Frequently asked questions:
I am interested in commissioning a piece of art. Where do I begin?
Read this page. Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (717-756-0120) to set up a Discovery Session on the phone. The initial inquiry and Discovery Session is free. I can answer any questions and let you know if I am able to accommodate your request or not. At that time, we can determine the next step.
What mediums do you work in for Commissions?
Primarily, I offer acrylic paintings on canvas in my commission work. I also have created design work, sculptures, prayer shrines, prayer beads, Intuitive Collage, mixed media, pastel, and Touch Drawing work on commission.
How long does it take to make the commissioned work?
The time will vary depending on the size, medium, complexity of the piece, what package you choose and my work schedule. Time frames are better determined at the time a commission is requested because I will have a better idea of the specifics involved and my current schedule.
When commissioning an artwork, how much say do I have in the design/concept?
You can come with some ideas and suggest colors, elements, words, and symbols. We can discuss certain ways of personalizing the piece/process for you. For example, a patron might choose to write or paint on the canvas during a guided meditation time to begin the process.
While I will take your initial suggestions into account for preliminary sketches, and while I may get feedback from you during check-ins, my artistic style is such that I do not make reproductions of specific images and I am not a realist. I also will not paint other copyrighted work.
I have learned to "trust the art." This means I may be taken in various directions and the images may guide part of the process which is always fresh and unique. I use an intuitive and intentional process and it often results in more meaningful connections than we can see initially.
NOTE: It is important you familiarize yourself with my work and style and know that you resonate with it.
If you want a very specific reproduction of an image, person, scene, or item you should seek another artist.
If you are interested in a more intuitive, dynamic, unfolding, meditative, stylized, symbolic, mystical, and transforming experience then call me!!
Do you paint for people outside the Harrisburg, PA area?
Of course! I can travel for commissions or arrange alternate communication via phone or Skype. Direct travel (beyond 20 miles from my home) or shipping expenses are paid by the patron.
How much will it cost?
There is a general commission package and an immersion package.
In comparison to my gallery portfolio, a commissioned artwork offers a deeper personalized work of art. This means commissions are more expensive than the same sized canvas/item generally for sale.
Prices also are based on various options such as type of canvas, size of work, medium, and any additional factors. A full, written price quote will be given after an initial free consultation and before you need to commit. Example: 2020 Package for 16x20 standard is $1600/immersion$3500
Artist Notes and Certificates: All commissions are signed by the artist, come with one page of artist notes summarized, and both a sale receipt and certificate of authenticity.
A Photo Book: All works of art come with one page of artist notes that reflect insights of the artist during the making of the artwork. If you would like to have a deluxe personalized photo book (15-20 color pages) created showcasing the making of your work of art, this option can be selected.
An Unveiling Ceremony This is a wonderful addition to any commission experience. Invite your friends and/or family to attend your unveiling ceremony. I will be on site while you put on a little wine and cheese or tea and biscuits reception. I will talk about the artwork and the process and you will see the final work unveiled along with your guests. Celebrate and discuss the work with those closest to you.
Frames: In general, patrons will be responsible for framing the art after completion. If the patron wishes the artist to include framing or assist with framing, terms can be worked into the agreement.
Shipping costs. Shipping or delivering artwork is not included in the price quotes and must be determined on a case by case basis.
Rights to the artwork image: I, the artist, retain the rights to the image for reproduction. You will be given a certificate of authenticity and license to care for and show the original work of art. Original works of art cannot be altered or reproduced without permission or license in writing from the artist.
Let's create together!