Commissioning a portrait is a great thing.  Portrait drawings and paintings are the most intimate way to ensure your legacy lives on.  Heirloom portraiture is James' specialty.  He loves working closely with clients so that you get the best possible representation.

Commissioning a portrait is easy.  No matter where you are located James can accommodate.  Here are a few things to know about portraits:

  • Drawings take about two to three weeks.

  • Paintings take one to two months.

  • James can travel to you, or, you are welcome to visit his studio in Asheville.

  • Drawings cost less than paintings. They start at 300 for small heads sketches.

  • Paintings start at 1,000. Size and background choice affect the cost.

  • Shipping and framing are additional. James is happy to help you pick out a frame.

  • Residents of NC apply 7% sales tax.

  • 50% deposit on all portraits.

James' unique interest in his client's needs is one of the reasons his success rate is so high.  Portraiture is a group effort.  It always involves willingness to work together for the best result.



10 x 12 - 300 (head only)

12 x 14 - 500 (head only)

16 x 20 - 800 (head/shoulders)


12 x 14 - 950 (head only)

16 x 20 - 2,500 (head/upper torso)

20 x 24 - 4,500 (head/torso)

24 x 30 - 6,500 (head/half length)

30 x 40 - 9,500 (half or three quarter)

40 x 50 - 16,000 (three quarter)

*These prices are for portraits with plain simple backgrounds. For detailed backgrounds add $3,000 - 5,000 depending on the amount of detail.

*Travel, framing, shipping are additional.

*Sales tax 7% (NC residents only).

*50% deposit required.


 James in his Asheville studio.

James in his Asheville studio.