We are happy to accept commissions for whatever subject you may wish, be it a favourite pet, a landscape, a portrait of your home or office, or a portrait of a loved one, (even one deceased provided there is a good quality photograph). We can also do copies of old paintings, in the style and manner of the original. (see below for an example of a copy of an 18th century painting of the Duchess of St. Albans, School of Thomas Hudson.)
Oil Portrait painting
Oil Portrait of Spaniel
Duchess of St. Albans, painted 2/3 scale
Watercolour, Turkey Mill, Maidstone
Portrait drawing of deceased family member
Commissioned Flower painting
* ...my wife had tears in her eyes when she sat down and looked at the portrait, ... Danny has done a wonderful job. He has exceeded all our expectations, and, in a year which has been difficult for both of us, brought a wonderful smile to our faces in time for Christmas." Richard and Louise
*Danny, Rocky was close to tears when he saw your painting of his Dad, its truly brilliant and so very life like, he was lost for words, ... thank you so very very much, as we say in Ireland Geirle Mile Mile Mat-haght - A million Thank you's. Justine and Rocky x
* Nicky and I just wanted to say thanks again for the painting. We haven't stopped staring at it this evening and we absolutely love it. It's even more amazing than we thought it would be. It will be something we will treasure forever. Steve and Nicky Smith
* Dear Danny, Just wanted to email you to say thank you for doing the painting of Frank ... and the research that went into finding an Irish uniform, he loved it and it was a great 40th birthday present. Thanks again.
*I just had to write and thankyou for the beautiful portraits of Isabella and Max. They are absolutely brilliant and we are delighted with them. thanks again
Please feel free to contact us to discuss further your particular requirements, either via email or telephoning the studio direct on 0044(0)1622 816896.
Below is an example of the process involved in a commissioned portrait. Prices will obviously vary depending on subject matter, size and medium preferred.
The painting of your portrait will begin with an initial meeting during which ideas about pose and background colouring will be discussed. The actual size of the painting would also be discussed at this time, as this will effect the final composition. There will then follow a photography session, which usually takes place at the same time, where the subject or subjects, will be photographed in various ways, the principal aim being to obtain a "natural" look and not a stiff formal pose.
Danny will then review the photographs taken and do some preliminary sketches with the aid of the computer addressing poses, composition, and overall colouring. Several images will then be forwarded to you either by email or post for a final decision on the image to be used. Following this Danny will start your portrait back in his studio and depending on the numbers of people depicted and size of canvas, your painting will be ready for collection or delivery in 3 - 6 weeks. There will not normally be any need for further meetings once a final decision has been made, but do not hesitate to contact the artist if you have any queries after this time.
The pricing of your portrait will depend on a number of factors, the size of the painting initially, and then the number of figures to be depicted, and type of pose - whether head and shoulders, 3/4 length or full figure (see sample chart). A 50% deposit will be required at the initial meeting, following the photography session. Depending on your location there may be a charge for travelling expenses, within reason, but this will be discussed on initial contact.
Although personal contact with the sitter and taking his own images is Danny's preferred method of working, he will consider portraits from your own photographs, which would include portraits of deceased relatives, please feel free to discuss your requirements with him.
Your portrait will be painted on finest quality cotton duck canvas, stretched over professionally made wooden stretcher bars, either 40mm deep (up to 50mm deep on larger canvases), which can be hung without frames, or narrower 18-20mm bars for you to frame as you wish.
Your decision to have a portrait painted is an important one, and your finished painting will be a unique work of art for you and your family to treasure.
I. The deposit is non-refundable and payable on agreement of the commission. The balance or completion fee will be payable on acceptance and receipt of the finished painting.
II. I will undertake to make minor adjustments to the finished work if requested, but will not repaint the picture if it is a true representation of the source image. It is to be understood that on agreement of the commission the client is completely satisfied with the photographic image chosen upon which to base the painting and that it truly represents the subject. Please be aware that the painting will be on a much larger scale than the photograph.
III. If for any reason the balance due is not paid, then the painting will remain the property of the artist.
IV. Upon completion of your painting I will contact you to arrange the time and place for either collection or delivery of the work.
V. Depending on the location of the client there may be charges for travel expenses. This will be raised at the point of initial contact.
VI. Any shipping charges will be dealt with and discussed separately, again at the point of initial contact.