Something unique to treasure
I love to take on commissions; creating a painting according to your specific requirements.
People ask me to paint pictures especially for them for various reasons; to mark a ‘big’ birthday perhaps, or for an occasion or event, such as a wedding gift. I have painted commissions that recall significant events or places in people’s lives, a walk through a specific landscape, a map, or a line from a favourite book, for example. I sometimes take on pet portraits, too, but there are other artists out there that specialise in this area. I rarely take on people portraits – this is not an area I feel comfortable.
Things to consider
If you’re interested in commissioning a painting, there’s a number of things I need you to consider and for me to understand before I begin thinking about sharpening my pencils and getting my brushes wet. Practical stuff…
Other things you should know about...
This is not just a simple transaction of you acquiring a painting you’ve already seen and know you like. Whatever I produce will ultimately be my vision, my painting and my interpretation inspired by your idea; I can’t ever see exactly what’s in your mind’s eye. This is an inescapable truth. Commissions require trust. Look at my paintings carefully before you commit.
Right and wrong – a case study
I once took a commission from someone for a painting they could already ‘see’ it in their mind’s eye. I explained I couldn’t see into someone else’s head, but I (in hindsight, foolishly) agreed to the commission. They didn’t want my first painting, even though it was what they’d asked for. So I took more detailed notes from them about what was ‘wrong’ with it and went away to paint precisely what they asked for. The second painting still wasn’t ‘right’. It quickly became obvious that I was never going to get it right.
Fortunately, the subject matter they chose made it easy for me to sell my two ‘failed’ attempts to other buyers, (in fact they were snapped up!) so my time and efforts were not in vain. But if the painting you would like is very personal, and specific to you, your family and circumstances, it would be impossible for me to sell it to another buyer.
You will need to do your homework! I may need visual or printed reference materials that only you can generate, and carefully thought-through lists of some of the things you want to see in your painting.
Once we have agreed on a commission and I have begun composing the work and painting, it is very difficult (usually impossible) for me to change anything. So you have to trust me to get on with the work (you will have already seen my work and know I can do it) and I have to trust that you’ll have it.
During the course of making your painting I will contact you with progress reports and photos, and may ask for your input and ideas.
I won’t ask you to sign any contracts; I much prefer to build a trusting relationship with you. For new buyers, I ask for a non-refundable proportion of my estimate up front – usually 50%.
A painting made especially for you is very special indeed. The thought, love and care we put into its creation now, the story behind it and the spirit of the final piece will last a lifetime. I won’t let you down.
Here are just few of the commissioned paintings I have already made:
- Jane's work has a bold, vibrant style and a warmth which reveals her affection for her subjects. Anyone looking for affordable original artwork to grace a wall should have a look at her collection. Her hand drawn maps show incredible detail and are a real labour of love, or as she says, 'a love letter ' to the places represented. They would make perfect gifts for anyone who has lived in one of the places for a long time.RosieHertfordshire
- Jane! You win the sweep of art awards!Gwendol BTexas
- "You really have done a spectacular job on my illustrations - exactly what I asked and more!"
- The British Cartographic Society champions the art and science of map-making [...] and as a native of Oxfordshire, I can fully appreciate the wit that Jane incorporates into her work, especially in her monochrome treatment of Oxford and her more recent celebration of the entire county. The way in which she lovingly represents the landscape and features of the area, together with some of its more well known characters, does an excellent job of literally painting a picture of Oxfordshire. Maps can be intended to guide and inform, encouraging you to explore an area [...] Jane’s work, it will certainly inspire you to find out more about the area and its very rich history. Her works are wonderful examples of maps as art.Peter JonesPresident, British Cartographic Society
- "As a long time insomniac, I have listened to the Shipping Forecast many nights! Your painting 'Attention All Shipping' will have pride of place in my bedroom."
- Finally got to see your paintings in the flesh! Delighted to be taking 'Tree of Life' home with me.Ruth BArt lover, Oxford