Commission a Painting and Collaborate in a Unique Artwork

Why Commission a Painting?

There is something unique and special about commissioning a painting. It's a creative collaboration that leads to an artwork that otherwise would not have happened, tailored to your memories, feelings and interior design preferences.

A painting that reminds you of a place or memory can bring a sense of calm and safety to a living space and transform it in such a positive and distinctive way. A personalised painting can take you back again and again to your favourite place or a favourite recollection.

The process and experience of commissioning a painting is not something to be taken lightly, and requires careful thought, consideration and meaningful communication. 

Let me take a little time to give you some more information about what to expect, and hopefully answer some of the queries and concerns you might have.

You might also want to consider whether you would like text in your painting, like the art commission examples below.

Commission a Painting 'Ballyholme Beach'

Art Commission Example Abstract Ocean Painting 'Deep Calls to Deep' Translated From Icelandic

The Icelandic text in this commissioned artwork translates 'Deep calls to deep.'

How and When to Commission a Painting

When you are considering how to commission a painting it may help to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What mood or atmosphere am I trying to create with this painting?
  • What sort of colour pallet might help me create this mood?
  • What size of canvas would best suit the room I want to hang the painting in?
  • Is the painting for a living room, bedroom, office, dining room etc?
  • Is there a place or memory that is special to me?
  • What colours would match with the room I want to hang the painting in?
  • What materials would I prefer in my painting? (ie acrylics or oil, canvas or wood etc)

Don't worry if you don't know the answers to these questions straight away, I find that they often present themselves during consultation and conversation. I am also very happy to come up with plenty of ideas myself to help fill in any gaps!

In terms of when to commission a painting, I usually find that people do so for special occasions such as a significant birthday, anniversary or as a retirement gift. Commissioning an artwork is generally something that people do on important occasions because they want a permanent reminder of something significant and personal to them that will most likely look at and enjoy regularly.



What’s the Process when I Commission a Painting from You?

The best way to begin the process of an art commission is to send me an email at with some general information of what you are looking for.

From there I can respond as accurately and honestly as possible about time frames, prices, availability and how we might move forward. We can then talk about a visit to my art studio if you live near County Down Northern Ireland, or a telephone call if you don't or are too busy to meet in person.

We can then begin an exciting creative collaboration and a series of conversations!

Art Commission 'Portstewart Strand'

How Long Will an Art Commission Take?

Depending on the size of the project and the materials used (oils take longer to dry than acrylics) it will take between 2-4 weeks to complete.

If you need a painting sooner you can definitely request this, but realistically I would need a minimum of 2 weeks to finish the artwork.



How Much Does it Cost to Commission a Painting?

Obviously the final price of an artwork commission will depend on the size of the painting, where it's being posted to (or if it is being collected locally), and the materials used, but as a useful guide I include the sizes below.


79 x 30cm (31 x 12 inches) panorama - £495

51 x 51cm (20 x 20 inches) square - £695

122 x 30cm (48 x 12 inches) panorama - £995

102 x 102cm (40 x 40 inches) square - £2795

The balance will need to be paid before the painting is delivered, however we can discuss further payment concerns when we begin our collaboration.

Abstract Seascape Commission 'Ballycastle Beach'



Please feel free to get in touch and ask any other questions you might have that I haven't answered here. I look forward to working with you!