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Commissioning work:

Please visit the Contact Page, complete the form and be sure to attach sample file(s) as JPEGs. Reference photos may also be mailed in lieu of a digital photo. All photos will be returned along with the completed work.

Once your information and sample file(s) are received, I’ll call you to discuss the process and pricing. This conversation helps me to better understand what you desire, the format, and time schedules.

Purchasing existing work:
Use the form on the Contact Page page to inquire about a particular piece appearing on the website or to find out if Giclee prints are available for purchase.


Questions & tips on choosing your best photo image:
Portraits (people or dogs):
Choosing the right photo to capture the essence and/or personality is critical. Facial close-ups, focusing on the eyes usually make for the best portraits. Backgrounds can always be reworked or eliminated entirely if desired.

Landscapes will be adapted to the style represented on this website. If sample images are not available, I can work directly with you to determine the mood and content for the piece.

Can Eileen Zegar work from black & white imagery?
Yes, black & white photos can be used to create monochromatic portraits. Also, an approximation of color is possible.

Do you require a deposit in advance?
A 50% deposit is required prior to starting any commissioned work. The deposit can be via check or credit card.

What form of payment do you accept?
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and personal checks are accepted.

What is the average lead time for the completion of a commission?
Depending on workload, commissions take from one to three weeks. Shorter time frames may also be accommodated.

Do you accept returns?
All sales are final. You will receive work-in-progress photos, this allows for feedback from you as I work on the piece.

How are the works presented?
Works on paper come unframed or for an additional fee can be framed. Works on hardboard (primed masonite mounted onto a wooden box) have an edge that acts as a frame, allowing the work to be directly hung without a frame.

What medium do you use?
I am most comfortable working with oil pastels (an oil stick like crayon) on paper, or oil on canvas or hardboard (a primed masonite panel with a boxed wooden frame.) I occasionally work with acrylic paint.

Will my commission be featured on your website?
All recent works are featured on the website. Should you desire that your work not be featured just let me know.

How do you frame the works on paper?
Works on paper are Holbein oil pastels on Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper. They have been masked out to create a hard edge on the outer perimeter. It is recommended that an 8-ply mat be used and float the image so that you can see the signature and allow breathing room around the item. The color of the mat should closely match the paper. Use a simple wood moulding for the frame. “UV” plexiglass is preferred over glass.

Shipping costs are paid by the client. All shipped items are insured for their full value. Shipped via UPS or FedEx depending on client preference. Works on paper are mounted on foam core with a slip sheet over the image. Hardboard pieces have a slip sheet over the image and are wrapped in bubble wrap. FedEx provides artboxes and pack art for shipping affordably. In town picks can be arranged for the Los Angeles Metro area.

Are gift certificates availible?
Yes, gift certificates expire after one (1) year.

References are available upon request