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Art has the unique power to transform a house into a home.

It adds personality, character, and a sense of identity to a space. While buying ready-made art is convenient, there's something truly special about commissioning artwork for your home. It allows you to bring your vision to life and create a connection with the artist.

I've worked with many clients to create bespoke artwork for them. Often to mark a significant birthday or anniversary. Many people choose to have a painting of a favouite place, family and animals, a home or an event.

I've also painted commissions for businesses - from The Welsh Assembly to restaurants to farmers.

Commissioning your own unique artwork from me is a straightforward and enjoyable process.

It is very easy to have your own unique piece of artwork painted just for you, perhaps a scene, place or event that has special significance.

Working with your ideas I will create a beautiful bespoke painting, something you will treasure that is unique to you.

Knowing that you have been involved in the creation of a work of art which wouldn't otherwise exist and of course, owning original artwork is pure pleasure.

Personal Expression

Commissioning artwork for your home is a chance to express your unique personality and style. Whether you prefer abstract paintings, realistic portraits, or sculptures, the commissioned piece becomes a reflection of your taste and preferences. Collaborating with an artist allows you to convey your ideas and preferences, resulting in a piece of art that resonates deeply with you.

Tailored to Your Space

One of the most significant advantages of commissioning artwork is the ability to tailor the painting to your space. Artists can create artwork that fits perfectly with the dimensions, colors, and ambiance of your room. This ensures that the artwork not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also seamlessly integrates with your interior design.

A Story to Tell

Every commissioned artwork has a story to tell. It's not just about the final product but also the journey of its creation. When you commission a piece, you get to know the artist's inspiration, process, and the stories behind the work. This connection adds depth and meaning to the artwork, making it more than just a decorative piece.

Collaborative Experience

The process of commissioning artwork is a collaborative experience. It involves communication and

sharing ideas with the artist. This interaction fosters a sense of connection and appreciation for the creative process. It's a journey where you and the artist work together to bring your vision to life, resulting in a piece that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Emotional Connection

Commissioned artwork often holds a deep emotional connection. Unlike mass-produced art, which may be beautiful but lacks personal significance, a commissioned piece is created with you in mind. It can evoke emotions, memories, and sentiments that are unique to your life and experiences.

A Lasting Legacy

Art has a timeless quality to it. When you commission artwork for your home, you're not just acquiring a decoration; you're creating a lasting legacy. The artwork can be passed down through generations, becoming a cherished family heirloom that tells a story about your life and values.

Commissioning artwork for your home is gratifying and meaningful. It allows you to express your individuality, support the arts, and create a lasting connection with an artist.

The resulting piece of art becomes more than just a decoration; it's a reflection of your personality, a testament to your support of creativity, and a lasting legacy that will continue to enrich your home for years to come.

If you're looking to elevate your space and add a touch of uniqueness, consider the transformative power of commissioning artwork.

What clients are saying

"Just to say that our painting is hung and looks beautiful. We love the composition and the colours, which are so vibrant and happy. Also loving all the details that make it so special and bring back fond memories of a very happy childhood. Thanks again for delivering such a lovely painting, which will become a family heirloom." - Trevor & Julie​

"Helen our beautiful, fabulous painting arrived on Friday. We absolutely LOVE our painting. You are a marvelous lady with that painting brush of yours. Thank you for taking the idea and making it far better than the reality we had hoped for" - Julia & Nick Lambert

"We really love it, both as a painting and as a wonderful reminder of very happy times.It makes me smile just to look at it, the memories it brings back are priceless. Thank you." - Margaret Munroe

Brilliant. Pure brilliant. Thank you ever so, ever so much for this - it's been the best present ever received. It will hang on our walls for future generations to be enthralled with, and put a smile on everyones face!" - R.Eccles

Commissioning a painting - FAQs

  • I can work from photographs or site visits. I can paint based on colours, a favourite place, a season, adding any personal details you'd like.

  • Yes I would be delighted to paint your wedding, or special occasion, from your photographs.

  • Depending on size, paintings take between 4-8 weeks.

  • Cost varies according to size, from £495 - £6000.

  • A 25% deposit is payable on booking, and the balance is on completion.

  • Bespoke framing is available, as is worldwide insured courier delivery.

Want to find out more?

The first step is to get in touch with me for an initial discussion and we'll take it from there.

Strumble Head, West Wales. August 2023

Strumble Head Lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1908, marking the dangerous stretch of coast between Ireland and Wales. It was manned until 1980 and has a light range of 26 nautical miles.

Interestingly, the original revolving lens system (weighing 4½ tons,) was supported in a bath of mercury to reduce friction.

Here's a short film about my visit and making the sketches in ink and charcoal, and a follow-up on the painting back in the studio.


