What is the process for a commission? The process for creating an original piece of art begins with building a relationship so I can understand your needs and vision. It’s a back-and-forth process that starts when you express interest in a commission. After discussion, I might take on-site reference photos or work from photos you provide. Next I create sketches and color studies for your review. With your feedback, I begin the full-size painting.
What is your oil painting technique? After determining the composition and color palette, the oil painting begins with an underpainting. This thin, monochromatic layer of paint creates atmosphere and establishes values. At this stage, changes are still easy to make and dialogue is encouraged. From this point, I use the technique of glazing to add layers of oil paint, making richer colors and values.
What is the timeline? From initial conversations, through collaborating on the design, to the oil painting technique itself, commissioning a piece is a lengthier process than selecting a work I’ve already finished and framed. Typically it takes time to reflect on the work and refine it over multiple iterations. Oil paint also takes time to become fully dried, at which point I add a protective varnish, build you a custom frame (if desired), and ship or deliver it to your home.
What information do I need to provide? I need to know the subject matter, as well as your dimensions and desired painting surface.
What is the price range? The standard starting point is roughly $1/square inch, plus a $50 base fee for materials for a standard painting surface. This rate is below industry-standard for a professionally commissioned art piece. This is an intentional part of my mission as an artist to keep original fine art accessible to a broader audience. I believe we all deserve to enjoy and create art that inspires our values and brings us joy. Though this is the base cost, those who feel their budget allows are invited to pay at the level they feel is appropriate. This system allows me to serve people from all backgrounds, and clients are always invited to support this mission.
What are your standard painting surfaces? Artist-grade canvas (.75 inch) is a popular choice and comes in most standard sizes. If you’re looking for unique dimensions, I custom-cut and triple-gesso birch panels that can be sized to your exact specifications. Deeper canvases and pre-manufactured archival panels are also available at a higher rate.
Any additional questions can be answered when we start our dialogue. Thank you for your interest!