P.O.Box 778
331 E. Carriere St.
Washington, LA 70589

Tel: 1-337-826-3003
Cell: 1-337-280-9443








Listed below are canvases in standard sizes, along with Tinney's typical charge for each size. The base prices shown are for paintings which include the following features (unless otherwise indicated):
  • a single figure
  • reference photos taken by the artist*
  • a rendered background (i.e., a garden or library setting, or whatever)
  • no frame

Standard charges for common portrait sizes: Please use the prices below as a guide rather than as a fixed price schedule. Every portrait is different, and the artist adjusts his fee according to the variables inherent in creating individual paintings. Below the price list are directions and samples showing how to adjust the base price if your portrait will be different from the conditions listed above.

  • 8" X 10" -.. $1400 (for solid color background only)
  • 11" X 14" - $1700
  • 12" X 16" - $2000
  • 16" X 20" - $2400
  • 20" X 24" - $2800
  • 24" X 30" - $3500
  • 24" X 36" - $3800
  • 30" X 40" - $4400
  • 36" X 48" - $5200

Credit Cards

Robert Tinney Portraits accepts Visa and MasterCard.

How the Artist Works With His Clients...

  • If you are interested in exploring the possibility of commissioning a Tinney portrait, the artist will be glad to meet with you (depending on your location, of course) and show you samples of actual portraits. At this preliminary meeting he'll want to discuss your ideas for the kind of painting you want, and you'll have the opportunity to get to know him, and find out more details of what it will be like to have a portait painted. Once you make the decision to commission the portrait, Tinney will schedule a time and location for a photo shoot. This can be done either at Tinney's studio in Washington, Lousiana -- or you may wish to have him shoot the pictures at a location of your choice.

  • Prior to the photo session you and the artist will discuss settings, poses, lighting, clothing, whether the portrait will be traditional or informal, and other pertinent details. Tinney will take many, many pictures during the session, so that he will have many poses, expressions, lightings, and even backgrounds from which to choose. You will need to set aside at least a couple of hours for the photo session. Tinney can generally accommodate your schedule when he sets up the photo session, so that if your best time is on a weekend, for example, this should be no problem.

  • After Tinney surveys the results of the photo session, he will send you a collection of proof sheets showing all the poses and expressions which might make good references for a painting, along with his recommendations. At this point you will need to choose which photos reveal the character and spirit of the person being painted. It is not uncommon for Tinney to schedule another photo session if the first batch of photos do not yield an image with just the right "spark." The quality and character of the final painting will depend heavily on the quality of the reference photos.

  • After you have chosen just the right combination of pose, facial expression and background, Tinney will put together a final image, or "sketch" (since it typically includes many additions and adjustments by the Artist), which includes just the right expression and pose. When the client approves this sketch, Tinney will be ready to begin the painting. This final phase will generally take from 6 to 8 weeks -- depending on Tinney's schedule. When the portrait is complete and dry to the touch, it will be delivered to the client with a preliminary coat of "retouch" varnish. An oil painting must dry and cure for 6 - 12 months before a coat of final varnish is applied; during this time the client can enjoy the painting and have it framed and hung. After about a year Tinney will retrieve the painting and apply the final varnish. (This can be done without removing the painting from the frame.)


The Artist usually accepts his fee in 3 equal installments, according to the following schedule. (As mentioned above, Robert Tinney Portraits accepts all 3 major credit cards):

  • The first 1/3 of the fee is due when Tinney conducts the first photo session.
  • The second 1/3 of the fee is due when the client gives final approval of the reference photo(s), and Tinney begins the actual painting of the portrait.
  • The final installment is due when Tinney delivers the finished portrait.

*Reference Photos

Tinney may be willing to use as reference photos 4" X 5" or larger photographs which you already have. That said, please keep in mind that the expressiveness and "presence" of your portrait will ultimately be determined by the image from which the artist works. The artist will be happy to shoot these pictures himself, either at a location of your choice, or at Tinney's studio. (You can save $200 off the price of your 16" X 20" or larger portrait -- and enjoy two complimentary nights at the Tinney's Washington B&B -- if you have the artist shoot your portrait photos himself at his Washington, LA studio.)

Copyright © 1998 Robert Tinney