Commissioning a painting

I enjoy creating commissioned paintings with the single requirement that the subject and style remain true and consistent to my body of work of atmospheric landscapes and abstract paintings.  Note that I will not accept any commissions in which I’m asked to paint like another artist or copy someone else's work.


Because I primarily do studio work--creating paintings from my own place of intention and creativity--I schedule only one commission at a time. The commission work is folded into my daily schedule and I'll work on it sporadically and between drying times.  I typically require 6 weeks from beginning to final varnish of the work (an additional 2 weeks is required if a non-standard size of stretcher bars is specified).   The payment of the 50% deposit reserves time as well as materials for the commissioned work.  I will not purchase materials or begin work on the commission until the 50% deposit has been paid.


My prices and terms are as follows: (THESE HAVE RECENTLY CHANGED, PLEASE READ)

50% deposit is required to begin work (this means I need to be paid prior to purchasing any materials to begin the work).  Balance (50%) and tax at time of approval.   If the final painting is not approved, I will not require payment of the 50% balance but will retain $500 of the 50% deposit and return the balance of the deposit to you.  I will also retain the rejected painting.  It is then my choice how and for how much to sell the unwanted work. All framing must be prepaid with framer.  I'll no longer hold the cost of framing for the final approval.  If a frame was purchased prior to approval, and the painting is not approved, you'll own the frame.  Framing can take anywhere from 3-5 weeks after completion unless the frame is scheduled or ordered prior to the completion of the painting.  

Sizes:  I prefer to work in standard sizes (see below) so that I can purchase high quality prestreched canvas.  Any custom sizes are an additional $500 (for time/expense/materials and sometimes travel to pickup from Seattle framer).  $1200 is the minimum price for a commission piece (this could entail multiple smaller pieces), but I no longer will take on commission work for a single smaller inexpensive painting.


Sample unframed pricing for a commissioned artwork. Typically 25-30% more than a similarly sized non-commission piece.

all prices unframed

30x30”, $1900

36x36", $2300

30x40”,  $2300

30x48", $2500

40x40", $2500

36x48", $2500

40x60”, $4400

48x48”, $4400

sizes larger than 4' quoted separately


These prices are for an unframed, 1 1/2" gallery wrap high quality stretcher bar, original oil painting, with edges painted white or black, varnished with Gamvar varnish, with hanging hardware installed on the back.  Framing is the customer’s responsibility and expense--although I'm happy to offer suggestions and sources. Also, delivery/shipping and hanging are an additional fee for time and expense.  


I do work from photographs as base source material (I do not, however, paint photorealistically) and will be guided by color palette samples such as paint chips and textiles and other interior design elements.  If you like, I can send progress images while the work in in process.  I’d be happy to provide references for the commission process and product as requested.


If this process and pricing is something that fits your parameters, let me know and we can set up a meeting at my studio or via phone/email to discuss further. 

Here are just a few of the commissioned works I've created for both individuals and commercial applications.





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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.