Custom Portraits

Jo Sherwood’s portraits are in oil on white lead prepared Belgian linen.

Jo Sherwood works from her own photographs and life study sketch. Sherwood works to ensure that your painting will be a classic portrait. She feels it is a privilege to create a work of art to be a treasured legacy for generations. It is understood that you will not alter or reproduce my work after delivery to you.

The fee for the portrait will be payable in two installments. A non-refundable deposit of 1/3 of the total fee is due at the initial meeting. The remaining 2/3 upon satisfactory completion of the artwork.

Any possible additional fees, for framing, shipping, and insurance if requested.

Jo Sherwood retains the copyright of the image. This means she has the right for promotional purposes, including but not limited to brochures and other printed material, publications including books and articles about my work and websites/videos showing my work.

Portrait Procedure:

Once a client has made the decision to commission a portrait, the agreement will specify the number of subjects, size, price and completion date. A meeting with the subjects to be painted is scheduled.

The composition, size, location, pose, format, type of clothing, background tone and lighting are all considered. Approximately 50-150 photographs are taken, followed by a life study of the head in oil or pastel, should time allow for it.

Photographs are analyzed and a final decision is made as to pose and tone of the painting. If necessary, additional photographs can be taken at a second photo sitting.

Final payment is due after the approval and completion of the portrait. Time from the photographic session to the delivering of the portrait is approximately 3-6 months. The Artist will assist in frame selection if required.

For portrait commission scheduling, please contact for price information according to selected chosen size.  Jo Sherwood at 713 737-5225 or Tricia Kennedy & Associates at 203 434-9777.

Here, the unveiling of a portrait of Stewart Udall, the secretary of the Interior in the Kennedy administration. He commissioned the life-size portrait for the Stewart Udall building in Santa Fe, NM.