The process of making art can be isolating—at least until the final reveal. But artist commissions are an exciting way to collaborate with one’s audience. Commissions allow the artist to make something that is very special to one specific person. The goal is to make a visual representation that connects to that person’s heart. And with collage, you can incorporate actual mementos, keepsakes, and other valued scraps. The artist is pushed to do their best work using their knowledge, experience, and techniques to make something meaningful.
Watch the video on this page to see the creation of Katherine’s largest commissioned collage to date, titled “Memories of Pequea.”
Dexter was created as a birthday gift for my client's wife. The white and tan floral paper frame the horse as if it was lying in a field with the shimmering white puffs of paper as clouds overhead. It includes everything from vintage magazines to handmade rice paper. The whole surface is paper.
My family stayed at a bed and breakfast in West Virginia beside a historic barn. On returning home I made a collage based on my reference photos. I contacted our former hosts to see if they had interest in the work and to my joy they bought the piece and hung it in the very building where we stayed!
Having created a series of collages based on 50 state flowers, someone raised in California asked for that state's flower, which had already sold. I used map sections as the main background, being sure to have her hometown appear between the flowers. A bright and happy collage for a colorful woman.
A special friend wanted a collage for his wife as a surprise wedding anniversary present. He supplied a reference photo and told me about their lives (favorite colors, hobbies, etc.). I used those details in the creation of their collage, and his wife was beautifully surprised by this unique gift.