The price of the portrait is not confirmed until the deposit has been received.
Once the deposit has been received the price is fixed, unless the sittings are delayed by the client by more than four months. If the artist postpones the sittings, the price remains as agreed.
Copyright rests with the artist, unless specifically agreed in writing, before the commission is started.
The balance (plus any delivery/travel expenses) is due after completion of the painting, before framing.
Deposits are non-refundable, unless the artist is unable to start the commission.
VAT is not charged on portraits destined for outside the EU on the basis that we receive proof of shipping.
VAT is not charged on portraits painted outside the EU.
In the event of our client being unhappy with the likeness, a representative of Fine Art Commissions will meet with the both the artist and the client to identify the concern and work towards a satisfactory outcome. FAC acts as an honest broker and not a plastic surgeon..... (Since 1997 we have had three 'disasters' and in each case we reimbursed the deposit as the artist refused to continue working with the client. Otherwise issues, which have been brought to our attention, have been resolved).
In the case of the portraits being painted from photographs (posthumous), the judgement will be based on the likeness to the photograph, not to the memory of the 'subject'.
In the case of portraits being painted from photographs (young children), the judgement will be based on the likeness to the photograph and not to the actual child who may have changed in the interim.