Svetlana is now fully booked for 2018 and can no longer undertake new projects.
If you would like to discuss a commission for the 2019-2020 period please send your inquiry via the Contact page and provide as much information as possible about the type of portrait you have in mind. Many thanks.
HOW TO COMMISSION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How much does it cost to commission a portrait?
A: Portraits vary a lot in complexity and the time it takes to create them. Each project is unique and is priced individually, depending on the medium, size, complexity of composition, amount of intricate detail, type of background, and is tailored to client's taste and budget. As a guide: fees start from £10,000 for works in pastel and from £20,000 for oil portraits.
To request a quote please send your inquiry via the Contact page with as much information as possible about the type of portrait you have in mind.
Q: How long is the waiting time?
A: Typically from 12 to 24 months. I always get booked well in advance due to a large number of inquiries and the time-consuming nature of my painting technique. If you are planning a portrait as a gift for a special occasion please allow plenty of time and send your inquiry as early as possible.
Q: What media are available?
A: I work in two techniques - traditional oil on linen canvas and dry media on paper (charcoal, conte and pastel). I do not use acrylic or watercolour paints.
Q: Can we supply our photo for you to paint from?
A: No, I do not paint portraits from other people's photos. It is absolutely essential for me to have an opportunity to get to know my sitter and establish an emotional connection with them, to collaborate on choice of clothes and props, to design the composition together during the life sittings, to mix the colour palette from life, etc. After all the important compositional decisions have been made I can capture the set-up in my own photos and complete the portrait in my studio without further life sittings. However, I always welcome opportunities to work from life: for example, I often borrow my sitters' clothes and props in order to study textures and colours and paint them in my studio without the sitter being present.
Q: Do you accept animal portrait commissions?
A: I do not paint animals on their own, but I am happy to occasionally include family pets in portraits if they add meaning and interest to the composition.