How to Commission an Original Work of Art

Buying an original work of art is an exciting personal experience and commissioning one is even more so: you are asking an artist whose work you relate to, feel a connection with and even love to create something special just for you.

Selecting a painting you want to own or offer to someone dear carries lots of emotion.
It’s a personal thing that shows care, attention and consideration.

That’s why commissioning a piece of artwork that takes you back to a particular place once visited, to visually represent something heartfelt or to mark a unique occasion such as a wedding, a significant birthday or an anniversary is so meaningful.

A painting is a one of a kind physical object you can look at time and time again and be transported…


The Commission Process

This is how I work.

The commission process is straight forward.

1. Contact me via the contact form – tell me what you are looking for, what your time scale is and what is your budget.

This free service is to find out what you have in mind to help me understand what you want and decide if I can create a painting you’ll be delighted with.

2. I formalise your request – by replying with a quote and a suggested completion date or I ask you a few more questions if I need a precision.

Along with the quote, I email you an agreement stating what I’ll paint.

3. You sign the agreement and send it back to me with a non-refundable down payment

4. I start your painting – receiving your signed agreement and down payment is my cue to start.

5. I send you photos of the finished work – for me as an artist, it’s very important that you are delighted with the finished piece.

I communicate with you throughout the process and email you images of your painting when completed.

6. You let me know you are happy with your painting

7. I send you a Paypal invoice for the remaining amount

8. Once payment is received, I send you the painting when it’s dry and varnished

Congratulations, you now have a new, unique painting to cherish or offer to someone special.

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A Collector’s Kind Words

“My wife and I love going to Scotland and for her 60th, I thought it would be great to commission John to create a view of one of our favourite places.

I sent him a few photos, he showed me a couple of sketches. Et voilà. We are delighted with the result that takes pride of place above the chimney.”

Nick, England

What Type of Commission Do I Take On

Before contacting me, if you do not know my work, please browse my blog Studio Notes or visit the page Art Works to get a feeling about what you’ll see.

A lot of my work is about capturing the essence and atmosphere of a place, typically in Ireland or Provence, through contrasts of light and dark.

Painting landscapes is what I do best.


What Kind of Painting Are you Looking for

Here are a few questions to help you define what you are looking for:

  • What subject matter do you want in your painting?
  • Can you describe what you are looking for?
  • Can you point out two or three of my paintings you particularly like and what it is that appeals to you?
  • What size painting do you have in mind?
  • Where is the painting going to be displayed?
  • Do you prefer a landscape (horizontal), portrait (vertical) or square format?
  • Do you want to give me an open brief commission?
  • What is your budget?
  • Do you require a frame?
  • When do you need the painting completed by?

Please note that creating a painting takes time and as I work mainly with oil paints, once a painting is finished, it has to cure and be varnished.

Then it’s carefully packaged to travel from France to your destination safely.

If you are thinking about commissioning a painting, please allow a minimum of 2 months before you can receive it.

Still interested?

Fill in the form to outline what you have in mind.

The initial conversation is without obligation.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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