Everything you need to know about comissioning a painting

Questions & Answers:

Q1: Why commission a painting?

Long gone are the days of paintings being used to simply document what someone or something looks like. A good portrait, aside from being a cherished memento, should be a tribute, highlighting those intangible attributes that make a person special. Painting - as an artistic medium - allows far more creative control than photography to convey visually those elements the artist chooses to focus on. Paintings were not supplanted by photography, as the two are different media focused on different ends.

Typically one chooses to commission a painting of a subject very dear to their heart. It may be a posthumous tribute to a family member, or a surprise gift for someone "who has everything". Note commissions are not confined to paintings of people, it is equally possible to commissions a paintings of one's favourite house, a car, or a pet.

Q2: How does it work?

Your oil-on-canvas portrait could be painted from a picture that you would supply. Alternatively, you can opt to have a picture taken at our professional photographic studio – specifically for the purpose of the portrait - included in the price. Sitting sessions are also available for those who have the time.

In addition, the portrait can be customized to fit your vision or fantasy – e.g. a princess or a knight in shining armour.

Q3: How much does it cost?

Prices depend on the size of the portrait, complexity/effort and whether it is directly based on your photograph, or a more complex synthesis combining multiple pictures or elements. As a general guideline, a 14 in x 18 in portrait would be around $500, while a large 24 in x 32 in portrait would be around $1000. When you send me a short description of what you have in mind, along with a photograph of the person (if applicable), I will provide you with a written estimate.