Frequently asked questions
What is the process for commissioning a portrait?
Because The Gentleman Artist Studio only accepts ten commissions per year, a waiting list is necessary. A deposit of 20% of the portrait commission amount (nonrefundable) is required to secure your place on the waiting list. This investment also enables work to begin on your portrait at the scheduled time. The balance is due upon completion of your portrait and comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
What will my experience be like?
Commissioning a portrait from The Gentleman Artist is like commissioning a bespoke suit of clothes. We must first discover and develop a vision of what the ultimate version of you looks like. What are the greatest virtues and attributes you wish to embody? Such things as pose, dress and setting will need to be decided.
How long will it take to complete my portrait?
The highest level of care and attention is given in creating each portrait. As a consequence, from design approval to delivery, most portraits require six months to complete. Portraits of 60"X48" (152cmX122cm) and larger require up to a year to complete.
What determines the value of art?
Many factors contribute to the value of art. First is rarity. An original piece of art is a one-of-a-kind object. It may be copied or 'reproduced', but there will only ever be one original.
Why does it take so long?
Unlike a photograph, a painted portrait is an elaborate construction. A camera instantly and indiscriminately records everything in front of it. By contrast, every mark on a painting requires the artist to take a deliberate action. Each mark is a decision, calculated to move the whole work toward a supreme vision. Because of this, careful evaluation of the results is required throughout the process. The Gentleman Artist will not call a portrait finished until it meets his exacting standards, and yours for conveying an image of you that is inspiring, dignified and ennobling. In order to be called a premier portrait, it must elevate. Photographs can be commemorative. Premier portraits by The Gentleman Artist are inspirational and aspirational.
Is art a worthwhile investment?
Absolutely! It is human nature to modify, to embellish, and to beautify our environments. You may pick any group of people from any place in the world, and from any point in history. If you do, you will find one thing as universal as the basic necessities for sustaining life - people make art. We decorate our tools, our weapons, our clothes, our homes, and even our own bodies. We sing and dance, we tell stories and put on plays. We may not understand why we do this. But the fact that we always do seems to be conclusive - there is something in it that we find absolutely necessary.
How important is the artist's name recognition?
Are you considering buying art as a speculative investment? Do you hope to resell it for a profit in the future? If so, then an artist's name recognition can make a difference. But that is not why you invest in a premier portrait by The Gentleman Artist.
Why are there only ten commissions available per year?
The Gentleman Artist Studio specializes in premier military and executive portraits. Among our clientele are those who require the best that life has to offer. When you commission a portrait from The Gentleman Artist Studio, you can expect to not only receive a premier product, but a premier service experience throughout the process. The availability of commissions is limited so that the highest standards of service and attention can be delivered to you.
How much do people value portraits?
A tour of a stately home was featured in a documentary film on the British aristocracy called The Last Dukes. On the walls hung many beautiful and large portrait paintings of the family's ancestors. Also hanging on the walls beneath the paintings, hidden behind furniture were long, sharp knives. The knives were there so that in the event of a fire in the house, the servants could save the portraits by quickly cutting them out of their frames and throwing them out of the windows. Wouldn't you say that the family placed a high value on those portraits of their ancestors?
"A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more."
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Mr. Robbins employs the same indirect painting process used by many of the old masters. Called 'indirect' because some areas of the painting, such as faces, are built up in progressive layers. As such, seeing a portrait mid-process can be confusing or distracting for some viewers. Please feel free to review the gallery below, in order to familiarize yourself with this process, so that you may enjoy seeing the development of your own portrait commission even more.