Artist and Illustrator Joanna Kaufman uses her experience in visual storytelling to create expressive watercolor paintings and illustrations of memorable animals and objects. Joanna’s artwork is imbued with lyrical qualities that inspire viewers to imagine what worlds and stories might come to life from the art.
Commission an original watercolor illustration of something special:
a family pet
animal or spirit guide
significant talisman or amulet
meaningful religious or spiritual symbol
The Collaborative Process:
We work together to choose from your best reference images for a pet, special animal, object or symbol. We discuss the qualities, stories and characteristics that make it meaningful and explore some of the artistic approaches that can achieve an ideal representation. After exploring images and ideas together, Joanna will send a follow-up email to share the summary of commission specifications and provide a booking date when the commissioned artwork can begin upon your approval. With your approval of commission specifications, Joanna will begin creating your piece on your secured commission booking date.
The artwork is sketched and painted in fine watercolor and gouache on 140lb French cold-press cotton paper. After the piece is completed, it is professionally framed at the studio using high quality conservation materials. Frames are a classic design in solid wood made by Michael from locally sourced hardwoods. Frame specifications are a 3/4 to 1 inch front reveal—depending on the artwork size—with a clean, bright bevel and 1&1/2-inch to 2-inch deep sides. Each frame is finished in clear varnish to beautifully seal and protect the completed piece, making it ready to gift or display.
Included With Each Commission:
signed original watercolor illustration
conservation framed in classic handcrafted hardwood frame
complete with titled art label on back and wire-hang hardware, making the piece ready to hang
unique art card from Joanna’s collection with your gift message hand-written inside; if no gift message is desired, the card will be left blank
printed copy of Joanna’s artist biography
certificate of authenticity, sharing the artistic process for the commissioned piece
shipping to anywhere in the US, tracking number provided by email when the artwork ships
Shipping and Local Pickup:
Shipping is included with each custom commission. Care is taken to gift wrap and prepare each finished piece for safe shipment. A tracking number is provided by email to let you know when your piece is on its way to the requested destination. Finished, gift-wrapped pieces can also be picked up at the Illustration Studio in Trout Lake, Washington. Details and information for how to receive a local pickup discount are included within each item description below.
Joanna works on a first-come, first-served basis. When you order a commission, you will receive the very next available commission date. The artwork creation and framing process takes 3-5 weeks from the booking date, which is secured with your approval of the commission project details.
Small - 8” x 10” or 10” x 10”
Medium - 14” x 18” or 16” x 16”
Large - 16” x 20” or 20” x 20”
Select from three size-range options below and choose either a square or rectangular format within that range. If you are not sure which format is best for the subject matter and reference image, simply select one and and we can revise the format option during our collaborative process. When your purchase is complete, you will receive a receipt sent to the email inbox provided at time of checkout. Joanna will then contact you by email to begin the collaborative process, review your reference images and learn the details and stories for your beloved pet, special animal or spirit guide, talisman or meaningful symbol.