Commissioning a painting
Commissions are a large part of the work that I do.
A commission is very personal request, whether human or animal.
Many of my commissions come through recommendation, so I take to heart very seriously, the responsibility of creating the treasured painting that they have in mind.
I work with the client, both in the setting, detail, likeness and the effects they want to create.
Many of my commissions are a 'secret gift.' This presents its own challenges but is also rewarding when client and the recipient have received the painting.
I use photographs, for my portraits but if possible, it helps a great deal to meet the 'sitter or subject' in order to have idea of characteristics and personality.
I try to have the opportunity to take photographs myself, which is not always possible but usually the client knows essentially what they have in mind, so, with as many photographs and a 'word-picture' of the subject, I can work with the client to create their painting.
With regard to framing, many of my clients have specific ideas, styles or requirements. I will arrange framing if required. I can supply paintings in a standard presentation frame, which some people like if the painting is a gift, the recipient can reframe at their convenience.
The Dapper Gentleman Acrylic on canvas Commission for the artisan brewer.
Butterfly Acrylic on gessobord Family commission