If you are interested in commissioning Karen for a personalized artwork, click here to submit your request!

 



 

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Payments

Karen requires at least a 50% down payment of your chosen price of the commission before she can begin on your commission. Once she has completed the piece, she requires the second payment before she ships it out. She accepts cash, check, Venmo, or Paypal (in which case she will send you an invoice).


 


Pricing and Mediums


For charcoal/pastel portraits on drawing paper***:

 

$250 - 1 figure on 11"x14" paper

$300 - 2 figures on 11"x14" paper4$250 - 

$350 - 3 figures on 11"x14" paper
$350 - 1 figure on 18"x24" paper

$450 - 2 figures on 18"x24" paper 

$550 - 3 figures on 18"x24" paper 

$650 - 4 figures on 18"x24" paper 

$750 - 5 figures on 18"x24" paper 

Shipping for all pastel/charcoal drawings is free within the US. Outside of requested meeting time to discuss/plan out commission ideas, there are no extra fees for traditional commissions.

Karen also creates commissions in the form of acrylic paintings. Although acrylic paintings will require more time to render than charcoal/pastel portraits, and therefore be a bit more expensive; painting pricing varies depending on requested canvas size and content; Karen will offer a price quote depending on your requests for the painting.


The choices are up to you! Regardless, Karen is most joyous and honored to give you and/or your loved one(s) a creation that is  meaningful to you!

***Commission prices have been raised as of Fall 2022 due to increase in inflation and high demand of commission jobs. Thank you for understanding and for your support of this one-woman business!

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Reference Photos

Providing Karen with high-quality photos of your loved ones with good lighting will really make your commission shine. If your pet/loved one is still alive, you can even use your smartphone indoors or outdoors with good light to capture the colors, shapes, and detail in their face(s), Make sure it's well-focused, and Karen can capture all those little details much better. You can find some tips for pet photography here.

 

If your loved one has passed, and all you have in your possession are lower quality photos, send them to Karen and she can evaluate how well she can use them to rightfully capture your close human/pet. Sometimes she can still make up some details or shapes if it's not super clear.

All images can be sent to Karen via email at: karen.kliethermes@gmail.com

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Size and Materials

Typical drawing paper sizes are 11"x14" and 18"x24". Karen works only with high quality, archival paper brands such as Canson, Arches, and Strathmore. If she is working with charcoal and/or pastel, she will spray the piece with a special fixative that will keep the medium on the page. All acrylic paintings are done on 1.5" thick, high-quality gallery canvas, and vary greatly in size--let Karen know approximately what size you're looking for.

For paintings, she is willing to do most sizes of common canvas sizes, the absolute smallest being 8"x10", and as big as 36"x48".


 


Copyright


Note that while the customer receives the original artwork after payment, Karen still reserves the rights to the images she takes of original artwork that she creates, and can do with them as she pleases.
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Selected Commissions/Gifts
Brock & Emit
Brock & Emit

18"x24", charcoal and pastel on drawing paper, 2019.

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Audi
Audi

19"x25", pastel and charcoal on Strathmore toned charcoal paper, 2016.

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Lovebirds
Lovebirds

48"x24", acrylic on canvas, 2018.

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Nancy
Nancy

24"x24", acrylic on canvas, 2018.

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Rowdy
Rowdy

18"x24", charcoal and pastel on drawing paper, 2018.

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Chili Dog
Chili Dog

18"x24", pastel and charcoal on toned paper, 2019.

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Prebles Drum
Prebles Drum

14" diameter, acrylic on drum, 2020.

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Ryder & Lucy
Ryder & Lucy

11"x14", charcoal on paper, 2020.

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Barn Owl Drum
Barn Owl Drum

16" diameter, acrylic on drum, 2020.

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Dolly Points
Dolly Points

11"x14", charcoal & pastel on toned paper, 2021.

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Kylo
Kylo

14"x11", pastel & charcoal on paper, 2022.

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Sunflowers & Daisies
Sunflowers & Daisies

Approx. 42" tall, acrylic & polyurethane on thrifted wooden stool, 2022.

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Sunflowers & Daisies
Sunflowers & Daisies

Approx. 42" tall, acrylic & polyurethane on thrifted wooden stool, 2022.

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Nina Posey
Nina Posey

18"x24", charcoal and pastel on drawing paper, 2018.

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In This Together
In This Together

14"x11", pastel and charcoal on toned drawing paper, 2019.

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Lilo
Lilo

11"x14", pastel & charcoal on paper, 2022.

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John & Snerfa
John & Snerfa

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on Strathmore drawing paper, 2017.

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Carl & Ouidah
Carl & Ouidah

18"x24", charcoal and pastel on drawing paper, 2019.

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Scout
Scout

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on toned paper, 2020.

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Becky In-Action
Becky In-Action

18"x24", charcoal and pastel on Strathmore drawing paper, 2016.

