Home Commissions

 

 Home is where one starts from. - T.S. Eliot

When we look at the buildings, homes, or landscapes we've inhabited their images become signs of where we've been. The scent of a room, leaves blooming in a specific tree, and the residue of time passed in a brick wall add life and a story to the places we cherish. Architecture is one of my favorite subjects to paint either from a photographic reference or on site from observation. Buildings present characteristics, much like the human portrait, which I discover and reveal through layers of drawing and painting. My goal when painting a home or place is to document how it feels to be standing there. I design the composition around a focal point to draw viewers into the space of the work. If you're interested in a home commission, then take a look at the following steps which detail the process we'll take!

 

Step 1. Here are a few examples of architectural and landscape subjects I've painted. Some were commissions from images or made directly on site while others are personal projects that fit this category. Home commissions do not include people/figures. You'll find a range of media, size, and style to give you a sense of the possibilities for your commission. (click image to open expanded view)

East Lansing, MI Commission Oil on Canvas 8" x 10" 2018 Painted on location from observation.

Commission Oil on Canvas 16" x 22" 2016 Painted from a photograph.

Oil on Panel Roughy 5" x 6" 2017

East Lansing, MI Commission Oil on Canvas 8" x 10" 2018 Painted on location from observation.

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Step 2. The next step is to decide what media and size you want your commission to be. I have listed options for a drawing or a painting. Prices are based on an equation with the height and width of the unframed art. Prices are non-negotiable, but I'm open to suggestions for surfaces or media! All commissions are paid 60% upfront with the signing of the contract and before I acquire and prepare my materials. The remaining 40% + shipping costs are paid when the art is finished prior to shipping. 

 

Drawing

Graphite, Charcoal, or Colored Pencil

Strathmore Riverpoint Archival Paper

Max size 20" x 30"

Unframed

H + W x 20 = Price

 

Painting

Gouache

Strathmore Riverpoint Archival Paper

Max size 20" x 30"

Unframed

H + W x 25 = Price

 

Oil

Handmade Cradled Wood Panel or Stretched Canvas

Max Size 48" x 48"

Unframed

H + W x 30 = Price

Prices do not include sales tax or shipping costs. Frames are not included in the price. I do build custom frames using Poplar wood for an extra fee. Note in your email inquiry if you'd like to purchase a custom frame and we can discuss options for color and design. All payments are requested through my site. Monthly payment plans are an option and still apply to the 60/40 rule. The commission will not ship until after the full payment is received. Prices do not include cost of travel or lodging if applicable.

Step 3. Now that you have decided how you would like your commission to be made, please contact me directly to h.acuna45@gmail.com. The subject of your email should read "Home Commission Inquiry". 

In the email body please include the following information:

1. Full Name + Where you reside?

2. If you have collected or commissioned my art before?

3. Will you need the commission earlier than 2 months from today?

4. What is the subject of your commission? (house, building, landscape etc.) in the email attach photos (required) or street address (optional) 

5. What media, surface, and size you want your commission to be?

6. Do you want the artwork to be unframed or framed?

7. Do you want the art to be made by referencing your photos or created in person on-site for an extra cost?

8. How would you like to setup your payments? (100% upfront, 60% upfront, or across three monthly payments) 

9. Is this commission a gift? If so, will it be shipped to the location provided in question 1?

10. What is the backstory of this subject? Is there anything specific in the imagery that you would like me to emphasize?

That's all I need to understand your inquiry and gather a clear idea about what you're looking for. Please feel free to add any other important details about this commission in your email. I will respond within 24 hours unless I'm away from my studio and access to wifi. 

Anne

"I commissioned Hector to paint the mountain where my wife and I got engaged. He did the most beautiful job, and from pictures alone! It's my favorite art that we have on our wall. Thanks, Hector!"

Jack

"The painting I got is such a beautiful representation of what I asked for! This piece will forever be displayed in my home."

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Emily

"Hector created the most beautiful custom painting of my family home that I gave as a gift to my parents. The painting was stunning and Hector made the process so easy. The painting was completed faster than I could have imagined and directly shipped to me. My family all loves it so much that my sister and I even fought over who gets it in their will (I obviously won!)"

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Mike

"Our painting of Miller Park is so realistic and brings great joy to our home. Everywhere we have moved we always get asked if it's for sale and of course our answer is no. I can't imagine it not being in our home."