Commissioned Portraits by Kim McElroy

Not merely a likeness, but a timeless work of art that celebrates the beauty, presence, and spirit of your beloved horse.

Thank you for your interest in commissioning a custom creation. The process of creating a work of art is as individual as the animals themselves. Some people know what they want and will request specific images or compositions. Others seek my guidance to direct the elements for their creation. Creating a work of art is a fascinating process of defining the essence of your thoughts and feelings.

For information on your pricing your individual portrait and to be added to my waiting list, please fill out my Questionnaire. Then we will work together with the photos you send so I can give you a price for your portrait and plan its creation.

Custom Art Prices

The cost of your work of art will vary depending upon the style and complexity of artwork you are interested in. When I see your photographs and begin to plan a potential composition, we can then discuss the price range you are comfortable with.

My artwork is created in pastel chalk in a range of styles from Tangible to Mystical – to Soul Essence and Essential. All these are featured in galleries in the Art and Portraits sections on my website.  The examples shown below feature horses, but I also create dog and cat portraits, and custom projects from book covers to art depicting animal spirit guides and vision quests.

Color Pastel Fine Art Creations

Expressions Portrait

Visionary HealerThese are small portraits of a horse’s eye. Size usually square 8” x 8” priced starting at $500

Essential Portrait

Ella's SpiritThese are elegant and simple motion studies or elemental portraits in a style I call Spirit Sketches of the energetic impression of a horse. Size approx. 20” x 26” Priced starting at $1,000

Small Expressive Portrait

Gathering LightThese small portraits of a realistic head or partial body of the horse with an abstract color background.
Size approx. 16” x 20”. Prices starting at $1,500

Pet Portrait

montanaPet Portraits vary in size, style, and price and start at $1,500 for a 16″ x 20″ of an individual pet.

Iridescent Portrait

One with the WindThese portraits are created by creating colors of the horse in iridescent sparkling silver, copper, gold or black tones with a touch of other colors, against black paper. Size approx. 16” x 20”. Priced starting at $1,500

Expressive Portrait

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These portraits are a impressionistic portrait of your horse with an abstract color background.
Size approx. 20” x 26” depending upon composition. Prices starting at $2,800

Tangible Portrait

These portraits are a detailed realistic image of your horse. The price listed is for an individual horse with a detailed background of nature or other imagery.  Size approx. 24 x 36” or larger depending upon composition. Prices starting at $4,000

Essential Soul Essence Portrait

Portal of GraceThese creations are inspired by imagery I receive in a shamanic journey with the spirit of the horse. These are stylized works that blend the Essential style with other mystical elements. Not a realistic portrait but rather an interpretive work of the horse’s message. Size approx. 20” x 26”. Prices range from $2,800 and up depending upon the elements of the meditation.

Mystical Soul Essence Portrait

These creations are inspired by imagery I receive in a shamanic journey with the spirit of the horse. They are intuitive and visionary creations celebrating your deep connection with your horse. These paintings are like our personal mythology of what your horse means to you.  This version blends the realistic portrait style with other imagery that conveys the message of the meditation with other mystical elements. Size approx. 20” x 26”. Prices starting at $5,000

Waiting List & Deposit

Once we have communicated about the style and elements you are interested in and I have seen your photographs, I can give you an estimate for what price range your portrait will be in and what the time frame might be depending upon my schedule. I charge portrait commissions as an hourly fee within a budget that we mutually decide upon. The deposit will be 20 percent of the base fee we discuss.

If I begin immediately the process might 1-3 months. The full balance is due when your portrait is completed.

Waiting List – 20% Deposit

A 20% deposit of your Portrait Price will place you on my Waiting List and—schedule permitting—your portrait will be started within the time frame we discuss. Upon starting your portrait, an additional 30% will be due, with the balance due upon completion.

Payments

Or, you can begin making $100 or more monthly payments, and as soon as your payments reach 20% I will place you onto the Waiting List and we will discuss the timing of your portrait depending upon the payment schedule.

Photographs

For Soul Essence portraits, a few photos is sufficient. For all other portraits I’d like to see all the photographs you can send so I can get a feeling for your horse and what will work best for the composition. I work literally from the poses shown in the photos, though if requested I can remove tack or make small changes, which may be an additional charge.

I can work from regular or Digital photos, or feel free to send a cd of high resolution full sizes files, or prints. It is essential to have quality color photos of exactly the poses you want me to create. If you only have black and white there may be an additional charge. I can enhance the look of a photo but I do not change the pose of the horse.

The Final Painting

The medium I use is pastel chalk, which is permanent in color but fragile to the touch, so it must be framed behind glass. I can ship the artwork unframed, or you can arrange to have me frame it for you. Framing, packaging, and shipping on all artwork are an additional charge.

Next Steps

For information on your pricing your individual portrait and to be added to my waiting list, please fill out my Questionnaire. Then we will work together with the photos you send so I can give you a price for your portrait and plan its creation. Get started here.

I look forward to working with you to create your dream!

Kindly yours,

Kim McElroy