How To Commission A Painting

Please note: Teresa does not do replicas or copy the work of other artists. No exceptions.

oil painting artistTeresa welcomes art commissions of any kind. She will do a custom oil painting just for you of any subject matter, such as:

    • Portraits of loved ones and pets.
    • Places you’ve visited or would like to visit someday. Perhaps you’d like a painting done of your home or family homestead, the house, town, or place where you grew up.
    • Favorite photographs you love and would like a painting done of.
    • Repeat paintings — If you see a painting on this website that you love but it has already sold, or you need it in a different size, Teresa will do repeat paintings of her work.

Whatever your heart’s desire, Teresa can turn it into a painting just for you. See the instructions below on what she will need from you to get your special painting started.

How to Commission a Painting

If you have a special painting in mind, contact us! Teresa will be happy to do a commission oil painting just for you. All she needs to get started is a good photograph of what you want a painting of and a small non-refundable deposit which will be applied toward the total purchase price of your painting. You’ll find her easy to work with and willing to please. Teresa will work hard to give you a painting you’ll love and be proud of.

If you see a painting in Teresa’s gallery that you love, but it has already sold, or you would like it in a different size, she will be happy to do a reproduction painting or a similar one of it for you as a commissioned oil painting. Please note that Teresa will only do a reproduction or similar paintings of her work. She will not copy the work of other artists.

When you are ready to commission Teresa to paint a custom painting just for you, contact us and be sure to include the following information.

Information to Include

    • What is the approximate size of the painting you have in mind?
    • What is the subject matter? Be descriptive, or better yet, email a digital photo of what you want a painting of.
    • If a portrait, how many people/pets in a single painting?
    • Be sure to include anything else you feel she might need to know.

What Teresa Needs From You

A good clear photo of the subject matter as you want it to appear in your painting. This photo should be one you are completely happy with. If not, provide another one you are satisfied with, or be very specific regarding what changes you want to be made to the subject matter contained within the photo. Please keep in mind Teresa is a realist artist and will create your painting as close to the photo as possible. In other words, she paints what she sees.

Your deposit. This small non-refundable deposit will be applied toward the total purchase price of your painting. Except for portraits of loved ones, you are not obligated to purchase the painting if you are not happy with it; however, the deposit is non-refundable. The deposit covers the cost of materials used to begin your painting.

Your patience. This is very important because:

    • You want Teresa to do a good job for you. Although she will work as quickly as possible, please keep in mind your painting won’t happen overnight. She will send you updates at various stages of the work to keep you posted on how your painting is coming along.
    • Please remember Teresa works with oil paints, and drying time varies with each painting. Once your painting is completed, she will need to wait until it is dry enough to safely package before shipping.
    • You can expect it to take a minimum of 6 months (even longer for people portraits) from the time Teresa starts your painting until it is ready for shipping. Your patience will ensure she creates a painting you will be happy with and bring you years of enjoyment.

If Your Commission is Turned Down

Don’t take offense if Teresa should turn down your commission. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s usually because the photo is not suited to making a great painting, or she is too busy to take on another commission at the moment. Whichever the case, we will let you know. At that time, you can try a different photo or wait until Teresa has finished her other commissions and has more time to devote to your painting.

Thank you for considering Teresa as your commission artist.

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Past Commissions

Fishing with Dad
24″ w x 18″
Beautiful Infinite painting
The Beautiful Infinite (2021)
12″ w x 12″ h
Africa wildlife three giraffes
Africa Wildlife — Three Giraffes (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
Africa wildlife leopard
Africa Wildlife — Leopard (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Africa painting
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
Mt Kilimanjaro Rising oil painting
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising (2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
African Elephant Serengeti painting
African Elephant on The Serengeti (2018)
18″ w x 24″ h
Land Rover Tracks of Mars painting
Land Rover Tracks of Mars (2012)
18″ w x 24″ h
First Footprint on the Moon space art
First Footprint on The Moon (2012)
18″ w x 24″ h
Mt. Kilimanjaro Africa art
Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro (2011)
24″ w x 18″
Pet Portrait
Pet Portrait of Frank (2010)
12″ w x 16″ h
Return To Peggy's Cove oil painting
Return To Peggy’s Cove (2009)
20″ w x 18″ h
Peggy's Cove Revisited
Peggy’s Cove Revisited (2008)
20″ w x 16″ h
Portrait of Tera oil painting
Portrait of Tera
16″ w x 20″ h
Portrait of Robert painting
Portrait of Robert
12″ w x 16″ h

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If you have a question about commissioning a painting, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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