A native New Englander, Tchipakkan has been drawing and painting portraits professionally for the past forty years. Her fans have enjoyed her work displayed in shows, festivals, on book jackets, and magazine covers. She is a favorite guest speaker at conferences and schools across the country, and a familiar face at science fiction, fantasy and pagan conventions and Rennaissance faires.
Many of her portraits have been done as “Instant Ancestor” portraits- in various medieval styles for SCA clients and in the Naif style for those wanting a familiar face in a painting reflecting an Early American decor. “The portrait is for the joy of the buyer, I have no problem making the little girls dress match the drapes or couch apholstery. I am pleased to be a craftsman serving the vision of the one doing interior design. If someone has spent years finding just the right furniture, just the right rug, and accessories, I am happy being able to provide just the right portrait… in a style that enhances the decor, and yet is a charming painting of a grandmother- or grandaughter.”
Charcoal sketches are great for wedding invitations and favors anniversary gifts, birthday party entertainment. Special groups rates available for schools and charitable functions.
$25 for a quick $15 minutes charcoal portrait.
$75 an hour at events (at least 2 hours) at four portrait sketches an hour. She can also work from a photograph (preferred for elaborate costumes), but live sittings produce the best results. Finished work will be mailed within two weeks.
$100 for framed, wearable miniature portrait.
Pastel and oil paintings are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Prices on request. (Think in the range of $200 per square foot. ) “Instant Ancestor” Portraits in period costume do not require the costume- those can come from historical portraits- lace and other details extra.