How To Commission A Painting

Producing a work of art on a commission is a relationship, and after 15 years of painting them for happy clients of all project sizes, we have streamlined the process to make it easier, less stressful and best of all more fun for you.

1. Choosing your artist - I suggest Michael Orwick.

2. Deciding on the image to paint.

3. The Quote is given to the Client.

4. The fun part. Painting begins and the first payment is due.

5. The, even more, fun part! Client receives painting & final payment due

From concept to completion, the client and artist work together to bring an idea to reality. Whether you are commissioning a large or small, public or private painting, the process remains the same. These are the steps you will follow as you commission a painting. Payment structure may vary slightly due to complexity, turn around time and the support used for the painting, so be sure to inquire.

Why choose Michael Orwick?

Finding the right artist to create your painting is the key to owning a piece you, your family, or your organization, will enjoy and value for a lifetime. It is best to find an artist whose style reflects what you are looking for and who has experience producing paintings in the style you desire.

Michael Orwick's painting style is a harmonious blend of Impressionism, Realism with a hint of Luminosity. Orwick has studied the sky, the elements, the atmosphere, and the light. He translates it into the painting with superb delicacy and finesse, within Each painting we move from soft places like the clouds to areas of extreme intricacy and attention grabbing detail.

To see more examples of his paintings please visit or better yet one of the many galleries that show his work.

What information does Michael Orwick need from me?

Before you approach an artist you may want to answer these questions yourself so you are able to clearly convey your expectations.

Tell him what you're thinking.

What size would you like your painting to be?

Do you feel strongly that certain colors or shades of color should be included in the painting? If so be sure to let the artist know.

What is your budget? Be honest with yourself and the artist. If your budget is tight let the artist know. He or she may be able to work with you to let you know how to decrease your costs.

What is your deadline?

If the painting is a portrait or of a specific place that would be difficult to visit, make available photographs of the subject if possible to help the artist determine the level of detail needed. This will also enable the artist to give a better estimate.

The quote is given to the client.

The artist will give you a quote for the final painting. The quote is an in-depth explanation of what the client should expect and will receive as an end product. The quote also includes the cost, which varies for each piece.

First payment due & painting begins

After accepting the quote, a down payment will be paid and work will begin on the painting.

If the painting is a person, place or objects the artist cannot view in-person, please provide photos.


Michael Orwick gets sketching, and you get your first look at your masterpiece in progress.

You dive in with any notes, ideas, or changes.

Your artist gets to work and if desired sends progress reports along the way.

Client receives painting & final payment due.

Once the painting is complete, the final payment equal to the remaining amount of the quote is due to the artist and the finished artwork is given to the client.

Let's Get Started!

If you are ready to commission your own painting, please contact Michael Orwick or one of the galleries representing him today to see how soon he can get started.

503 693-7639

A link to galleries that represent Michael

What might it cost?

This is an average price list for 2020

8x10 $500 - 80 Square inches, $6.25 per inch

12x12 $690 - 144 Square inches, 4.80 per inch

11x14 $750 - 154 Square inches, 4.88 per inch

12x16 $900 - 192 Square inches, $4.69 per inch

16x20 $1300 - 320 Square inches, $4.00 per inch

20x24 $1700 - 480 Square inches $3.54 per inch,

30x40 $3750 - 1200 Square inches 3.17 per inch

36x36 $4000 - 1296 Square inches 3.10 per inch

36x48 $5100 - 1728 Square inches 2.95 per inch

48x60 $7500 - 2880 Square inches 2.60 per inch

Any size larger than 48x60 starts at $2.50 per inch and may go down as the size increases.

Please call for quotes 503 329-2167

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