Every year Jack Anglin takes on a limited number of fine portrait commissions. Exploring having your portrait begins with a phone call or an email.


As soon as we begin talking we can start to imagine the painting together and plan for a meeting or the first sitting. A complete vision or idea of the artwork isn't possible until the artist meets the subject and/or sees where the painting might hang.

Jack enjoys collaborating and creating a work of art that will reflect the ideas and aspirations of the clients. Before he begins, the wish is for Jack's patrons to have a very clear idea of how the finished work will most likely appear.

There are a variety of factors that influence the pricing of a portrait painting, from travel requirements, design and compositional requirements, to the framing, delivery and hanging arrangements. The prices listed to the right are meant merely as starting points and require the consideration of many variables. Before beginning the portrait  all of the artist's fees will be made clear as both artist and client contract with one another to ensure everything is clear. Deposits and a probable delivery date or a firm deadline are defined as well.

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed!

The artist will do all in his power to see that you are very pleased with your commission. It is Jack's desire for the portrait to have a permanent place in your home and in your heart! Jack considers this a great honor and a very special gift from clients to be invited to make such a personal and powerful work of art. The satisfaction he hopes for will last you a lifetime and extend into many future generations.

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Call 252 349-0049 


One of the fun aspects of the portrait process is being in on the surprise! 

Jack can make a beautiful unique card for you if you wish to present the portrait idea for a special occasion or at the holidays. That way the subject of the painting gets to anticipate the gift and get what they really want, and it stretches it out the moment of getting the gift. It's the best way to include everyone in on the great gift of a portrait.

The image below was a gift of the grandmother who saw to it that all of her grandchildren were painted by Jack Anglin. Not only was it a valued gift, but the matriarch was in on all the events she created for her family, from start to finish! In this case the child sat on her grandmother's sofa, --your portrait has the potential for those kind of special inclusions.


The following is provided as an aid in establishing some kind of starting point in the commissioning of a portrait. There are many details and a number of important aspects that determine the work to be created.

There is NO Fee for consultation.  

Speak with the artist and arrange a meeting without any strings attached and permit yourself to explore the portrait possibilities without making any commitment.

Clients sometimes express an initial uncertainty about whether to proceed with a pastel or an oil painting. Other times people have struggled to decide on single portraits or a group portrait. It has proved to be best to wait until our first sitting and photography session and after seeing the artist's preliminary sketches to decide these matters. Jack always does his best to take into account the many factors and to come up with an idea that fits into the client's schema and goes along with his artistic expectations.

As an artist Jack understands that clients want their portraits to be perfect, and while this might scare off other painters it serves to energize him. Jack desires client input and wants to make his paintings as perfect as is humanly possible! He wants to engage his subjects so that the painting is in large part a product of their aspirations and vision as well. This kind of insight and collaboration is his style for working with portrait commissions and it has served both artist and patrons quite well for many, many years.

For those people not quite sure about the type of portrait or whether the timing is the best (children grow out of a "look" quickly) Jack is happy to consult and make sketches, take video and photographs without any obligation or fee to the client, and to wait for a better moment or to revisit a session sometime in the future. It might be better to have that exposure and wait, than to miss the right moment.

Sitting for your portrait!

Most artists enjoy working from life instead of photos, and Jack requires at least a few brief sittings if possible. Clients who will sit for a few hours at a time, perhaps for many sessions, have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the work as it appears in progress. Working from life adds to the quality of the painting as the artist comes to know the subject more clearly, in a visual and objective way, and as a person better understood through conversation and mannerisms. Most people find sitting for the portrait to be an interesting and a unique experience. Whether completely working from live sittings or wit a combination with the artist's own photography, the artist will strive to make sitting for the portrait a memorable, enjoyable, and easy experience for every subject.


Some portraits demand a large scale, while others are better served in a smaller format. How this is determined has to do with what the artist feels lead to  suggest, where the portrait is intended to hang, how many subjects are included, what kind of background environment is desired, and of course, the price.


Framing is not included but Jack is always willing to help with framing arrangements, to offer recommendations if desired, or simply handle all the patron's framing needs. Sometimes when starting the portrait the patron has in mind the particular place the painting will hang and that actually helps determine the type of frame and the course of the portrait. The artist is often willing to assist in the hanging and installation of the work, too, if practical. He doesn't consider his work complete until the portrait is hanging where it belongs!


Made on stretched canvas, linen, or a variety of panels (depending on the desired effect and size). Quality materials are used with traditional methods, ensuring long lasting and stable works of art.

