I undertake art commissions for a wide range of subjects, including portraits, pets, homes, gardens, a special location, etc. My style is colourist and contemporary rather than photo-realism. I aim to create a unique painting that captures the emotion and essence of my subject. It is a perfect gift for a loved family member or friend for any occasion …….. or why not just treat yourself!


Your photos need to be clear, good quality, well lit and in focus. If you can provide a few different ones it helps me to understand and connect better with the subject. The larger and better quality the photos, the better your finished painting will look. You can either post or email the photo(s) to me. Where appropriate, I will adapt the photo(s) to ensure the most attractive composition and discuss this with you, along with choice of colours, before starting the painting.


You can be confident that many hours of work will go into your commission. I will complete the painting on good quality watercolour paper such as Saunders Waterford, or Bockingford, using professional artist quality paints. The painting will come complete with a bevelled ivory-white mount ready for you to frame.


Below are a few examples of commissions. You can also check out customer testimonials on my Kind Words page.



pet portraits“As the owner of Gijs, I’m in love with your work and extremely pleased with my commissioned painting. The painting is currently in my consulting room and it attracts a lot of attention.” A. Bednarska, Yorkshire



dog portraitsI would just like to say a massive thank you for painting my dog Bonnie. The painting is stunning. We got Bonnie 14 years ago and, other than her, this is the best present I’ve received.”  L Rice & M Egan, Halifax




“The paintings arrived safely today – they are stunning, many thanks indeed!”

D McCausland, London



COLEY CHURCHart commissions



It’s WONDERFUL, we just love it. It’s the nicest Xmas present ever, you’ve captured us so well.
Made us feel quite emotional, and the colours are brilliant.  DT, Yorkshire







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INFO. I am an artist and I live in Halifax, West Yorkshire. I exhibit my paintings regularly at a number of galleries and venues across West Yorkshire. Also, my artwork has been selected for collections in UK, Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to original works of art, I also offer signed prints and greeting cards in different sizes. These are available through this website. Having had a passion for art since I was a child, I currently work from my studio in Halifax. Also, I have trained with some of the leading national and internationally known artists, who have influenced the development of my own personal style. I think it is important for an artist to keep learning and refreshing ideas. It is an exciting journey. Furthermore, I am attracted to  the play of light and color that completely changes the appearance of the environment, its people and wildlife. So many great artists have tried to capture the fascination of light in their work. Moreover I think it is one of the most exciting aspects of any painting. Consequently, I am always striving to reflect the impact of light and color into my own work. Especially nice are these kind words from customers. Furthermore these kind words so customer satisfaction. Because they are happy with their purchases you can expect the same. Due to workloads I need at least 2 weeks notice to complete a commission. However, please note that at busy times such as Xmas, a longer lead time is recommended. Therefore, please contact me as soon as possible.