(This document is written in the first person by the artist, Karen Kiefer. The words "you" and "your" refer to the client as indicated above.)
I will make every effort to create an accurate likeness of your subject(s). However, please keep in mind that the final image is not intended to be "photographically accurate". Your portrait will reflect my artistic "interpretation" of the subject(s), based on the information provided by you. My efforts will be geared toward achieving both a physical likeness and a representation of the "spirit" of the personality (please refer to the WHY BOTHER? page for details regarding that).
It is important that you make every attempt to provide me with scans of at least two different photos (per subject) to help prevent mistaken shadows, shapes, skin tones, hair color, eye color, etc. In our discussions, I may request quite a bit of information regarding the subject(s) which may not be apparent in your photos, e.g., eye color, hair color, the subject's interests, etc. This will be of great value in creating a comprehensive artistic image for you.
It is required that a downpayment of 50% of the agreed total project price (as indicated on this form) be paid upon acceptance of this document. Your acceptance will not be considered official until you click the "I AGREE" button on this page, which formalizes our mutual investment in the project. (Clicking either of the darker grey buttons does NOT obligate you to commission a portrait.) Once I have received your acceptance and your downpayment, I will schedule a substantial block of time to devote to your portrait. The downpayment will not be refundable, except on the rare occasion that I would be unable to complete the painting by the due date. In that case, at your discretion, you may either request a total refund of the downpayment (which will be provided within one week following the stated due date as indicated below) or we may draft a new agreement which would reflect a revised due date.
If you have chosen the option to preview your portrait painting in progress, I will post a scan of a photo of the work, early in the painting process, on this website (viewable on your private account page). Minor placement/detail adjustments may be made to the painting at that point. Afterward, I may be persuaded to post another scan or two of the painting over the course of the work, but additional change requests will not be accepted.
The balance owed must be paid in full upon your receipt of the painting, even if the painting is completed ahead of schedule (which is often times the case).
Your painting will be insured and guaranteed for the duration of its transport to you. After it is in your possession, I can no longer guarantee the condition of the portrait and/or frame. However, once the painting is varnished, (see "Important Note" on the COMMISSION INFO page of the website) your painting should last through the generations with reasonable care.
I reserve the right to decline a commission if (1) the scanned photographs provided by you are known to be copyrighted and used without consent, (2) the scanned photographs provided by you depict obscenity, violence, hate based on race, gender, heritage, age, sexual orientation or religion or any other such image I believe to be in poor taste or (3) my work schedule is too full to accommodate your requested due date.
With your consent, the image of your finished portrait may be used on this website or in association with other types of promotion for my business. Under no circumstances will your name, the name(s) of the subject(s) or any other personally identifying information be used without your express permission. Please select one of the two options below: