Christian Furr - Pientello Portrait Process

You may have been thinking about having a portrait painted for some time - or it could be a thoughtful last minute gift - either of your partner, yourself or of your children, your family, or organisation. Well congratulations on finding my site. I can safely say that you have come to the right place. I aim for psychological truth in my work. I believe that once you have placed your trust in me to produce a portrait for you, you will be, at the least, extremely satisfied with the result. If necessary I can supply you with referrals from previous clients that attest to this.

How does it work?

Getting to know you..

Firstly I always like to meet you for a chat over a coffee - at your convenience - or at my studio in Richmond upon Thames. It is good to meet my subject - or the person who is commissioning the portrait - before we embark. It is good for me to know what you like and find out about you as a person, before we begin. After all you are commissioning a piece of Art that will become a family heirloom or an investment for your organisation. Hopefully you will have chosen me because you like my style of work and understand my Art background and experience but you now need some reassurance - This is not an everyday experience - it is a unique one - and you need to know that you are choosing the right artist for your portrait. To be assured that you are putting your faith in someone you can trust. That's why it is good to meet me too.



My process is simple. The sitting can be carried out according to the subject in different locations. At your home, place of work or at several London locations. There is one photographic sitting using several cameras that takes a couple of hours maximum. From these images, in the studio, I decide one or two options that will work as a painting for you.

Sketch approval

Once I have selected something that works as a painting I will send a thumbnail sketch for approval. This is mainly to show overall composition and colours of the piece. Once this is approved by you I progress with making the painting.


Before sketch approval I will give you a contract outlining the last date that the work will be complete by, depending on my waiting list and your needs. There is deposit payable on signing of the contract. I will be guiding you step by step throughout the whole process so all you have to do is relax and look forward to enjoy the unveiling when that happens.


When my work is complete you get to see the final result. This can be an exciting time after the months of expectation. All will be revealed at the unveiling either at my exclusive Arts club, your home or a restaurant of choice or an historic art studio on the Embankment.


I am happy to advise and suggest recommended framers and oversee the process. After all the right frame can enhance the work and bring out the best in your portrait.


Your painting will be fully insured whilst at my studio and up until it is delivered to you after this I am happy to advise on arranging insurance for your work and to provide a valuation for your own insurance purposes using a well known Art Valuer.

After sales

I may contact you a year after portraits completion to see how you are getting on with your painting in situ. Sometimes paintings value may go up with my current market and I can advise on any alteration that might need to take place with your insurance renewal policy. Also with wear and tear your work might get slightly scuffed etc and I am happy to come and restore for a small set fee we can also use this opportunity to go through any queries you might have about the work in general.

I hope I have explained to you all you need to know about my process and look forward to creating your personal portrait masterpiece!

Christian Furr / All rights reserved 2012