Commissioning a painting.

Is there a particular building that reminds you of someone you love?

A personalised masterpiece for your wall!

Why not Commission a Painting?

Buildings have the power to evoke special memories and feelings towards the people we hold dear. However, finding the perfect artwork that complements your home decor can be a bit challenging. We understand that you might have a specific building or place in mind, making the search for the right artwork even more time-consuming.

Don’t fret, though! You may have scoured every store in town and not found anything that matches your taste, but don’t worry, with commissioned art, you can take control and choose exactly what you want. Being a part of the creative process is always an exciting adventure; witnessing every stroke and dab brings so much thrill. The best part? Your commissioned piece will be unique and will always remind you of the essential part you played in its creation!

Cathy Read - Artist - Arriving at Victoria painting
Arriving at Victoria - Cathy Read ©2024 - Watercolour and acrylic ink - 40 x 65 cm

Showcases your uniqueness by adding a touch of the fabulous.

Are you passionate about art and using it to express yourself? Why not take your love for style to the next level by commissioning a painting? Imagine the joy of having a unique piece of art that reflects your individuality and personal style. With a commissioned painting, you are part of bringing your creative vision to life and inspiring those around you. It’s an investment in yourself and your passion, and the end result will be a stunning masterpiece that you will cherish for years to come. So don’t hesitate, let your imagination soar and commission a painting that captures your essence and inspires you to create!

It’s a simple process that begins with a conversation where you share your ideas and we figure out what you want and how it will fit in your home. I’ll walk you through the process. Start by asking yourself a few questions, such as.

What are you looking for?

"Enhance your room's design with a statement painting that reflects your style. Your statement piece will be a conversation starter and creative addition to your home decor."

Room setting featuring Impossible Roots a London Abstract painting by Cathy Read

Bring your ideas to life. Let’s work together to make an original masterpiece!

Sheldonian Theatre Reflections painting by Cathy Read in room setting.

A perfect piece of art to represent your relationship?​

Such as where you met the love of your life? Were you a student in Oxford? Did you wander down Broad Street past the Sheldonian Theatre and have a coffee at one of the cafes there?

Heading Home Past Central Library painting by Cathy Read in Room Setting

Looking for a painting of a particular place?

Maybe you passed Central Library on your commute to work?

©2014 - Cathy Read - Next Stop Paris - Watercolour and Acrylic - 38x28 cm

Are you looking for a perfect gift?

Or maybe you have a friend who loves St Pancras Station and has a major birthday coming up? Like Lindsey, who commossioned this painting for a good friend.

You can always Commission a Painting

From a unique gift for a loved one, to commemorate a special occasion. to statement pieces that will inspire in a workspace.

House Commission -©2018 - Cathy Read - Watercolour and Acrylic - 50x40 cm
House Commission -©2018 - Cathy Read - Watercolour and Acrylic - 50x40 cm

I am thrilled at the prospect of working with you to bring your creative vision to life. Together, we will embark on an exciting journey to transform your ideas into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. From unique gifts to stunning pieces for your home, I am dedicated to understanding your needs and working within your budget and timeline. We will work closely together to ensure that every aspect of your commission is carefully planned and executed, allowing for a truly personalized and exceptional outcome. While I do not undertake House portraits, I excel in capturing the abstract essence of a specific detail. My style is more abstracted than traditional street views, allowing for a captivating and unexpected representation. Let’s create something extraordinary and unforgettable together!

When commissioning a painting, it is important to understand that the final work will be the artists interpretation and may vary from your initial expectations. The way my work evolves means even I never know exactly how the finished piece will turn out. It is always a delightful surprise.

Cathy Read - Artist - Discovering a City painting
Discovering a City - Cathy Read ©2024 - Watercolour and acrylic ink - 40 x 65 cm

Terms and Conditions

Commissioning a Painting.

If you can’t find exactly what you want but like my style, then I can create something to commission. A bespoke piece of art which you will have been instrumental in creating. Like the piece I did for Bahlsen for their new headquarters in Chalfont St Peter. They wanted something that reflected the company and the connections they were forging with their local community. Drawing from photos and a map of the area, inverted for dramatic effect, some key phrases and product names and many discussions, this is the result.

