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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Rocky
Rocky

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

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In This Together
In This Together

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

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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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Anni
Anni

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

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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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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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Kayla
Kayla

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

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Maverick
Maverick

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

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Nina Posey
Nina Posey

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

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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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Lucy
Lucy
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Miara Commission
Miara Commission

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

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Becks
Becks

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

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

24"x18", 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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Buddha
Buddha

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

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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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Snickers
Snickers

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

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Rose Drum
Rose Drum

16" diameter, acrylic on drum, 2020.

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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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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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Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet

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

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Harry & Leon
Harry & Leon

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

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Mountaintop Kiss
Mountaintop Kiss

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

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Roscoe
Roscoe

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

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Wedding Portrait
Wedding Portrait

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

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Lucy
Lucy

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

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Romantic Moment
Romantic Moment

18"x24", acrylic on canvas, 2015.

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Leroy & Delilah
Leroy & Delilah

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

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

 



 

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Payments

Karen requires 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 (only for drawings $250 and under, as well as paintings). She accepts cash, check, Venmo, or Paypal (in which case she will send you an invoice).

 




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.


 


Pricing and Mediums


For charcoal/pastel portraits on drawing paper:

 

$150 - 1 figure on 11"x14" paper

$200 - 2 figures on 11"x14" paper4$250 - 

$250 - 3 figures on 11"x14" paper
$250 - 1 figure on 18"x24" paper

$350 - 2 figures on 18"x24" paper (free shipping within US!)

$450 - 3 figures on 18"x24" paper (free shipping within US!)

$500 - 4 figures on 18"x24" paper (free shipping within US!)

$550 - 5 figures on 18"x24" paper (free shipping within US!)

Outside of shipping (for $250 drawings and under only) or requested meeting time to discuss/plan out commission ideas, there are no extra fees for traditional commissions.

Karen most often uses charcoal and/or pastel for her commissions, but she also welcomes acrylic paintings. Although acrylic paintings will require more time to render than charcoal/pastel portraits, and therefore be 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!
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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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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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