Boardroom portraits, Memorial portraits, Retirement portraits, Couple portraits, Children’s portraits,
Family portraits, and Family Landscapes.
From head shots to full length, serious to casual and everything in between.
Creating portraits has been my passion since childhood. With every portrait, whether it’s a person or animal, my goal is to bring them to life on canvas. This means each painting or
drawing I create has a natural and typical expression, a spot-on likeness, and is a sensitive, natural rendering – never stony or wooden. On top of this, the portrait must satisfy
as a beautiful work of art.
After thirty-five years of professional portrait experience and thousands of satisfied clients, I understand and can control all of these elements while working closely with the client to meet their individual needs. I take my own photographs of the subject whenever possible.
One reason I work only from photographs is that I enjoy capturing the expression exactly, whether it is serious, slightly smiling, or a moment of sheer exuberance. I look for natural
poses and subtle expressions which suggest the intelligence, humor and passion of the subject and the overall mood of the piece.
Nevertheless, for portrait gifts, posthumous portraits, pet portraits, unique candid shots, or if the person cannot come to me for any reason, I will work with photographs provided by the client, if they are of sufficient quality (and sometimes even if they are not!). I am always excited to see what I will be asked to paint next. I hope you’ll give me the chance to make your personal project special!
I get many requests to do portraits of couples. It could be a wedding picture, you and your spouse for an anniversary gift, close friends, a mother and child, or your spouse’s parents. As you can imagine, they make wonderful surprise gifts. Often I work with the client’s photos in this instance, as they are often one-of-a-kind moments. If what you have isn’t perfect (and it is fairly rare that both people look their best in one photograph) you often have the option to use two separate images to make the painted double portrait. I recommend that the photograph with the best expression be used, as I can always change the background, clothes, colors, hairdo, eyeglasses, etc. Care must be taken to match the lighting as best as possible when using different photographs for each person. For example, do not mix outdoor shots with indoor shots, as you will have a very artificial outcome. The viewing angle must also be considered, as you would not want to mix a shot from below with a shot from above: again, a very artificial look will result. With this in mind, there are still many possibilities to mix and match to get the most satisfying double portrait possible.
Ideally, a family portrait is painted from one shot, or from the same photo shoot. This gives the most consistency of lighting, vantage point and personal relationships. I am available to take the photographs of your family if needed. However, as with double portraits, photographs may be mixed and matched to come up with the best portrayal of each member of the family. Did a family member blink? No problem! Does someone have a bad expression? Easy to fix: use another shot for that person. It is also possible to add someone in who missed the photo shoot. Just find a few shapshots of that person and I can usually paint him or her into the final portrait. Another interesting idea is to have multiple images of the same person in different moods.
Imagine a beautiful painting of your kids cavorting in the backyard, giggly and smiling with wind in their hair and the greenery and flowers of spring as a backdrop! Wouldn’t you love to have a painting of your child when he was fishing for the first time with his grandfather? …the lovely photo of your daughter walking among the wildflowers? …that shot of your husband and daughter on the shore or the whole family walking on the beach last summer? Wouldn’t it make a perfect painting! The memories are precious. The possibilities are endless! This is what I refer to as a family landscape: a painting from your special photograph of people in a landscape or seascape, a moment in time, doing what they like to do. It would normally be called a genre painting, but it stars you and your family, with the people much smaller than in a normal portrait but still identifiable. It’s a lovely way to add landscapes or seascapes to your home but with a personal touch. It always tells a story! Let me help you translate your precious photographs into an heirloom family landscape. (Prices vary widely depending on the complexity of the subject and how many people are portrayed.)
A painting of the one you lost can give great comfort to you or a friend who is grieving their loss. It
brings the person to life in a way that a photograph cannot. Whether oil or pastel, it is made of pure
pigment which ensures that with proper care it will last for generations, usually much longer than
A challenging and delicate specialty, creating memorial portraits requires the utmost in sensitivity and creative solutions with the least amount of reference material. Great care must be taken to ensure that the true personality shines through in the painting, no matter the quality of the source material. This is not the time to rely on amateurs, friends who mean well, or artists who do not specialize in portraits. You need an artist with extensive experience in painting both from the live model and the photograph, as well as a talent and passion for portraiture. For this reason many artists shy away from the task, but Ms. Alexander considers posthumous portraits her specialty.
