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Commissions »

I disagree with people who have the impression that artists who do commissions are compromising their work. Some artist’s work may be too personal for commissions, and I respect that, however, I find commissions challenging and delightful!

If someone sees a work of mine with a composition they are drawn to but with colors they are not (or vice versa), I love the challenge of making something that would speak to them. As far as compromising my vision, I would never make a piece that I wasn’t proud to put my name on.

In the last several weeks, I have had the pleasure to work on two big commissions. The first one came about because a woman found a piece on my website that was, unfortunately, sold. I ended up making her two pieces similar to the one she liked, with a slight tweak in color. When I delivered them, we were both very pleased with how it looked on her walls.

The commission I am working on now is based off of a piece of mine called “yellow rock daffodil”. These folks loved the composition but were looking for something bigger with different hues. I visited the room they were looking to buy a piece to hang. We chose some colors and I hope they like what I’ve been working on, because I do!

Below are some photos of these commissions.

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The original painting

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Requested color swatch with one of the new ones

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The two new commissioned pieces

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Color swatches and painting I'm working from

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The new piece I'm currently working on


New Work »

Well, those of you who are close to me know that I’ve been struggling with this latest show. My work for it turned out ok I think. It was an interesting process.

When the gallery owner suggested bright colors, I did really bright colors. When she saw these first versions, she suggested less bright. When I went home, I reworked them and came up with these. I’m much happier with the finished pieces.

The Crab Apple sold the opening night!

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Koi - Original Version

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Koi - Finished Piece

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Ornamental Crab Apple - Original Version

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Ornamental Crab Apple - Finished Piece


Spring Inspired »

Here are some new pieces – Spring Spring Springy!

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Five Blossoms

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Two Daffodils