The things to think about when commissioning a painting are as follows:
Who and what is to be in the portrait. This could be a family portrait, it could include pets, or it could be a simple portrait of one person. I am also happy to paint a favourite place or landscape.
How big you would like it to be. Don’t forget to include about 4in or 10cm all round for the frame if you are measuring a space, but please be aware that artists normally talk about the canvas size when quoting.
Which medium you would prefer; oil, pencil, or watercolour.
When the work needs to be finished. Often there is a special date such as an anniversary, birthday or retirement.
The approximate budget . My paintings start at £200 for a small pencil drawing or watercolour, and rise to £750 for an A2 size oil painting (excluding postage and packing).
Other considerations would include where the sittings will take place and, eventually, what clothes should be worn. I prefer if possible to work from life to start with, creating a sketch on canvas, which I will build on later working from photos on the computer. It is best if I can take the photos, but where the distance is too great, I can work entirely from good quality images uploaded to my computer (not taken with a phone please).
Once you have decided to go ahead with your choice of painting, I will require a non- refundable deposit (usually £25% of the final price), which covers materials and my time. I don’t send pictures of the work as it progresses, but as it nears completion I will send you a copy by email. This gives you the chance to let me know if there are any small adjustments you would like me to make. I can guarantee that the painting will be of the same quality and similar style to those displayed on my website.
As the artist, I reserve all copyright and reproduction rights.