How do I commission a portrait?

If you’re considering a portrait commission, the first step is to get in touch. There’s no commitment or obligation and you can ask as many questions as you need.  We can chat via phone, WhatsApp, Zoom or even meet face to face – whatever’s most convenient for you.

Please have a look through my work to get a feel for my style. It always helps if you can reference a painting that you particularly like (or any elements of one that you’ don’t like) to help me envisage your final painting.

How much will it cost?

A commission is usually £300 + P&P. However, during quieter times, I’m open to discussing budgets.

How quickly can you complete my commission?

This will depend on the request and my current workload. Please make sure you let me know any timescales that you’d like to work with when you get in touch. I can usually prioritise my workload to fulfil requests.

A commission of a 36 year old “rabbit”

How do I pay for my artwork?

To secure your space in my studio, I ask for a 25% deposit that’s non-refundable. The final balance is payable once the portrait is finished and you’re happy with it. You can pay via BACS, Paypal or in person if you’re able to collect the painting from Oxfordshire.

Refunds aren’t available on commissions, but please rest assured that you won’t pay the final 75% until you are happy with the painting.

Will I see updates of my commission as you work on it? 

We’ll discuss colours, style and any particulars at the start of the process. Unless I have a specific question, I don’t usually send photographic updates while I work. This is because your painting will go through various stages before it’s complete and it wouldn’t be beneficial to share these stages.

However, if you’re interested in seeing the process your painting goes through, I can take photos as it develops and share them with you at the end.

What do you need from me?

I work from photographs so I will need a photo of the desired pose for the painting. It’s most useful if this is very high resolution, though I can also work from old photographs if required. You can send this photo via email or post. 

I also like to know a bit about the personality of the subject, so I can see it coming through in the painting. This can be in the form of words, stories or further images that embody their personality.

Can I order prints of the painting?

Yes, you can order prints up to A3 in size.  Please let me know if you’re interested in a print before the painting is released.

Can I have my artwork framed?

I don’t offer this service personally, though can recommend some lovely frames or a local framer if needs be.

Will my commission image be used elsewhere?

The copyright of the image remains with me. I use pictures of portrait commissions in marketing materials which includes social media and website updates. If you’d prefer your image not be used for this purpose, please let me know at the start of the process.

Ready to commission a portrait?  Email gracie@coopcouture.com.