ALL PAINTINGS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE BY ME, RENNIE SPARKS, THE LYRICIST AND BANJO/BASS TWIDDLER FOR THE HANDSOME FAMILY. I ALSO COLLECT DOG FOOD CANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND CAT WHISKERS OF ALL LENGTH AND COLOR.

THE PAINTINGS I MAKE:
—Are acrylic on stretched canvas (or canvas board) and signed RS (Rennie Sparks). The back of the paintings have the full title written on them as well as my full name and the date the painting was completed. I will also include a receipt for payment.
—Are rectangular however some photos  taken from an angle to avoid glare make the work appear slightly asymmetrical.
—Are treated with a permanent protective varnish.
—Are usually framed with wood covered in heavily-varnished beans (Except for less-expensive marker art done on frame-less canvas boards).
 —I make my frames myself and they look it.
 
COMMISSIONS (PET PORTRAITS, SPECIFIC ANIMALS, HUMANS, THEMES):
I'm currently (January, 2016) accepting painting commissions, which means that if you have a specific animal or animals or a person or even an idea or a story you'd like me to paint I can probably do it. I've been happily swamped with commissions for many years so it sometimes takes up to a year for me to complete a painting for you. I'm not fast,but I do aim to please. HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES

ORDERING:
To order a commissioned work email me and I'll let you know how my schedule is looking. Before I can get started you'll need to either email or mail me some good quality photos of the subject plus some details about what you'd like me to work on. For pet portraits I like to imagine what Heaven looks like for your furry friend. I'll always discuss ideas with you before I start painting, but I don't require money up-front. Also: I like to frame the paintings myself with those aforementnioned homemade beaned frames. If you want your painting to remain frame-less I can refrain from beaning it up and will charge you $50 less.

COMMISSION COSTS (as of January, 2016):
Commissioned paintings cost between $900 and $1100 + shipping
(shipping is usually $15-$150 depending on where you live and how big the painting is). I can give you a rough estimate of shipping costs before I begin a piece for you.

PRICING
Small (aprox. 17" x17" with bean-appliqued frame)  $900 plus shipping
Larger (aprox 20" x 20" with bean-appliqued frame) $1000 plus shipping
Largest (aprox 26" x 26" with bean-appliqued frame) $1100 plus shipping

(Some countries have extreme postal size limits so larger paintings will cost significantly more to ship than smaller ones. Email me what country you live in when inquiring about a larger painting and I'll let you know costs.

PAYMENT: I can accept a personal check for US dollars or you can wire me money to my bank account or you can send money through paypal. I don't require a down-payment. After we dicuss the painting and agree on an idea I will get to work. When I have a finished draft I will send you a photo of it through e-mail. If you're happy then you can send payment and I'll ship it out. If you want it revised we can work on that until you're happy.

DISCLAIMER: Before you commission a painting from me have a look at my finished works. I am not a traditional portrait painter i.e. if you send me a picture of your dog sitting in the driveway I might want to paint your dog up in a tree and if you ask for a picture of a lion I might paint the lion walking on a sea of flames. I always go for the brightest colors. If you want a photo-realistic image of your pet or you want something that doesn't have an air of the surreal about it then I"m probably not the right painter for you.

FURTHER QUESTIONS:
Please e-mail me if you have any other questions or comments or just need someone to talk to about this scary world.

Thanks for looking at my paintings! Rennie Sparks


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