Commissions usually take between 6-12 weeks, depending on the size, complexity of design, and current workload. If you are working with a specific deadline, please let me know prior to beginning the project so we can determine whether my current studio workload can accommodate your needs.
The specific "completion date" will be determined once all parties agree on the size, overall design, a deposit has been secured, and materials have been delivered (if applicable).
Please be advised that after you are shown a completed photo, and you agree that the piece is finished, there will be a two to three day waiting time for the piece to be professionally photographed, and if using oil paint, had time to completely cure/dry before it can be packaged and shipped.
Shipping times will vary based on size, weight, and specific needs. Your needs will be discussed in advance in order not to delay your receipt of final artwork.
The "completion date" is NOT delivery or install date. The "completion date" is the date I submit an emailed photo of the artwork for you to approve.
The estimated "completion date" is contingent upon good communication, and whether revisions are required.
If you would like a special (non-standard) size, I am more than happy to accommodate your request.
Please note, it can take up to an additional 2 weeks longer to accommodate the construction of a custom frame (ordering materials, labor, etc.)
I will keep you informed of progress (via emailed photos) of the work throughout the process to make sure we are in agreement that the work meets the agreed upon parameters established in the beginning of the commission inquiry. Prior to the "completion date", I will submit a photo of the completed work for your approval. I allow up to two minor revisions to what I consider the "final painting" before shipment or delivery. For more complex alterations or revisions a fee of $100 is implemented and increases as complexity increases and/or the size of the area to be altered increases. An alteration or revision agreement will go into effect when the payment has been made (since in most cases the contract has already been signed).
A 50% non-refundable deposit is due prior to beginning the commission and secures your spot on my commission calendar. The remaining balance is due upon completion of the commission and prior to shipping or delivery.
I make every effort to create artwork that meets the client's expectations. In the event that you are not satisfied with the final product, please communicate your concerns and we will do everything possible to meet your expectations.
The client or project manager is responsible for all shipping costs associated with the safe delivery of the piece (including handling, materials, and insurance) which can be pricy depending size and if it needs to be freight shipped. I can provide you with an approximate ground shipping quote before we begin the project.
All my work is original and no two paintings are exactly alike. I cannot copy my past work however I can make something similar but not close enough to devalue my previous work. If you are drawn to some of my past work, please tell me the specific elements that catch your attention.
I will make every effort to respond and communicate in a timely manner to honor the intentions of the agreement.
My work is priced using a formula which factors in the dimensions of the work, the availability and costliness of materials to be used, the labor, and my years of expertise. There is an additional fee if the client requests the piece in less than 6 weeks for art under 400 square inches and 12 weeks if art is over 400 square inches. This is considered a "rush" request. The fee is assessed depending on the complexity of the piece and the time in which it is needed.
To successfully create your commissioned artwork, we must communicate well.
A standard "Art Commission Agreement" is required to specify all details of the project: contact information, right of refusal, copyright, payment, schedule balance, shipping, delivery, etc.
Any fabric swatches, photos, or paint samples must be provided before I can start the work on the commission.
For portraits, I require either a hardcopy of an image that is big enough to see the small details or a digital image that is a large enough file to zoom in for the details. Photos using a flash, low light, high contrast, etc are generally not suitable for creating a successful portrait. The photographs used must be owned by the client wishing to work with me, not copyrighted to someone else or to a company.
This written agreement protects both of our interests and ensures that both parties understand what is expected of each other.