What fun! I am honoured to have been commissioned for such a special project.
I generally don’t do a lot of commissions as I am focused on a particular series of my own work and just don’t have the time. But these last six months have resulted in six compatible requests. How my commission process works is, we decide on a size that fits your needs and budget and the general subject. I then research that subject and gather my references, that can include both painting studies and photographs. I do not work from anything but my own references. A project has to be a subject I am interest in exploring and the potential purchaser has little say on how I compose and approach the final work. When the work is completed, the purchaser makes their final decision. If the work is not to their liking, it goes into my inventory for others to consider. So it requires a lot of trust in what I will do but the risks are low because of when the final purchasing decision is made. This process gives me maximum creative freedom to do my best work and I know you are happy with it when you add it to your collection.
For those that haven’t yet engaged in such a commission process with me yet, I thought I would let you know, just in case it sparked an idea. Just a thought. I can likely manage 1 or 2 requests a month (depending on the size of the work requested) and still not get derailed from my other projects.