“Artistic expression allows us to condense time and circumstance to create with deep significance and reflect not just the physical qualities of things but also their essence; an expression of the interconnected relationship of many things over time.”
Artist and Illustrator Joanna Kaufman draws upon her experience in visual storytelling to create expressive watercolor paintings and illustrations of memorable animals and objects such as:
a beloved pet
favorite animal or totem
significant talisman or amulet
meaningful religious or spiritual symbol
The Collaborative Process & Time Frame:
After purchasing a commission, we begin with an exploration of the qualities, stories and characteristics for the unique animal, object or symbol. We select from your best reference images and discuss some of the artistic approaches that can achieve an ideal representation. After this exploration, Joanna provides a summary for the commission as well as a booking date when the artwork can begin. With your approval of the summary, the booking date is secured. Artwork creation and framing takes 4-6 weeks from the booking date.
Materials & Framing:
The artwork is sketched and painted in fine watercolor and gouache on 140lb cold-press cotton paper. After the piece is completed, it is professionally framed at the studio using conservation materials complete with backing paper, artwork title label and wire-hang hardware. Frames are a classic design in solid wood made by Michael from locally sourced hardwoods. Frame specifications are a 3/4 to 1-inch wide front reveal with a clean bevel and 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch deep sides. Each frame is finished with a protective seal of clear varnish.
Each Commission Includes:
consultation to explore the commission
signed original watercolor illustration
conservation framing in custom hardwood
signed certificate of authenticity
fine-art notecard from the artist’s collection
shipping within the Continental US
Shipping & Local Pickup:
Each commission includes shipping within the Continental US. For shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, or International locations, please contact us and we will provide a shipping quote. Artwork is fully insured for shipment and a tracking number is provided by email when the artwork is on its way to the requested destination.
Local pickup at the studio in Trout Lake, Washington is also available. Details and information for a no-ship, local-pickup discount are included within each item description below.
Sizes & Options:
Select from two size-range options below and choose either a square or a rectangular format within that range. For custom sizes, please get in touch and we will provide a quote.
14” x 18” rectangle or 16” x 16” square
16” x 20” rectangle or 20” x 20” square
A confirmation receipt will be sent to the email provided with your order.
Joanna will follow up with an email to arrange a consultation date for discussing the commission.