Bust (Head & Shoulders)
This represents a detailed, life-size image that usually measures around 16X20 inches (with limited background and clothing details) and can be finished from just one or several sittings.
$1000 - $2000

The Seated Pose
The seated or upper body pose includes all the important details in every element. The painting sizes start at around 18X24 and can reach approximately 36X40. Made from all live sittings, or from photo sessions at your convenience or at the artist's studio.
$2000 - $4000

Full Figure Paintings
Life-size and traditionally grand in scale, detailed and accurate, this kind of portrait painting will command attention in any setting and be wonderful to view, either at a close range or at a distance.
$3000 - $10,000+


Jack uses a variety of the finest artists pigments on 100% cotton (acid free) papers or specially prepared panels. Pastels need to be matted and framed under glass as they always require protection. One of the advantages of pastels is their 'flat' appearance--not shiny, and displayed with non-reflective UV filtering glass they always look great. Pastels are pure pigments and Jack includes no chemical additives or lacquer sprays, so they will remain unchanged. Pastels of the Impressionists found in museums are still bright and beautiful after more than a century.

Bust (Head & Shoulders)
This represents a detailed, life-size image that usually measures around 16X20 inches (with limited background and clothing details) and can be finished from several sittings.
$600 - $1000

The Seated Pose
A life-size, popular view, the seated pose includes important details in every element. A painting of this size generally has an image area of 18X24 or slightly larger –from several sittings.
$1200 - $2000

Full Figure
Not life-size images (except for a small child), such a large choice is often better suited for an oil painting where larger size panels are more readily possible (and no glass is required with oils).

Certainly there are ideas and subjects that can possibly be better handled with pastels--it all depends!
$2000 - $4000

A deposit of one half the price is made after the details are agreed upon, with balance due at completion.

These prices/fees are for one person or one figure. Adding a second or third person and and a pet, or pets, is of course possible at fractional prices.

Prices do not include additional  sales tax and any other applicable local taxes.


OIL PAINTINGS are usually made on stretched fabric of fine canvas or high quality linen that enable larger surfaces to be created than you could find in papers or practical wood panels. These fabrics have a wide range of thread thickness, thread count, and finished textures.

Generally speaking, oil paints allow more time for the artist to blend and work the paint before they actually set up and harden on the surface. Oils offer superior colors. After drying, the texture provided by the manner in which the paint was applied can provide a rich surface over which more paint is easily and readily received. Oils also have a wonderful depth and natural beauty and provide the artist the ability to work in layers and transparent glazes with varnishes and other media.

The way Jack uses oil paints varies with each painting. A tremendous amount of effects are possible by using thick and thin paint and by mixing techniques. His oil portraits are characteristically smooth when it comes to the face, skin and other soft elements. Recently they have taken on more texture with under-painting and are very expressive--especially concerning the background and other parts of the painting.

Jack strives to use high quality pigments that are recommended to be compatible with other paint components and mediums. His palette uses colors recommended by contemporary and traditional artists and experts who have taken seriously the problem of choosing paint and pigments (it's a chemistry set, after all). Jack's choice of colors are less likely to crack or fade since they are selected by examining the chemical composition and the compatibility of all the pigments that could be used together.

"Oil paints are so wonderful to use!

If I could only adequately convey the thrill of seeing a painting take shape with oil paint."


PASTEL is a traditional and time tested medium that has so very much to offer. There are several misconceptions about pastels. First--pastels are not chalks! Chalk is calcite ( CaCO3 ) made from fossil sea creatures, and such as what is used in school to mark on the chalk board. In fact, pastels are made with the same pigments used in expensive water color, acrylic, and oil paints. As with other media, pastels are available in a wide range of qualities from a variety of manufacturers. A binder such as glycerin is added to a finely ground powder of pure pigment to keep the pastels held together and solid after drying.

Pastels differ from other media in that they require no other chemicals or additives. Some pastel artists use a fixative, a sticky lacquer, to help attach one layer of pastel to another. I prefer to use pastels dry and use no fixatives or sprays during painting or as a final cover spray. Pastels are made on paper, board, or panel --usually, my choice is a 100% cotton "rag" paper available in a medium weight and in quite a few colors.

Since few chemicals are added to the color mix in my pastels, the 'painting' has a long life when framed using contemporary preservation techniques. When you see any of the impressionist's works that were done in pastel, and you realize the beauty of their color as well as the high quality of their present state, then you can see why today pastel is still a choice medium used by professionals all over the world. All that is required to keep the pastel painting safe is for it to be framed under glass, with a mat to keep it from contact with the glass, and a sealed paper backing. Ultraviolet radiation will affect any pigment in any media, so it is best to frame with UV protective glass. New kinds of glass and acrylics are available that are superior to the old non-glare glass and includes a UV screen --which is my preference for all my pastel paintings.

Thanks for looking in my galleries. I'll be happy to speak about any ideas or questions you might have.

Jack's portraits have become treasured possessions in the lives of his patrons.
As an artist, Jack will attempt and enjoy whatever challenge you can provide!

Look at Jack's Commission Page
to see a large painting made for a church that includes many portraits