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About Commissioning my Original Art

Twin boys loading a digger with turf #Irish Art, #irish gifts,

The Turf Boys

Luke and Rory loading the turf

We would like to say a very Special Thank You to Maureen for creating such beautiful memories of our three children with absolutely fantastic Paintings , they hold centre stage in our house Maureen and are admired by all , (the kids still talk about Maureen the Artist that bought us chocolate) ❤️ I would highly recommend Maureen , her work is simply amazing .Xx

Siobhan WhyteThe Turf Boys

All the paintings displayed on this page are private art commissions allowed here by the kind permission of my happy clients.

Commission Art

Commission art; as a portrait artist there is no greater honour than to be chosen for an art commission. As such, I absolutely love working on commissions, as each piece is a new challenge and 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 and then generally I work from photographs of the painting’s subject doing what they love.

Often it is a close family member, friend or colleague that commission 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.  When there are two or more people in the painting, the connection they have between them must also be captured. I use photos for reference and I also work intuitively. This is very important because photographs only capture so much. Commissioning a painting of a valued colleague, friend or family member really is an exceptional gift, as they 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 below. 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.


The Process for Commissioning Art

How to commission art. Where possible, I go to the clients house because people are always more relaxed in their own environment. To begin, I take “posey” photos first, as that’s what is expected.  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 will be taking it all in and these moments always get captured. Where it is not possible to to 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.

Once the commissioned art is almost complete, I invite you to my house before adding the finishing touches. We both have to be happy with it. If you live far away, we will meet up at a convenient time and location to review your commissioned art.

To read what my past clients had to say about their experience of the commission process, please go to my testimonials page to read what clients say about my work and their involvement in the creative process.

Engagement Gift Teddy Bear Painting
She Said Yes! Engagement Gift

Thank you Maureen for creating the perfect engagement gift for my good friend who loves and collects vintage teddies. Thanks for taking the time to find out a little about them and their style which you captured impeccably. I knew she would love this personalised gift. As you know, she loved it so much she immediately commissioned another painting from you!
OMG 😇this woman has an unearthly talent! A gift from heaven! She paints beautifully! These teddy bears are wonderful! You made us a beautiful, wonderful gift! A keepsake for life.

Lisa LeahyEngagement Gift Commission

I first came across Maureen’s art some years ago. Having no knowledge of art I was surprised at my own reaction. All the paintings were breathtakingly beautiful but there was one in particular I just fell in love with. A little girl, her head gently bowed trying to master her knitting needles and her large ball of bright white wool. It instantly transported me back to my own childhood. I could feel the innocence of that time through her painting. Equally it was the choice of bright vibrant colours contrasting so beautifully. I just had to have it. Maureen has the gift of making you fall in love with her art. Her paintings are beautiful, delightful, charming and sincere. I continued to add to my collection over the years and recently bought two more for my new home. I will take great joy in placing such enchanting and meaningful pieces in my home. I also ordered one for my daughter and was delighted that Maureen suggested adding some subtle touches to her painting so it is a unique piece for her. Maureen is a talented artist at capturing the innocence of the moment, professional and a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend her paintings.

Helen CunninghamGoogle Reviews
Daisy Boots Irish Art Little girl looking into a Brown Thomas bag

Daisy Boots

A wonderful commission for a bride

on her wedding day. From all the family.

Childhood memories of happy times.

Blonde haired blue eyed boy in the Sam Maguire wearing a Kerry Jersey #irishart #irishgifts

Wee Conor

A little Derry supporter in a Kerry jersey wearing a Miraculous Medal

Irish Art Rescue Hens Two Rhode Island Red Hens pecking away at the grass

Rescue Hens

A pair of Rhode Island Reds living their best life in Cork.

Little boy wearing striped pajamas in prayer pose with two teddybears and a miraculous medal

As I Lay Me Down To Sleep…

A painting for a special little boy. To hang in his bedroom.

Little Girl in a blue dress at the edge of the Atlantic Sea

Dance There Upon The Shore

A little girl looking out at the Atalantic Sea

Two boys arms around each other GAA jerseys walking home after hurling match

Aprés Match

A wonderful commissions from John in Manchester.

Childhood memories of happy times with his brother.

Portrait of Gavin White GAA Player Art Commission

Gavin White

Hey Maureen,
Hope all is well. Just got your painting off Bernadette, absolutely love it! Something I will treasure for the rest of my life. Thanks a mill!

Gavin WhiteKerry Footballer
Crossing the County Bounds Cork and Kerry

Crossing the County Bounds

A wedding gift for a Cork bride and a Kerry Groom

Wedding Day Portrait by Maureen O'Mahony Art

Fastening the Buttons

A precious memory of a special day for a wonderful Nana

GAA boy portrait gift commission

The Golden Boy

Kilkenny Hurler

A Special Gift for Nana on her 60th Birthday

Ordered a portrait of my son for my mother's 60th birthday. Dealt with Maureen who was more than obliging and worked to my budget. Her detail and work was top class. Was a pleasure to deal with her. Highly recommend her.

Mark Power

Oil Painting of a man in suit wearing a polka dot tie


A precious memory of a wonderful Father

Teenager looking at painting of herself inKerry GAA jersey


What advice would you give your three year old self?

toddler in a wheelbarrow looking up at /Grandad rish art, irish gifts

 The Gardeners

For Grandad on his 60th birthday from his special little helper.

Three children on the beach in Dublin Jerseys

Dublin Fans

A gift for a special Grandmother and serious GAA fan on her 60th birthday

#gaa #gaagifts #gaagift #birthdaygift

In Loving Memory

A 40th birthday gift capturing a beautiful memory from early childhood.

Oil Painting Girl Commissioned as Gift


A beautiful Redhead making memories

 Commissioned by her Mom for her Dad for Christmas.

Man closing a gate looking out at the mountains
GAA Original Oil Painting by Maureen O'Mahony Art


Available as a Fine Art Print

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of some commonly asked questions.

  • Do you paint from photos ? Yes I like to take my own photos but if you have a favourite photograph of a loved one I’ll have a look at it and see if its suitable.

  • How long does a painting take ? Once I have the photos about six to eight weeks.

  • My kids won’t sit still can you paint them anyway ? Of course, I take lots of photos to make sure I get a few suitable to work with.

  • How much does it cost ? Commissioned work starts at €500. As every piece is unique prices vary depending on size detail and framing.

Maureen O’Mahony Art – It’s All About The Visual