On this page you can see examples of work commissioned in the recent past - these are in my chosen medium of pastel. I normally work at the studio from photographs I have taken on the spot , often within West Cumbria, though I can also work from reference photographs supplied by the client if they are of sufficient quality. Sometimes the precise choice of view is left up to me, for example if asked for ''''a painting of Buttermere'''' , sometimes an exact viewpoint is specified, or ''hills to be included'', or recently I've composed a number of photographs ,then discussed and selected the choice of reference image with the client. Today this can be done via e-mail too if the client doesn''t want to travel to the studio. Popular subjects have been a personal favourite view in the landscape, the clients'' house or other view in their home town. The paintings have been well received as gifts for people leaving a workplace or retiring, or as wedding/ anniversary/ birthday/ Christmas gifts of course.
The price for a framed pastel painting in my ''standard'' size and choice of framing, which as from 2016 is a plain square cut solid oak of approximately 60x47cm (external frame size) done to commission will normally be between £350 and £380 for a West Cumbrian subject - with occasionally added costs for example for more than normal time time spent on location, expenses getting to the location, or for a particularly complicated or detailed view which takes more time, or certainly for a larger picture. Smaller sizes are possible up to a point, with some reduction in cost. There is a limit as to how small it is possible to work in pastel. These and any other requirements can be discussed individually.
I strive to give value for money, this is painstaking work and at my current rate represents a charge of approximately £9.00 per hour.
Please feel free to enquire (Tel. (+44) (0)1900 823521,or see ''contact'' page). I have successfully delivered framed paintings internationally as well as within the U.K. and can obtain a quote for this if necessary.
''Sailing on Bassenthwite'' - painting produced from clients'' own photographs.
Commissioned view of Skiddaw from near Bassenthwite village.
A house in Cumbria, together with some of its occupants.
A favourite animal, painted with reference to the client's own photos, intended as a surprise gift for the owner..
A view from a favourite spot..
Commissioned landscape view in pastel.
Commissioned pastel ,view of a market garden.
Cumbrian commission , price £300.
A specific view commissioned by regular visitors to the area.
Commissioned pastel 2013. Large size panoramic format view from Low Fell. Image 670mm x 340mm. Frame size 900mm x 580mm.
This is a larger painting than my usual format, but with the same degree of detail, approx. 15 days work, price guide £750 region (of which £80 is framing cost for the larger size frame).
''Cockermouth from Mickle Brows'' - Commissioned pastel, 2013. Guide price £360.