Comments from a customer;
"This is what I enjoy about our relationship. This working partnership between the artist and the patron is most enjoyable for me. I would love copies of any sketches for posterity."
The information outlined here is for a private commission, i.e. ownership of physical artwork. It does not include a license to reproduce images, transfer copyright, or any other additional rights other than ownership of a physical artwork for private use - If it is artwork/illustration for publication or reproduction then please contact me directly with your request.
Art buyers might be interested to know that commissioned paintings and original art come accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.
Web pages, graphics and artwork
I do accept painting commissions. People are often a little apprehensive but a commission is an exciting two way process, you are welcome to inquire with no obligation to proceed.
Please do consider a few points before contacting me though, consider:
What approximate size you want the painting?
What is the subject, what feel or impression do you want to convey
What do you want to spend, does your budget need to include framing and postage?
When do you need the painting for?
If it is a secret/surprise how do I contact you?
Questions and Answers:
Q: How much is it?
A: Well that depends on what 'IT' is. I need to know the size of art you would like and the subject as pricing is largely dependent on the size and overall complexity. Time restrictions may also add additional costs. I usually suggest a few options pointing out the pros and cons of each idea including estimated costs, timeframes, pricing etc.
Q: What is it?
A: Paintings are usually in Acrylic unless we agree differently. Most folks like the look of art on canvas so the surface can be stretched canvas or canvas board. However I also frequently paint on hardboard I prepare my own way to a smooth finish. Let me know if you have a preference or we can discuss it.
Q: How does my idea get in your head?
A: Please describe your idea, send me photos, draw a sketch, show me an image similar to what you are thinking of. The more descriptive you can be the better. I cant read minds!
Q: What if I dont like it or change my mind?
A: I email or publish updated images on the web allowing you to see the work as it progresses. Work will commence when an initial sketch is approved. As such there should be no surprises. (During the process small changes can be made as we go along but big changes and reworking may incur an extra charge).
Q: How do I pay?
A: I'm pleased you asked! I can accept personal cheques, payments via PayPal or MoneyBookers and also direct bank transfers.
Q: When do I pay?
A: On acceptance I require 50% payment. The remainder is payable on completion and must be received before the artwork is delivered or collected. Apart from some very specific works a full refund is payable if you really do not want the final piece - but I dont anticipate this happening!
Q: Do you deliver outside the uk?
A: I do and I have done. This can be arranged between us but will add to the cost and delivery time compared to a 'local' commission.
Q: What about framing?
A: If you commission I price the work without a frame. The service can be done at extra cost and time but most clients opt to receive it without frame because of one of the following.
(1)You might not like the frame I choose, or it might not suit your room.
(2)Framing adds weight and size which increases the cost of delivery.
(3)If artwork is glazed the glass may break and damage the artwork in transit.
(4)Some couriers wont carry or insure any art with glass.
Q: Do you work from Photographs?
A: Very often. If you want a painting based on a photograph it must be copyright free or I need written consent from the originator. Good photos are essential. I can use standard photos or receive them by email or on disk.