Margaret Scanlan Portraits

You can order by phone, email or post.

Telephone: 01823 251505.
Address: 45 James Walk, Dunkleys Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2LX

  • Place your order
  • You will receive confirmation
  • Completion usually less than 1 week for pencil portraits, 7-10 days pastel portraits, 2 weeks watercolour
  • 50% deposit required once order has been confirmed. Balance to be paid on approval of proof.
  • Pay by cheque or paypal
  • Portrait is dispatched by Royal Mail Special Delivery (next day)

See price list, FAQ and photo tips for more information.



To order your portrait

Please email me before ordering if you would like to discuss a possible portrait or for any further information.

Place your order. Please provide the followng information

  • Portrait details - head and shoulders, three quarter, full length etc
  • Media - pencil, pastel, watercolour,
  • Size - single 14" x 11" or 16" x 12" double/group 12" x 16" or 16" x 20" house 16" x 20"
  • Photos - mark clearly the main one on which the portrait is to be based
  • Your name, address, email address and phone number
  • If there is a particular date the portrait is needed by
  • How you found out about my portraits

Once you order has been received I will email you confirming the details, price and estimated completion date. If you do not wish to be contacted by email (for example if the portrait is a surprise) please advise of an alternative contact method - phone or post.

Single pencil portraits usually ready in less than a week. Pastel portraits 7-10 days and watercolour about 2 weeks. May be longer for multiple portraits or at busy times such as Christmas. Please let me know if the portrait is needed for a specific date.

When your portrait is ready, I will email a proof for approval

50% non returnable deposit is required once your order has been confirmed. The remainder is due on approval of the pfoof. Payment by paypa, bank transfer or cheque made payable to Margaret Scanlan.

Finished portraits are sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery, which is a next day service and includes insurance.

I can work from prints or digital images. See photo tips for more information about choosing and taking suitable photographs for portraits. Old, faded and damaged photos can be used as long as the features are clear. As I will be working entirely from your photograph without meeting the subject, it is important you choose the one that you feel best shows their character. If the photograph looks like the subject, then your finished portrait will too! Make sure the features are clearly visible, especially the eyes.

For portraits of people I prefer to work from one main photograph, as this produces the best results, but additional photographs are helpful for extra reference and to establish their character. Pet portraits can be based on one photograph or a combination of images, for example one for expression and another for colour. I might also need several photos for full or three quarter views.

All photographs will be returned, so send as many as you think might be useful. Please mark clearly the main one to be used for the portrait.