Commissioned Art

Along with offering to personalise the art for sale in my shop with a name or special message, I also create one-off commissions. Below are works completed for very happy punters. I can create your project utilising good old pencil, paint and paper or, create something photographically with the power of pixels. Please contact me if you have an idea you would like to discuss. If I don’t think I can do justice to your idea, I might be able to point you in the right direction towards another artist. Sharing is caring right?

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An army life …

Annette wanted a pictorial montage of her husband’s time in the army. She armed me with lots of photographic references with the words, ‘All the Shades of Sargeant Gray’, ’40 Years of Age’ and ’20 Years of Service’ to be included. So here it is. With the badge of the Irish Guards sitting proudly on top, it depicts Sargeant Gray in army fatigues on tour and resplendent wearing his bearskin on duty outside Windsor Castle whilst the Union Jack flies high above him. You’ll also find the happy couple in all their finery in readiness for a posh do. Finally, around the art, is a ‘heads up’ to some of the countries Sargeant Gray has been deployed in his first twenty years of service.

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A girl’s best friend…

Meet Jodie. Jodie is a rescue dog from somewhere in Spain but now lives with Izzy somewhere in the UK. I was asked to capture Jodie on paper for Izzy, in many different poses to reflect Jodies character, as a Valentine’s Day present.  Jodie is seen here, wrapped in her towel after a bath, cohabitating with the cat, chewing on her favourite soft toy and wearing her best Christmas socks.

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Just For Jennifer…

A customer visited my shop and requested a commission for her musically talented daughter, Jennifer. Jennifer plays the violin, the clarinet and the guitar. I was asked to include all three instruments. I often know quite early on, when I’m going in the wrong direction with something but choose to ignore the signs. I did that with this commission. I messed about with an idea I knew full well wasn’t going to bite the biscuit. And then… the idea of creating a new instrument from all three. This is the Clariviotar, a coming together of all the instruments Jennifer plays. At the top of the art, is the musical score from Donovan’s hit Jennifer Juniper and etched in at the base of the instrument, the words, Just for Jennifer. It was music to their eyes.

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Like sister and brother…

This was a fun commission to produce two pieces of art for a brother and sister. The art had to depict their favourite hobbies. He’s a mad keen football fan and she loves her horses. Intended as a birthday present, they both appear in each others art and so do their mum and dad, running and cycling in the background. They live in deepest Devon so I’ve also lobbed in a few green pastures and a healthy mix of farm animals too.

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I Can Hear Music…

This is a commission for a pair of loved-up music lovers. They wanted a piece of art which reminded them of their time together and how they first met yet included their musical taste. I decided my approach would not be with pictures but with words. Using a little artistic licence, I created their story of how they met, using the song titles of the music they loved. They very kindly agreed to let me display a copy in my shop and if anybody else wanted to purchase it, they could – and they have!

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Willow’s life…

This is Willow. Her owners asked me to capture her on paper depicting stages of her her life. From being found behind bars in a far off land, sunning herself on a beach, chilling out with friends and opening her Christmas presents. From photographic references I produced this 12 image piece of art in pencil.

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Fifty up…

A 50th birthday commission for Steve. It depicts memorable moments in his first 18,250 days on planet earth. Steve can be seen in his youth, messing about on the water, saving the day on a football pitch and planning his escape in a plane, with briefcase in hand.

The more mature Steve is shown meeting up with a whale shark, making the arduous ride up Mount Ventoux, skiing down mountains and, in more relaxing times, firing up the barbecue with his faithful hound Hudson in attendance. Other loves of his life also make an appearance. His Cortina Mk3, the Porsche Macan, his footballing twin sons and his wife – I don’t think that’s in order of importance!

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