Paintings can be done from an existing photograph of yours, or from a photograph from your personal session with Lois.

Lois works on her commissioned portraits in three stages:

First, she will meet with you to talk about the painting you would like, the setting for the photography if she will be doing a photo session for you, and where in your home you plan to hang your finished piece. If it is to be a painting from a photograph you currently have, she will assess the quality of the photo and whether it will work for a painting, and request a written release if it is taken by another professional photographer.

Second, Lois will travel to the pre-established location for the photo session and spend as long as it takes to get the perfect photographs from which to create your painting. Time and patience are involved to get to know the personality of the horse or dog she will be painting.

Third, together with the client, Lois will choose the pose from the photos that she's taken, occasionally merging pieces of a couple of photographs. Photo enlargements and digital files can be ordered from these pictures too! Occasionally Lois will work from your special photograph, provided it is clear and sharp and is released if taken by a professional photographer.

Fourth, it's into the studio and the work begins. Please be patient from this point on! Lois honors delivery deadlines wherever possible, but due to popularity of her photography and paintings and the amount of time and detail that goes into creating your painting, a commissioned portrait may take 8-12 weeks to complete.

Lastly, paintings are delivered or shipped as stretched canvas with a protective varnish. From here, they may be custom framed by Lois at wholesale prices, or taken to a framer of your choice.

Contact Lois Stanfield to commission your masterpiece! Your horses and dogs deserve the honor of a portrait as a monument to the life you have shared!