Commissions

I am currently

CLOSED

for commissions.

I am open for a limited number of commissions each year. You can check back here or on my Instagram/Facebook accounts to see if I am available.

 

If you are interested in owning one of my paintings that’s made just for you, I would love to discuss a commissioned painting with you. 

Each painting will be completed in acrylic paints and mediums on gallery wrapped canvas or paper. They will be sealed with varnish to help protect against UV damage and ready to hang with wiring on the back or in a frame.

 

Please contact nicolesimmonsart@gmail.com for questions or to start the process!

Every artist has their own commissioning process. Below are some answers to questions you might have and instructions on how to get the process started.

When are you open for commissions?

I only open for commissions twice a year and I only accept a limited number due to the intricacies of this process. Please be on the lookout for announcements in my social media and on my website. You can join my email list also where I will announce openings.

Why should I commission a painting?

A painting is made specifically for you (or the intended recipient). You can request specific colors, size, and subject (abstract or portrait). The commission process is a creative partnership between you and me to bring your vision to life.

What types of paintings can I request?

At this time, I am only doing commissions for abstracts and portraitures.

What is the process like?

If you are interested in a commission, please email nicolesimmonsart@gmail.com. Once I receive your email, I will ask you to fill out a brief questionnaire/application to begin the process and I will send you my rates. This is meant to help assess whether or not I am a good fit as an artist for your vision.

Once you have returned the questionnaire, I’ll ask to set up an initial consult to review your application and hear more about your vision. I will also ask that you review some of my work to see which ones you like. This will help determine which direction I should go in when I’m putting your piece together. At this point, if it’s determined I am a good fit for your project, you will be asked and required to pay a deposit up front for half of the commission. This deposit is non-refundable.

After the initial consult, I will put together a few sketches of your vision for your approval. Depending on your feedback, we may have another consult so I can learn what you like/don’t like.

Once the final sketch is approved, I will proceed with the painting. I will send you updates as the process moves along so that any adjustments that need to be made can be done immediately.

When the painting is finished to your and my satisfaction, you will receive a final invoice for the commission. Once I receive your payment, I will ship or deliver your painting (local orders only).

What kind of timeline can I expect?

It depends on the project, but I will say that I do not work on very tight timelines. Stressed artists do not make good work. If you are looking for a piece to be turned around in anything less than 3 weeks, I cannot accept the commission.

I saw a painting by another artist, and I was wondering if you could replicate it.

I love that you saw a piece that inspired you; however, if you are interested in that artist’s style and look, please ask that artist for a commission. By commissioning with me, you are asking to create something in my style and my technique. Other artists have their own which have been created through their own experiences and expertise. I cannot replicate other artists’ styles—and I don’t want to!

I actually just want a customized notebook or stationery. How do I get that?

It depends. If you want a notebook or stationery with a design that is already on my site but has not yet been turned into one of these items, I’m happy to do that free of charge.

If you want a notebook or stationery with a design that is already created, but you just want your name or other text on it, I’m happy to do that for a nominal fee.

If you want to alter a design or a new design, then you will have to go through the full commission process. The notebooks and stationery are created from one of my paintings. In other words, I create a painting and then digitally apply that piece to those items. If you want to alter a design, I have to alter the painting itself. In this scenario, you would also be purchasing the painting.

Ok, but what if I commission a painting and then want notebooks and stationery to match?

I can totally do that! Just know that you will be charged for the cost of the notebook(s) and the stationery.

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