private commission: willie wagtails

Willie Wagtails on Wire Copyright Megan Spiers

Art is very personal. Each painting has its own symbolism and inspiration.

A private commission can be imbued with deep meaning, depending on the client’s story, and this I always respect. My first overseas commission for a client in Switzerland occurred when I lived in Kakadu National Park after graduating from a Bachelor of Design with Honours, University of South Australia. The client required a family member to act as interpreter and the cost of phone calls at that time was exorbitant. Several decades later, I have fulfilled many private commissions and sales to clients in the United Kingdom, Italy, Kuwait, Dubai and South Africa, and throughout Australia.

Commissioning a painting is a fairly standard process. We begin with a discussion on your chosen subject, preferred size and whether you prefer oil, acrylic, etc. We agree on an expected completion date and price, and I send updates of the work in progress. Paintings are delivered on receipt of payment.

I have a policy of framing my work unless leaving it unframed actually enhances the art.

Willie Wagtails on Wire (see photo above) was commissioned by a client who admired my painting of a Common Redstart on barbed wire, inspired after birdwatching in Kuwait. The painting is oil on canvas and features an old fencepost from farmland near Bendigo, Victoria.

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