It is an honour to capture a personal story in a painting.
The best response I get upon delivering a commission is tears. Tears signify that I struck a chord; that I captured an essence known to the recipient. That I did my job as an artist and was attentive to detail, persistent in mixing the precise shade of colour needed, and able through my brush and pen strokes to transform a memory into a piece of art.
Two themes of commissions have emerged over the years: Home Portraits and Pet Portraits.
Home portraits capture years of life spent with loved ones. They capture dreams realized. Clients submit photos of a home to me by email. Multiple photos taken from multiple angles provide a range of reference. Capturing the surrounding context – the big tree in the front yard, the fence lining the property, the adjacent telephone pole – it all adds context. Provide more context than less, and through discussion we can settle on what to include in the painting.
Don’t have any photos? Not a problem. I’ve painted a number of home portraits using Google Street View for clients unable to locate pictures of a childhood home. The recommended minimum size for a home portrait is 8x10.
A pet is like another member of the family. Who but the family can recall with fondness the rambunctious puppy years, sassy swing of a cat tail, or just comfort of their presence? Sometimes your pet is truly the best company.
Clients should submit multiple photos. Clear photos taken with good natural light are best to showcase the colour of the fur/hair Be sure to send a photo capturing the eyes and avoid sending photos taken with a flash. The recommended minimum size for a pet portrait is 6x8.
Corporations or small business owners are welcome to submit imagery or a detailed concept of what they would like captured through watercolour sketching. In addition to the original, replicates of the painting in print material or digital format are available for a licensing fee. Below are a few corporate customers that I have worked with.