Presenting my first solo show at Gallows Gallery in aid of Osteogenesis Imperfecta in February 2018 was a mighty under-taking, but it was so rewarding on many counts. Not only was I able to raise vital funds to support families suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, but the Bone Clinic, which we contributed to, is up and running now. Thank you to everyone who supported me on this ad/venture.

My god-daughter Claire performed for TV and shone even more brightly as a result of the whole experience. She even scored a commission and I’ve been kept busy with the year’s worth of private commissions that the exhibition generated!

When Claire was asked to paint a commission piece by a friend of mine after seeing her work at my exhibition, I helped Claire set up with the basics and gave some guidance along the way. She has produced a very special piece. So special she entered it in the UWA Young Artist Awards and I am very proud to say she is a finalist. Very exciting. (The winner will be announced in January 2020.)

Commissions can be nerve-wracking

The challenging part of painting commission pieces is the hope that you can adequately meet (or preferably exceed) the client brief.

I always offer a full consultation service as most people are not very sure of what exactly they are after – so we discuss size, colours and suggestions for compositions and work from there. The client is always closely involved in the process of producing their commission piece.

Even if somewhat nerve wracking, I really enjoy the commission process; it is tremendously rewarding. I’ve had so many lovely clients call me to say how much they are enjoying their piece, which I so love to hear.

Cost-effective workplace deco

I also continue to lease paintings. It is a very cost effective way for a businesses to brighten up their work spaces.

You can read more about my Commissioning and Leasing process on the webpage.

Contact me if you are interested in leasing or commissioning a painting.

Sometimes it’s more convenient to lease art. Maybe your office arrangement isn’t permanent or you are not sure what type of art you really want to live with at home. This is when leasing art, instead of buying it, can be a great way to keep your spaces bright and interesting while you are in a temporary situation or one of indecision!

Recently I leased two paintings to Nexia, through Artsource’s artLease program. According to Elli Gemmo, the consultant at Artsource, the Nexia folks love having my art on their walls.

When you lease my art your space is infused with colour. Pictured here is my painting in the Nexia office in Perth.

Art lease helps to sell houses too!

Interior designers and the folks who ‘style’ houses for sale often request short-term lease of my paintings. As we have all seen lately, the effect of beautifully arranged and well chosen artefacts and homewares make a world of difference when you want to photograph your home for or one of those sites.

Choose a big enough painting

People often choose paintings that are too small! I know this sounds crazy but a small painting on a big wall has no impact. Be brave – and go big!

Or choose a collection of smaller paintings of varying sizes and ask a curator or art consultant about how best to arrange them on the wall.

If you have any queries about choosing the right painting for your space, contact me and we can chat about making the most of art.

You can also read more on my blog and on my Facebook page about how I go about leasing or commissioning artworks.

Leasing my paintings in show houses and private houses that are on the market results in them selling – both paintings and houses!

Mint Real Estate and Mortimer and White Interior designers are some of my regular customers who lease my paintings to vitalise houses that are up for sale or due for a photo shoot. Quite often the paintings sell too. Not only to the house buyer but often to the seller too.

What’s the deal with leasing art?

Basically, I lease the work for 12.5% of its retail value and the lease fee is paid on a monthly renewal or as per our agreement.

A contract is in place to protect both parties and if the painting sells I deduct the lease fee from the sale price.

There’s nothing like seeing a painting in situ to decide whether you want to keep it forever or not….

How to choose the right painting?

I’m quite accommodating as an artist, I think. I will take my paintings to people on spec, so they can assess which paintings fit best in their space or with their decor. But, my paintings tend to be quite large and therefore heavy.

It’s strenuous work – wrapping and transporting large paintings. So, recently I purchased a mini projector to project images of my paintings onto the client’s wall. It’s an easy way for someone to try out a painting for size and colour and also a great way to help people visualise how a commissioned or leased piece might work. It also saves my back!

Find out more about commissioning and leasing my paintings.