Capture a moment in someone’s life with an original work of art
that will be talked about for generations to come.

Portraiture has remained a tradition for hundreds of years as a way to honor those we love, revere and remember. Today, portrait painting stands out more than ever.  In a culture of scrolling through small photos on devices, a portrait painting on display is much more expressive, energetic and powerful.

Michael’s oil paintings have a rich, luminous quality that make them the center of attention wherever they are displayed. By commissioning a custom fine art heirloom from Michael Van Zeyl you are investing in a one-of-a-kind piece of art history for your collection.

Portrait Process

FREE CONSULTATION – An information-gathering meeting with the client is arranged to understand his or her objectives for the painting, as well as to discuss issues such as size, clothing, backgrounds, props, etc.
PROPOSAL PRESENTATION – A proposal is presented outlining the details and costs of the painting for the client’s approval before proceeding.
1ST PHOTO SHOOT – Initial photos are taken for the purpose of concept and composition development.
COMPOSITION REVIEW – A full-size sketch detailing the direction for the painting is presented for client collaboration and approval before starting the painting.
2ND PHOTO SHOOT  – A second photo shoot and/or sitting from life (approximately a 3–hour session) might be required to provide additional reference material for the finer details.
PORTRAIT REVIEW – When the portrait is nearly finished, the client is invited to the studio for a viewing.
FRAME SELECTION – We have framing resources with a large selection of antique period frames, modern floater style frames and custom made handcrafted frames. A custom frame can be crafted to best enhance the painting as well as compliment the decor of where it will hang. If desired, framing samples are presented at the portrait review. The final frame is an additional cost and is estimated separately. Custom farming takes approximately 4-8 weeks to be completed.
FINAL PORTRAIT UNVEILING – When the painting and framing are complete, the final piece is presented to the client.


Based on the number of factors involved in creating a work of art, we would prefer to arrange an information-gathering meeting with the client to understand his or her objectives for the painting. After the meeting, a proposal is presented outlining the details and costs of the commissioned art. 

Here are some considerations to give us some information to start thinking about your image.
• Approximate Size
• Orientation (horizontal, vertical or square) 
• How many figures, pets or animals
• Mood (formal or casual clothing, indoor or outdoor setting) 
• Neutral background or narrative scene
• Special props or furniture
• Frame (hand-crafted gold leaf or contemporary floater)
• Timing for completion

Commission fees average $10 to $12 per square inch.
Example: 24” x 36” = 864 square inches $8,650 and up.

For more information call 312 953 4648 or email