BAHLSEN UK & IRELAND RANDALL HOUSE, CHALFONT ST PETER UNITED KINGDOM by - Cathy Read - Watercolour and Acrylic - 80 x 130cm ©2018
BAHLSEN UK & IRELAND RANDALL HOUSE, CHALFONT ST PETER UNITED KINGDOM by - Cathy Read - Watercolour and Acrylic - 80 x 130cm ©2018
Painting of the Oxford Wine Cafe on the junction of Walton Street and Little Clarendon Street in Oxford. Commission pianting created by Cathy Read Artist
Oxford Wine Cafe - ©2020 - Cathy Read - Watercolour and Acrylic - image 30 x 40 cm 1


Commissioned work is an investment in a unique experience and a painting that will last a lifetime and beyond. due to the extra time required in identifying exactly what you want and allows for discussions, photographing and alterations. The advantage is that you will be getting exactly what you want, as you will be involved in the creation process. So expect to pay more than for a ready painted piece of art. It’s made up of a Commission fee and the price of a painting of the size you desire.

So for small pieces, are more expensive proportionately than larger pieces.

As a gauge, the following prices are for paintings in standard sizes. The price includes framing in my usual white square profile frame with a double mount (Off-white over dark grey). Other framing options are possible but may incur an extra charge.

These prices are accurate as of 31 July 2021 and are guaranteed for 3 months from this date.

Painting Size*


Price plus commission fee £500


30 x 40 cm



40 x 50 cm



42 x 59 cm



56 x 76 cm



61 x 89 cm



(*Most popular sizes.) If you require a quote for a specific size not listed, please email [email protected] for a quote.

The Process

The process begins with an initial discussion.The things you may like to consider are:

  • The dimensions you wish your artwork to be.
  • The colours you would like to emphasize, or details of significance
  • The subject of the composition.

Once the initial details have been decided upon, a brief agreed to ensure both parties are happy with what has been discussed and you are happy to proceed,

A non returnable 50% deposit will be required before the commencement of the painting process. This will confirm your understanding of the commissioning process and my commitment to completing your artwork in a timely manner.

Painting of Bell Gate at Stowe - ©2019 - Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic - 17.8x17.8cm
Bell Gate at Stowe - ©2019 - Cathy Read - Watercolour and Acrylic - 17.8 x17.8 cm
Painting of Sir John Betjemin on the platform at St Pancras Station©2014 - Cathy Read - Next Stop Paris - Watercolour and Acrylic - 38x28 cm
©2014 - Cathy Read - Next Stop Paris! - Watercolour and Acrylic - 38 x 28 cm

Stages of Creation

Initially, I visit the location and take photos. These will be edited and I will send a small selection to you so you can choose the composition that best suits your needs.

It’s important at this stage to ensure the composition works for you. A painting can take time from conception to completion, it’s best not to hurry the process. I am happy to visit the site a second time if necessary to ensure the right image is achieved.

Once the composition image is selected, I start with a pencil drawing or image transfer. When this is complete I will again send you an image for approval before the masking and painting is started.

When the painting is at the stage I deem ready for removal of the masking, I will again send you an image in case there are any aspects you wish further emphasise.

After this stage the masking will be removed and a photo of the final image will be sent to you. At this stage major changes to the work are not really possible although minor alterations may be made. You are welcome to visit me at the studio to view the final work if preferred.

Taxi-Marathon 2-©2014-Cathy Read-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-45-x-60
Fletcher Commission


I, Cathy Read, retain the copyright on any work created by me to commission, unless we have a contract that transfers copyright ownership. This means I am able to reproduce prints of any work I create without the need to seek your permission.

Copyright exceptions:
If you need reproduction rights or the commission is to contain personal elements which could be identified and/or linked to you or we will need to agree an individual contract to include specific details of reproduction rights and copyright ownership.

Framing and final Payment

The final payment will be expected on completion of the work to your satisfaction. I will make every effort to ensure you are 100% happy with the painting. In the unlikely event that are unhappy at this stage, you are under no obligation to complete the purchase. However, I will be unable to return your deposit.

Once you approve the work, I will then arrange an invoice to be sent to you. As well as finalising framing requirements, if you wish me to frame the piece.


All paintings are created using the highest quality watercolour paints and acrylic ink on acid free watercolour paper. I will create a work of art that you will love.

You are welcome to come and collect the painting from my studio, alternatively I can arrange a courier to deliver the work. I usually use DHL for deliveries.

Cathy Read - Artist - Illustration of St Catherine's College for Oxford Almanack Painting
©2015 - Oxford University Press - Illustration of St Catherine's College for Oxford Almanack - image created by Cathy Read in Watercolour and Acrylic ink

Want to commission a painting and create art that's perfect for your home?

To find out more and arrange an informal discussion of your needs, please email [email protected]

Don't like email?

Ring 07818240116 if you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements in person, and I’ll be happy to help. There’s no obligation.

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