I am currently fully booked for 2020, but am accepting submissions for 2021.
Please read the info below and follow @carajmason to stay up-to-date about my availability.

So, how does commissioning a watercolour portrait work?  When my books are open (announced via Instagram) I read through submissions.  Priority is given to projects I feel are a good fit for the series, are interesting subjects, work well as watercolour paintings, and match the photo requirements.

Every painting is made entirely by myself and although I would love to paint every request I get, I'm afraid there is only so much work I can take on.  Unfortunately, that means that some submissions will not be accepted.  If you don't hear back from me after submitting a request it is because my books are either closed, the timing isn't right, or the project won't work well for the series.  I apologize ahead of time for any disappointment this may cause.  Please feel free to re-submit whenever my books re-open.

If you're interested in commissioning one of my watercolour portraits please read the following and then email to submit your application.


  • $150 - Animal portraits
  • $200 - People portraits
  • $10 - Shipping anywhere (only pay once per order)
  • $10 - Framing (only available for pick ups in Winnipeg)

Wait Time and Availability
I usually book 3-4 months in advance.  Please specify when you need your painting for when ordering.
Payment is done through Paypal.  Once all details are finalized and confirmed a money request is sent for the full amount.  Only when the payment is sent is your spot confirmed.


Regular portraits are done on an 8"x10" piece of watercolour paper.  Framed portraits are done on an 8.5"x11" paper.  Each piece of paper can only allow for one animal or person per paper.  If you are interested in having two or more as a set I suggest having the bottom detail match on each paper.


All paintings are mailed out through Canada Post.  Paintings are shipped by the end of the month you were booked for.  Transit time varies, but generally you can expect it to take 1-4 weeks to get to you from the time it's mailed it out.  If you wish to upgrade to a faster shipment please let me know before the purchase so I can give you a new price and schedule for shipment.  Some packages can incur custom fees which is the responsibility of the customer.  Winnipegger's can waive the shipping fee if they prefer to pick up their artwork.

Refunds and Exchanges
Due to the nature of custom watercolour paintings I can not offer a refund once the painting has begun.  In order to ensure you are happy with your piece please take the time to include accurate and detailed reference photos.  If you are interested in seeing photos of your work throughout the process, please let me know, but be aware that I can not make any changes once I begin applying ink.
Bottom Details
The detail on the bottom can be chosen from the examples shown on my website here, or if you have any ideas I can work with that too.

Reference Photos
This is the most important part of the process.  The better the reference photo, the better your painting will be.  Photos that do not meet all of the below requirements unfortunately will not be accepted.  Please ensure that you are able to check everything off the list before sending the photo.

  • 3/4 shot of the face (not straight on)
  • Photo shows the entire head and goes to about mid chest
  • Photo is taken in natural light (try to get the shine on the eyes)
  • Photo should be taken so you are eye level with the subject
  • Any distinctive markings are easy to see (freckles, spots, birth marks, eye colour)
  • For all animal portraits the animal must be sitting
  • Animals must not have a collar on in the photos
  • Ensure that the photo is high enough quality that I can zoom in on it without it getting too pixelated

Cell phone, blurry, noisey, pixelated, filtered, dark, or too small photos do not make for good references.

I generally advise against photos that show teeth, or glasses as the portraits are small and details like that can make it a little cluttered.  Any patterned clothing is painted as one solid colour to avoid any of that unnecessary clutter.

Please send more than one photo so I can get a good idea of what the subject looks like from different angles, and in different light and shadow.

Here's an example of a good reference photo:

Thanks Huckleberry for being such a good model!

If you're at all curious about the painting process, you can watch a time-lapse of Huckleberry's painting below. Make sure it's in HD!

Whew! That's a lot! Still interested?  Then send in your submission with the subject line "Watercolour Portrait Submission"!
Please include the following information in your email:

What are you looking to order?
Will this piece require shipping?  Or will it be picked up in Winnipeg?
If it's a local pick up, are you wanting to add on a frame?
When would you need the painting by?
What kind of detail would you like for the bottom?
Is this a gift/surprise that I should keep secret until a specific day?
As well as several reference photos.

Thank you for your interest in my work!