Commissions

Interested in a commission?

I am taking orders for watercolour paintings. These originals start from £40 for a single figure plus £8 special delivery or a quote for international tracked and signed if you are out of the UK. For more than one animal, individual quotes can be given depending on the animal(s) to be drawn.

I use Special delivery / International tracked and signed so that should the worst case scenario happen, neither party is out of pocket as I would give a full refund. I always scan the portraits so there’s a copy. It’s never happened but I like to have a contingency just in case.

How to order a commission

  • Send me an email or if you are on Facebook a direct message to start with.
  • Let me know what you would like to commission and I will give you a quote if there’s more than one animal to be painted.
  • I need you to send lots of good quality, clear photos. I can only work off what I am given so the more the better.  Images of unique markings are essential.  I am pretty good at picking up on personality by looking at reference photos and of course discussing the critter with the client.
  • This next sentence is really important. If you have a pet that is clipped regularly or in the case of horses, their coat changes colour seasonally, then tell me which fur length you want.  A dog can look completely different in pics before and after they have been to the groomers!
  • I can incorporate collars and name tags with initials and even favourite toys!
  • The next step is me sketching your commission. I will send you a photo of the image and it’s at this stage any changes can be made. 
  • Once you have OK’d the sketch, I will ask for payment. This will preferably be by bank transfer or if you want to use a good ol’ fashioned cheque then I charge an extra 5% to cover charges.
  • I then start to paint and throughout the process I will keep you up to date with the progress.
  • Once the painting is finished, it will be mounted, backed and packaged in a cellophane sleeve.
  • Then it’s off to the post office where I will obtain a tracking number and pass this on to you so you can see where your commission is on its journey!

How to order a commission

  • Send me an email or if you are on Facebook a direct message to start with.
  • Let me know what you would like to commission and I will give you a quote if there’s more than one animal to be painted.
  • I need you to send lots of good quality, clear photos. I can only work off what I am given so the more the better.  Images of unique markings are essential.  I am pretty good at picking up on personality by looking at reference photos and of course discussing the critter with the client.
  • This next sentence is really important. If you have a pet that is clipped regularly or in the case of horses, their coat changes colour seasonally, then tell me which fur length you want.  A dog can look completely different in pics before and after they have been to the groomers!
  • I can incorporate collars and name tags with initials and even favourite toys!
  • The next step is me sketching your commission. I will send you a photo of the image and it’s at this stage any changes can be made. 
  • Once you have OK’d the sketch, I will ask for payment. This will preferably be by bank transfer or if you want to use a good ol’ fashioned cheque then I charge an extra 5% to cover charges.
  • I then start to paint and throughout the process I will keep you up to date with the progress.
  • Once the painting is finished, it will be mounted, backed and packaged in a cellophane sleeve.
  • Then it’s off to the post office where I will obtain a tracking number and pass this on to you so you can see where your commission is on its journey!

My daughter recently lost her beloved blue heeler, Sully. I commissioned Donna to do a painting of Sully as a surprise. Donna was so great! Captured Sully perfectly. After getting him framed, and delayed delivery to my daughter due to snow storms (I live in the US) I was finally able to deliver him to her. Very emotional and she loves him. Communication with Donna was great and she is VERY responsive. Thank you soo very much.
NP (Iowa, USA)

Having a full time job can encroach on painting time. This also means I operate a waiting list but I will be working ma wee butt off I can assure you. From your initial enquiry, I aim for you to take delivery within 3 weeks but this is sometimes a lot quicker, depends on the time of year i.e. Christmas is busy.

 

Message me any queries and I will happily help. Oh and be prepared for dialect typing at times. I am Scottish and I do tend to forget and type how I talk! Google translate hasna advanced that fer yit but if ee er strugglin’, joost ask!

 

As I have said, any questions, just shout and I will get back to you ASAP! In the meantime…here’s a few clients with their portraits.

bert

Bert

piper

Piper

piper

Ella & Winston

Cloud-and-Xsyanna

Cloud and Xsyanna

coran

Coran

I can’t begin to describe Donna’s amazing talents. She is such a pleasure to do business with. Donna kept me in the loop step by step of the process to make sure I was happy with what she was doing. The picture she made of Piper looks exactly like her. Best of all, Donna captures her personality!

DJS (California, USA)

 

 

The best gift we could ever receive. Absolutely love this painting of our wee Winston who we lost last year. The similarity and detail is incredible and I cannot be happier with it. Thank you so much!!

AB (Scotland)