"The first step.........you can phone me for an informal and no obligation chat to discuss your requirements! It couldn't be simpler and if you want to proceed further, I will send you some more detailed information about the process of commissioning."
The range of subjects covered by John's commissions over the years has included: pet and animal portraits, family groups and individual portraits, newlywed couples in wedding attire, paintings of public houses and even house portraits; as well as architectural & topographical series of paintings.
As well as these themes, John is able to consider virtually anything that is within the bounds of good taste and decency as a subject for a painting; and as he largely works from reference photos, you can even have a painting produced of your favourite holiday snapshot, such as a sunset.
As you can see, John's painting & drawing style verges on the photo-realistic. Most pieces take between 120-200 hours of painstaking, meticulous work to complete over a couple of months (using very fine brushes).
John works mainly in gouache (an opaque watercolour paint) and pencil.
When commissioning a painting, you may wonder, "What would happen if I didn't like the end result?" However, please be assured that John (as you can see from the pictures on this site) always takes a real pride in his work and demands only the highest possible standards of himself.
His maxim has always been to aim for a happy and 100% satisfied customer.
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With regard to copyright, any artist as originator of any piece of artwork - including a commission - retains copyright in the work together with all rights to reproduce it as Limited or Open Edition prints, cards etc. Clearly, in the case of portraits of people, it is unlikely that reproductions would be of interest other than to the person that has commissioned the work and/or family members. Therefore, in most cases prints of portraits would not be produced. (John always makes a digital scan of all his artworks and commissions before handing the finished items over to the customer. This means that prints can be produced without needing further access to the original).
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