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Buying My Work

Most of the pieces that I sell are commissions, although at any given time, I do have a number of non-commission pieces for sale.

Commissioning a Piece

Why do people commission work?

People often see something that I’ve painted and like my style and the way I tell a story with details and would like me to create something tailored to their family, town or favorite activity.

If I’m thinking about a commission, how can we get started?

If you’d like to talk about commissioning a piece, the first step is to let me know by sending me an email at or calling me at 908 591 6152.

When we talk, I’ll ask you about:

  • What you’d like to have – for example, a painting, mural or furniture
  • Why you’re interested in a commissioned work
  • The “tale” you’d like to tell in paint
  • The size of the piece
  • Where you think you’ll put the piece
  • Any specific requirements about color or other characteristics
  • When you’d like to have the piece finished

Then I’ll give you an idea of the timing and price range.

If you’d like me to proceed with a sketch, I’ll ask for a $150 sketch fee as well as more details about the “tale” to be told in the work. I might ask you to send me photos or information to help me create the story.

Next, I’ll send you the sketch, which is a rough draft of what the painting will look like and helps determine the details to be included – and ultimately the price of the final painting.

After you look at the sketch, we will talk again about the painting and finalize any details. If you decide to go ahead with the painting, the sketch fee will be subtracted from the final cost of the painting. If you don’t wish to go ahead with a painting, you will have no further obligation beyond the sketch fee.

What if I want to proceed with a commission?

So that I can begin the piece, I will send you a contract that outlines basic information about what we’ve agreed to—for example, the size of the piece, the completion date, the payment agreement, and delivery. Once you return the contract and a check for 50%of the agreed-upon price, your painting order will go into my queue for commissions.

Typical waiting time for a commission is 2 to 12 months.

The balance for the painting is due when the work is completed, along with any sales tax due or delivery charges (like charges for packing, shipping or insurance).

All payments must be by a check made out to Pat Wiley Folk Art.

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What’s it like to work with you on a commissioned piece?

Commissioned pieces are meant to provide a fun and pleasurable experience for you and me. I like to listen to the “what and why” of your request for a commission and enjoy the challenge of expressing your story through my work. And I want you to enjoy having your story told in one of my paintings.

With a commissioned piece, remember that there’s always an element of surprise, since you never know exactly what the piece will look like until you see it. Actually, there’s a surprise for me, too, since I never know exactly what a piece will look like until I decide it’s done. So commissioning a piece will work better for you if you feel comfortable trusting my sensibilities and sense of fun to complete the piece.


What if I have other questions about a commission?

Please send me an email at or call me at 908 591 6152 and I’d be happy to answer your questions.

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Buying a Piece That’s Already Completed

Why do people sometimes buy a piece from you that was not specifically painted for them?

There are several possible reasons:

  • They enjoy a tale I’ve already created.
  • They know exactly what they’ll get if they buy a piece that’s already done.
  • They can have the piece right away.
  • They know exactly what it will cost.

How do I find out what you might have for sale right now?

In my online gallery, some pieces might be for sale at the moment.

You can also send me an email at , let me know what you might be interested in, and I can let you know what’s for sale from my studio or another place.

Pricing Policy

How do you decide how much to charge for a piece?

My prices are based on the amount of time it takes me to create a piece. And the time is driven by the size and details. The time includes any research I have to do, preparing the surface (for example, in the case of kitchen cabinets or a mural), planning the piece from the sketch, and the time I spend painting.

What do your pieces typically cost?

My smaller paintings are about 16” by 24”, although most of the pieces I do are larger. The smallest painting I’ve done is 6” by 10”; the largest was a 10’ by 50’ mural.

Prices typically range from $950 to $8,000, although each piece is specifically priced.

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Pat Wiley Folk Art- Tales Told in Paint
PO Box 31 - Richfield Springs NY 13439 - 908-598-7231