Curney Nuffer

Posted by Jenni Kirby - December 18 2018

Portrait Artist -- Curney Nuffer

Born in the Shenandoah Valley, Curney began his art education through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School and Virginia Commonwealth University.  He also studied with portrait artist Eloise Atkinson and continues to study with graduates of the prestigious Surikov Institute, founded in 1851 in Moscow, Russia.

"Although a portrait painter by vocation, Curney Nuffer is best known for his inspiration painting classes he teaches in Richmond.  Curney is someone who will set up a sun-splashed still life outdoors and bring a cake to place in it - true dedication!  His enthusiasm is contagious.  He works en plein air as well as still life and landscape and truly just loves to paint.  His style reflects his extensive work with Moscow's Surikov Institute Painters." - Laura Loe, artist and owner of Nimrod Hall Summer Art Program in Bath County, Virginia, 2014.

He has spent 23 years perfecting his 3-hour Portrait Paintings. You may schedule a sitting with Curney by calling the Crossroads Art Center at 804.278.8950 with your contact information.  

Curney's studio is located at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond, and he also teaches classes at Crossroads Art Center.  Curney will call and schedule a session with you either at the center or his studio. 


Curney's commissioned art work can be paintied from photographs or from life.  He is available for travel if neccessary.  The prices listed below are for portraits painted approximately life-size.

Impropmtu Head Study Oil $1500, $1050 Pastel, $925 Watercolor

Head and Shoulders Study $3500 Oil, Pastel $2400, $1725 Watercolor

Half-Figure $6200 Oil, $5000 Pastel, $2875 Watercolor

Full-Figure $12,550 Oil, $10,750 Pastel $5775 Watercolor

Group portraits - first portrait is full price, each additional figure 0ne-half price

Small Group Portraits - up to 24inx30in such as a picnic on lawn, walk on the beach, golf outing etc.:$4500 for 4 figures.  Each additional figure approx. $500 each

Murals - For private homes, clubs, offices - Prices start at $4750. Sizes 38in. x 50 in. and larger.  Prices dependent upon size and subject matter. 

Payment Terms: One half down and balance upon satisfactory completion.  Travel extra. Deposits are non-refundable.