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Guidelines to Commission Custom Art

I am delighted that you are interested in commissioning artwork or an architectural installation. In making this important investment, there are several things to keep in mind. My custom mosaics cost anywhere between $200 to $500 per square foot and the price is determined by many factors including size, materials, and complexity of the design.  Delivery and installation are priced separately.

Smaller works, such as portraits, or realistic mosaic interpretations from a photograph are quoted case by case. Expect a square foot portrait in the range of $1,500 – $3,000, again depending on complexity and materials. Mosaics take time, and all of the fabrication work is done by hand, by Bonnie Fitzgerald.

A small art piece or portrait may take 30 to 90 days from design approval. A large-scale work may take several months.

For architectural installations and large-scale artworks we may bring on a team of skilled artisans to assist in the fabrication process. Fitzgerald supervises all work.

The first consultation is free of charge and usually a  price range can be given fairly quickly.  Most often, this can be accomplished in a phone call based on the size and scope of the work. If in-person consultation is required a nominal $150 per hour fee applies, plus reimbursement for travel if outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

To determine an exact cost there is a non-refundable design fee based on information gleaned from our initial consultation and your understanding of the price range. The design fee ranges from $250 to $2,500. We will agree on the exact deliverables for the agreed upon design fee. For example a pre-determined number of original designs, created by the artist from your specifications for you to select from, materials samples, to scale prototypes, budget, and time-line, etc. Each commission is unique and I will work closely with you to ensure you I am working efficiently on your behalf.

To best to prepare for of our initial consultation, please provide the following information:

  1. What is the approximate size of the mosaic work you wish to commission?
  2. What, if any, imagery do you have in mind (flowers, a portrait, abstract surface enhancement?)
  3. What color palette do you have in mind?
  4. Are there specific materials you wish to incorporate?
  5. What is your budget?

I look forward to creating a unique mosaic artwork that exceeds your expectations. All of my custom work is site-specific and one-of-a kind. Thank you for your interest in mosaics, especially Maverick Mosaics!