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Kayla
Kayla

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on toned drawing paper, 2018.

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Eli & Brandi
Eli & Brandi

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on Strathmore drawing paper, 2017.

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Shawna's Kitties
Shawna's Kitties

11"x14", charcoal, pastel, and acrylic on black Strathmore drawing paper, 2017.

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Turk & Dorian
Turk & Dorian

18"x24", charcoal and pastel on drawing paper, 2019.

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Rocky
Rocky

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on toned Strathmore drawing paper, 2019.

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Montego
Montego

11"x14", charcoal on drawing paper, 2018.

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Ella
Ella

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on Strathmore drawing paper, 2016.

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Spring Meadow Magic
Spring Meadow Magic

14"x11", pastel & charcoal on paper, 2022.

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Buddy
Buddy

14"x11", charcoal on paper, 2020.

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Roxy
Roxy

11"x14", pastel and charcoal on paper, 2017.

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Remington
Remington

11"x14", pastel & charcoal on paper, 2022.

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Maverick
Maverick

18"x24", charcoal & pastel on paper, 2021.

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Geese and Finches
Geese and Finches

12"x24", acrylic on canvas, 2020.

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Dottie
Dottie

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on Strathmore drawing paper, 2016.

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Kayla
Kayla

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on toned drawing paper, 2018.

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Miara
Miara

16"x20", charcoal & pastel on paper, 2021.

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Elvis
Elvis

11"x14", charcoal, conte, and graphite on Strathmore drawing paper, 2015.

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Dane, Maverick, & Bodhi
Dane, Maverick, & Bodhi

24"x18", charcoal & pastel on paper, 2021.

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Becks
Becks

11"x14", pastel and charcoal on paper, 2018.

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Anni
Anni

11"x14", pastel and charcoal on paper, 2017.

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Fireweed Wolf Drum
Fireweed Wolf Drum

14" diameter, acrylic on drum, 2020.

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Joseph & Burnsie
Joseph & Burnsie

18"x24", charcoal on Strathmore drawing paper, 2016.

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Shannon
Shannon

14"x11", pastel and charcoal on toned drawing paper, 2019.

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Dutchess
Dutchess

11"x14", charcoal on paper, 2021.

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Rose Drum
Rose Drum

16" diameter, acrylic on drum, 2020.

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Calvin & Hobbes #2
Calvin & Hobbes #2

22"x30", India ink on Canson watercolor paper, 2014. (All rights go to Bill Watterson!)

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Snickers
Snickers

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on Strathmore drawing paper, 2018.

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Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet

86"x 36" canvas pentaptych with acrylic, 2018.

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Lucy
Lucy
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Calvin & Hobbes #1
Calvin & Hobbes #1

22"x30", India ink on Canson watercolor paper, 2013. (All rights go to Bill Watterson!)

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Lacey
Lacey

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on drawing paper, 2022.

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Lucy
Lucy

11"x14", charcoal, conte, and graphite on Strathmore drawing paper, 2015.

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Wedding Portrait
Wedding Portrait

22"x30", charcoal on Canson drawing paper, 2015.

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Iggy
Iggy

11"x14", charcoal & pastel on paper, 2021.

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Nino's Portrait for Book Cover
Nino's Portrait for Book Cover

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on drawing paper, 2018.

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Wrigley
Wrigley

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on drawing paper, 2022.

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Roscoe
Roscoe

11"x14", pastel and charcoal on paper, 2019.

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Mountaintop Kiss
Mountaintop Kiss

11"x14", graphite on drawing paper, 2019.

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Bandit
Bandit

14"x11", charcoal and pastel on drawing paper, 2022.

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Buddha
Buddha

18"x24", charcoal & pastel on paper, 2021.

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Romantic Moment
Romantic Moment

18"x24", acrylic on canvas, 2015.

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Harry & Leon
Harry & Leon

24"x18", charcoal and pastel on Strathmore drawing paper, 2016.

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Rosco
Rosco

11"x14", charcoal on paper, 2019.

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Leroy & Delilah
Leroy & Delilah

24"x18", charcoal and pastel on drawing paper, 2018.

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Scooby
Scooby

18"x24", charcoal and conte on Strathmore drawing paper, 2016.

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Juniper & Ivy
Juniper & Ivy

14"x11", charcoal and pastel on paper, 2022.

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Tubbs
Tubbs

11"x14", pastel and charcoal on paper, 2020.

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Zeke & Amigo
Zeke & Amigo

14"x11", charcoal and pastel on paper, 2022.

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Persephone
Persephone

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on Strathmore drawing paper, 2016.

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M&M & Francine
M&M & Francine

18"x24", charcoal and pastel on Strathmore drawing paper, 2016.

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Wickett
Wickett

14"x11", pastel & charcoal on paper, 2017.

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Tucker
Tucker

11"x14", charcoal and pastel on Strathmore drawing paper, 2016.

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