There will be additional charges for specifically requested detailed
background settings and complex clothing.
Prices above do not include artist's travel and lodging expenses,
framing costs, shipping fees and any state or city sales tax, where
applicable. These expenses are the responsibility of the client.
A deposit of 40% and a signed commission agreement will be due in
The collaborative process begins with an initial meeting at Raymond's
New York City studio or the client's preferred location. The overall
concept of the portrait will be discussed as the artist and the
sitter become acquainted. Important details such as the size of
the portrait, the degree of formality, the background, the pose
and clothing are determined. Raymond enjoys this opportunity to
get to know the client and learn about their background.
The second session is a photo shoot of approximately two hours.
While painting the portrait, Raymond works primarily from the
reference photographs he shoots at this session. This sitting
can take place at the artist's studio or at the subject's home,
office or other location. In certain circumstances, where time
or distance is a concern, the initial meeting and the photographic
shoot can be combined.
The artist selects the photographs to be used as reference photos
and submits them to the client for comments. Mr. Olivere and the
client discuss the choices either by phone or in person. Upon
approval of the final choice, Raymond proceeds with the portrait.
When the portrait is finished, it will be presented to the client
for approval. The time required for the process of the portrait
painting varies, depending on the artist's schedule and the client's
schedule. Raymond and his manager, Kathryn Wakefield, work with
you to make the process pleasant and proceed smoothly.
Raymond will paint posthumous portraits if appropriate photographs
and reference materials are available.