I've talked a lot about individual pieces of art I have done on my blog, but never about the actual process. Its dawned on me that many people might find the thought of commissioning a piece of art for their home quite daunting. I've had people say they don't know what to ask for, or they don't know if they can afford a piece. I thought I'd write this just to make the whole process (if you are considering one) clearer. Every piece I do is different, because it is designed around the individual client and their home, style and budget.
1. Price List
Upon any enquiry, you can ask me for a price list which I will send to you. These prices are based on readily available canvas sizes. If you would like to commission a certain size that isn't on the price list, I can send quotes for that specific size. Each canvas price varies on size, framing, and if postage is required.
2. Initial Consultation
The process of the initial consultation is completely free. Every piece, and every client is different. I've had clients who have a very clear idea of what they want, and others who need more of a design lead from me as to what will look good in their chosen room. I can provide ideas or colours and styles, and suggestions on sizing if you aren't sure what will work. I've also had clients who want me to view the space beforehand and give my initial thoughts, which can be useful.
3.Design Lead & Colour Palette
I ask clients to send a palette through of their desired colour scheme and the room which the art will be going into. If you aren't sure of what you want, I can work up a moodboard for us to agree on. I focus very much on the 'art for interiors' theme, and think its so important to take inspiration from the interior furnishings, decor and style to influence a piece. Every client style is different, from minimal and scandi to super eclectic, I'll make sure it fits into your space and style.
If there is any subject matter you'd like me to incorporate, I can do that too. I've had people ask if I can incorporate abstract versions of particular towns or cities, or qualities from their gardens or specific flowers. Anything goes - be creative! This can add another nice bit of personalisation to the piece.
We can then agree on a size, price and design for the piece plus postage costs. You can also request to get it framed through myself (I get an artist discount at the framers so its a cheaper option if you are thinking the piece might need it!)
I normally ask for 50% deposit upon initial commission, and 50% upon completion of the painting. I'll then send it out to you.
4. The Painting Process / Finalising
I'll notify you when I am starting the piece, and will work it up to a point I feel happy with. I just do my thing really, and this can take from as long as a few days to a few weeks. As I said, every piece is different so if you are looking for a painting as a present or for a specific time I'd suggest you ask me at least a month before it is due.
I'll send you pictures, talk you through what I've done, and then ask for your feedback. I can tweak colours, add more and take away to suit your requests. This means I can tweak the painting until you are happy with it and we can work together to get something you really love.
When the painting has been finalised and you are sure you love it, I'll then ask for final payment and will send it out. Most postage I use is tracked and insured to make sure your piece gets to you safely. You will get updates of the item arrival and the delivery driver will have your details if there are any problems. Postage within the UK is included in the final price. Postage outside the UK will be an additional charge.
6. Ta-da! You have yourself a lovely, unique painting for your home that has your personal stamp on it. Contact me via my email or on instagram.
Examples of my work below //
For the clients I've worked with & latest pieces head over to my blog //
FULL STORY AND PROCESS ON MY BLOG // The lovely Glasgow based Claire who runs I Am Nomad contacted me and asked for a commission. She has a background in retail and buying in the interior world, and created her business I am Nomad as a curated shop in her own (beautiful, period style) home. She sells anything from mid-century furniture pieces, small decorative accessories, one of a kind dining sets and beautiful curated artworks. Each product in her house/shop is chosen by her and almost all have a story behind them. I was more than excited to be part of this. The piece of art was inspired by her front room, and she gave me a beautiful palette to work from. The finished painting I decided to call 'clay sunset'. Clay because it reminds me of handmade pottery, sunset because of the warm colours and fades. You can see how the colour palettes that she had chosen & the mixture of the existing room interior has influenced the final piece. The size for this was 600 x 600mm, and was mostly acrylic combined with some collage to create a lot of texture.
I was approached to do this from an old friend for his soon to be wife. They got engaged on the most beautiful sunset coast village in Spain, next to a windmill. He asked me to recreate this. He wanted it to be a statement piece, but something that told their story. It needed to be the perfect balance of abstract - yet you needed to be able to see and understand the story behind it.
To start off this piece he sent me photos of the village they stayed in, along with the windmill. Think coral sunsets, white houses, winding alleyways and crisp blue water. We agreed on a size and then I produced this, purely on what he had asked me to do - and this is what I came up with.
I used a variety of techniques, layering and textures and then worked in the colours and wind mill. This is acrylic and mixed media on canvas 1200 x 1000.
Its now hung on their wall in central London and has since been framed. It was an absolute pleasure to do something so personal and made their new flat a home, its not everyday you get asked to do such a special piece!
The couple that have commissioned this colourful piece have recently bought a house in South Carolina having moved there from Dundee, Scotland. They wanted a contemporary piece to remember the city by. Dundee is famous for its rail bridges and tay river, so it was fitting that this piece captured the essence of Dundee. The piece was to incorporate pinks, oranges and blues: which resulted in a striking, colourful abstraction. This will make a statement in any of the rooms they choose to put it in - now it has just got to make the long journey there! I think its lovely that even whilst living so far away, by commissioning a piece like this they feel like they are taking a little bit of home with them.
A statement piece for a new home situated in the city of Edinburgh. This was to include a quote about the city from the customers favourite author which was a lovely touch. This features the famous Edinburgh mound and captures the city at sunset. This was very graphic and allowed lots of texture. The dark blues and pinks were introduced to tie into the customers living area, which complimented the space perfectly.
Super modern, monochrome and sleek to compliment its homely interior. The biggest challenge with this piece was making it look statement enough whilst also being minimal as requested by the customer. I chose to use a black background and introduced textures and mark making to a approx 1/3rd of the painting which created a nice balance. This is the piece in its home - along with its seriously cute tenant, Ronnie the sausage dog!
If you know me well, you'll know I am pretty obsessed with pink. Especially when that pink is a farrow and ball colour. I used calamine in this room and wanted to create a piece that would tie the room together, so I focused on working with that beautiful dusty pink / grey colour. This was the result. Its fun, big & colourful - and ties in with the interior accessories!
For this piece I was asked to create a 'beige banquet' with hints of pink, duck egg blues and subtle contrast to go into a very neutral interior. 600 x 600 mixed media on canvas. Painted this during COVID - 19 lockdown, and it kept me sane!