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.

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.

Email Rick.



  • “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