How to Commission An Artist to Create A Custom Work of Art For You

You have a beautiful, but empty wall, so how do you commission an artist to create a custom artwork just for you? 

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You have a beautiful space in your home or at the office, but the walls are bare. You have thought about buying a print, but it just doesn't feel right, after all you have put so much time and effort into creating a beautiful and unique space. A cheap print just doesn't seem like the way to top off your dream interior, like your clothing, you want to express your inner creativity and personality. You are not an artist, but the art you choose is an extension of you, your personality, tastes and a way to express yourself. 

As a painter I create series of paintings, or themes and over the year's the themes have evolved. From paintings of trees, to paintings inspired by the landscape and my travels. For the past five years I have been inspired by themes of Canada (symbolism, pop culture and landscapes) These bodies of work are the core of my artistic comment, they are my creative expressions about my thoughts on the world. Sometimes, my creative expression on canvas meshes with a collector's and the collector buys the painting. Sometimes a client approaches me because they like what I create or my style of painting, but they want something for their home or office that is customized for their needs or taste. This is where commissioning a painter, can be a wonderful solution to your art collecting or interior decorating needs. Every so often a client will ask if I would consider creating a custom artwork for their walls. As an artist it gives me the opportunity to get to know my client on a deeper level and collaborate with them on bringing their unique creative expression to life. Commissioned works of art offer the ability for the non-artist to express their unique creative perspective and the result is a piece of art that is an extension of YOU. 

This year I painted two commissions, one took a month to paint and the other almost three months. Both clients were looking for a landscape painting. One piece was created directly from a client supplied photograph and the other was created after a meeting with the client and a tour of their space. One client I communicated with over email and the other in person, proving that you don't have to be in the same room to collaborate on a project. Below are photos of the resulting landscape paintings commissioned by two of my patrons. Find out more about commissioning an original painting, contact me here.

Where Icebergs Roam Free - final commission painting for client - painting by Brandy Saturley

Where Icebergs Roam Free - final commission painting for client - painting by Brandy Saturley

Reference photo for painting - permission granted by photographer Doreen Dalley

Reference photo for painting - permission granted by photographer Doreen Dalley

Artist acrylic study for painting

Artist acrylic study for painting

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Final Landscape painting created for client in Oak Bay, BC Canada - painting by Brandy Saturley

Talking with Alberta Artists in 2017: Iconic Calgary Artist, Chris Cran

I have spent my year talking with Alberta Artists, as my 'Canadianisms' tour from Edmonton to Calgary. When presented with the opportunity to pay it forward with a BLOG post for ArtInCanada.com , I obliged. Over the past few weeks I have contacted 15 Alberta Artists and asked them to participate in a short interview designed to bring out another side of their persona. First up on my list of 15 is Calgary Artist, Chris Cran. Cran's work "investigates perception and illusion, and the viewer’s role in how images are formed...Widely exhibited across Canada and internationally recognized, Cran has become known for turning nothing into something, with the slightest push. Cran’s paintings, included in numerous Canadian collections, have to do with visual tricks, images that appear one way but have been made another way." He has been described in The New York Times as a painter who "…has built a career on tampering with people’s perceptions." For this interview, I put together a unique set of questions tailored to Cran and his exhibition, 'Save The Date' in his hometown of Salmon Arm, BC. In the interview Cran reveals his thoughts on his show at the National Gallery in Ottawa last year and much more...

Chris Cran 'Save The Date' at Salmon Arm Arts Centre

Chris Cran 'Save The Date' at Salmon Arm Arts Centre

ART AND THE CITY: From Lady GaGa to Paul Allen, Our Seattle Art Fair Adventure

It has been a while since I have been on an art road trip and the Seattle Art Fair gave me an excuse to strap my camera on, and write a little about the ART AND THE CITY, or should I say, cities as this trip took us from Vancouver, to Lynden, to Seattle and back to my Vancouver Island studio. From Lady GaGa to the Seattle Art Fair and private collection of Paul G. Allen, this is a trip that begins with a city view, and ends with a window open to the future.

view from the 35th floor at Empire Landmark Hotel, Vancouver BC

view from the 35th floor at Empire Landmark Hotel, Vancouver BC

Day 1: Lady GaGa Launches the Joanne World Tour in Vancouver, BC: last night we were celebrating at the opening night of Lady GaGa's World Tour, during Pride week and a heat wave. It did not stop fans from lining up outside Rogers Place many hours before, even though we had assigned seats. It was a sea of costumes, rainbows, Lady GaGa look-a-likes and hand held fans (to cool us down). The concert was a jaw-dropping, incendiary display of costumes, dancers, fireworks and flames, not to mention the serious vocals of the Queen of Pop herself! A celebratory way to begin our road trip to the Seattle Art Fair.

