Jan Royce

I chose to specialize in portraiture because I am able to get a good likeness in my portraits and capture elements of personality specific to each person I paint.  I have taught portrait painting for over 17 years–at Herron School of Art and at the Indianapolis Art Center.  My paintings are exhibited at the Law School, IUPUI; The Department of Psychiatry, IU Medical Center; the City-County Building, Indianapolis; The University of Southern Indiana; the Indiana Medical History Museum as well as

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About My Work:

My paintings are realistic portraits which represent professionals (physicians, judges, corporate figures, university presidents, deans, faculty) as well as commissioned portraits of adults and children for private collections.  I have also had experience painting animals.  I work mostly in oil on quality linen canvas, but also work in pastel on paper for less formal portraits.  While I prefer to meet with and paint clients directly, I also work from photographs.  I try to convey accuracy of likeness as well as rich color and expressive brush strokes to bring out the personality of each subject.  I also can add significant background elements relating to the client, such as personal collections, awards, interiors and outdoor settings.

Pricing Information:

Head and shoulders view on 16″x20″ stretched linen canvas:  $2500.

3/4 to full figure on 20″x24″ to 30″x40″, $3000.

Multiple figures (i.e. family portraits) and complex settings (backgrounds of gardens, interior room settings, etc.) , $5000. and up.

Pastel on paper portraits range from $250 to $500, depending on number of figures and whether head and shoulders view or full figure.  Additional figures $100.


Indiana University, B.S.,Herron School of Art, IUPUI, M.S. I also studied at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois and The Art Institute of Chicago.


Indiana Artists Club, Indianapolis Art Center,The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art.


People’s Choice Award from the Bloomington Emerging Women Artists show,  Outstanding Faculty Award (both at Herron School of Art and at the Indianapolis Art Center), two Byer Trust Portrait Awards, Outstanding Female Faculty Leader Award from I.U.P.U.I.


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