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Custom Art

The thrill of co-creating a unique work of art

creating unique artwork for you

WHAT IS Custom art?  

Custom art is an original work of art that is created according to an agreement between you and an artist. (aka "commissioned art")

WHY WOULD I WANT TO get A custom WORK OF ART?  

It’s full of meaning and very special. Made only for you, your loved one, or for whomever you wish.  (I also do custom art for organizations. Please contact me to discuss as these are more complex projects.)

It’s personalized for you. Either you choose the subject matter and provide the reference material for its creation or you choose a theme or a broad subject and leave the creative content up to me. My goal is to deliver what you want. I do my best to create a work that reflects your heart, your feelings, your voice. 

It’s the perfect size using the perfect medium. You choose which medium — soft pastels, oil paint, or watercolor — and you decide its size. Et voilà! It fits into the space on the wall you wanted  — perfectly!

WHAT subjects do you paint?  

As an ocean artist, I mostly do custom art for expressionistic abstract or impressionist-style seascapes and ocean animals. I also love to travel so I do a lot of landscapes as well. With my (over)active imagination, I paint starscapes (nebulae and galaxies), and imaginary worlds. I also do pets.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?  

About a month from start to finish. It can go faster, or slower, depending on my availability, the subject matter, the medium (e.g. oil takes awhile to dry), the quality of the reference sources, and if a crate needs to be built (for very large paintings) for shipping.

WHO OWNS THE COPYRIGHT? CAN I MAKE REPRODUCTIONS OF THE PAINTING I COMMISSIONED?  

Although you are the owner of the original painting on final payment, I retain all worldwide copyrights. Thus, you may only reproduce it with my express written permission. If you want to buy all worldwide copyrights, we can negotiate that. If you would like to order print reproductions of the painting or merchandise with the painting on it (for example: greeting cards, art prints, coasters, t-shirts, mugs, aprons, etc.), you may only order those through me. I work with high quality providers who offer a wide range of items. If you don't see what you want on my site, let me know. I have multiple sources.

HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?  

Once you let me know you're interested, we have a conversation about your idea and the reference sources you have. We'll agree on a size, the medium, a timeframe, and the fee. I'll confirm all of that in an email you can review so you know what to expect and what we're both agreeing to.

WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE THE FINISHED PAINTING? 

I want all my clients to be absolutely delighted with their finished painting. If, for any reason you are not despite our mutual attempts to resolve any differences, no further balance is due and I keep the painting. You do forfeit your deposit, but that is payment for my time and materials.

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?  

My fee depends on several factors such as size, subject, reference material quality, medium and surface, number of communication touch points, and timeline. Commissions typically start at $1,500.

WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT TERMS? 

  • 50% non-refundable deposit to start. 
  • I hold your reservation date for 48 hours after I send you the detailed email, which gives you time to review the project terms and send your deposit. I confirm your reservation date only after your deposit clears.
  • Remaining 50% is due when I email you a photo of the finished work and you approve it.
  • Shipping charges are extra and will depend on the size of the finished work and how you want it sent. If you live within a 50 mile radius of my studio in Central Florida, I will hand deliver it at no additional charge.
  • I accept Venmo, Zelle, and online bank transfers only. 
  • I do not accept checks, credit cards, or cryptocurrency. 

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Surfaces used in original art works are all archival material (neutral PH) as certified by their manufacturers. See: https://maryplanding.artstorefronts.com/caring-for-your-soft-pastel-painting for more details. Pastels, oil paints, and watercolors are certified by the various manufacturers as to their lightfastness ratings. These manufacturers include: Sennelier, Charvin, Jack Richeson, Terry Ludwig, Schmincke, Winsor & Newton, Royal Talens, NuPastel, CretaColor, Blue Earth, Girault, Art Spectrum, Unison, Mount Vision, Diane Townsend, Bruynzeel, and Mungyo. For art print reproductions, my partner, Bay Photo (https://bayphoto.com/prints/fine-art-prints/) provides information on the various surfaces and materials that they use.

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