Leah Mantini is portrait artist whose paintings have earned her international recognition through the Portrait Society of America and Artists’ Magazine competitions as well as regionally with the Portrait Society of Atlanta. A resident of Charleston, South Carolina, she cherishes and strives to uphold the time honored tradition of the family portrait. Her commissioned portraits are heirlooms of fine art capturing both children and adults alike.
The creation of a portrait is a meaningful experience for both the artist and client. Leah strives to make this process as easy and memorable as possible.
The portrait process begins with a meeting between artist and client in conjunction with the initial sitting. This can take place in Charleston or another location of the client’s choosing. Following discussion of the overall vision for the portrait, photographs are made to be used for reference back in the studio. During the time Leah spends with the subject and their family, she aims to gain as much insight as possible into the individual’s personality and characteristics, so that they are evident in the final portrait.
Upon returning to the studio, Leah uses her references to ensure the original vision shared between client and artist is maintained. The client can expect the portrait be completed with a final sitting generally within nine to twelve months of the initial sitting.
One third of the total portrait price is required to confirm an accepted commission and commence the portrait process. This deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the balance is due at the the final sitting upon approval of the portrait. Prices do not include framing, but Leah would be glad to assist you in the selection of a frame. Travel and shipping expenses are additional.
In deciding between an oil painting, drawing, or watercolor consult the website’s gallery to find the variety of fine art options available.
Other types of commissions will follow similar procedural steps as far as time frame and payment. For fee structures, email firstname.lastname@example.org.