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Commissions – Fiona Smith Art

Thank you for your interest in my artwork.

When I accept a commission, I am aiming for a mutually-satisfying arrangement, where we both enjoy the process and are happy with the results.

I price my work using a formula that factors in the dimensions of the work, materials cost, and the labour-intensity. There is a 10 per cent commissioning fee added to the price of the artwork.

Once a design and concept has been agreed upon, a fee of 20 per cent of the price will be charged to cover materials. Should a client refuse the finished artwork, the materials fee is retained to cover costs and time.

I hope we can work together to create something beautiful. Thank you for your interest in my artwork.



Frequently Asked Questions

How do we start?

We begin with a conversation about what it is that you are looking for and whether I am the right artist for you.

If it looks like a good fit, we agree on a size, theme, price and deadline.

How do you determine the price?

I use a “linear pricing” formula which includes adding the width and height measurements (canvases are measured in inches), then using a multiplier, then adding the cost of materials (canvas or board plus frame). The price may increase if it needs to be couriered overseas.

How long does it take to finish?

This will depend on the size and complexity of the piece and my availability. Roughly speaking, a small 30 x 40 cm may take me five days of painting. A large 120x90cm may take 10 full days. I use dying alkyds in my oil paints, which speeds the drying process. Thin paint can dry overnight in summer. Thick impasto paint may take a week or more.

Can you create a design based on a photo?

Yes, but I cannot create artwork based on a copyrighted photo, licensed design or another artist’s work.

The photo will be used as inspiration and the painting will be in my artistic style – which you can see by looking through my work on

Can I choose the colours you will use?

We can agree on a general colour scheme and tone. However, the creative process often has a life of its own. In order to do my best work, I need to have flexibility.

Can I see the design before you begin?

Yes. I can provide an initial drawing before production begins on the final artwork. At that point we will have another conversation to make sure our expectations for the project are in line with each other. This is the time to address any concerns or changes in the design.

Can I see the artwork while you are making it?

I will occasionally show “in progress” photos to check that I am on the right track, however it is important that you trust that I will be intent on creating the best work I can produce. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

As the artist, I must have the final word on creative decisions, and I take that responsibility very seriously.


If there are changes you would like made, they may incur a fee. Small changes may be accommodated by negotiation.