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Captured in spirit and cherished for a lifetime

Creating memorable and enchanting portraits of beloved pets, people, landscapes and more. Paintings are rendered in oils or watercolours. Prices vary depending on complexity and size.

Sizes and pricing:

8×8 $250
10×10 $300
12×12 $350
14×14 $400

There are other sizes available. We can discuss alternative sizing if the ones listed are not what you had in mind. Prices will change depending on size and if subject matter is more complicated than just one figure with a simple background. More figures, objects, etc…will incur a price increase, as those items will require more time to render. Prices are in Canadian Funds.

How to begin: Please send me an email with your commission request. Include photos of your subject. Indicate what you were thinking in regards to subject matter, if you had a specific size in mind, medium, etc…I will contact you with a quote and we can begin the commission process.

Painting Process: My commissioned paintings are created from photographic reference. You provide the photos but in some instances I can provide them. If submitting photos, I prefer multiple images when capturing the likeness of a person or pet.  If needed, I can arrange a photo shoot of the subject, at an additional cost (transit & time). Photographs can be sent to me by e-mail or by post; whatever is easiest for you. If requested, the photos will be sent back. To keep you in the loop, I will send you progress shots at various stages of the commission by e-mail or post. When the painting is complete I will send a final photograph for your approval. If corrections are needed, they will be made before you receive your painting.

Materials: The materials that I typically use to create commissioned portraits are as follows; oil paintings are painted using Holbein Duo Aqua & M. Graham Artists’ Oils on stretched cotton canvas or birch wood panel. Depths vary depending on personal preference and availability. Watercolour paintings are painted using Holbein Artists’ Watercolours and Windsor & Newton Designer Gouache on Arches 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper.  If requested I can use inks as well in combination with the watercolour mediums.

Timeline: I can accommodate your specific deadline (i.e. birthday, Christmas, etc…). On average it will take me two weeks to complete a watercolour and up to a month to complete an oil painting. Some commissions may require more or less time depending on a number of factors: such as my painting schedule at the time, usable photographic reference, availability of materials (requesting a custom canvas size that is not found in an art supply store), and drying time (a week or two for oils).

Payment: A 50% down payment is required before I can start the commission. Payment can be made by personal cheque, certified cheque, cash or Paypal. Once the shipping cost has been determined, I will send you the final invoice by e-mail or post. HST (Harmonized Sales Tax, 13%) will be added to the final Invoice (Shipping will be excluded as it has already been taxed). The final payment must be made prior to receiving the artwork.

Shipping: Shipping rates vary. I will send the painting by Canada Post unless another mode is specified. Artwork can also be dropped off or picked up if the distance isn’t too great from where I currently reside. The painting will be wrapped in bubble wrap with cardboard on either side and wrapped in a waterproof covering. It will then be placed in the final shipping container and depending on its final size it will be shipped in either a shipping box or bag.