I am open to a variety of painting subjects, but I will only acceptcustom work if I feel confident that I can both fulfill your vision and stay withinmy style and aesthetic. I want to make a beautiful piece that we can both bereally excited about!
The best way to decide if I am the right choice for you isfor us to talk about what you’re looking for. I promise that I’m friendly and easy to work with, and will be genuineabout the process. Right now I work withboth watercolor and acrylic paint and do a variety of landscapes, abstractpieces, and flora and fauna. If you’reinterested in something that I just feel isn’t my thing (like personal portraits), I can often recommend other artistsfor you to check out.
I encourage you to explore the “work” tab on my website, myEtsy shop, and my Instagram feed. If you have favorites that drew you to mysite, let me know in our discussion so I can get a better understanding of your style. You can also send meinspiration images, colors, photos of where the painting will go, etc. All of these will be used to inform the design, butplease keep in mind that I’m creating an original one-of-a-kind piece for you,so inspiration images need to be exactly that – I am not interested in copying other people’swork.
*OTHER PROJECTS: The following info is specifically about creating a custom painting, but I am open to other commissions as well, including custom illustrations, stationery design work, hand-painted wooden jewelry, and gift sets of my hand painted notebooks, etc. (They make wonderful one-of-a-kind gifts!). Just shoot me a message and we can go through a process similar to the one outlined below. I am frequently asked about stationery and wedding/occasional invitations, so see the note below about that.
Once I have a good idea of what you’re looking for, I willtypically draw up a sketch and a palette to confirm with you. Particularly forlarger canvases, I will create a mini inspiration piece on a small canvas or paperthat will share the general color and layout of the larger piece. For watercolors, I will do some rougher sketches and work up a color swatch.
I will take photos as I work to share with you and may comeback to ask questions as I go. Once I'm finished, I will submit photosfor your final approval and then I'll move forward with any finishing work like varnishing, etc.
I will fill my calendar for the year on a first-come,first-served basis. When you contact me I can give you an expected start dateand timeline depending on the size/type of painting. Most pieces will take 4-6weeks from start to finish, but can sometimes take longer if they are particularly involved or if I need to ordermaterials, etc.
After we discuss the style and size, I will price out thecost. This will include materials, time, and shipping/handling, if that’s the case. If you’re working within a specific budget, please letme know up front – often I can give more than one price point depending onmaterials and size.
Once we decide to go for it (yay!), I will send you aninvoice for 50% of the payment up front, which is non-refundable, and will comewith a contract for you to return. This50% will cover the cost of materials and planning time. The other 50% and anyshipping will be due once you’ve seen and approved photos of the final piece.
I want you to love, love, LOVE this painting, so I amwilling to rework acrylic pieces prior to sealing if they’re not meeting yourexpectations, but watercolors and heavily textured pieces are often not easily adjustable. Because of this, if we just can’t work it out and you arecompletely dissatisfied with your final piece, I will give you the option tohave your 50% down payment turned into a shop credit to be used in either of myonline shops for something you can enjoy.
Truly this depends on what medium I'm using and what the subject is, so the best way to figure out if I can make what you want is to just ask. Watercolor designs tend to be more detailed, so often those pieces remain smaller - usually in the 4x4 - 11x14 range, but I can do larger pieces as well if the design is more complex, or make complementary sets of coordinating smaller works to fill a gallery wall.
Got a big, empty wall to fill? Acrylic canvases are a great option for any size and I can also do diptychs or triptychs if you're looking to fill a large space.
Once the original piece is finished, I retain all rights,which includes the ability to offer the work as prints or to share photos andinclude it in my portfolio. If this custom piece is a gift, please let me knowso that I don’t share photos of the process on social media, etc., that spoil a surprise. If youprefer not to have prints made of this work, I am willing to discuss this withyou. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns about this part – I’mhappy to talk through it.
Are you interested in having one-of-a-kind invitations for your wedding or another event? Please shoot me a note! This process is similar to the one above to create the original design, but I can offer several different options for having the work put onto invites, from sourcing materials and having them printed for you to selling you digital files that you can have custom printed yourself. In the past I have done a few wedding sets and it has been a pleasure to also include the original painting as a keepsake. If you have an idea, I'd love to chat about it!