C O M M I S S I O N I N G a n O R I G I N A L P A I N T I N G

I’m always looking for those timeless moments that capture the spirit of our kids and dogs. After a consultation with my client about the design of the desired painting, I’ll spend some time getting to know the subject(s), taking many photos, and making a sketch and color notes. We’ll discuss the photos at a second meeting, and usually take some more. The portrait will then be painted back in the studio, in many layers of detail and glazing. If need be, l can work from a client’s own photos, provided they give me all the information, especially clear close-ups, that I need.

An example of my detailed painting process may be viewed in this slideshow: “Painting Duffy Morris”. Click here.
(If you're viewing on a phone, you may need to be in landscape mode to see the captions.)

Animal portraits begin at $2,250
Human portraits begin at $3,750
The deposit is 1/3 of quoted price, when pose, background and size are designed. Completion dates can be arranged to accommodate portraits as gifts.

Larger portrait prices are determined by pose, (head study to full body), number of subjects, setting and detail of background, and size of the finished painting. Please contact Karen Killian, or the gallery where you learned of Karen Killian’s work, to request a quote for your particular project.

Commission prices are for the original oil painting. Copyright and reproduction rights remain with the artist and The Watermark Studio unless other arrangements are made in writing.

I do not include framing in my portrait prices because there is an endless supply of frame choices and prices. I believe that a frame should be chosen by the owners of the portrait to be in harmony with their taste and the setting where the portrait will hang. But I am always available to help in the framing process in any way that I can.

A deposit is required to begin. This payment is non-refundable in order to compensate for the artist’s time, photo work, and progression of the painting. The balance is due upon your acceptance of the portrait.
Tax if applicable, shipping, and travel expenses are additional. Major Credit Cards accepted.

Karen Killian
The Watermark Studio
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
860 . 460 . 5787