Painting Commissions

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I specialise in painting landscapes and architectural studies (inc. house and garden portraiture). Commissioned work has been produced for individuals and organisations for a number of reasons.

  • They can make great personal gifts for people with important birthdays.
  • Unique presents for those who are retiring, moving house (but would like a representation of their former home or business).
  • Or for someone who might find it very difficult (through illness or lack of mobility) to access a memorable view or place and would treasure a uniquely observed painting or drawing as a reminder.

I also welcome illustration work, either as line drawings or paintings, for historical, architectural and landscape publications.
My preferred painting medium is watercolour on paper (the general composition is agreed first with the customer before the painting process begins), but I can work in other mediums of choice including oils and acrylics. I can also produce observational line drawings/ illustrations for architects and charitable organisations who need someone to record, for example, historic buildings/sites that are under threat of demolition/removal or visualisations from 2D elevation drawings.
I mainly work from my own photographs and sketches completed on site but I can work from customers photographs. Prices start at around £300 (excluding picture frame) depending on distance travelled for site visits etc. (allowing approx. 3-4 weeks before completion depending on medium used).

Shown below are examples of some recent and archive commissioned work.

Portrait of St Mary’s Nursing Home near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

nc302stmarysnursinghomeRecently completed commission for St Mary’s Nursing home as part of their refurbishment. Oil on canvas – 76 x 102 cm (30 x 40 inches)

 

Portrait of a Period House in Wirksworth, Derbyshire

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Commissioned by a daughter as a present for her mother who proudly owned this very unique house.
Watercolour on paper
“Neil came up with an imaginative way of showing 2 sides of my mother’s house in the same picture, and a lovely touch of painting my mother walking round the house as well. His attention to reflections adds a lot of work for him in the painting, but gives the pictures added depth. I thought the painting was very good value, considering the time it must have taken him to do.” Mrs C.Tacon of Cheshire.

 

Ashover Medical Centre, Derbyshire

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Commissioned as a leaving present for a retiring GP.
watercolour on paper
“The recipients of the watercolour, and the charity trustees were delighted by your painting. “A wonderful painting”, ” An excellent depiction of the building”, “We will cherish this lovely painting”, ” The artist has captured for ever the spirit and emotion that went into the establishment of the Medical centre”. These are just some of the comments that were said when your painting was presented to the retiring Doctor and his wife.” Mr P. Clark – a Trustee and Secretary of Ashover Primary Care Charitable Trust

 

Bunster and Thorpe Cloud from below Blore

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Commissioned for an elderly mother who was unable to travel.
watercolour on paper
“I wish you could have been with us when we unwrapped your picture for mum last Sunday because she was so obviously delighted with it. It’s now hanging in her room and will be the first thing she sees on waking up – and that was the object of the exercise… Sincere thanks thanks again for all the time and effort you put into mum’s picture. It was most definitely worth it as the end result has been such a great success.” Mrs E. Hind of Derbyshire

 

Cressbrook Mill, Derbyshire

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Commissioned as a wedding present.
watercolour on paper
“The service is always fantastic! Neil does everything we ask and always produces wonderful paintings. His easy going manner and “nothing is too much trouble” attitude really made us feel confident that the final result would be something special.” Mrs S. Clark of Cornwall

 

The Pike Pool, Beresford Dale

5beresforddalecommissionCommissioned as a 60th birthday present.
Watercolour on paper
“I am absolutely thrilled with the painting, thank you so much. I am sure he will feel the same way too. If ever I need another one, I can assure you that I will be contacting you, as indeed I will recommend you to friends etc.” Mrs. P. Degg of Staffordshire

 

House & Garden in Kniveton, Derbyshire
6knivetonhousecommissionCommissioned as a 60th birthday present using the customers own original photograph as reference material.
watercolour on paper

 

Alison’s Allotment Garden, Derby
7alisonsallotmentcommissionCommisioned as a birthday present for the allotment holder.
watercolour on paper

 

Stepping Stones Shoe Shop, Ashbourne
8ashbournestepstonesshopcommissionCommissioned as a leaving present on selling the business.
watercolour on paper

 

Brailsford Common
10brailsfordcommissionCommissioned as a leaving present for a former vicar of Brailsford Church
watercolour on paper

 

House and Garden Portrait at Ellastone, Staffordshire
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watercolour on paper

 

Cottage and View from Over Haddon, Derbyshire
vernoncottageoverhaddonCommisioned as a 60th birthday present for the owner.
watercolour on paper

 

Haymaking in the 1950’s
13horsehaymaking1950stylecommissionCommissioned by the son of the gentleman in the painting (painted from their own treasured black & white photograph).
watercolour on paper

 

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