I believe that every home deserves a special custom-designed exhibition masterpiece. A conversation piece that will stop your guest in their tracks. A deep piece that has a fascinating story behind it that will promote an interesting evening for everyone involved. Art has that power especially if it is beautiful and interesting.
I love commission work because it pushes the envelope on what I already do. In the past commission work has taken me down paths of thought that I may not have thought of.
There are several things I consider when agreeing to do a commission.
Is it something I can emotionally get behind?
My paintings are emotional in nature so if it is a concept or design that doesn’t have some kind of emotional feeling the creative flow just wont work for me. I’ve had people approach me and ask if I’ll paint their yacht and not really have a story behind why. Just not my thing. On a different note, I don’t do pet portraits, but a woman approached me with a powerful story about her best friend who changed her life. It was her dog who had recently passed away and she wanted a reminder of him. I jumped on the opportunity to create something so beautiful and powerful.
Does the person love my work?
I have a very unique style and it is important to me that the person commissioning me to create something loves my previous work. I’ve had people who find out I’m an artist and ask me to do a commission without ever even looking at my art. I’ll usually tell them to look at my art and then get back to me. On the other hand I have people who love my pieces and will want something that already sold, I’ll usually ask what the piece meant to them and create a piece based on their response.
Is it empowering and makes me feel good in creating it?
Since I am an emotional painter, I am very aware of what I am feeling when creating a piece. Considering the amount of time I spend with each piece, I do not work on anything that is negative in nature. I had a gentleman ask me if I could create a piece of him with a gun to his head and have my splatter style coming from the other side of his head. I said no thanks. Yet I had someone ask for the four horses of the apocalypse, the concept was so cool that I jumped on it because of his empowering story of why he wanted them.
Is is super awesome?
If it meets all the criteria above and is something that I have never done before, but it excites me… I’m all over it.
How To Commission Rafi?
It’s pretty easy, just contact me and we can discuss. You can contact me via email by clicking the button at the bottom of the page or call me at 815-342-9448. It’s painless and free. Once we discuss what you want, and we both agree that it is awesome, I’ll require a deposit of %50 to get started. Shipping cost will be the responsibility of the buyer.