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:


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


Portrait commission focus more on capturing the nuanced features of the subject, and depicting the unique beauty of the person. Portraits are excellent for more traditional or professional environments.


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

Past clients have fond memories of their childhood homes and towns, and want to create a painting that mirrors these nostalgic experiences. With high quality photos of the childhood home, we can create a beautiful piece that will be treasured. Sometimes these commissions take a bit longer to plan and produce, but the result is worth it.


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 application and followup with a few questions via email and/or phone.
  2. We will schedule and introductory call 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. I’ll then create the painting for you and send high-quality pictures.
  5. Commissions typically take 8 to 12 weeks to complete, depending on painting size.
  6. You’ll have a chance to request 1-2 revisions, if necessary.
  7. Once complete, I’ll send your painting via a tracked and insured UPS or FedEx shipment.
  8. You’ll can now hang and love your painting!


Painting Commission FAQ’s

Q: Can I return the painting?

A: Yes, if you are not satisfied with the painting, you can send it back for a revision or refund. In order to share costs, you would be responsible for the shipping fees both ways.

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!