The commissioning of
an artwork can get very complicated but over the years I have
adopted a methodology that simplifies the matter into these four easy
to follow stages;
The artist and client
discuss either in person or by email things like size, price, medium
& subject. Once an agreement is reached, then payment of one
third of the agreed upon purchase price is remitted to the artist. This fee will
be non refundable and will cover the cost of materials and time in
the preparatory design stage & it helps to demonstrate the
commitment of the client.
The artist will
proceed to the design stage wherein studies, sketches, or drawings
will be developed & presented to you the client for further
discussion, either in person or by email. Once an agreeable
composition/design has been settled upon, then the second payment of
one third of the agreed upon purchase price is to be paid to the
artist. This will also be non refundable & will ensure that the
artist will be obliged to proceed to the painting
stage itself, taking the final design & working it up into a
full painting as per the specifications agreed upon in stage one.
Depending on the size
& complexity of the commission, the work may take less or more
time than anticipated. It is important for the client to understand
this & allow for some extra lead time in the discussion phase.
If something is needed by a specific date let the artist know the
deadline well in advance so that he can work ahead of it & be on
time. The client may from time to time enquire about the status of
the painting but at this stage its all about the muse, the mojo and
the manners to refrain from suggesting Major changes. (They do cost
Once the artist has
reached the stage of completion he will present to the client the
final painting and in return receive the third & final
installment of the agreed upon purchase price. If the painting for
whatever reason does not meet with the satisfaction of the client
then a full refund of this portion is automatically returned in
exchange for the painting itself. No questions asked.
By using the
model above, the client has the opportunity at every stage in the
process to affect change or even halt the project if they are
uncomfortable with the direction being taken.
If you are
considering having a portrait commissioned visit my portrait
pricing page for details.
Many artists have a
framing/consulting fee whereby they come with you to the frame shop to discuss
with the framer what best to do to highlight your new commissioned artwork. My
policy is simple. As long as the work is being framed here in the
city I charge nothing & will gladly accompany you to the framer
of your choice, as long as you are providing transportation &
coffee, I'm in.
If the commissioned
work is being framed outside of St.John's, Newfoundland, all I ask is my airfare and
accommodations be paid for and I would be happy to be of service.
Following the four
step procedure outlined above, I have never had an unsatisfied
client. I like to think that respect for my clients & the
clarity of my intent are as attractive qualities as the uniqueness
of my work and the freshness of my approach. Having worked as
a designer for many years, I understand the concept of
working with a client to achieve the ultimate goal of having a
painting that we are both pleased with and proud of.
If you are interested
in a unique commissioned artwork please contact
me so we can discuss the details. Here are some examples of
works that have been commissioned indicating a variety of subject
& approach. Click any image for larger view and description.