Some of the most famous art in the world was commissioned to be created by someone other than the artist. As time has passed, that tradition has slowly disappeared and art has been something that is often created for the sake of creating it. I think this is a great thing! More people should get into art for all kinds of reasons (a whole other blog post sometime). That being said, for us professional artists that made the silly choice to try and make a living in art, I would love to see commissioned work make a glorious comeback.
This past summer, I received an email from a wonderful couple that wanted to some images of their favorite beach for their home here and to have at their other home in California to remember as a reminder of their view for the other half of the year. There is something to be said about creating art with restrictions. Most people would think that would be a bad thing, but sometimes restrictions are what pushes the artist to try harder and create something amazing within those limitations. It forces us to think and see in a way we aren't accustomed and in that, we can grow.
I set about creating a series of images that both reflect my style and what the clients had in mind. What came forth was something that made us both happy. I think that is a beautiful thing to share with someone. I got to create moments that captured how someone feels, which in the end is what art is all about.
If you are interested in getting your own commissioned images, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.