Commission a one-of-a-kind portrait of your hero, a loved one or yourself. I create portraits in a combination of watercolor, gouache and colored pencil on high-quality archival rag paper.

Recent Work

Explore some of my portrait commissions and illustration projects.

I have over 35 years experience as an illustrator and portrait artist.

Source Material

To create your portrait, I work from photographs. Photos can be supplied by you or, if the subject is local, I will schedule a photo session at your home, office or other location. If you provide the photos, they should of high enough quality to see the subject’s features clearly.

Composing the Portrait

After we discuss the purpose of the portrait and decide on its content, I will develop preliminary pencil drawings to explore composition and lighting. I will provide 2 designs for your approval. Upon your approval of one design, I will create a small color study for your approval prior to proceeding with the painting.


All of the painting happens in my studio. I often refer to additional reference material in order to complete the portrait. The painting itself will require 4-8 weeks or more, depending upon its size and complexity. I will keep you updated as I work by sharing work-in-progress photos. I will send a photo of the finished painting prior to packing and shipping.


Paintings are shipped flat, unmatted and unframed, in protective packaging using an insured carrier. If you are local, I will deliver the painting in person.

Portrait Pricing

Portrait pricing is based on the portrait dimensions and:

The number of people or pets in the painting
How much of each subject is to be depicted
The intricacy of clothing, accessories and props
The complexity of the background
Shipping/delivery costs

Base prices are in US dollars. Sizes are in US inches.

  • 8 x 10: $450.00
  • 9 x 12: $540.00
  • 11 x 14: $847.00
  • 16 x 20: $1,760.00
  • 20 x 30: $3,300.00
  • 24 x 36: $4,752.00

Prices shown are for a single likeness on a simple background. Additional subjects, costumes, objects and complex environments increase the price.

Prices do not include matting or frame.

Sales taxes apply for portraits shipped within California.

A signed agreement and 50% downpayment, paid by credit card or check, are required. Work will begin once funds clear. Balance and shipping expenses are paid by credit card upon completion of the work. Artwork will be shipped upon payment in full. A 2.5% convenience fee is charged on all credit card payments.

Paintings are packed and shipped flat, unmatted and unframed, with tracking and insurance.

Shipping, packing and insurance costs are billed in addition to the creative fees.

A certificate of authenticity, for provenance purposes, signed and dated by the artist, is included.

Pricing is for the commission purchase of an original, physical artwork. I retain copyright to the work. I reserve the right to reproduce the artwork for promotional purposes.

The client may purchase one-time North American reproduction rights.(license) of a digital version of the completed portrait.


Graphic Design

Web & Email Design

Brand Strategy


I am the owner of Alvalyn Creative, a boutique creative studio located near Thousand Oaks, California. I create narrative illustration, graphic design, web design, branding, as well a custom portraits.

For the past 35 years I have been helping businesses and organizations establish and maintain influence through effective and elegant graphic design solutions including visual identities and logos, print advertising and direct mail, web sites, email and social media graphics, publications, catalogs, annual reports. I also create visual branding for events.

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