Susan Craighead, portrait artist




Susan Craighead’s portrait fees begin at $2,500.00 for a 16"x20" charcoal drawing and rise in cost depending upon the size, the medium, and the portion of the figure depicted. Please contact Susan Craighead directly either by emailing her at or calling her at 703.791.5024 for specific pricing for your portrait project.

Susan Craighead creates portraits in charcoal, pastel, and oil paints. She usually travels to the subject's home where she conducts a photographic session. She uses a digital camera to capture a variety of expressions and poses and reviews the photographs later with the client. When a child is the subject of the portrait she brings toys and such with her to make the photographic session fun and enjoyable. Susan returns to her studio with the photographs, notes, and sketches and after careful evaluation of all her reference material begins the portrait. She spends as many hours as necessary to create the finest portrait, both a stand-alone work of art and a perfect likeness. Susan sends a photograph of the completed portrait and upon approval ships the portrait.

A deposit of 40% is due in advance of the first sitting and the balance is due after completion of the commission and acceptance by the client.
Framing, shipping, out of town travel, and sales tax if required are charged separately and are in addition to the portrait fee.

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