The portrait process begins with a discussion between the client and the artist to determine the size, composition and price of the portrait to be created. Questions of clothing, background and the location in which the portrait will ultimately be displayed are considered. A 40% non-refundable deposit is required upon contract signing.

Michael then travels to the client's office, home or other location of the client's choosing. Some preliminary sketches will be created and photographs will be taken of the subject. The artist will then show the client selected sketches and/or photographs to be considered as reference for the portrait. The artist will also create a color study oil painting to indicate the composition and approximate colors to be used for the proposed portrait.

An estimated completion date for the painting is then established. The artist commonly has a waiting list of approximately 2 months, though sometimes schedule changes can be made if the delivery of a portrait is requested for an upcoming special occasion. The portrait will then be created in the artist's studio, using the finest museum quality materials. The remaining 60% of the cost of the portrait is due upon satisfactory delivery of the completed painting. Prices are for each person depicted in the portrait. Extra charges may apply for portraits required on very short deadlines.

Prices include travel costs for one trip by Michael Crabb to anywhere in the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) for the purposes of doing preliminary sketches and taking photographs for the portrait sitting. Please call the artist's studio at (813) 458-4577 to begin planning your portrait.