Barry Tate Gallery

Commission Paintings

If you've been frustrated by searching for "the perfect" painting in a particular style, size or color why not create it together? I'll to the painting part but we'll both design the painting. Not only will you save your time and get exactly what you want, you'll have the satisfaction of being the co-creators!

I can create custom and odd shaped artworks in any size, color or theme you need to make your decor perfect!

Custom paintings are fun. For the artist it stretches the boundaries of experience and for the client it offers a unique opportunity to participate in the exact painting you want. The size, color subject and style can all be determined before the painting is made.

How does it work?

Most people have never commissioned a painting before but it's easy! And, it doesn't have to be expensive either.

Step 1. Determine the location. If it was perfect, where would it be? Don't limit your own creativity or wish list because you think hanging it on the ceiling or 20' high in a large split level entrance would be too difficult. I'll handle that end.

Step 2. Determine the image and color scheme. If it was perfect, what would it be? Maybe you like a few of my paintings and want something similar or you have an old photo or magazine clipping you like. Fortunately I can and like to paint in a diverse range of styles as you've probably noticed and have over 300 limited edition images in print. Selecting your favorites from the list can help your decision. Some folks keep paint and fabric color swatches of their decor which can be easily worked in.

Step 3. Determine the size, shape and other requirements for your ideal painting. I like to help at this stage. I can visit with you in your home, take some digital photos and make some recommendations. This is especially nice if you live in Hawaii, Spain or other exotic setting and choose to fund my trip!!! Unfortunately I can also work with photos mailed or emailed to me if the latter isn't an option! Thanks to the wonder of modern science, I can show you a simulated painting hanging on your wall before I paint it. This is great if you have trouble visualizing such things.

Step 4. Go ahead. When we've agreed on the proposed artwork and price, I require a deposit of 50% to begin and the balance when delivered.

Step 5. That's it! A few weeks later you'll have the perfect painting which fits like a glove. And you'll have the great satisfaction that you helped create it. A few of my commissioned paintings can be seen on my web site in the Commissions Gallery section.
The major long and narrow painting at the top of my home page was indeed a commissioned piece! It was specifically designed to fit a special space in one of my clients yachts and works perfectly for my feature page.



My clients wanted to knowledge their anniversary by replacing this small but nice oil painting over the sofa with a large feature painting to really set the room off...

Finished Painting


This recent commission began from a postage stamp sized 25k jpeg! With a home visit and sharing some of their favorite local scenes, the painting of Todd Inlet was created.

The rose and deep hunter greens and other base colors of the living space were utilized in the finished piece. Because the natural light in this room comes from the right, I "lit" the painting from the right as well. Small attention to details like lighting can really make the painting feel at home.


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