Commission a Painting

Original Oil Painting Commissions by Kathleen M Robison

I love doing custom painting commissions for clients and their families. They make excellent gifts or memorabilia of a fond location. If you love my painting style, but want something a little bit more custom, I’ll gladly help you create the painting of your dreams. I have a streamlined process that will make the painting commission experience smooth and enjoyable.

Here are some of the most popular types of oil painting commissions:

Give the gift of an original oil painting for Anniversaries, Weddings, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, etc…

Original oil paintings make wonderful and unique gifts! Gifts for all sorts of occasions. I can create paintings of all sizes for the special occasion.  When you think of the particulars of your loved one or friend you are giving to, you know places and things they love so we can create a beautiful memory for them of a special place, or person or pet!

Figure & Portrait Commission Paintings

Figure paintings depict one or more human or animal subjects. The main focal point of the painting is the figure itself rather than the surrounding landscape. Figure paintings are often more casual than portrait paintings, and clearly depict the subject yet allow for creativity and motion in the composition. In modern times, the more casual and creative figure paintings are more popular than traditional portrait paintings.

figure oil painting

“Owen Napping”

A portrait commission is the most classic of all painting commissions. Harkening back to patronage culture of the Renaissance, it exudes nobility and splendor. It’s a great way to decorate your home with original artwork that can’t be bought off the shelf.

suzette portrait oil painting


A portrait commission focuses more on capturing the nuanced features of the subject, and depicting the unique beauty of the person. I try to capture the gist of the person or pet rather than photo realism keeping inline with the impressionist tradition. Portraits are excellent for more traditional or professional environments. Thus creating something original, different, and unique.



Vacation Landscape Commission Paintings

One of my top requests from clients is a painting of one of their favorite vacation destinations. I’m based out of Orange County, CA and receive numerous requests for paintings of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and locations in Los Angeles. I’ve also received requests for paintings of vacation destinations from around the world.

Crystal Cove Oil Painting by Kathleen M Robison

“Crystal Cove”

These vacation location paintings are perfect for your vacation home to match the local decor and inspire relaxation. Conversely, you may want to preserve the memory of your favorite vacation spot year-round in your primary residence.


Childhood & Current Hometown Commission Paintings


Send me photos of your favorite vacation spot or a vacation photo of years ago and I can paint a beautiful impressionistic memory to grace the walls of your home/environment. With the photos you send me and the sketches I create, I can create wonderful memory for you of your vacation.


Your current home may be your dream come true! I work with clients on creating paintings that depict the local landscape and culture of where they currently live. This is a great way to bring the community into your home’s interior design.



Benefits of a Painting Commission from Kathleen M Robison

  • Your custom request means there are no other paintings like it – anywhere!
  • Original oil painting that will last for generations on archival canvas with the highest quality paint
  • Your painting will be in Kathleen’s original painting style, not produced in a factory
  • You will have a voice in the process, to help craft and design the final work
  • Kathleen’s 20 years of painting expertise will guide you through the process to create an exquisite finished product
  • The joy of owning or gifting a painting of one of your most cherished places or people


How the Commission Process Works:

  1. I will review your commission request and followup with a few questions via email and/or phone.
  2. We will schedule and introductory call/email to discuss your preferences and ideas for the painting commission.
  3. I’ll send you a sketch of the painting via email for your initial review.
  4. As I paint the painting I will send you images of the its progress to make sure we are getting what you envisioned.
  5. Commissions typically take 3-5 weeks to complete, depending on painting size.
  6. When the painting is near finished I can make small changes if necessary.


  1. Once complete, I’ll send your painting via a tracked and insured UPS or FedEx shipment.
  2.   Hang your painting and enjoy!


Painting Commission FAQ’s


Q: Do you include the frame?

A: In order to save on your shipping costs, I don’t include the frame with the portrait commission. I will send recommended instructions for framing in your local area. If you would still like my expertise in framing the painting, I can provide this service for the additional framing and shipping costs.

Q: What are the prices for a painting commission?

A: Each commission will receive a custom quote depending on the size, complexity, and other requirements for the painting. Painting commissions start at $500 for an 8×10″. A 30×40″ commission would be $2,500. Other painting sizes are priced within this range.



Request a Commission Quote

If you’d like to request a painting commission, please apply below and I’ll follow up with you:


Please fill out a few details below and we can discuss a commission that you have in mind!