Commissions

A commissioned painting is a thoughtful present for a loved one, or a special treat for yourself! I'd love to work with you on a painting of your favourite native bird or animal.

As a guide, below are some sizes I've been commissioned to work to before. These are always negotiable - send me an email with what you'd like! I require a 25% deposit on confirmation of the work, with the remainder due on completion. If you live in the ACT/Queanbeyan, I will deliver the work to you in person. For other locations, we can discuss delivery arrangements.

I am a trained conservation picture framer. If you'd like your artwork framed, please ask me for a quote.

Email: e.birks@hotmail.com

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Small painting - $220

Approximately 15cm x 15cm size

Either a detailed portrait close-up of a larger bird or animal, or a full-sized image of a smaller bird (such as a wren or silvereye). 

Mounted in conservation-standard window mat in standard 8x10 inch frame size for easy purchase of frame.

(Image is indicative of size and detail only - frame not included)

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medium painting - $350

Approximately A4 size

Either a detailed portrait close-up of a larger bird or animal, or a full-sized image of a larger bird or animal. 

Mounted in conservation-standard window mat in standard 11x14 inch frame size for easy purchase of frame.

(Image is indicative of size and detail only - frame not included)

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Large painting - $550

Approximately A3 size

A full-sized image of a larger bird or animal, or several birds/animals in one image.

Mounted in conservation-standard window mat in standard frame size for easy purchase of frame.

 

My training as a conservator has influenced the way I create my paintings. I choose pigmented ink, as unlike dye ink it doesn't fade, and provides intense colour to capture the brilliantly-coloured birds and animals of Australia.

Mounting and/or framing is done to conservation standards. This includes:

  • cotton-fibre window and backing mats which don't acidify with time. Wood pulp in cheaper paper and cardboard contains lignin, which is the part that acidifies, discolours and can stain the artwork itself
  • conservation hinging techniques to secure the artwork into the window mat. These hinges are always fully removable with no damage to the artwork, yet are strong and secure.
  • Where an artwork is framed, I use acrylic (Perspex) glazing. Acrylic is lighter, clearer (there is no green cast like glass has), and far less breakable than glass - especially important if shipping the artwork to you

Previous commissions