Your portrait!
Petal dancing

My portrait work comes in two varieties:
the individual portrait
-AND-
the portrait in a series.

I paint portraits of individuals for commission, and I also paint portraits of groups of people for the purpose of exploring a particular issue. I exhibit the latter in conceptual shows—Mutually Beneficial and Apple Pie are examples of that kind of work.

For either the individual portraits or the portraits in series, it works like this...



-—PROCESS—-

To paint my portraits, I work from photos of my subjects that I have taken myself during the course of an interview. And that interview is an easy and informal matter. I get my models talking on a topic that most everyone is happy to discuss...I get them talking about themselves! I require one hour of conversation with my subjects in order to photograph them adequately.

This thing gets me more play than one of those tiny lap dogs celebrities carry around!

— -Kevin Cook

Wow, what can I say? I was so reluctant to have you do my portrait, and why? I was nervous when I came to pick it up, and why? You are amazing—but I already knew that! You captured the essence of me and even I can see it. Thank you for the portrait.

— -Katie Keller

When I saw the painting [of my mother] all I could do was cry. You managed to capture not only her physical likeness, but her spirit as well. Being away from my family has been the biggest challenge of living [here]. All I can say is that when I sit with the painting, which I do often now, I miss her less.

— -Emily Scott

Your painting, Indian, grabbed hold of me and won’t let go. I love it!

This portrait is so amazing! ...I really feel like you nailed [my son’s] personality, which is fascinating, since at 3 months I don’t think I had a great handle on describing his personality.

To commission me to paint a portrait, contact me so that we can arrange a meeting and, if you’re interested, a studio visit as well.


 

-—PRICE LIST—-

I require half the fee as a deposit at the time of the interview and the balance upon completion of the painting. If you would prefer a payment plan, we can arrange that too.

I paint primarily on canvas or other stretched materials, but I also work on panel to create miniature portraits. The canvases come hang-ready, with finished sides and a hanging wire already installed. The small panels are finished neatly, but unframed and not hang-ready.

There are four main options for commissioning a painting. Single portraits, double portraits, group portraits, and You Bags are explained below with prices and sizes listed. For custom sizes, please ask about pricing.


I paint single portraits with just one face in the composition.

painted portrait

Gwenn Seemel’s Lola 2010


       - --SINGLE PORTRAIT-- -

        $800 for a 7 by 5 inch composition on panel.

        $1000 for a 10 by 10 inch composition on canvas.

        $1300 for a 16 by 14 inch composition on canvas.

        $1800 for a 24 by 18 inch composition on canvas.

        $2400 for a 36 by 24 inch composition on canvas.

        $3300 for a 48 by 34 inch composition on canvas.






I also make double portraits with two subjects appearing in the painting.

double portrait

Gwenn Seemel’s Pat And Eleanor 2011


       - --DOUBLE PORTRAIT-- -

        $2800 for a 24 by 24 inch composition on canvas.

        $3800 for a 36 by 36 inch composition on canvas.

        $4300 for a 48 by 34 inch composition on canvas.






And I create group portraits with three or more people appearing in the painting.

group portrait

Gwenn Seemel’s The Miharas 2013


       - --GROUP PORTRAIT-- -

        $3300 for a 30 by 30 inch composition on canvas
           with three subjects. For more, ask about pricing.

        $4000 for a 40 by 40 inch composition on canvas
           with three subjects. For more, ask about pricing.






Besides wall-hung paintings, I paint portraits that go with you everywhere.

You Bag

Gwenn Seemel’s Stephanie 2008




       - --YOU BAG-- -

        $1700 for a 13 by 13 inch You Bag with a
           single portrait.

        $2000 for a 13 by 18 inch You Bag with a
           single portrait.

        $2500 for a 13 by 18 inch You Bag with a
           single portrait on each side.

        $3000 for a 13 by 18 inch You Bag with a
           double portrait.






I also make groups of matched compositions in which the portraits complement each other, as in this diptych.

a diptych of portraits

Gwenn Seemel’s Curnis and Becky 2010



painted portrait

Gwenn Seemel’s Michèle 2010


Along with simple portraits, I create portraits with a little something extra going on. The “something extra” is a compositional element that is informed by a detail that the subject tells me about her-him self during the interview.

When commissioning a portrait with that something extra, add $400 to the prices listed above. For other examples of this kind of painting, please visit my galleries devoted to Swollen or to Apple Pie.







