Commission Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions for Commissioned Artworks

Okay, I need to put terms in, in the event of a worst case scenario. Please bear with me. Most commissions go well and we have a healthy, productive and meaningful time together. 


  1. I reserve the right to decline commissions.
  2. I will provide a painting based on the specifications provided, with my interpretation on the concept. 
  3. A standard commission includes: full detail photo replication, ¾” deep canvas, varnished with a backup of the image stored on my computer.


  1. To secure your spot in line, a non-refundable 50% deposit of the full price of the piece is required. Work will not begin without this deposit. 
  2. Upon delivery of the final product, the remaining 50% is due.
  3. If you do not pay, I reserve the right to resell or destroy the painting. 
  4. All sales are final


  1. Price is calculated by the size in square inches of the painting, the thickness of the canvas and the detail of the painting. 
  2. Most commissions fall into the standard pricing which includes: a ¾” canvas, varnishing and gift wrap. 
  3. Examples of high detailed pieces are available at request. 


  1. Due to the complex world of art, I cannot guarantee satisfaction. I do, however, make reasonable attempts to capture what you are looking for in each piece. 
  2. I provide up to 3 edits, without additional charge. 
  3. Large scale reworkings or a large amount of small edits may be subject to additional charge.
  4. I provide work in progress photos, at my discretion, and opportunities to provide feedback. These are normally helpful, productive times for our working relationship. 
  5. In the event that our working relationship is unable to be healthy and continue, I reserve the right to end the commission. If it is fully paid, I will deliver the commission as it stands. If it is unpaid, I reserve the right to do with it as I please. 


  1. As a result of being a new parent, I am unable to guarantee delivery dates. I try my best, but sometimes life happens. 

Your Input

  1. For most commissions, your input is incredibly important. You provide reference photos, descriptions, edits and more. Clear, concise, effective communication is incredibly important for our working relationship. 
  2. The quality of the reference photo(s) has a direct impact on the finished piece. Poor reference photos make work harder, good reference photos make work easier. I always do my best with what I can. 
  3. Delays in communication between us will result in delays in the delivery of the final piece. 
  4. I will ask for your input in naming the painting, but it is not necessary that you provide a name. 

Final Piece

  1.  Painting may be varnished or not varnished, as per your request. Varnishing adds an extra 4-7 days of drying time. Varnishing is included in the price. 
  2.  Large paintings (over 16 x 20") will be wired for your hanging convenience. 
  3.  All commissions are scanned and saved for promotional and archival purposes. In the event that a painting is destroyed, these digital files give us the ability to reproduce it for you, additional fees may apply. 
  4.  I own the copyright on the image in perpetuity. I have the right to share reproduce the image without consulting you. However, I typically only reproduce the image if it's generic enough to do so. 
  5.  You may ask me to hold off on sharing the image on social media if it is a surprise. 
  6.  You may not sell images of my paintings without expressed written permission. 

By commissioning a painting from Erin Stagg, you agree to these terms and conditions. 


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