The choice to commission a painting or drawing means to significantly appreciate a subject or idea, and                  
to make a monument to it as only a work of art can. Unlike in photography, the image is hand-made, requiring                  
much more time and care put into its creation. Paintings done from life are especially unique, as they capture not               
               just an image, but an entire experience.                             

Commissioning a Portrait

When commissioning a portrait (or figurative work), the client may choose to have the artist work from life, from a photograph, or from a combination. At the beginning of the project, after some discussion about what sort of painting the client is looking for, the subject of the portrait will come to the artist's studio so Eliza can make some compositional sketches. After the composition and size of the piece has been decided and approved, the painting process will commence. The client will be fully updated about the progress, until the piece is finished to their approval. 

If the painting is to be done from a photo, the photograph will be taken at Eliza's studio, so that the artist can have full control of the lighting and environment. If the subject is unable to come in person, it may be possible that the client can take a photograph according to Eliza's specifications.
If the painting is to be done from life, the client can expect up to an estimated twelve sittings (seven for a drawing), depending on the size of the piece. This method is the most traditional route, and is recommended for the fullest experience of the commissioning process.

Commissioning a Still Life

When commissioning a still life, the client and artist will first discuss specific ideas for the subject, color scheme, and size of the project. Eliza will create compositional sketches based on these ideas until the client approves the sketch of their choice. The duration of the project will be determined by the size, complexity of the objects, and medium; with these factors, the process can take anywhere from three to eight weeks, but the client is welcome to visit the studio at any time to see the progress of the piece.

Prices: A flat rate, determined by the size, medium, and estimated number of hours, will be given upon inquiry. For inquiries or to commission a piece, click here

Payment Process:
It is requested that the client pay a deposit of 40% of the agreed price before the painting process commences. Upon approval of the final piece, the other 60% can be payed. Payments can be made either by check or through Paypal.