A commission is the creation of a piece of art specifically for you at your request. This is what distinguishes this kind of work from work that an artist produces solely in response to her own intention, inspiration or call for expression. Sometimes people will find that they resonate with what an artist is doing, but aren’t seeing an already produced artwork that will meet their requirements for their home, office, or business. This can be a great opportunity for us to work together to create something special.
I have done quite a few commissions over the last several years and have found it to be an enriching experience for both me and the client. I think this is partly due to having a written commission agreement that we review together before signing. Among the terms covered by the agreement are the size of the painting, an estimated completion date that allows for drying time, the cost for creating the piece, deposit amount, shipping, and extra design services like framing.
Another element that I believe leads to a successful outcome is the communication we have prior to me beginning work on the piece. If you are within driving distance, I am happy to come to your home to discuss colors, textures and other more visceral components of the piece. I have also worked with clients via Skype or emailing photos. For most commissions what I have found works the best is clarity up front and freedom during the creation process. I may send along progress photos with the caveat that they are just that, as opposed to an invitation for editorial input, a photo as I feel I am close to completion, and a final photo for your approval. If you aren’t happy with the piece, I will apply the deposit toward creating a second commission or toward purchase of work in my inventory. If a client feels like they would be more comfortable with having greater input into the process we can discuss how this could be implemented.
If this process is calling to you, contact me here, and let’s set up a time to discuss your vision.