Are you thinking about commissioning a painting? It can a be a fun collaborative experience!
First, there are a few questions...
1. Is this your first time commissioning artwork? What is it about my work that attracts you? Are there certain elements or certain pieces of mine that you really like?
2. Subject matter. I primarily do portraits of people and pets, but I'm open to other subjects — just ask!
3. Time frame. When do you need the finished painting? What are the best methods to get the finished piece to you? If you need it shipped, please keep in mind that I’ll need time to pack and ship it. Thanks!
4. Price range. Let me know about what size you’re looking for, and I can provide base prices for a range of similar sizes, but the final cost will also depend on subject matter and time frame.
5. Overview. I’ll need to know where the finished painting will be displayed so I can take general aesthetics into account when creating the final piece. Also, will you be the only one approving the art? Is this piece for you or for someone else?
All these questions help me figure out what exactly you’re expecting and what you would like to see in the final piece.
Things you may need to know too…
1. I work in acrylic on wood panels primarily. I’ll let you know if canvas might be a better option. I can also do drawings.
2. I will let you know of any concerns that I may have before any agreements have been made (and please let me know of any concerns you may have too!).
3. Should we decide that we’re a good match for a collaboration, I’ll provide you with a contract and/or invoice. Then I’ll ask for a 50% upfront non-refundable deposit, and the final payment will be due upon delivery. Final price will include sales tax.
4. When contacting me, please keep in mind that I typically work during normal business hours— Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
5. Check-ins. Feel free to ask me periodically how things are going. I’m not usually comfortable sharing progress photos, but I can let you know where I am in the process. I might reach out to you in case I need more feedback about the direction of the painting. I value and appreciate your honesty. If there’s something that you’re not 100% satisfied with or the direction that I’m going, please tell me immediately so I can correct the trajectory.
6. Any work that I create, commissioned or otherwise, is copyrighted. No reproductions can be made without my authorization, and I can go over details in the contract. I will share with you a photo of the final piece. When sharing photos of my work online or on social media, I ask that you please credit me. Thank you!