A typical engagement with a client would start off with a meeting, ideally in person where possible or online, to discuss and outline their basic requirements for the commissioned piece. We would typically discuss and agree various aspects, such as: preferred colours, size of canvas, level of energy (ranging from soothing to vibrant and powerful), range of textures, metallic or non-metallic finish, timescales or any critical deadlines, and of course budget.
Whenever possible, I usually like to visit the setting where the piece will eventually be situated, so that I can get an idea of the surroundings, i.e colours of walls and furnishings, size of room and very importantly the lighting. Lighting plays a key part, whether natural or artificial, as the appearance of the piece will often change in accordance with the changing light of the day. If a site visit is not possible, as is often the case with international clients, I usually ask for pictures or arrange for a video call, along with any swatches or additional input the client may wish to provide.
Once I have collated all the details of the clients requirements, I then follow up with approximate timescales and costs for the client to review and finalise. The cost of the commission is based on a number of factors, such as size of canvas, level of detail, materials used, overall time & effort required to complete the piece, and packaging & shipping. Once the scope, details and costs of the commission have been agreed, I then start on the work.
I offer all my clients the chance to view the work in progress, be it in person or online, if they so wish. Sometimes clients decline this offer as they prefer to see the finished piece without any additional input from them. Once the piece is finished, it is delivered to your preferred location.