Pandemic note: due to continuing COVID-19, until further notice Ms. Rhys has suspended in-person portrait sessions in her art studio—where the oil portraits are created. She welcomes in-person pencil & ink portrait commissions at Scene By Rhys Fine Art, 1036 Royal Street. 

Scene By Rhys Fine Art offers commissions of art by Emilie Rhys in two formats. Pencil & ink on paper with the possible addition of watercolor/gouache paints; and oil paints either on stretched linen canvas or on specially-prepared flat copper sheets. These can be portraits of people and/or pets, a building or a view you particularly love, flowers, most anything at all.

Please fill out the contact form below to start the conversation. 

Portrait Commissions

Commissioning a Rhys portrait of you or a loved one will result in a cherished heirloom for the recipient. Ms. Rhys is renowned for capturing what she calls a “living likeness” of her models, and to achieve this she much prefers to work from live observation of the model in her art studio. Thus every portrait is ideally drawn and/or painted during one or more live portrait sessions. If necessary, however, she will work off photographs.

The painting studio (separate from the art gallery) is centrally located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA, and sessions may be scheduled most days between 10am through to evening. The model is welcome to invite someone they would like to accompany them to sessions. Spending time in Ms. Rhys’s private art studio is an amazing experience and we hope to share that with you.

We can help you get exactly what you are looking for by working within a particular budget and size requirement. Please contact us to go over your options!  Here are a few preliminary specs:


Prices vary widely and can fit most any budget, starting at $300 for an 11″ x 14″ drawing, at $750 for a 6″ x 4″ miniature oil on copper or wood, and $4,800 for a 24″ x 18″ oil on canvas. Contact us to discuss what your commission might be.

Portrait supports and formats


        Canvas, 24″ x 18″ and up

        Copper or wood, 6″ x 6″ up to 20″ x 16″ 

Paper: From 11″ x 14″ up to 24″ x 36″

Portrait bust:  head, neck and top of shoulders

3/4 figure:  includes hands

Full-length, might include feet

Framing services 

We have an excellent framer within five blocks of the gallery with whom we’ve worked for ten years. If you want to have your painting or drawing framed by us, just let us know of your interest. In the gallery we have numerous options on view, but if you cannot visit in person, we will inquire via email and/or by phone about your preferences of color and style and will send you photographs of possibilities. 

Unveiling party

All commissions clients are encouraged to have an unveiling party. We provide the client with digital invitations and the artist will come to your home or office and give a brief talk about the process and the story behind the painting or drawing. The client will provide the refreshments and venue, and cover the artist’s travel expenses if the location is out-of-town.

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