Recently, I have taken on a number of commissions. Although this has never been a main part of my practice I have found the process both interesting and satisfying. The commissions I have undertaken so far have all come about through people seeing the first; an oil on canvas seascape of Eastney Beach in Portsmouth.

Working to a brief, albeit sometimes a loose one, has challenged me in a number of ways. My approach is personal, and it is very important for me that I get to know the person who has commissioned the piece. It is also important to know where they plan to hang the finished painting.

Of course the subject matter is crucial, but I also like to gauge what kind of atmosphere and feel the client is looking for. Therefore, I generally ask many questions in order to gather as much information as possible before I begin to make the work.