1. To capture a special person, pet, or place
Portraits are one of my most popular commission requests, despite publicly being a landscape painter! I do enjoy portraiture and it is wonderful to bring someone to life with a paintbrush. Equally, a special place, like a favorite vacation spot or wedding location, can bring back cherished memories. The biggest advantage with commissioning an artwork is instead of just displaying photographs, your images can be tweaked and changed to present an idealized composition. Love a particular photo of your child or loved one, but hate the lighting and background? Love a vacation photo but hate that there were other people or cars in the shot? These things can all be changed in a painting! The possibilities are endless, and the final piece will be everything you love about a person, pet, or place.
2. To invest in original art by an up and coming artist
Original art is big business! Some of the most famous artists today have original works sell for tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Imagine investing in a local artist's original work, watching them grow nationally and internationally through the decades, and then having a big return on your investment? Of course, if it were that easy to know which artists would be highly successful, they would have year long waiting lists for commissions and exclusive high-end gallery sales from the start. It is difficult to predict success, but a unique and skilled body of work, local and national recognition, ambition, passion, and a dedicated following are things to look for when looking to invest in art.
3. To create a custom piece that fits a specific place and color scheme/theme in a room
Ever searched for the perfect piece of accent furniture or wall art only to find that as far as you know, exactly what you want doesn't exist? That is when people look for bespoke work. When you commission an original painting, you can choose the size, color scheme, and theme. Of course not every artist will be interested in taking on every subject of work, so it is best to find an artist that fits the style you like.
4. To be part of the artistic process
Much of my repeat patronage is from art collectors that love being part of the artistic process and journey. The patron usually presents the initial ideas and concept, we work together towards perfecting the vision, and share thoughts and ideas about the progress along the way. At the end of the process we've both put a bit of ourselves into the finished piece and I am repeatedly told how these pieces are enjoyed not just for the subject represented but also for the memories of creating it.
If any or all of the above intrigues you, please feel free to get in touch today with any questions you may have about commissioning artwork!