Commissions – Step by Step

Commissions are an enjoyable part of my art business. I love working with people to bring their visions to life! Each commission has been a true inspiration and a challenge that I have loved.

I have put together some quick points about the process of having a piece commissioned. If you have any ideas, don’t hesitate to contact me.


“When you buy something from an artist you’re buying more than an object. You’re buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentation. You’re buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You’re not buying just one thing, a piece of a soul . . . a small piece of someone else’s life”-Unknown

Watercolour is less expensive than oils and some other media and a finished piece comes together rather quickly. Like many artists, I charge with a “per inch” price. Its a very modern way of calculating price, but the benefits are that is consistent and easy to figure out.

I charge between $1.25 and $2.50 per square inch depending on the complexity of the subject. For example, a simple, 8 x 10 landscape might be $100. Portraits and complex subjects are more expensive are on the higher end because they need to be very precise.


Once we discuss size, timeline and subject matter, I usually ask for a few reference photos and then about a week to come up with a plan. For portraits, several high quality reference photos can be used. At this point I usually send a photo of a quick reference sketch with the basic idea to get approved.

This is the time to speak up!

I enjoy constructive feedback. It tells me that a client is excited and involved in the process of creating art. Don’t hesitate! Watercolours are not as forgiving and flexible as other mediums so it is important to properly plan out a piece and make changes early.

Once approved, I usually require a few weeks to complete the finished painting. I will send another photo near completion.

Depending on how busy I am, a month is about all the time I need. But I have been known to finish the painting in a weekend!

Finished Project

Unless previously discussed, your piece will be delivered, unmatted, protected in cellophane.

Proper framing will do a great deal in preserving and protecting your work for years to come. Watercolours can be severely damaged by improper framing. Watercolours are not often perfectly flat and slight buckles in the paper can be damaged if they are framed touching glass. A proper matt will keep the painting from touching the glass and damaging the painting. Professional framing can also be put under UV protective glass that will help protect it from light damage.

I have a great deal of experience framing watercolours. I can have your piece framed or even permanently mounted on birch panel if you prefer for an extra cost. You might simply want me to have it properly Matted so you can add it to a standard sized frame later.

Any art work can fade after long times in bright sunlight so careful placement in your home is necessary. Avoid placing your artwork in direct sunlight or putting it in a damp environment.

Final Notes

Finally, send me a pic of your artwork in its new home! There is no better feeling than seeing my work enjoyed and displayed in someones home!

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