The Process of Commissioning Your Custom Portrait or Work of Art
1. How do I commission a custom painted portrait / original?
If you contact me (using the form available at the bottom of this page), we can discuss at length just what you have in mind, and what means most to you. Then I can supply you with a quote for the price of the art. If you decide to choose me as your artist, a down payment of 50% of the commission price will be required to begin your one-of-a-kind original. The balance will be due upon completion of the work, or once it is dry enough to ship. If you wish to make payments after the deposit, rather than a lump sum after its completion, and it would be more convenient for you, that will be perfectly fine. As an artist with an honest business, I guarantee complete satisfaction with every commission, because having happy clients is extremely important to me.
2. After I commission you and pay the 50% deposit, how does the process go from there?
After I receive a down payment, I will create a simple layout sketch of the subject, scan it and send the image to you for approval. (For anyone who does not have the internet, it would have to be sent through the US Postal Service.) After the sketch is approved, the painting process will begin. I try to make it a point to inform a client as often as every two weeks, as to how the work is progressing. I feel it is important to keep contact with my clients to help them to have the confidence in me and the work I am doing for them.
3. About how long does it take to complete a painting?
Depending upon the current workload, please allow up to 3-4 months for completion of the work (longer for larger sizes). Afterwards, the painting (if you have commissioned an oil painting) will need enough time to dry properly before it can be shipped. When the work is completed, you will be emailed a photo for approval. If there are any changes that you feel need to be made, it will be taken care of. Then once again, another image of the modifications will be sent to you for approval. If you are satisfied, the painting will be allowed to dry for a month or so. I am very glad to say, after receiving the first photo, that very seldom do any of my clients request any changes in the work. When it has occurred, it was something very minor and was easily taken care of. Thank you for your interest in a commissioned work of art.
If you are interested in commissioning the artist, please visit the Contact Page.