Irish Art Commissions
A short blog about Irish Art Commissions.
Commission art; As a portrait artist, I absolutely love working on Irish Art Commissions.
As each piece is a new challenge, it allows me to grow as an artist from the experience of painting each one. In order to create a portait, I like to research the subject. Then generally I work from photographs of the painting’s subject doing what they love.
As I Lay Me Down To Sleep
It is usually a close family member, friend or colleague that commissions the piece, so I am able to find out about the subject’s background, their life and their personality. Then my aim is then to capture their energy. Through my work I wish to convey the fleeting moments of time in the life of a loved one. In addition, their personality has to shine through and somehow it always does. The connection between the people in the painting must always be captured. I use photos for reference and I also work intuitively. This is very important because photographs only capture so much. When you Commission a painting of a valued colleague, friend or family member it really is an exceptional gift. I’m sure that will be passed down through the generations. That is why, when I paint art commissions, I believe I am painting heirlooms.
To see examples and to read more about the process for commissioning art, please see my commissions page. Alternatively, if you would like to commission a portrait of a loved one or a colleague, please feel free to contact me to discuss your vision and we’ll see how we can make it a reality.
How to Commission Irish Art
Where possible, I go to the clients house because people are always more relaxed in their own environment. Children expect posey photo, so I take them first. Then after that, the real magic begins, as they forget about me and go about their daily business; be it work or play. This takes about an hour at the most. Also when capturing children, don’t worry if your child never sits still. I take it all in and always capture these moments. Where it is not possible to go to the home, I work from photographs and, wherever it is possible to take photos specifically for the portrait, I can advise how best to capture the subject.