Commissioning an Artwork

How do you commission an artwork?

Some people might find this a tricky or daunting thing to do.  Clearly outling the process and the cost upfront is helpful to both the Client and the Artist.

So, here's how it works.  If you see something here that looks like it could translate beautifully into a wedding gift, a housewarming present, a special birthday surprise or a gift for yourself for your flat/house/mansion/hotel then the first thing you need to do is get in touch.  You can email me directly at

To date, I have created commission pieces for wedding invitations (venue), annivesaries (churches), house portraits (family home), First Flat But We're Moving And We Want To Take A Bit Of Something About It With Us (various flats in various cities), specific requests for specific streets (one above) and so on.  I can colour match the decor or use your favourite colours but at the end of the process, your piece will be very much in keeping within my style.

What happens after initial contact is that I'll promptly respond with an overview of my schedule and when I could fit in the project.  This could be in a few weeks or possibly a few months as there are certain times of the year that are busier than others. Also, some of my commissions are for large projects and can take a few months to complete.

I will outline the cost of the project (my hourly rate is within the guidelines for an artist working in the industry for the number of years I have been working professionally.  £45 per hour is my current rate).  I require a 50% deposit to secure the commission in my calendar and to also buy the art materials needed to create the work. 

I will draw up a contract so that we both understand the project requirements (colours, subject, timescale for sketches, completed work, payments).  This is best practise and also ensures we are all on the same page.

Should you wish to commission an artwork from an artist, be sure you both know the process, costs and timescales before proceeding.

A few of my previous commissions:

Three prints for Modern Standard Coffee, Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh

The above artwork was made for a holiday letttings business owner.

This piece was an anniversary gift of a much loved holiday destination.

The above illustration was created as a gift for a New Yorker during lockdown.

This piece was created for a private client to fit the colour schemes and themes of a guest bedroom.