Commission a portrait

If you are interested in commissioning a portrait or would like more details, simply email me at lois at loishobden dot co dot uk or use the contact form on the contact page. We can then discuss your options and a full non-obligatory quote including postage and packaging charges will be provided.

If you choose to go ahead with the portrait commission I will require a minimum 50% deposit to begin work on your portrait and I will begin your portrait as soon as payment is confirmed. My preferred payment method is bank transfer. Portrait gift vouchers must be paid in full at time of ordering.

Once your portrait is complete it will be emailed to you for your approval. Once approved the balance must be paid and the portrait can then be collected or delivered.

Postage and packaging
All commissions will be reinforced with cardboard and well packaged. Mounted pieces will also be cellophane wrapped. All artwork will be posted by a tracked courier service and will require a signature at point of delivery.

If you would like to provide an alternative address for delivery where someone will be available to sign for the parcel, please specify.

I can offer free local hand delivery to the Haslemere area.

International delivery is currently not available.

Commissions are all unframed. Drawings and mixed media portraits will be supplied double mounted ready for framing. Offering pieces unframed gives you the opportunity to select a frame to suit your taste, decor and budget. The standard sized mounts used allows you to purchase a ready-made frame or alternatively you can use a professional framer who will give you advice on which type of frame would suit your piece best. Oil paintings are supplied unframed. These can be hung unframed or can be taken to a professional framer.

Portrait Options

All child portraits are completed with the use of photographs as reference material. The portrait can therefore be completed from your own favourite photograph. Three styles are offered to suit different tastes and budgets.


Pencil drawing
A pencil drawn portrait can be completed with either a graphite pencil or for a warmer look, a brown tonal drawing pencil. If you have a particular preference this can be decided at the point of commission. The portrait will be completed on 200gsm acid free cartridge paper which is a substantial weight and is cream in colour. This style of portrait allows for fine details whilst still ensuring a softness essential for child portraits. The Portrait will be presented in a double mount ready for framing.


Mixed media
A mixed media portrait is completed in a combination of watercolour, soft pastel and coloured pencil. This is completed on 200gsm acid free watercolour paper, which has a slight texture to add to the soft appearance. This style enables colour to be brought into the portrait whilst keeping a soft focus particularly suited to child portraits. The portrait will be presented in a double mount ready for framing.


Oil on canvas
An oil painted portrait is completed on medium grain stretched cotton canvas. The canvas is stretched to the back of the frame allowing the portrait to be hung unframed if desired. An oil painting offers a richer depth of colour and a looser finish whilst still capturing the subject’s features and characteristics acurately. This portrait is unframed.