House Portraits – how to commission a portrait

For those clients who are outside a 25 mile radius where a personal visit might be more difficult and will be subject to mileage costs please read the comments below on how to photograph your home and submit them to me for a quotation. Further information is also available here.

  1. Decide if you want the front or back of your home.
  2. Take photos slightly from the side rather than straight on.
  3. From your preferred view, take close ups of details including your front door, windows and other detailed features such as statues or unusual chimneys etc. This is essential in order to achieve an accurate representation of your home.
  4. Submit your digital photographs via email to or post a set of prints to me – which I actually prefer!

On receipt of your photographs, I will then assess them for suitability and contact you. If you wish to proceed you will need to pay a £50 non returnable deposit. This may be paid by cheque (payable to Brenda Barratt please), bank transfer or via my PayPal account.

I will then commence work on your painting and when completed will contact you to arrange the final payment. A painting usually takes me about four weeks.

You can send the final payment to me by cheque (payable to Brenda Barratt please), bank transfer or via my PayPal account. On receipt of payment I will despatch your painting for delivery within five working days.

Frames and Mount OptionsClick here to select the optional mounts and frames for your house portrait.

Sizes – The size of the watercolour painting is 13½” x 10½”
The overall size of the mount is 20” x 16”
The overall size of your portrait – including the frame and mount – is 21” by 17”.

Costs – The cost of a house portrait is £375. A larger size can be painted. An exact price will be given once the property/photo has been assessed. The price includes a high specification double-mount, a wood and gilt glazed frame or modern white polymer frame. Postage and packing £25.

Vignettes – The costs of any additional vignettes on paintings (as featured in the image above) is £25 per vignette. Please contact Brenda to arrange these.

Collection – If you wish, you may, by prior arrangement, collect your portrait from my studio. In this case you will not have to pay postage.

Extra Giclee copies of original portrait – They make lovely mementos for your children who would have happy memories of growing up in their family home. These come in three sizes – 16″ x 20″, 16″ x 12″ and a boutique size of 10″ x 8″. The prints can be framed or unframed. Please ring or write to Brenda re prices and frame choices.

Samples of Completed Portraits – click to see enlarged view