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The first step to commissioning a painting is to choose an artist based on your style and budget. Depending on your exposure to the contemporary art market, you may already have a short list of artists to consider. If not, websites such as artsy.net
are useful tools to allow you to search for artists based on an array of categories such as subject, color, and even price.
Not all artists do commissions, so you may want to contact a few to suss out their interest. Find an artist who is excited about your brief and the prospect of working with you: good artist-client chemistry in the early stages predicts a more fruitful commission.