Commission Gallery

Custom paintings are always fun and often challenging. I like them because they stretch my boundaries and my painting experience, and I know in the process I'm really delivering something special for my clients.
Commissioned paintings offer 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. I’ve painted 100+ commission paintings. Below are but a few samples.

 My commissioned paintings have ranged from a tiny 8 x 10” watercolor to a whopping 8’ x 12’ acrylic on canvas diptych. I am happy to give you my best quote on your ideal painting. To learn how easy it is, visit the Services menu above or click this link:  Commission Paintings

Madrona Cottage watercolor painting by Barry Tate

Madrona Garden 
15 x 22” watercolor, $ sold 
(15 x 22 canvas prints available)

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This beautiful garden and shed was a challenge and a pleasure to paint. Numerous bird houses, ornaments and novel details adorn the garden. I wish this was my yard!
Sheep and tractor fun farm painting by Barry Tate

Happy Sheep And Tractor 
30 x 40” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
(prints available)

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This was a fun commissioned painting based on a previous piece my clients loved. They were great to work with and were able to supply me with some images of their original homestead.
Mt Baker painting with some gulf islands and Salish Sea in the forground

Mt. Baker And Islands 
16 x 20” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
(16 x 20 prints available)

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This painting was designed specifically to blend nicely into an art collection of 2 and 3 dimentional work, and to remind my clients of the wonderful beauty the BC coast has to offer. Like many of my commissioned paintings, I worked directly with the suggestions and color schemes they needed to create the perfect painting for them.
This painting features 8 pacific coast whales by Barry Tate

The Gathering 
15 x 22 watercolor  
(16 x 20 canvas prints available)

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This painting has 8 pacific coast whales- 4 toothed and 4 baleen
This is a commission painting of a sail boat called Transformer, in the Okanagan

Transformer 
30 x 40” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
(prints available)

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This is a commission painting of "Transformer", a trimaran located in a beautiful lake setting in the Okanagan. The owner fell in love with one of my interpretive style paintings so together we created this scene for his living room.

Memories Of The Coast
16 x 20” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
(16 x 20 prints available)

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Retirement or perhaps work sometimes causes even the most loyal "west coaster" to reluctantly leave the comfort and beauty of a BC coastal community. This interpretive painting was part of two pieces I made for a nice couple who were relocating to the Okanagan. With muted earth tones, numerous logs along the shoreline and deep blue water, it refects so many places unique to BC.

Makarios And Mt. Baker
17 x 64” acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(special order prints available)

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This original piece was designed to fit in a specific space on board a private yacht. I incorporated the Makarios in the actual painting with a color
This is a painting of colorful parrot fish by Barry Tate

Ocean Emmys 
24 x 36” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
(special order prints available)

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This original parrot fish painting was for a special grand daughter and designed to fit in a specific space on board a private yacht. I incorporated a color scheme designed to complement the vessel.
This is an acrylic painting of Trial Island near Victoria BC by Barry Tate

Trial Island
52 x 36” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
(special prints available)

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With it's 4 antennas lifting to the sky, Trial Island off of Oak Bay is an easy island to identify. At the end of Beach road, locals have placed 3 lawn chairs for folks to site and enjoy the view. Bring a book, a camera or just yourself and enjoy a hour of bliss while seagulls and freighters drift by.

The Duen and Summer Winds 
8’ x 12’    2 panel diptych, $ sold 
(no prints)

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This large original 2 piece canvas was designed to fit the 20' high wall behind and to show from the 1st and 2nd floor. The Duen, an authentic old two masted sailing ship was the centre subject in the largest of the two paintings.
This is a commission painting of the sail boat Alana-Leigh

Alana-Leigh
22 x 32” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
(no prints)

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I painted the Alana-Leigh for my clients from some supplied photographs as well as a visit the the marina where she is docked. On site visits can reveal important details that might not show in well in the original photos. The background for the painting was improvised and made dark.
British buldog commission painting of Chloe- the grandpuppy. A painting by Barry Tate

Chloe The Grandpuppy 
16 x 20” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
(prints available)

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Colorful abstract painting based on circles, by Barry Tate

Chivas 
60 x 60” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
(prints available)

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Arbutus and Poppies acrylic painting on canvas by Barry Tate

Arbutus and Poppies
36 x 48” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
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This was a nice commission to do because my clients had this great view and some super ideas of their own. They live in the Metchosin area of Victoria on a mountain. Their view is spectacular but often the distant Olympic Mountains can get it obscured by fog and mist. We designed this painting to fit over at particular space in the living room. A special element to the painting that is not so obvious, is it’s a very wide 210 degree panoramic view (long and skinny) compressed into a more artistic and manageable shape! The most important elements of their view were all kept and recognizable including the arbutus and the tree with the eagle.

Tranquility (installed on a yacht)
36 x 50” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
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Another fun commission for some really nice clients. Their beautiful yacht had a large uninspired pale blank wall behind the seating area in the bridge. They particularly enjoy all the wonderful scenery while cruising through the gulf islands so together we created Tranquility. The painting was designed to bring more color and life into the room and to fill the empty void. Existing colors in their decor were incorporated into the piece so it looks and feels at home and we left just enough space around the edges to "frame" it.

Jazz
18 x 22” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
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What a great name for a dog.Painting a Schnauzer is particularly challenging. There is continuous color shifting in his coat from multi shades of grey moving to golden tan and deep sienna. But most tricky to render with paint is the fur is metallic and really silver looking. That's what I like about most of my commission paintings, it pushes and makes you grow your skills.
A painting of the Saanich peninsula by Barry Tate

A Great View 
30 x 40” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
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This was a view from my clients home on the Saanich Peninsula. It is looking west across the the Valley near Stelly's Cross Roads.Knowing that a move was in their plans, they wanted to take this spectacular view with them. We chose to paint it in a realistic style for the memories it has. It was a nice painting to do but the single most challenging part was the shiny glass table between the chairs! It was like trying to accurately paint a random puddle of partially mixed colors.
Hakai Pass painting with natural boardwalk.

Hakai Pass 
30 x 40” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
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Hakai Pass is one of the most beautiful places on the west coast of Canada. The pristine waters and abundant fishing make this an extraordinary destination for a group to enjoy. The accurately painted hand rail was a real challenge to paint. It is all driftwood and fitted into place as it will because there's no consistant shape or size. This painting was given as a retirement gift to a well loved boss in the movie industry.
A realistic painting of Cadboro Bau beach on Vancouver Island BC by artist Barry Tate

Cadboro Bay
30 x 40” acrylic on canvas, $ sold 
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Cadboro Bay Beach is a hidden jewell that even most locals don't know about. It gets a good amount of sun so the water can be "almost warm" if you're inclined. This commissioned painting was a mother's wedding gift to her daughter and new son in law. They had gotten engaged on this beach a year earlier.