I specialise in commissions and would be delighted to work with you to produce a personalised artwork for you.
Please get in touch to start a dialogue.
The process for commissioning work is as follows:
- We agree a budget and timeframe, and establish what to include in the picture
- A deposit is paid
- I show a preparatory sketch before starting work
- Work in progress shots are supplied throughout the process so you can see the work evolve and also have the opportunity to provide input.
- The final work is approved and final payment taken before handover.
Below are details of commissions completed for clients:
‘Sydney Summer Garden’
watercolour, collage and pencil on sewn Arches paper
Picture size: 115cm x 115cm
The client loved blue and white china, hydrangeas, figs, hibiscus and magnolias. I added insects and birds to bring some life and movement into the image.
The objective was to create a lavish still life image for a large wall space in a private home.
‘Roy and Emma’s garden’ Tripdych
watercolour, collage and pencil on Arches paper
Each panel: 55cm x 140cm
This 3 panel painting was commissioned for a UK country manor house that my clients are restoring. I included two of the client’s 3 cats (1 wasn’t in residence at the time of painting – neither were the puppies), the pet parrot and a peacock (because I felt it was required for a grand country house!).
The objective of this work was to represent a British country cottage garden. The three panels was a deliberate nod to the antique Chinoiserie panels often found in grand houses.
watercolour, collage and pencil on Khadi paper
Picture size approx: 39cm x 24cm
The couple who commissioned this picture lost a very dear pet during the commission process. I incorporated ‘Possum’ the cat as a sly ear peeking from the corner of the painting. Capturing the exact likeness of animals is extremely difficult and owners can get very disappointed if it falls short. In the top right hand corner I have included a copy of an old shopping list that was dear to them.
Watercolour, collage and pencil on sewn Arches paper
Picture size: 57cm x 72cm
This picture was a wedding present. The orchids, gernaniums, rhododendron and azaleas all grow in the grandfather’s garden who took a large part in raising the groom. The bourgainvillia grew in the bride’s mother’s garden. The commissioner’s own family are represented as beetles: the violing beetle at the bottom is the elder son: very lively, colourful but all over Sydney. The younger brother is an Orchid beetle – rarer and quieter in colours but very cute.
The parents are the two flying ladybugs – she has a big thing for lady bugs.
Watercolour and pencil on Arches paper
Picture size: 24cm x 39cm
A bringing together of the client’s favourite colours and flowers form a subtle image of cornflowers. The blue and white vase pattern was adapted from a bowl. The butterfly is an Australian meadow butterfly – found at Hillandale gardens & nursery, Yetholme, NSW.
The weevil was seen wandering up the living room wall one night – before he went outside.
‘Poppadum kitten, Nicky cat (means ‘stinky cat’), and friends’
Watercolour, collage and pencil on Arches paper.
Picture size: 56cm x 79cm
This was a significant birthday present commissioned by the recipient’s partner.
The client’s favourite flowers are gymea lilies and oriental lilies. I wanted to make an exuberant, lavish image to compliment her personality.
The book is her favourite author and is on her bedside table. The quote is also her favourite.
The two maneki neko cats represent the 2 house cats – I said tails/ears were too much with what else was going on so represented them this way
The toys: stinky cat (pronounced ‘Nicky’) and poppadum kitten are her two little boys’ teddys – they take them everywhere and recognised them instantly which was an enormous relief!
I adapted a fabric pattern from one of the client’s favourite designers: Mary Katrantzou, then blinged it up to the max with sequins and crystals.
I chose the frame to suit the picture and client’s interior, rather than my standard gallery framing and it made the picture look spectacular!
Watercolour, collage and pencil on Arches paper – diptych
Picture size: 72cm x 57cm
This image was for two clients who are building a collection of images featuring waterlilies/lotus and koi carp. It has been a dream of mine to paint lotus these past few years so I was delighted to be given this opportunity.
The client also loves orchids so I added some of these into the picture. I wanted the dramatic dark background as a foil for the splashes of gold and also the pinks of the flowers. The background in the water is a modern take on the traditional Chinese cloud motif. The division of the water and sky is a device I have seen used in ancient Roman and Greek frescoes of underwater scenes
The 9 koi carp symobilise ‘longevity’. The lotus plant is famous for rising beautifully from muddy waters: symbolising purity of the heart and mind
‘Peonies and butterfly’
Watercolour, collage and pencil on Arches paper
Picture size: 24cm x 39cm
This image was for a client expecting their first baby. The colours were soft so they would be suitable for the nursery.
The peonies, ceramics and buttefly were consulted on and approved as items to include. The background archway and blue and white vase carry a peony motif that the clients drew inspiration from, on a recent trip to the Lek region in India – hence the peonies chosen as the featured flower.