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New Orleans fine artist Emilie Rhys offers portrait commissions in two formats: on paper using pen & ink, and if desired, watercolor and gouache paints; and on stretched linen canvas or flat copper sheets using oil paints. Please fill out the contact form below to start the conversation, to inquire about specifics, and to let us know what you’re interested in.  In addition, our 2020 price list is available here:

Portrait Commissions

Commissioning an original Rhys portrait of you or of 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 the studio. Thus every portrait is drawn and/or painted during one or more live portrait sessions.

The painting studio (separate from the art gallery) is centrally located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA, and sessions may be scheduled anytime between 10am through to evening. The model is welcome to invite anyone 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, and the gift of art, for someone special.

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:

Portrait formats

Canvas/Copper: Canvas, 24″ x 18″ and up; Copper oils are miniature.

Paper: From 12″ x 9″ to 24″ x 36″.

Portrait bust, head, neck and top of shoulders.

3/4 figure, includes hands.

Full-length, includes feet.

Framing services

You may choose to have your painting framed. This will need to be specified prior to painting. Framing options will be supplied at the time of ordering. Below are some sample prices and options to expect.

Unveiling party

All commission clients are encouraged to have an unveiling party. We provide the client with printed 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. 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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