Commission a Portrait

Portraits are pen & ink or graphite and vary in size from 6″ up.

To commission a portrait, email your request.

Rick Lieder’s art has appeared on award-winning novels ranging from mysteries and science fiction, to books based on the X-Files TV series and Newbery Award-winning books for children.

His fine art has been exhibited in galleries in the Midwest and Canada and his filmmaking was featured in the 2016 PBS NOVA program “CREATURES OF LIGHT”, produced by National Geographic Television.

Picture books with award-winning novelist and poet Helen Frost are published by Candlewick Press, more information at

• 2012: STEP GENTLY OUT, now in its 9th printing with a paperback edition.
• 2015: SWEEP UP THE SUN, featuring birds in flight.
• 2017: WAKE UP!, a book on new life.
• 2019: HELLO, I’M HERE!, a book on Sandhill cranes.
• 2021: WAIT – AND SEE.

A museum exhibition and book signing was held at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in 2012 and 2015.

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  • “Rick is not only an excellent artist but was also extremely helpful and communicative through the whole process of creating my commission.

    I appreciate how thorough he was in understanding the family member I was asking him to draw, and I would gladly recommend him to anyone looking for a special and thoughtful gift!”

    • Lillian Groth

  • “I commissioned a couple of pieces of portrait art from Rick, with quite specific requirements – Rick executed the pieces perfectly and I’m over the moon with how good they are. Highly recommend.”

    • Ben Burston

  • “We wanted something special for our son and son-in-law for Christmas, a portrait of their beloved dog.
    We’ve been impressed by the emotion in Rick’s portraiture.
    They loved it, and it was an emotional moment.
    A commission is a leap of faith, but we knew he’d do a wonderful job.”

    • Laura Bailey