"…I gave one of my sisters and her husband a portrait that you so gorgeously did. They both loved it so much that they took down a portrait that some friends had spent huge dollars to have done as a gift to them. The minute they saw the one you did, they removed the hugely expensive one and have admired your portrait ever since. You absolutely do the most incredible art work."
– George Dubiecki
Agoura Hills, CA
"Everyone noticed all the wonderful and giggly detail you included in the portrait, even and including his impish grin and dirty fingernails. You are truly a very fine artist…"
- V. Kagan, Ventura, CA
regarding a child‘s portrait
"Today I received a framed photo of the portrait you did of my granddaughter, Rachel Bloom. I have to let you know that I was overwhelmed by the likeness. The portrait looks like she wants to leap out and speak to me. I want to thank you so much for doing such a magnificent job, it is probably the best portrait painting that I have ever seen - and I'm pretty old. Again, in gratitude, I want to say thank you.
- Alice Bloom
"[The portrait] was a hit! Thank you. It is beautiful.
– Florence Mond
"The portrait could not have been more life-like and captured the essence of this remarkable young man who was taken from us so tragically…"
- Leroy D. Baca
Sheriff, Los Angeles County
"There are no words to tell you what this painting of Earl means to us. When we brought it home from the funeral we did not know if we would be able to look upon it for a while. However, we hung it in the center of our home and it has been a comfort that words cannot convey. Your gift is surely God-given, as the painting is so very much more Earl than the picture you painted from..."
- Bill and Terrie Scott
Parents of Earl Scott, CHP
"In about 1978 or 79'... I saw your work and KNEW you were the one I wanted to do the portrait of our 17 year old daughter who had died in 1977. We have treasured this portait all these years and ran across your website today and wanted to thank you again for doing that for us. Thank you!"
- Linda & Bob Trivers
"I just want you to know that I sincerely appreciate the beautiful work you did on my portrait and the portrait of my mother. The likenesses and the colors were superb, and both portraits made wonderful gifts…"
- J. Brazan, Sr.
"On the day of the wake it was placed near him and I would never have made it through that day, if it weren’t for the portrait."
- Deborah Francis
Widow, P.O. Richard Francis, C.P.D.
"Despite never having met him, you managed to capture perfectly not only his appearance but also his personality: the twinkle in his fun-loving eyes, the kindness of his easy smile….Our daughters, aged only 7 and 9, continue to be amazed how the ‘painting looks just like Daddy.’ What they do not understand is that your portrait will help keep his memory alive for them even as passing time works hard to fade it from their young minds."
- Michelle R. Walker
Widow of Lt. Michael Walker, CHP
"The loss of Deputy Ron Ives was heartbreaking to us and we were comforted by your generous gift. It is these acts of kindness that got us through one of our darkest times."
- Captain Pete Ortiz
Rancho Cucamonga Police Department
"Thank you so much for the beautiful portrait of Alex. Words cannot express our appreciation for this incredible gift….You captured his true essence perfectly in this portrait..."
- The Valadez family
"This is wonderful!! And perfect. No changes needed!!!"
- Ruben Acevedo
|12″ x 16″ Head and shoulders||$400||$750|
|16″ x 20″ Head and shoulders||$550||$1100|
|20″ x 24″ Head and shoulders||$750||$1500|
|24″ x 30″ Half figure with hands||$1000||$2000|
|30″ x 36″ Three-quarter figure with hands||N/A||$2850|
|32″ x 40″ Three-quarter figure (life size)||N/A||$3500|
|40″ x 72″ Full length (life-size)||N/A||$4500 & up|
Prices listed are for one subject. Additional subjects are charged at 2/3 the price of the first. Special
backgrounds, military uniforms, bridal or other unusually detailed work may involve extra cost. Listed
prices do not include framing which is available from the artist. State and local taxes will be added
Terms for custom portraits: One-third is payable upon completion of the color study and photographs. The second third is due when the preliminary sketch is approved, and the final third is due when the portrait is delivered. For head and shoulder portraits, color studies and preliminary sketches will be eliminated and one half is due before the painting may begin.
Note: If you are unsure what your portrait will cost, or are on a budget, I may be able to suggest alternatives. Please don’t hesitate to talk with me about your individual situation.