Russell Thomas Art Commission Requests

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My Achilles heel is keeping up with commission requests.  There!  I admit it.  They come in on an almost daily basis and it is hard to keep up.  Heather helps....a lot.  She manages the business end of things with dexterity and grace, handling all the invoicing, payments, and the accounting, not to mention myriad other details.

I thought it might be useful to talk about the process of commissioning a painting from me, and suggest a few tips.

First of all, we've set up a Google form to gather the initial details.  This works great if you have a Google account; it doesn't if you don't.

There are two ways to get to this form:

1)  Hit the SHOP NOW button on the top of my Russell Thomas Art page, or

2) Hit the link on the top of my ART page on my website (

If you don't have a Google account, then you will need to have us start a commission request on your behalf.  Just connect in the way that best works with you:

Russell Thomas Art Facebook Page


Phone/Text:  780-881-3752

Here are some key things to note:

The PRICE is based on two factors: 1) the size of the canvas, and 2) the number of subjects in the painting.

If there is a single subject, the prices range from $350 to over $1,000.  For each additional subject, no matter the size, there is an extra charge of $150.  This is a time thing:  an additional subject in a painting requires a lot more time and attention than just painting a background.

How quick can you deliver the goods?

Great question.  We have been saying 4 to 6 months for new requests.  As of this morning, I'm changing that to 6 to 8 months to err on the side of caution. There is huge demand right now. That said, I reserve the right to make exceptions based on the nature of the request. In other words, don't wait to get your request in the queue.  And don't be shy to ask me to make an exception if the situation warrants it.

By way of example, there is no way that I can accept any new requests for Christmas presents in 2016.  If you want to shoot for Christmas of 2017, I'd be all over that.

If you're interested in a canvas print of an existing work, that is very achievable in time for the holidays.  You can connect with Heather at, or ask through direct message on the Facebook page.

Commission Success Tips

The BEST way to communicate with me about commissions is through  Russell Thomas Art Facebook page.  The next best is through email at

Sending SOURCE IMAGES of family members, pets, etc. can be done as an attachment through Russell Thomas Art Facebook page, or can be sent as attachments to

Doing a quick CHECK-IN from time to time is highly effective and appreciated.

When the project is complete and it is time for payment, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

1) We accept payment through Paypal, e-transfer, cheque or cash

2)  We need to add GST to the final total

3)  If you are from away, there will be an extra charge for shipping - don't worry, we package up the artwork to ensure its safe arrival at your home

Our goal is for you to get a piece of original artwork that you or a loved one will treasure forever.  I hope this helps.


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