 

-—FOR SALE—-

To view an image of a painting that is for sale, click on its title below. If you are interested in purchasing any of the following paintings, please email me.

- — Tenacious 2013 — $3500 —
- — Hysterical 2013 — $1000 —
- — Feminine 2013 — $1000 —
- — Tomboy 2013 — $1000 —
- — Queen of the sky (Bald eagle) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Jaws-ette (Great white shark) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Lost grander club, girls only (Blue marlin fish) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Mothership (Fanfin seadevil) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Big mama (Blue whale) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Impractical fashion, guy edition (Blue peafowl) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Males and their technicolor dream rumps (Mandrill) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Common (European rabbit) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Rudolpha (Reindeer) 2012 — $1000 —
- — When a man-woman loves a woman-man (Leopard slug) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Save the salmon, all three genders (Coho salmon) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Bald and beautiful (Elk) 2012 — $1000 —
- — What really happened when Nemo’s mother died (Clownfish) 2012 — $1000 —
- — You can’t change a woman (Bluehead wrasse) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Open season, closed season (European mole) 2012 — $1000 —
- — She wears the pants (Spotted hyena) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Outfox (Red fox) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Ladylike behavior (Gray squirrel) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Femme fatale (African mantis) 2012 — $1000 —
- — It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a fertile woman to
         understand infertility (Dromedary) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Self-replicating (Bynoe’s gecko) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Virgin birth (Komodo dragon) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Choice (Red kangaroo) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Keeping the little man barefoot and pregnant (Pot-bellied seahorse) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Prince Charming (Hip-pocket frog) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Mr. Dad (Emu) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Father and child (Dayak fruit bat) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Papa’s milk (Emperor penguin) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Babysitters’ club (American crow) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Family business (Meerkat) 2012 — $1000 —
- — She brings home the bacon (Lion) 2012 — $1000 —
- — He hunts for flowers (Dengue mosquito) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Defending her territory (Ring-tailed lemur) 2012 — $1000 —
- — The real Amazons (Western honey bee) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Separated (Giraffe) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Free as a bird (Western gull) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Girls just wanna have fun (Bottlenose dolphin) 2012 — $1000 —
- — The kiss (Bonobo) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Girl power (Japanese macaque) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Polly want a Polly (Peach-faced lovebird) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Don’t ask, don’t tell (Mountain gorilla) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Boys’ night out (Orca) 2012 — $1000 —
- — I am the gayman (Walrus) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Ram tough (Bighorn sheep) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Single mom (Black rhinoceros) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Single dad (African bullfrog) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Mama bears (Grizzly bear) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Happily ever after (Black swan) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Natural (White ringneck dove) 2012 — $1000 —
- — Animalistic (Rock pigeon) 2012 — $1000 —
- — TJ Norris 2010 — $3300 —
- — Amazigh Gothic 2008 — $2500 —
- — Nixon Returning Home Robed In Embroidered Silks 2008 — $2800 —
- — Letter From The American Cousin 2008 — $1600 —
- — Why The Wabbit Wears White Gloves 2008 — $2100 —
- — This Looks Like A Job For A Chicano! 2008 — $1800 —
- — You Ain’t Nothing But An American Citizen 2008 — $2100 —
- — The Declarer 2008 — $800 —
- — The Susan B 2008 — $1600 —
- — Paula Bunyan’s Pine Nut Planting Pouch 2008 — $2600 —
- — Ellis Island Pilgrim 2008 — $2100 —
- — The Real Babe 2008 — $2100 —
- — Chú Xam 2008 — $2100 —
- — Erzulie Fitzgerald 2008 — $1400 —
- — Nowa Flaga 2008 — $2800 —
- — I And Cosmonaut Neil Armstrong 2008 — $2700 —
- — Liberty 2007 — $2400 —
- — After: Another Year 2007 — $1900 —
- — After: Puberty 2007 — $1900 —
- — Once Was My Father’s Hero 2007 — $1000 —
- — Over Grown Up (Woman) 2006 — $3300 —
- — Over Grown Up (Man) 2006 — $3300 —
- — Bill Bradbury 2005 — $1400 —
- — Shauna Parsons 2004 — $1900 —
- — Matt Zaffino 2004 — $1900 —

I also have two exhibition catalogs for sale as well as one art book which you can read here and a book about art marketing which you can read here, both for free. Prints of many of my works are available through my RedBubble shop.