Artist Commissions

Commissioning an art piece is a personalized and intimate journey between artist and client.

A client approaches with a theme, a quote, a dream, or a piece of music in mind – often he or she wants to mark an important milestone in life such as an anniversary, birthday, or retirement, with a special painting. Or perhaps they want custom artwork for a book cover, album cover, special promotion or celebration. The elaborate dance begins…

It begins with listening. I listen to the client describe his or her ideas, feelings and images around this painting that does not yet exist. I learn about his or her life. We agree on scale, price and basic timetable. I begin with drawings and images come. When I stay out of the way, without overthinking or pushing, a composition emerges.  All the while I am in communication with the client.

Commissions can take several weeks or a few months to complete and are developed in three distinct stages:

  1. Research/Musing/Transposition: Arriving at the theme, mood, color palette and specific imagery that most resonates/haunts.
  2. Sketch/Design/Compose: Creating a series of sketches to determine a final composition.
  3. Transfer Image/Paint: Transferring the composition onto canvas as a line drawing in umber paint, then adding layers of color and creating translucencies by wiping away paint and allowing drips along the way. This was the fun part where I became the happy conduit for the emergence of the actual painting.

Watch a commissioned painting come to life:

Commissioned paintings are no longer for Kings and Queens.
What inspires you?

“The Veil” (47″ x 34″), commissioned by author, Peter Janney and inspired by his provocative nonfiction book, Mary’s Mosaic, has been an unusual journey from the outset ( Mary’s Mosaic is the story of the assassination of JFK’s last true love, Mary Pinchot Meyer, a painter who shared his dream of world peace. When I first read the book a couple of years ago, I could not have imagined that it would lead to the creation of this mystical dreamscape.

Commissioned Art
Begin the Journey…

Creating commissioned paintings has become one of the most fulfilling aspects of my career as an artist. It would be my honor to conjure a significant art piece for your home or business.  If you have dreamed of owning a large scale oil painting in the style of magic realism, I can ignite the spark of your idea and bring something extraordinary to life.

The first step in the process is to schedule a consultation call to discuss your vision and see if we are a good fit.

I look forward to making art with you.