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PET PORTRAITS   /   9X12" OR 11X14"  PASTEL ON BRISTOL PAPER   /   $195   


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Magnolia Grove   /  28" x 48"  / Acrylic on Masonite   /  Private Commission

Commission Painting Process

You are in complete control of every step of the painting process so you’ll know exactly how it’ll look when it is finished – no surprises – no disappointments. Your complete satisfaction is very important to me.


Step 1. Artist-Client Agreement

You will email me in detail what you'd like your painting to look like. If you have photos for reference I'll need you to email them to me also. Through emails and pics, we'll arrive at a mutual understanding of exactly what you want me to paint, what medium you want me to use and what size you want your painting. I will also decide on a price of the commission based on the size, medium and complexity of the job.


Step 2. Email me your photo/photos

You'll email me the photo/photos that you want to turn into a painting, choose type and size, and pay a 50% advance payment via check by mail or credit card from my web site. After I receive your payment, I will start working on your photo to create a preview the way you imagine your painting to turn out. I do photo montages and other photo editing, which is absolutely free of charge to you.

Step 3. I Email a Sketch of the Painting

I'll email you a rough sketch or digital image/images of how you want your painting to look for your approval or modification.


Step 4. I start painting your photo

After we agree on how your painting is to look, size, and medium used, etc, I'll start painting it. I specialize in different styles and media (charcoal, pencil, watercolor, oil, and acrylic). I'll choose the most suitable image out of the images you provide me and painting surface to use.


Step 5. Revisions

After I start on your painting I can still make any revisions you want on it . I will keep you updated on my progress via email and pictures of it.

Step 6. I'll inspect the painting

After I have completed your commissioned painting, I’ll inspect it. If it does not meet my quality standards, I will modify it to meet your specifications, or repaint it altogether.


Step 7. I upload a photo of your painting

I'll email you a photo of your painting to my website, so you can review it and confirm, or ask for modifications. You will be informed by email when your commission is ready for you to review.


Step 8. Confirm The Painting

After you review your painting and it meets your approval, you'll confirm the finished painting via email. When confirm your painting, you will be asked to pay the balance.


Step 9. I deliver the painted portrait / Landscape to you

After I receive the balance, your painting will be shipped by express delivery, rolled in a sturdy tube or on canvas stretchers, or whatever method we agree on to the address you have provided.


Cancellation: In the unlikely event that the artist or the client should cancel the job for any reason, the artist keeps the painting and client’s non-refundable down payment.