may complete any compositional studies needed for confirmation of the proposed commission project. Mutually agreeable adjustments may be made at that time to suit the patron.

Painting Process

Shane welcomes comments by the subject or patron while the portrait is being created. Since some larger oil paintings are usually completed over time, visits to Shane's studio may be scheduled periodically. Digital photographs of the portrait's progress may be e-mailed upon request.

Completion and Payment

When the portrait is approved and complete, any previously undiscussed pickup, delivery or shipping plans will be made. The balance of the commission plus any shipping costs will be due prior to actual shipping. If the delivery is local, the commission balance payment will be due upon delivery.

Framing and Presentation

Framing is usually not included in the price of the commission, but framing services can be added to the proposal upon request.

Discounts: 20% discount for each additional artwork included in same commission invoice. (Perhaps you would like to have your children painted separately. The discount applies to each additional portrait on the same invoice.)

Other Uncommon Expenses: Prices do not include the cost of expenses such as framing, shipping or any necessary long-distance travel. Payment for these expenses will be agreed upon in advance.

Terms of Sale: An estimate specifying the commission total, delivery time, payment schedule, and any necessary expenses will be agreed upon prior to the first sitting or photography shoot. A 30% non-refundable down payment is due at the beginning with the balance due upon completion of the portrait.

Creation Time: The overall time to create a commissioned portrait ranges from a month to more than a year depending on the subject and Shane's schedule. Requests for special deadlines will be honored if at all possible.

Animals: Pets, horses, and other animals can be incorporated into compositions. Such living creatures often contribute to a human portrait's vitality, and Shane loves to portray animals just as well as humans.

Special Requests: Backgrounds of special places, still-life memorabilia, and architecture can be worked into the compositions. The subjects can be arranged in a setting capturing a moment of action in something that Shane calls a genre painting. Mural-sized works can also be created.

Contemporary Sizes: Odd-sized compositions may be created to meet your space needs or to suit your aesthetic taste. For instance, an extremely long painting or drawing around twice its width can be quite striking and create a sense of strength and stability. An artwork twice as wide as it is high can create a tranquil feel. A square composition can create a sense of order.

Subject Depiction Size: Most portrait compositions incorporate the subject 65% - 100% of life size. Portrayals slightly larger than life can create a perception of the subject's grandness. For example, most of our White House Presidential portraits are painted slightly larger than life.