How to Commission Handmade Artwork

Commissioned pieces of original art. Pet portraits, new baby keepsake and home or business signs.

All created on recycled French oak, chestnut boards, vintage Breton slate or canvas to your specific design.

An Easy Commission Process

Commissioning custom artwork doesn't need to be a complicated process!

Step 1: Share your ideas!

Reaching out to bring your idea to life is the first step after having researched what you are looking for.

Step 2: Agree on the Details

We will then collaborate on ideas and details to ensure you are totally satisfied to then receive your dream artwork.

Step 3: Become a Happy Customer!

I will then safely and quickly send your commissioned work to you! You then may join our other happy reviewers.

Sharing Ideas & Photos

After initial contact, the first thing to do is send me your photos and ideas.

Pet portraits, wildlife and painting commissions can be painted from your own photographs, as long as they are good quality images.

If you're unsure if your photographs are good enough, just email them through to me and I can take a look. If you need help taking a nice photograph of your subject I can give you some great tips to help you.

For Pet Portraits I ask that you upload several detailed photographs which include your pet's eyes as this will help me to interpret the personality of your pet.

The Painting and Making Process

As I paint your commission I'll email you through photographs of my progress at various stages, this way you can see how your painting is coming along and get the chance to suggest any alterations or tweaks that you may like to see. It's always easier to make any changes at these earlier stages if there's something you'd like adjusted, however it is still possible to tweak elements and make small changes nearer the final stages of the painting.

Time Frame

It’s best to book a commission as early as possible. From time of deposit paid I estimate 4 - 6 weeks, though this may vary.
The start date is dependent on my work load at the time, but I'll let you know this when you first enquire.

Payment Process

Breakdown of how I process payments for Commission work and the difference between Pet Portraits and Custom Commission services.

Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits are processed as Orders through my Website.

Payment in Full is Required at Checkout.

When an Order is placed 25% of the Total Amount is held as an non-refundable Deposit.

Customers will be charged for Package and Postage at the END of the commission process via an Online Order Payment.

Custom Commissions

After Sharing Photos & Ideas and discussing Dimensions, Designs and Material, a Quote will be provided.

An Upfront Payment of 25% of the Quote is required as a Deposit before work commences.

The Remaining Amount PLUS Shipping will be due on completion of the commission work via an Online Order Payment.

Pricing of my Commission Services

Custom Commissions have a set starting price with a Price on Contact.

Pet Portraits use a Price Chart to calculate price depending on your requirements.

Click on an item to learn more & to order your own custom piece!

One of my Happy Customers

‘I found Julia’s website after searching for someone to paint me a bespoke house sign featuring hoopoes and I knew I needed to look no further.'

'Her bird portraits are detailed, accurate and painted with evident knowledge of and affection for her subject. She was quick to respond to my enquiry, saw at once what I hoped to achieve, produced suggestions of her own to maximise the artistic impact of my outline sketch and then produced our joint design quite quickly and beautifully executed.I wish I owned another house that I could ask her to make a sign for.’

David T, France

Commission a House Sign

Custom Requests

If you have a custom request please leave a message with as much detail as possible so that an accurate quote can be given.

As the materials used vary in size and weight ultimately the prices will also vary.