Commissioning a Painting

I love to hear your ideas and visions for your painting and will work with you to create a painting which measures up to your initial “vision”. I achieve this by producing watercolour studies in advance and agreeing on both size and the colour palette. It is wonderful to produce work which compliments the colour scheme of your home, something only a bespoke work can achieve.

An original artwork can take up to two months to create, so please contact me well in advance of any special occasion or date.

The Rifle Butts, Riddlesdown

"The Rifle Butts, Riddlesdown"

private commission

“I spent a couple of years without success trying to find the right painting for the room in my house that I spend the most time in. It had to be a natural landscape with great light and depict a place that I know either by inference or literally".

I had seen Melanie’s work and approached her about commissioning the painting. I have never done anything like this before so it was great that Melanie explained the process clearly, took the time to understand my needs, provided costing up front and involved me every step of the way as the concept and painting developed.

Now I have a beautifully lit painting of Riddlesdown Rifle Butts that I look at every day and delivers what a purchase from a gallery couldn’t; a personalised view of a place I love.”

Commissioning a Painting - Things to Consider


Is there a particular scene or viewpoint that you would like painted? I specialise in painting the beaches around West Wittering and views over the Surrey Hills but am happy to paint any open natural landscape.

Colour palette & Mood

Would you like your painting to be cool and calming? Or perhaps energetic and invigorating? The colour palette can influence the mood of a painting, as can the use of brush strokes and use of texture. In landscapes, the weather conditions have a huge influence on the mood of the piece.


If you have a wall ready for hanging your painting, please take measurements so you have an idea of the canvas size. If you’d like to frame your painting bear in mind the additional space this will take up. Photos of where the painting will be hung are helpful, but not a compulsory requirement. If you are local to me, then I may be able to visit you to see the space for myself.

Initial contact

I am happy to discuss your ideas and requirements on my personal mobile 07970 432348, or you can email an initial commission request to [email protected]. If we can meet in person, great. Alternatively, a zoom meeting can be arranged. When planning what you would like me to paint for you, I aim to produce at least two watercolour studies to show you my ideas and colour options, so that we can agree the actual composition and colour palette in advance. It is only once everyone is happy, that I then ask for a 20% non-refundable deposit and agree the deadline for delivery.

Watercolour studies can be purchased in addition to the finished painting (at additional cost). Some clients like to do this as a memento of the whole process.

On Completion

Your painting will be delivered ready to hang, complete with hanging cord and white painted edges. I deliver commissioned pieces unframed. If, for whatever reason you decide not to accept the painting, then there is no cost beyond the initial 20% deposit, but of course, I shall retain the painting. You only pay the balance once the painting has been delivered and you are happy with it.

Authenticity and Copyright

Every painting is accompanied by a signed “Certificate of Authenticity”. Purchasing a painting does not include transfer of copyright. However, after completion you will have the opportunity to order cards and/or prints of the work for friends and family. Please ask for prices.



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