Ask the Masters: Success with Commissions

Tuesday, July 27th

5:00-6:00pm MDT (7-9pm EDT)


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Success with commissions!


An IDEAL commission is a collaboration between you and your client. They request the size, color, and subject matter and you make their vision a reality.  AND you are appropriately compensated for your time & skill as you create artwork that is true to your voice, while also connecting on a deep emotional level with the client.

Sounds like a wonderful dream!  How do the pros prevent the dream from becoming a nightmare?

Let’s ask the Masters – so you can execute commissions as painlessly as possible!

  • How do I protect my creative process, not compromise my vision, and still cater to the client's requests?
  • How much time should be spent reworking a piece?
  • What do you do if the client refuses the finished artwork?

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Learn from LU's panel of successful & experienced Masters

Topher Straus | Sharon Fox Cranston | Leon Holmes

Always LIVE & INTERACTIVE. Bring your questions!

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Meet Topher Straus

Marketing, Acrylic, & Digital Master Artist

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado in 1974, Straus grew up enjoying every opportunity to hike, ski, camp or otherwise spending time outdoors in nature.

He left to study at Syracuse University in New York receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997. His first career in directing documentary narrative films and advertising, took him to Los Angeles and later, New Zealand. His achievements in this medium included the appearance of his films numerous international film festivals.

In 2018, after a decade of professional filmmaking, Straus returned to Denver and shifted his focus. He began fervently working toward becoming a full-time fine artist, hosting his first solo show in 2019. His second solo show, The Parks, debuted at a Denver gallery and garnered attention for his modern approach to the depiction of iconic landscapes, solidifying his style, vision and emergence into the art scene. The exhibit was also featured later that year at the American Mountaineering Museum. His colorful and dynamic work has been exhibited in galleries, institutions, museums and private collections in California, New York and Colorado.

Straus is proud to have been recognized on a national level with the US National Park Service. Beginning in 2021 his “Tetons National Park” painting will be on permanent exhibit at the visitor’s center in the Grand Tetons National park in Wyoming.

Straus is an active, enthusiastic promoter of his own work and the art community as a whole. He currently lives and works above Denver in the foothills of Golden, Colorado surrounded by the wilderness that inspires him.

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Meet Sharon Fox Cranston

Oil, Acrylic, Digital & Pastel Master Artist

Creating art brings me joy, it gives my visual perception of the world a voice. Therefore, the more I paint, the more I want to paint, and it’s perpetual. Since I’m constantly thinking about art, I identify the world as value scales and colour harmonies.

I enjoy challenging myself to grow, to experiment, and explore new ways of looking at the world. Making art has become my legacy, Each piece a visual record of my life, where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, and how I’ve tried to express that moment to others.

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Meet Leon Holmes

Oil Master Artist

Leon Holmes is an international award-winning Australian artist, lecturer and ambassador, who has made himself a global name as being one of the most enthusiastic and successful professionals of his trade - Plein Air Oil Painting.

Born and raised in Perth, Leon’s career started with a wide range of artistic fields including Printmaking, Graphic Design, Art Direction, Illustration and Photography before the artist made his dream come true becoming a full-time artist in 2003.

Leon is using only the finest art materials available to produce artworks of an exceptional quality that are standing up to the demand of his serious collectors base and competition around the world.
The majority of Holmes’ works are painted from life ‘En Plein Air’ (in the open) and are capturing the beauty of natural light and colours of various scenes including landscapes, seascapes and portraits. Challenged by the forever-changing conditions surrounding him, the artist has adapted to work quickly which resulted in dynamic and vibrant studies that are also inspiring the artist’s larger studio works.

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Event Details

Date: July 27, 2021

Start time: 05:00 p.m. MDT

End time: 06:00 p.m. MDT

Venue: Online

Email: earn.it@levellingup.ca

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