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If you have been searching for a painting with a specific image, place, or historic event in mind, commissioning artwork may be the perfect solution.

Encounter with the Teton Sioux, 2010

Encounter with the Teton Sioux, 2010

In Encounters of the Teton Sioux, the collector wanted to fill a void in his collection of paintings about the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Due to time considerations, I can only take one or two commissions per year.

With my active gallery representation, show schedule, and high-end giclees, I only have room in my schedule for one to two commissions annually.

UPDATE: I am now scheduling commissions for 2016.

Here is how the commission process works:

Step one: Discuss your idea in depth

You and I will review your ideas, your concepts, and the “vibe” you envision for your painting. I can look at any photographs or reference material you have and discuss the amount of research I believe will be necessary to create the piece.

Step two: Deposit

At this point, should you want to go forward, I will quote you a price based on the size of your painting. You will need to provide a 40% deposit to start the process.

If, for some reason, you are unable to complete the transaction, you will be refunded your deposit after the painting sells to another collector.

Please note that commission paintings have a 50% surcharge over the price of my other original works to cover research and communication time. Please rest assured that this extra time is necessary for the creation and development of your commissioned painting.

Step three: Concept sketches

I will prepare two to three concept sketches for you to view. Each one will show you a variation on the composition which we will then use to discuss and refine your painting.

Example of a concept sketch

After we discuss your concept sketch and agree on an approach, I would begin researching and painting.

Step four: Ongoing communication

As part of your painting’s development, I will send you regular updates on the progress of the piece to keep you informed of where it is in the process.

Are you interested in learning more about a possible commission?

Please contact me. I would be happy to discuss the particulars with you. Contact James Ayers.

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