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To Honor, To Inspire, To Educate
Thank you for stopping by my little nook of the virtual world! My name is Suzanne Lago Arthur and I am realist painter working out of the Northern Virginia area. I hold a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and an MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University. I have exhibited both nationally and internationally in such venues as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, The Museum of the Americas, Washington DC, EuroAmerica Galleries, SoHo, NYC, and The United States Special Interests Section, Havana, Cuba. My subject matter includes portraiture, still life, figurative and landscape paintings. I also teach classes for youths and adults right out of my studio. I am member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and am a copyist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
On this site you will find my professional portfolio along with updates of what’s currently on my easel. In addition, I also blog weekly about aspects of art making and creative work that I believe will inspire all like minded souls. Please check back often for new posts on “Mastering Work Flow”, “Technique Tuesday” and “Workshop Wednesday” among others in which I discuss the secrets of the trade.
I am available for commission work and will have artwork available for purchase directly from this site. If you are interested in commissioning a portrait please refer to my Commissioning A Portrait post here on my About page for further details. Artwork that is currently available for purchase will have a link to Paypal.
There are few things in life as artistically satisfying for me than to have the opportunity to create an heirloom quality portrait for a client. Perhaps it is the exhilaration of observing the client’s emotional reaction to the work that I find so rewarding. But I can’t help but feel that this is the way that I can best share my “gift” with others–by helping people honor and immortalize those they hold so dear.
I can create a pastel drawing or oil painting of your loved one or colleague starting at various price points. Below is an outline of my typical commission process:
Personal Consultation: Initial discussion to identify scope of work and client objectives.
Subject Observation: Meeting with subject (portrait sitter) to observe & better understand the personality and mannerisms of the individual. If possible, I will sketch and make initial studies from life.
Photo-shoot Preparation: Photo-shoot location & date identified along with attire and and other details.
Photo-shoot and Review: Photos are taken (for use as painting references), processed and reviewed with the client to identify candidates for the final painted portrait.
Painting/Delivery: Typically a year once the painting process begins depending upon the complexity and scope of the work. Note: A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking.
My 2015 Commission Prices are as follows and are based on how much of the person you want shown and in what media (i.e “head and shoulders”, “full figure”):
Portraits in Pastel
Head and shoulders, 11” x 14”: $1,200
Head, shoulders and hands, (half figure) 16” x 20”: $2,000
3/4 length figure: $2,500
Full figure, 18” x 24”: $3,000
Head and shoulders, 11” x 14”: $1,700
Head, shoulders and hands, (half figure) 16” x 20”: $2,500
3/4 length figure: $3,000
Full figure, 18” x 24”: $3,500
Portraits in Oil (Canvas or Panel)
Head and shoulders, 16” x 20”: $2,000
Head, shoulders and hands, (half figure) 30” x 36”: $3,000
3/4 length figure, , 30” x 40: $5,000
Full figure, 30” x 40” or 36” x 48”: $6,000
Head and shoulders, 16” x 20”: $2,500
Head, shoulders and hands, (half figure) 30” x 36”: $3,500
3/4 length figure, , 30” x 40: $5,500
Full figure, 30” x 40” or 36” x 48”: $6,500
Additional charges may apply
Prices above reflect individual portraits. For multi-figure portraits, multiply the fees shown per each additional figure.
Out of state travel.
Re-shoots for reference photos.
Complexity of subject matter. I.e., elaborate book cases, beading on gowns etc.
Additional portrait modifications beyond the original scope of the contract.
Please contact me directly if you are interested in commissioning a portrait by phone or by email. (571)225.2332 or Suzanne@lagoarthurstudio.com. All inquires welcome. Thank you!
This pastel on paper drawing is being created by my very talented and very 10 year old student, Claire. Amazing isn’t she? Best panda drawing I have ever seen! I kid, I kid. Best tiger drawing I have ever seen–and it is not even done yet!