I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to paint for people and bring my work into the lives of other people, and so I take commissions at some intervals. For inquiries, please use the below form, and I will reach out to you to confirm details.
I charge a sliding scale fee of $100-$250 depending on your ability to pay, plus shipping fees. I try to ship such that the work will not bend in transit, which can cost a bit more than regular postage.
If you are unemployed or have other financial burdens, I may accept an exchange of art instead, or send you a letter written on a previous study or practice piece at no cost (these are folded and mailed in a letter envelope).
Size and Detail
I currently paint 9" x 12" works only, and am still practicing with different sizes.
Color, and shading thereof, is extremely important to me as I work. I welcome requests for certain colors, but I ask that you not request more than two.
Form is largely dictated by techniques that are purposefully outside of my control, and I do not do representation artwork (I am pretty awful at it, honestly), so I ask that you not request specific subject matter.
I do not frame works, but can direct you to the same provider(s) I use, who carry matted frames at a reasonable cost.
Watercolor is a time-intensive hobby, both requiring intense rapid work and steady, slow work with long drying periods. I average 2-3 studies or works a week, and am happy to increase the time I spend for requests but ultimately do not do this for a living. A reasonable estimate of time between request and shipping is ~3-4 weeks, potentially longer. If you have concerns, please let me know in advance.
Why these costs?
I use the money I receive from commissions to pay directly for costs of watercolor and similar art opportunities, including:
- using professional quality watercolor (ca. $15-25 per tube of one color). I use a large set of colors to ensure the largest gamut of shades; while most colors can be mixed, there are significant differences in hue and luster between mixed colors and pure colors made from natural pigments and materials, and this is compounded when mixing further. The same shade made from differing materials can behave very differently when mixing or diluting.
- using professional quality brushes, rather than brushes that fray and lose hair during use. Stray hairs on a watercolor canvas can be especially tedious, as they cannot be easily removed without removing some pigment.
- using professional quality paper; all of my commissions are completed on watercolor blocks to reduce warping, whereas my studies are predominately on single sheets.
- obtaining materials for studying new techniques, sizes, etc. to prepare for other works
- for instructional opportunities and resources, such as textbooks on color theory, watercolor workshops, etc.