COMMISSIONING AN ORIGINAL PAINTING
Commissioning your own painting is easier than you may think, and the term ‘commissioning’ simply means that you'd like me to create a painting specifically for you, whether that painting is a portrait of a person, a pet portrait, still life, e.t.c. A commissioned painting is unique to you ... rather than buying a pre-existing painting that an artist has previously painted.
Why Commission a Painting?
There are many reasons why someone might want to commission a painting. A few are:
From start to finish, I'll work with you to bring your idea to reality. The process can vary a little from client to client, but it usually goes something like this:
All of my paintings begin with a really good photograph. We'll discuss whether the photo will work for a painting, needs cropping or altering the photo, etc. You might have a great photo of the person but it's not a good background. I can work with you to select a new background that will work for your painting. Lastly, we will discuss the painting size and price.
I will email you progress photographs at key stages throughout the painting process as the painting develops. Of course, your feedback is most welcome so you can advise on any changes or alterations you might like. It’s much easier to alter a painting at these early stages than at the end when the painting is complete.
When the painting is finished and you're happy with it, I'll varnish the painting and prepare it for pick-up or delivery to you.
That's all there is to it!
Not all artists offer a framing service, but I'm happy to work with you to select a frame, and frame the painting. The only extra charge is for the cost of the frame itself.
Here are the starting prices for people and pet portraits. For larger images, more people/pets, different subjects, etc please contact me and we can discuss the price.
Oil on 9" x 12" canvas or smooth panel - $300. Each additional person added is $300, so a portrait with 2 people would be $600.
Oil on 16" x 20" canvas or smooth panel - $500. Each additional person added is $300, so a 16x20 portrait with 2 people would be $800.
Oil on 9" x 12" canvas or smooth panel - $150. Each additional pet added is $150, so a pet portrait with 2 pets would be $300.
Oil on 16" x 20" canvas or smooth panel - $250. Each additional pet added is $150, so a pet portrait with 2 pets would be $400.
Below are examples of the original photo and the finished painting:
I have full copyright of all of my portraits. My paintings may not be reproduced in any form without my written permission.
I understand that portraits are very personal. As such, they will not be duplicated in any way. However, I often put finished portraits on my website and social media, and may use them for marketing purposes. If you do not want your portrait displayed on my website or used for marketing, please let me know.