Headache-Free Commissions

  • Take pride in your work. Be sure that your commissioned pieces are paintings that you like, not just what the client will accept.

  • Protect yourself. Be trusting and trustworthy—but always get your agreements in writing.

  • Hone your social skills. A big part of your job is feeling comfortable with your subjects. Make sure that your social skills and your professionalism are as exceptional as your art.

  • Learn as much as you can. Here are a few places to start:

    Portrait Brokers of America http://www.portraitbrokers.com

    Portraits, Inc., New York http://www.portraitsinc.com

    Portrait Society of America, which hosts an annual conference http://www.portraitsociety.org

    Helping them make the transition from full-time job to full-time artist, Kathy Gulrich coaches artists on the business of art. Her book, 187 Tips for Artists: How to Create a Successful Art Career—and Have Fun in the Process! and her CD for beginning artists, Seven Mistakes Artists Make—and How You Can Avoid Them All, are available at her website, www.smARTlearning Center.com. She lives and works in New York City.


  • Learn more about framing & selling your art:

  • Complete Guide to Selling Your Work Online
  • Frame It! – Do It Yourself Framing for Artists
  • Read more articles about selling your art
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