How to commission a Painting

©2018 - Cathy Read - Bahlsen Hannover Stammhaus - Watercolour and Acrylic - 80 x 130 Painting of Stammhaus, Hanover

Love my style but can’t find what you want?

Ask me about commissioning a painting.

I can create an original painting, like the one below, as a unique gift for a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion.

©2014 - Cathy Read - Next Stop Paris - Watercolour and Acrylic - 38x28 cm
©2014 – Cathy Read – Next Stop Paris – Watercolour and Acrylic – 38×28 cm  Commissioned (SOLD)

I welcome the opportunity to work with you to develop ideas and to see those ideas evolve into a very personal work of art.
Whether it is a gift or a special piece for your home, I would be happy to discuss your needs and where possible work to an agreed budget and time frame, all of which must be agreed before a commission is commenced to ensure both parties expectations are met. I do not undertake House portraits but will create  an abstracted feature of a specific detail. Likewise I prefer to work in a more abstracted style than regular street views.

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.

Terms and Conditions

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Price: Commissioned work is more expensive than buying a ready painted piece of art due to the extra time required in identifying exactly what you want.  The advantage is you will be getting exactly what you want.

The price of a commission is approximately 50 percent more than if you were to purchase a painting off the wall in either my gallery or other galleries representing me. This is primarily driven by size, composition, detail and by the amount of time required to complete your artwork to your personal specifications.

As a rough guide a 30 x 40 cm work priced at £330 as a framed ready made work and would be £495 as a commissioned piece.


A non-returnable deposit is required before work can commence which will be 50% of the expected cost of the completed painting. The final payment will be expected on completion of the work to your satisfaction. I will make every effort to ensure you are happy with the painting. If you still do not like it at this stage you are under no obligation to complete the purchase. However, I will be unable to return your deposit


I 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: However, 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.

I am happy to discuss your personal requirements with no commitment to proceed. Either email me at or ring 07818240116

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The process begins with an initial discussion.
The things you may like to consider are: -The dimensions of your artwork, the colours you would like to emphasize and finally the subject of the composition. Once the composition has been decided upon a quote and brief will be supplied to ensure both parties are happy with what has been discussed.
If you are happy to proceed a 50% deposit will be required before the commencement of the painting. This will confirm your understanding of the commissioning process and my commitment to completing your artwork in a timely manner.

I work in stages Initially I will 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.

Once the composition image is selected I start with a pencil drawing. Once 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 emphasis.  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.

Framing and final Payment

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.
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.

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So why not commission your own unique and beautiful work of art?

If you would like to discuss your specific requirements, then either email me at or ring me on 07818240116

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