I will only take on a commission that has a SINGLE visual reference.  One of my paintings you'd like me to create in a different palette or scale, for instance.  Or a single photograph that is similar in style to my paintings.  I will not consider a commission that involves my interpretation of multiple images or is inspired by another artist's work.


A commission is a client request.  You are responsible for knowing what you want.  I am not here to read your mind, to figure out what you want, to interpret your ideas visually.  Please see above.  You will be required to supply me with a single visual reference.


I'm happy to consider design elements.  If this is the case you must supply me with paint chips or fabric samples.  It is not my responsibility to seek those out.  Additionally, you must determine the size you want before getting me involved.  Please measure.  Put tape on the wall.  Take a picture of the wall with the tape on it.  Don't contact me until you've done these exercises.


Once a size is determined and a visual reference is determined and a palette is determined, then and only then should you involve me for pricing and a schedule.  A 50% NONREFUNDABLE deposit is required on all commission work.  This is for me to allocate time for your commission and secure materials and for any studies I want to create prior to creating the painting.  Finished studies are the property of the artist regardless of whether or not you supplied source image and I may choose to sell these at my discretion.  A nonrefundable deposit is used to ensure your commitment to the process. I no longer give process updates or share images while I'm creating the painting. When the painting is considered complete on my end, you will be given images and one opportunity to make suggestions for changes.  After I've made any suggested changes the painting will have a final review and if approved you will be required to pay the balance of payment.  It is only then I will varnish the painting.  See the additional fees for FRAMING, or DELIVERY, or HANGING. 

 If the final painting does not meet your approval, I will keep the painting and the 50% nonrefundable deposit and you will not be required to pay the balance.


Before you go down the commission path, consider having me do this:

Tape out the size of a painting in the space you are considering it for and take a picture.  Send me the image of this wall straight on and tell me the dimensions of a painting you are looking for.  Also tell me the names of some paintings you like and I will photoshop them in your space.  This will give you an good idea of how my work looks in your home or office.  NO FEE.

Things I now charge fees for (I cannot continue to absorb these expenses and unlimited uses of my time):

Site visit.  In Bellingham $150 per visit.  Bellingham to Seattle, $300 per visit.

A painting preview in a Bellingham home.  Under 40" $150. Over 40" $250

A painting preview in a home in the greater Seattle area Under 40" $300 Over 40" $450 **van rental required to move large paintings

Purchased painting delivery--Same as a painting preview

Framing will be considered for paintings under 40".  Cost of frame plus 2x markup. This covers my time to assemble and fit frame. I NO LONGER FRAME ANY PAINTINGS OVER 40".


Installation or Hanging will be billed for time.  $100 per hour.  This is in addition to a delivery or site visit charge.


Commission Requests are welcome.  However, I strongly encourage you to read the steps at the left before contacting me.  I cannot stress enough that you need to know what you want before getting me involved.  It is your specific space and needs that are being considered in this type of request, otherwise you would collect/purchase a painting that I've created from my own intentions.

Therefore, the name of a reference painting or photo, size and palette are the things that you need to define for yourself.  As a client request, which is what a commission is, I am painting to your specifications.  A commission is not me interpreting your space or me whoo whooing out of thin air and a few "i would likes" a painting.

I have created many successful commissions.  They are successful when one of my paintings is used as a reference and the commission is created to the client's size and color palette.  Please note that I now charge to deliver, frame or hang any art. 

If this has all scared you away, but you still don't see an available painting in the size that works for your space in the categories above, then a FIRST DIBS might be the right avenue for you.  Please fill in the request below but in the comments write FIRST DIBS for size ______.  I'll then contact you first when I've completed a work of your desired size and you can say yes or no.

Commission Request





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      Sharon Kingston is a Northwest WA oil painter who uses the properties of her medium to create paintings that respond to both the atmosphere of her surroundings and poetry. This method of looking inward and outward and, in the moments of painting, finding her way on the canvas is her approach to creating paintings infused with poetry and the memory of landscape. The atmospheric element of her work is a testament to her desire to create spaces that are undefined, contemplative and allow room to reflect and accept uncertainty. Poetry, by nature open ended, is used both in the conceptualization of the work and as a part of the studio practice. The words of Rainer Rilke have informed Sharon’s work for many years, but she also turns to contemporary poetry when it resonates with her life. She uses layers of transparent color, reveals forms by concealing and unearthing pentimenti and suggests elements of landscape in her process.