Private Artwork Commission

How to Commission an Artwork

Give me a shout and let's talk through the necessary details.  I have worked on several private art commissions and find these projects a delight!

Have you got a certain landscape in mind?  Are you considering a location that is close to your heart?
If you are located nearby, say a couple of hours or less, we can schedule a photo shoot and discuss details together.  If there's quite a distance between us, you can start collecting photographs as a part of our planning process.  I do need to address the need for permission to use photographs as an art reference.  If you did not take the photograph, we need to get permission from the photographer for using their photos.  It's just the right thing to do. This procedure is important as it protects my professionalism.

1.  Let's chat!
We'll talk together to help me understand more about the location and its sentimental connection.  

2.  Here's my quick watercolor sketch!
Once I've got photographs to work from, I'll create a loose thumbnail watercolor image of my vision for the artwork.  This is a proposal for the direction I'd like to take with the project.  This will give you an idea of the composition, the color scheme, the light and shadows.

3.  Let's get a contract and a deposit on the deal!
If you are satisfied with the thumbnail sketch and would like to proceed with the art commission, I will write a contract with all the specifics for this project.  A non-refundable deposit of 30% is due before I can begin the first stages of the artwork.  The deposit is an investment in my time, labor, and art materials.  It's a firm commitment that gives me confidence to begin the creative process!

4.  Watch the creativity happen!
Once the contract has been signed and the deposit is received, I begin the work and the collector/buyer can look forward to weekly updates by digital online album and email.  I use the finest artist grade watercolor pigments and 300 lb. Arches cold-press watercolor paper.

5.  Complete the payment and the artwork is delivered!
The final payment is due once the artwork is completed.  The artwork cannot be delivered until final payment is received.  The artwork will be delivered to shipping carrier within 5 business days after the payment is completed.  I package the artwork with a single mat and a protective backing and clear sleeve, all packaging is acid free.  The thumbnail watercolor sketch is also included with the art commission for the buyer/collector's remembrance of the process.

I must include here that the time frame from our first chat to final delivery requires 6-8 weeks for a smooth and enjoyable process.  I may be able to work out a shorter time frame but it all depends on other commitments on my calendar.

There are more details included with the custom art commission contract but this covers the basics.

If you have interest in an art commission and have questions, please contact me by email at

Sizes and prices:

Sizes listed are the unmatted artwork dimensions.
8" x 10"........$250.00
9" x 12"........$350.00
11" x 14"......$450.00
16" x 20"......$750.00
19" x 25"......$950.00
22" x 30"......$1200.00

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