Commissioned Art

What I love most about getting a commission, is hearing the stories that are attached to the art that the client has in mind. They all have a purpose - to capture a memory. Most people imagine that when I get a commission, the only thing I have to do is paint - But there’s so much more to it than that. To complete a commission, I have to approach painting differently. Usually I paint what I’ve seen on my own travels, where inspiration strikes first hand and the artwork follows. When a client approaches me with an idea, the artwork has already been produced in their head. It’s my job as an artist to match that vision, and breathe life into it.

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    The Kissing Couple

    I absolutely admire watching couples kiss, especially when you can tell they are in love. I know that traditionally, or in an old fashioned way, it is the man who is seen making the first move – but there is something very moving about seeing a woman making that move, losing all inhibitions and kissing her man like there is no tomorrow with no care for if anyone is watching.

    I wish I could one day paint a painting that is on a receiving end of as intense a gaze, like that of the woman passionately kissing her man. A dear friend of mine has asked me to draw a minimalist drawing of him and his wife kissing on their wedding day. I can tell just by looking at the picture that they’re in love. Looking at their picture made me think of penning these thoughts. I do believe love is the most amazing feeling one can ever feel.

     

    A friend who knows the couple commented "Jesus Christ, how does an artist with so few lines get it 100%. If some stranger showed me this, I would know it was you two."

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    Memories

    One gentleman for example, has asked me to paint a lane in a field identical to the one his wife used to walk in as a child. He plans to give this to her as a gift at Christmas. The images to the right show the art at different stages in the process. 

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    Teal Owl

    This was a study done for a client who is obsessed with owls. It took three attempts to get it right. This mixed media drawing looks fresh in these colours. I didn't aim to paint a picture perfect.

     

    It is now available as a limited edition giclee print (A1) 33 x 23 inches on watercolour paper. 

     

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    Skylines

    A collector of mine has asked me to do two paintings – one of Durham and one of Oxford. His two sons are returning home for Christmas and these paintings will be waiting in their rooms, as a reminder of their time at university.

    This was a bit tricky but I’m glad I took it on. Architectural drawings and paintings aren’t my comfort zone so this has pushed me, but I’m very happy with the end result. The experience has pushed me to start a new series looking at the skylines in the major cities throughout the UK, such as London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool.

    I’ve had a wonderful response from my collectors for the skyline commission, and had multiple enquiries about painting skylines from people’s home towns/cities. I’m excited to get started! If you have an idea for a painting and want to explore it, feel free to get in touch with no obligation to purchase.

    The pieces shown here are ink on canvas, 20" x 40"

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    Van Gogh

    A collector of mine has asked me to do two paintings – one of Durham and one of Oxford. His two sons are returning home for Christmas and these paintings will be waiting in their rooms, as a reminder of their time at university.

    This was a bit tricky but I’m glad I took it on. Architectural drawings and paintings aren’t my comfort zone so this has pushed me, but I’m very happy with the end result. The experience has pushed me to start a new series looking at the skylines in the major cities throughout the UK, such as London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool.

    I’ve had a wonderful response from my collectors for the skyline commission, and had multiple enquiries about painting skylines from people’s home towns/cities. I’m excited to get started! If you have an idea for a painting and want to explore it, feel free to get in touch with no obligation to purchase.

    The pieces shown here are ink on canvas, 20" x 40"

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    Roses In A Vase

    This is the second commission I took on for one of my collectors from LA. The first painting they bought from me was the very first painting from my Monet garden series, inspired by my trip to Claude Monet’s house where I noticed he never painted his garden in autumn. This family had also been to Monet’s house, and were excited to see this painting take life. I went to their home at Hermosa Beach to help them hang it and in the pictures I took, you can see the same table and vase that became their second commission – “Roses in a vase.”

     

    This impressionistic painting incorporates that same table, the vase and flowers – The table on which the vase sits was passed down from my collectors’ grandparents to his parents, and now sits in his home. He regularly brings home these beautiful two toned flowers as a gift for his wife. The combination of history, nostalgia and emotion made this commission a delight to paint. They want their children to inherit this painting, and it’s an honour to know I’m contributing to keeping this piece of generational history alive.

     

    The finished piece is 22 x 18 inches, acrylic on board. It took me a while to decide the composition and colours etc. but I’m happy with the outcome, and so was my collector and his family. He came to pick it up in Chicago when I was exhibiting with The Other Art Fair in Chicago.