How to commission a painting

Have you ever wished for a painting of a special place or imagined a painting on a blank wall? If so, read on...

Many of my commissions are based upon a painting of mine that a client sees and loves but is not the right size for their space.  It's fun collaborating with a client to create a special painting.

This painting: Julie's House is relatively small (18x12 inches) and was the inspiration for a 30 x 40 inch commission.

How can we make this happen?
First, lets talk, so we can figure out what you want and what I can deliver. If we decide to move forward—great! Call me at (314) 598-7199 or email me at

If you are local I can start at your home, with the small painting to make sure that the colors would work for your space. In this case, the finished piece was going over the mantle, so I also took a blank 30 x 40 " stretched canvas to place on the mantle to make sure that size would work.

How long will it take?
I am fairly flexible depending on my current schedule. Four to six weeks is an average time frame.

How will I know if I’ll like it?
My starting point is a to-scale painting at about 30% of the final size. After you approve this small scale piece, I begin the final painting.
Commission oil sketch

How much does it cost?
I price my paintings by size and I don’t charge extra for commissions. Tell me your size and I’ll give you your price, unframed. I generally require 1/3 up front, 1/3 upon sketch approval and the balance upon delivery of the final painting.

Final painting: Julie's House II, oil, 30x40"

Join me this Friday at OA Gallery in Kirkwood, MO

Opening reception at OA Gallery: August 8, 2014 from 6 - 9 p.m.

OA gallery is hosting an opening reception this Friday from 6-9 p.m. for guest artist Thomas Hammond.

Plus, the entire space has been re-hung and all the resident artists have fresh work to share.

Come join us for wine and hors d'oeuvres!

Janet Fons is joining OA Gallery in Kirkwood, MO

Native Grasses, oil on panel, 12x16" by Janet Fons
I am happy to announce I have joined OA Gallery in Kirkwood, MO. The address is 101A West Argonne, Kirkwood, MO 63112. OA Gallery is open from noon to 5 Wednesday through Saturday. Click here to go to the OA website