Thinking about commissioning a painting or drawing?

Here are some things to think about:

  • What is the subject matter: portrait, landscape, still life, or narrative (tells a story)?
  • Is it a portrait of a group (e.g., a couple, family, or business partners)?
  • Painting from life gives the finished work a unique quality. Is the subject available for a sitting or would I need to work from a photograph? Do you have a favorite photo of the subject that I could work from? I can take photos for reference.
  • How much time does the sitter have available to pose for a portrait?
  • What media would you like: oil on panel, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, graphite, or pen and ink?
  • What size painting or drawing best meets your needs? Note that if the work is to be framed that the outside dimensions will be larger.
  • What is your time frame? When do you need delivery? An oil painting can be delivered as early as three months or could take a year depending on the complexity and size of the image.
  • What is your budget? How much can you invest in an object of enduring value?