Sitting near the band at the launch of Laddy GaGa's World Tour, JOANNE - Vancouver BC

Sitting near the band at the launch of Laddy GaGa's World Tour, JOANNE - Vancouver BC

Mt. Baker blooms

Mt. Baker blooms

Day 2: Mt. Baker & Lynden, Washington

I may be from Vancouver Island and an ocean lover, but my heart skips and my breath grows deeper when I'm on a mountaintop surrounded by emerald green trees and cool glacier hues. Today we trekked near Mt. Baker. The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington is a National Forest extending more than 140 miles along the western slopes of the Cascade Range. The skies were thick with smoke from the BC wildfires in Canada, and it was 100 degrees up there today, which meant handfuls of ice and snow on the back of my neck to cool me down. Tonight I'm in the town of Lynden, a quaint US town with a Dutch heritage. The flowers here are straight out of Holland and the quaint town is clearly proud of its gardens and takes great care and pride in their homes and yards. Tonight, I rest my head in a room inside one of the many windmills here, The Mill Inn is boutique at it's best, from the chandelier to the Delft Blue tea set, every room is a work of art.

Day 3: Seattle Art Museum
Today was Seattle Art Museum day. A few pieces that commanded my attention...portraits by Alex Katz, John Wesley, sculpture by Katharina Fritsch, and a stunning textured painting by Anselm Kiefer. Not to mention this enormous Rorschach painting by Andy Warhol (below) Tomorrow we are at the Seattle Art Fair. 

Me and Andy. Canadian visual artist Brandy Saturley with Andy Warhol Rorschack painting at Seattle Art Museum.

Me and Andy. Canadian visual artist Brandy Saturley with Andy Warhol Rorschack painting at Seattle Art Museum.

Day 4: Seattle Art Fair
Under heavily smoke filled skies from BC wildfires and the worst air quality in the US, we spent the day indoors at the Seattle Art Fair and the Museum of Pop Culture. Over 100 art galleries from Canada, the US and Europe converged on Seattle this week and we were impressed by the quality and variety of work. We gained VIP access thanks to Winchester Galleries from my hometown of Victoria BC, the only art gallery from Vancouver Island presenting at this year's fair. Galleries include: Winchester Galleries, Forum Gallery NYC, Castor Gallery, Pace Gallery, PDX Contemporary, Winsor Gallery, Winston Wachter Fine Art and many more. Artists featured below include favourites: Bo Bartlett, Kim Dorland, Jeremy Mangan, Xenia Hausner and many more.  We also enjoyed the Jim Henson and David Bowie retrospectives at the Museum of Pop Culture. From paintings to Muppets and rock stars to guitars, it was a day for art from all walks and POP culture.

Day 5: Pivot Art & Culture & Boeing Tour

brandy saturley at Pivot Art and Culture

Today was all about technology, private art collections and the future of aviation. We began the day at a new and progressive art project space in the Allen Institute building, viewing a small portion of Microsoft founder Paul Allen's private art collection. Allen founded the Seattle Art Fair and is the reason we were in Seattle this week enjoying, connecting and learning. Drawing from the extensive Paul G. Allen Family Collection, Color & Pattern explores the compositional elements of mark making to create pattern, color to compose, and abstraction to organize. The exhibition includes works that are representational, like those by David Hockney and Philip Taaffe and works by abstract artists such as Agnes Martin and Mark Rothko, Damien Hirst and Jasper Johns. We then had an extensive and interactive tour at the Tesla design and concept centre, before jetting over to Boeing headquarters for a tour of their world record holding production facility, which could fit Disneyland + 12 acres. We learned how the jets we fly on are built and what the future of avionics has in store for the world. Pumping out two airplanes per day, Boeing builds 75% of all commercial jetliners. Art + Tech makes Seattle a serious contender for my attention. Another inspirational and eye-opening Art Trip - looking forward to locking myself in the studio for the rest of the summer, until next time, take time for adventure, you never know what it will inspire.