The Light House Project, intoduction

Who knows where ideas are born? but born they are and sometimes, even if you try ignoring them they persist, keep popping up, in apparently random conversations, connections, creations.

So it was with lighthouses. I am a coastal person. I thrive on the changing light and weather of the coast. The constant movement. And I've long been fascinated by these buildings. The thought of visiting as much of the coast of the UK as possible was a dream from decades ago.

Only recently, early in 2023 did it solidify into lighthouse visiting and painting.

I've no plans for this project other than

taking two years to visit and paint as many of these fascinating lifesaving buildings as I can. My aim is to simply appreciate the coast and buildings, the history and people involved with them, share and enjoy the painting.

Looking forward to the different places, weathers, sea states and seeing where this project takes me.

With some slight apprehension (which I am re-labelling excitement) I am about to host a Q&A evening on Thursday 6th July at 6pm, the Teifi Waterside Hotel at Poppit, Pembrokeshire and unveiling my latest series of paintings inspired by the glorious surroundings of the Teifi estuary.

As part of the evening I'll be talking about my process and motives for painting. To be prepared I've been making some notes, and doing a bit of soul searching.

In the talk, I'll be reflecting on my art career over the last two decades, in particular my love of colour, story telling and disregard for the 'rules' of painting.

Finding Happiness and Resilience through the Beauty of Paintings

In life, we all face challenging times that can leave us feeling overwhelmed and searching for solace. During one such period, I discovered a remarkable source of happiness and resilience that helped me navigate through the storm: happy paintings. In this blog post, I want to share my personal journey and how these uplifting artworks became, and continue to be a beacon of light during difficult times.

The Story Behind Happy Paintings: Happy paintings are not just colourful images on canvas; they hold a powerful narrative that resonates. Each stroke of the brush and vibrant hue on the canvas reflects my mission in life - to share the joy. It may seem rather simplistic to some, but it's the strong core of my work, and my being, that I keep returning unapologetically to.

"Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire, and motivate." - Harvey Fierstein

Inspiration from Happy Moments: When life becomes challenging, we often long for happy memories and moments that bring us joy. Happy paintings have a unique way of capturing those cherished experiences. They evoke a sense of nostalgia, transporting us to idyllic holidays, peaceful beaches, and blooming gardens. These visual representations of happy moments serve as a reminder of the beauty and positivity that exist in our lives.

Happiness as a Source of Resilience: During my own difficult times, these paintings became my refuge. They provided a sanctuary where I could escape the hardships and immerse myself in a world filled with color, laughter, and peace. The vibrant scenes of dogs playing, boats sailing on calm waters, and charming villages became symbols of resilience and hope.

The Healing Power of Art: Art, in all its forms, possesses an incredible ability to heal and uplift the human spirit. Happy paintings, in particular, emanate positive energy and radiate joy. The act of observing and immersing oneself in these artworks can have a transformative effect on our emotions, helping us find solace, inspiration, and the strength to persevere.

"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse

Through difficult times, I found that incorporating 'happy paintings' into my daily life made a profound difference. Surrounding myself with these colours and stories created a positive atmosphere, reminding me to focus on the beauty that exists amidst the chaos. They served as gentle reminders to seek happiness, even in the smallest of moments.

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

We all have difficult time and finding happiness and resilience is essential. Happy paintings became my guiding light during such times, providing a much-needed source of joy and strength. Through their playful narratives and vibrant imagery, these artworks continue to inspire and uplift me. The nourishing power of art can truly calm our lives and help us navigate with hope.

Art is the highest form of hope." - Gerhard Richter.

Does this mean I can only paint Happy Pictures when I'm not happy? It did for a while, but now, not at all. Joy sparks joy and as has been said 'Joy shared is never diminished'

If you'd like to hear and see more

Join us for an evening journey through my creative process, exploring the stories behind the artwork and the inspirations that breathe life into my 'happy pictures'. I hope you'll smile at the vibrant scenes of dogs playing on warm sandy beaches, boats gently sailing along the estuary, picturesque villages nestled amidst lush greenery, and the spectacular blooming great beauty of flowers that adorn the landscape, and my kitchen table!

During the Q&A session, you'll have the opportunity to connect with me directly and gain insights into my work. Ask me about my creative techniques, the significance of the Teifi estuary in the work, or anything that sparks your curiosity.... I reserve the right to say I don't know! But I hope this intimate interaction will deepen your appreciation for the artistry and love that goes into each painting.

I'd love you to join me, it's such a pleasure to talk in person to people who have an interest in my work. If you would like to join us, please contact the Teifi Waterside hotel directly to secure your seat. Bring a friend, and be a part of this celebration as we unveil the new vibrant, joyful, memorable Teifi estuary series and have a good time together.



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