Tip File: Headache-free Commissions

John Michael Carter shares his personal commission secrets and resources:

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

Portraits, Inc., New York

Portrait Society of America, which hosts an annual conference.

This tip is an excerpt from an article titled “Painting with a Twist,” by Kathy Gulrich. To read the full article, click here and order The Artist’s Magazine’s 2007 Annual CD.


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