Making Special Moments Last Forever

Charcoal Portrait Commissions

Whether you’re looking to capture a moment of time, preserve your cultural history, or remember those dearest to you, charcoal portrait commissions can l help you to tell a story for generations to come.

Through portraiture, I preserve chapters of time, to make your special moments last forever.

Preserving Memories

We are all too familiar with how quickly time passes. Happy moments that we thought would last forever quickly go from ‘vivid as day’ to hazy and indistinct. How many times have you looked back and thought: If only I could transport myself back to that special moment; if only I could recapture the smiles, laughter and feelings? But, try as we might to hold onto them, special moments quickly pass. The image is lost, but we don’t have to resign ourselves to grasping at dissolving memories!

  • Do you want to preserve the memory of someone important to you in a grand and permanently way?
  • Would you love to honour the stories of your ancestors and highlight the significance of those who shaped your life?
  • Do you want a permanent reminder of a great time in your life?
  • Are you ready to preserve a part of history for yourself and future generations?
  • Would you like to do all of this with a ‘one of a kind’ commissioned portrait?
Nhuri Bashir Bermuda Charcoal portrait drawings

Because Memories Fade …

When we were young, the stories within history came to life through paintings and illustrations.  As we’ve grown older, we realize that history is alive; the events of today will be the stories told to our decedents and future communities.

How beautiful would it be for them to see our faces, our expression, our essence, and through this, know us better?

Charcoal portrait commissions can do more than capture special people and moments — it illuminates and celebrates them.

You’ve seen great portraits hanging in galleries, museums and great halls. So, you know how portraits can conjure up its subject and breathe life into a personality that would otherwise have vanished into obscurity.

In our mass-produced age, few material objects possess the enduring value and prestige of a unique work of art.

But We Can Prevent Them from Fading

Charcoal portrait commissions are a lasting investment. It’s an heirloom that will lift your spirits by the recollection of the memories you’ve captured — and by the satisfaction of knowing that it was money well spent.

Charcoal portrait commissions enables us to:

  • Provide a unique gift for those we love most
  • Create an exclusive treasure that will last for generations to come
  • Celebrate our personal heroes
  • Invest in our own stories
Pages of Time - Vanessa Turner

Through a Heartfelt Approach

People mean a lot to me. I’m intrigued by the numerous personal transformations and journeys that people undergo in life.

Each face tells a story. So naturally, there’s something about portraiture which resonates deeply with me.

When completing charcoal portrait commissions, I aim to bring out the essence of a person. It is my intention for the portrait to bear a likeness not only to the person’s features but also their character.

Through my heartfelt approach to portraiture, I’ll help you celebrate the essence of those dearest to you.

High Quality Fine Art

No matter your style or budget, I ensure you receive value for your investment
  • Original Fine Art – grow your fine art collection and enhance the aesthetics of your space while celebrating those you love most.
  • Certificates of Authenticity – to confirm that you’re the sole owner of the ‘one of a kind’ original artwork or print.
  • Archival Materials – to ensure your fine art purchases stand the test of time and grow in value long after their purchase.
  • Professional Framing – allowing you to perfectly showcase your new work of art and protect it for generations to come.
  • Worldwide Shipping – streamlined delivery worldwide, utilizing trusted services like UPS and FedEx.

Value That Lasts

In an age that seems to discourage us from believing in things that last, portraiture stands out as one of the ways to honor those we love and respect, and to preserve their place in history for generations to come.

Indomitable Will - Vanessa Turner

Pricing – Charcoal Portrait Commissions

11″ x 14″ – $475 ($675 framed, 1 face max)
12″ x 16″ – $625 ($875 framed, 1 face max)
12″ x 18″ – $750 ($1,025 framed, 1 face max)
16″ x 20″ – $800 ($1,125 framed, 2 faces max)
18″ x 24″ – $1,025 ($1,425 framed, 3 faces max)
20″ x 26″ – $1,350 ($1,775 framed, 4 faces max)
22 x 30″ – $1,850 ($2,295 framed, 4 faces max)
24 x 36″ – $2,150 ($2,700 framed, 4+ faces)
27 x 40″ – $2,950 ($3,550 framed, 4+ faces)

Larger sizes available upon request

Prices listed above do not include shipping and handling.

Portrait Procedure

1. Select your preferred portrait size from the listing above.

2. I work from my digital images taken during a short photo session. In some instances, the client may supply their own photograph subject to size and quality.

3. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total price is payable at the time of booking.

4. Once your portrait size and ideal photo has been identified, you will receive an invoice to make your deposit.

5. All charcoal portrait commissions will be completed within a 4-6 week timeframe.

6. Upon completion, clients will be invited to view the work.

7. The remaining 50% balance is due upon completion of the commission.

8. Framing may be arranged by the client or the artist.

9. A certificate of authenticity is issued with all artwork

10. Artwork is personally delivered or delivered via registered/express mail.

Questions collectors ask prior to purchasing:

Below you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions. If your question isn’t covered, please don’t hesitate to contact me as I’ll be happy to answer any queries that you may have.

This varies greatly depending upon the time of year and on my current commitments. On average commissions take 4-6 weeks. It’s always a good idea to get in touch as soon as possible so that we can begin discussing your commission and schedule it in. Christmas is always the busiest period, so be sure to contact me by October to secure your space.

Absolutely! Feel free to send me your photo options and we can chat about which would be best. It can sometimes take a while to sort through all of the options. But don’t worry! That is all part of my job, and I’m happy to advise. Selecting the right photo is important to the final outcome, so I take extra care to take the time, to get it right.

I understand that many of our favourite photos have been passed on from one generation to another. As a result, they may be worn or may not be in the best of condition. I’m happy to review your photo and advise if it will still be suitable for me to work from.

Yes, I’ll send you a photo of your portrait via email. It’s valuable to have input from the person who knows the subject best, and I really consider the portrait to be a collaboration – I don’t consider it to be finished until you are completely happy with it.

Unfortunately I can’t give discounts for orders of more than one portrait. The reason is that I price my portraits based on how long they will take me to complete, and there is nothing I can do to speed up the process without compromising the quality of the work.

Payment may be made via electronic bank transfer/wire or by Paypal.

All buyers are responsible for paying taxes and duties, unless otherwise noted.

Yes all prior collectors receive 15% off the purchase of any original artwork.

Yes, if you live in Bermuda, you may collect your portrait in person.

Yes, international shipping is available for all fine art purchases. All artwork is shipped via courier service.

Absolutely! For years, Vanessa has provided all buyers with detailed care instructions for their purchase to ensure it lasts for generations to come.

I take my art and your investment very seriously. I only use materials and methods that are archival so that my work lasts for generations to come, provided it is treated with the correct care.

I’m very grateful when customers allow me to display their portraits, however I understand that some may prefer not to. I display some portraits on the website and on my social media pages. However if you don’t want your portrait to appear online just let me know. The only place that names will appear online is in the website gallery where portraits are identified by a first name only.