Fine Art Commissions’ expertise and unbiased judgement was extremely valuable and we would have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Fine Art Commissions has several unassailable advantages over its competitors; firstly I love Sara Stewart, everyone does and justly so, a visit to Fine Art Commissions is the tonic many good men and a few bad ones rely on to refresh from their office bound lives.
Secondly the sensitive business of getting painted or getting ones family painted - are we good looking enough, can we afford it, are we important enough, am I too vain (probably), what stage of my life is the right stage of my life etc is effortlessly handled by Fine Art Commissions so much so one ends up as certain and as entitled as the Queen might.
Thirdly she has a canny range of portrait painters on her books and thanks to Saras' vast experience, an unerring ability to ensure you choose the right artist, I chose this artist and got a fabulous portrait that makes me better than I am, as well as a best man and a wife all in the deal, so there it is, case proven.
The Lord Somerleyton
We love the portrait…The whole process has been so enjoyable and easy and we have you all to thank for that.
Amy Dawson, Sunningdale School
I had assumed that sitting for a portrait would involve feeling intimidated for hours on end in complete silence, under the intense scrutiny of an equally intense artist. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Part of Nicky’s great talent is to engage and relax. Within moments you’re old friends, meeting for a gossip, it’s just that one of you keeps dabbing at a canvas. I admit to feeling a little bereft when the whole thing was finished, our chatting time had come to an end. But the portrait had come to life.
Fine Art Commissions’ stable of artists have produced some of the most iconic portraits of many well-known personalities… The calibre of the artists’ oeuvres has led to the company achieving a global reputation of commissioning portraits of the highest quality, and has led Sara Stewart to become recognised as a leading authority in contemporary portraiture.
Every time I go to bed and pass those portraits, I never regret the money I spent.
What we can do today we never do tomorrow” is a truism. So people put off having their portraits painted till they have - too often - lost the bloom of youth. So when I wandered by chance into Sara's gallery and saw Nicky's wonderful pictures I thought - fuck it - and commissioned her to paint Arthur while he was in his prime. And his descendants will thank me in spades for doing it.
Thank you for introducing us to Rosalie Watkins. Her portrait of Canon Brain Mountford, commissioned by University Church for his retirement, captures both the confidence and informality of Brian's character. Rosalie was a delight to work with and Fine Art Commissions were extremely helpful and professional in managing the whole process.
The Revd Alan Ramsey, Associate Priest, University Church, Oxford
We were interested in commissioning a portrait of the three of us to surprise our mother with on her 50th birthday. Rosie was insightful in suggesting artists whose styles might suit. She then came up with the definitive idea of commissioning a set of three that would work together or apart…Thank you Rosie… you could not have executed our idea any better and the portraits will be enjoyed by the family for years.
The Cobbold Family
It was a privilege and a glorified ego massage!
The portrait was delivered this morning… It is everything I hoped it would be when I commissioned it and we are delighted with and enchanted by it. Thank you so much for introducing us to the artist. He is not only a wonderful artist but a terrific human being as well!
Selecting a portrait painter is a difficult task and one that raises a myriad of questions: how do I find one? What will it cost? How do I assess suitability? How long will it take? Fine Art Commissions are able to answer these and many other questions besides, and to do so at no extra cost for the ‘customer’. Their advice, service, personal touch and management of the process leading to the selection of an artist to undertake a commission of three different portraits could not be faulted and we have been delighted with the outcome.
Richard Morris, The Society of Merchant Venturers
Fine Art Commissions recommended Nick Bashall to draw my daughter and he was absolutely the right choice. He made the sittings fun for Isabella as he placed a mirror behind him so she could watch the progress. It was reassuring to know that if Nick was late for a sitting, or we didn’t like the portrait, Fine Art Commissions was in the background to step in and help.
The University benefitted greatly from the services of 'Fine Art Commissions' helping us to carefully select just the right artist. The commissions were particularly important to the university, beginning, as they did, our collection of oil paintings which form a permanent record of our history. The process of matching subject to artist was handled very professionally and this ensured that each had real empathy. The results are magnificent and hang in the university's Senate House main entrance for all to admire.
Professor Holmes, University Of Bolton
The portrait for the University I approached with trepidation, as I thought it would be both a personal and public experience and I needed persuasion to ‘go on canvas’. I felt it would be personal, because it reaches inside you, and public because it will be seen by people who have, and have not, met you. Fine Art Commissions, together with the artist, gave me the necessary re-assurance and confidence to go ahead. The result fully justified the confidence I’d placed in them.
John Standen, University Of Hull