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Avril is available to paint an original custom made portrait in oil of you or your loved ones. To discover the ideal vision for your Corporate or Heirloom portrait project, Avril will gather visual information about your portrait through conversation, photography and perhaps paint sketches from life.

Avril’s commission work is primarily from photographs, this avoids the inconvenience and expense associated with long posed sittings. She prefers to take her own photographs since her needs for composition and lighting are rarely met through commercial studio or personal photography.

Her work usually incorporates elements which tells of the subject, including background and setting

For posthumous portraits, Avril will work with you to select an appropriate photo reference. A portrait is a collaboration between artist and patron.

Clothing choice is up to the subject however Avril does ask that unless the lighting is exceptional not to wear dark clothing as descriptive folds, curves and shapes are usually lost.

At the first sitting, size and medium will be discussed and therefore the price. Paintings or drawings are priced without the frame. The price is based on the following factors, the number of people or pets in the painting; the size of the actual painting itself; the intricacy of clothing, jewellery and props and the complexity of the background setting.

To commission a portrait through Flock you will need to contact Avril and once the commission and pricing is agreed upon you will be able to make your payments from her page.


Ships From: Australia

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Avril Thomas is a full time Artist specializing in Traditional style Contemporary Realist Portraiture and figurative work. Avril has original paintings and drawings in Corporate and private collections round Australia and Internationally.

Avril is available to paint an original custom-made portrait.  Of you,  your loved ones, or a Corporate or Heirloom portrait project.
Her Artists studio and gallery is in South Australia at Magpie Springs.

Her work is featured in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, has been selected in many National competitions or exhibitions. For example, Kedumba drawing award, The Archibald and Women Painting Women a National Biannual event in Victoria (selected in the first 8 artists nationwide for the inaugural exhibition.)   Commissioned by Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre and painted a 42-piece collection in which 10 surgeons and all the staff working with them at the time took part. Followed by A commission by Adelaide University School of Medicine to paint 59 luminaries for an exhibition at Bonython Hall, Adelaide Convention Centre and at the School of Medicine. 9 portraits for Monash University. Flinders University – Vice Chancellor Anne Edwards.

Commission pricing: Oil on canvas

(examples of approximate pricing to be expected)

61cm x 76cm – $5,500 to
1200cm x 1800cm – $30,000 for one subject

Pastel – $1,500 to $6,000

Charcoal/graphite – $ 1,000 to $5,000

10% of the fee is expected as a deposit or booking fee.

These ranges may appear quite large, but to successfully communicate the personality of the sitter, pieces of relevance to the life of the sitter are encouraged to be included in the image. Discussing these things gives Avril a chance to get a feel for the sitter and therefore discover how the composition will be.

Terms and Conditions

10% of the fee is expected as a deposit or booking fee.

Shipping Policy

Framing, shipping, and travel expenses for the work are the responsibility of the client. You can expect your portrait to be ready two to three months after the sitting if oil, and sooner if it is a drawing.

No shipping rates are available for this product.