Thinking about ordering a custom painting for your home?
Let me de-mystify the commission process by answering some common questions I've heard over the years. Deciding to commission a painting should not be scary! I'm here to make sure you can feel confident in your choice and that you will go home with a work of art to cherish.
If you do not see the answer to your question here, please contact me and I will be in touch shortly.
What’s it like to commission a custom abstract painting project?
I love working with clients on special projects and gifts. Your custom piece will give you much pleasure for years to come. It's a pretty simple process:
Share your idea with me and we’ll discuss some general specifications, like approximate size and color palette. I welcome color swatches, pictures of your space and any other details you'd like to share so that your commission will be a perfect fit for your home. Once I have a sense of your likes and needs, all other stylistic and aesthetic decisions are based on my usual process.
Note: Let me know if you've seen any paintings of mine that you'd like me to use for inspiration. I do not ever paint replicas—your artwork will be a one-of-a-kind original painting. The style of my work is constantly evolving, so please use only recent work as a reference and guide for current commissions.
"I fell in love with Cindy’s artwork after stumbling upon her studio while visiting Asheville. My parents thought a commissioned painting from her would be the perfect gift for my medical school graduation. She helped me make my vision come to life and kept my parents and me involved in decisions throughout the whole process. The end result was absolutely stunning and she even signed the back with a note from my parents! Thank you Cindy for helping me remember my special day in such a beautiful way!"
—Lexie Columbus, OH
Garden Party, 24"x 36", oil and cold wax on panel
What comes next?
After we discuss the details by phone, I will email you an invoice/contract which will have the details in writing per our conversation. Once I receive the 25% non-refundable deposit, I will begin your painting.
Why do I require a deposit?
I require a 25% deposit for design time and materials. I want to create the best painting to fit your needs, and will be investing my time to develop the painting you want based on our discussion.
Upon completion, I will send you photos of your lovely custom painting or you are welcome to come see it in person at the studio!
We may discuss potential modifications at this point, but remember you are investing in a unique abstract painting in my style and aesthetic, so I do not guarantee that all changes will be possible.
If, however, you ultimately decide the piece does not work for you, you are not committed to purchase. At this point, you may use the non-refundable 25% deposit as a store credit for a painting of a similar size.
"My husband and I wanted a special art piece for our 30th wedding anniversary. We saw some of Cindy's work, really loved it, and decided to find out more about commissioning pieces for our home. Cindy was really great to work with, took our home's aesthetic into consideration and made the perfect pieces for our space. Every time I look at them, I see something new and dynamic, reminding me of what the pieces represent and the exceptionally talented artist who made them!"
—Benjie Mills, Greenville, SC
Price of your painting
My work is calculated by $3.35 per square inch. Commissions are a minimum size of 20”x 20” and larger. Sales tax and shipping are not included.
Here are just a few examples of prices:
Once we decide on a size, I can get an estimate on shipping costs. If you are close to Asheville, you are more than welcome to pick up your original art from my studio.
I will email you an invoice that you can pay online via Paypal or credit card! 25% deposit will be due upon agreement, and final payment will be due after approval, before delivery. Note: If you live in North Carolina sales tax will be added.
All sales are final. 100% refund if item(s) arrive damaged during shipping, otherwise no returns.
Let's get started! Contact me and we'll set up a time to talk.