art commission

This isn’t your mom’s weird Vistaprint blanket.
Give Art that crafts wonder from your story.

My work relies on understanding and giving imagery to subtly intense "in-between" moments — curiosity, misunderstandings, disappointment, turning points, joy in full bloom, humor, adoration — and seeks to honestly represent the presence of each within the whole of our relationship to ourselves and others. Through its documentary and research-based process, my work sometimes becomes a home for pain. Some specific questions arise when handling the very attentive work of commission-based projects: How do you accompany another in their pain? Can pain only inspire dwelling? Can wonder exist in pain? Conversely, can a joyful image somehow encompass the range complexities within a relationship’s unique history?

My commission clients know to expect Art that begins with open-ended questions and seeks to understand who they are and the personal history that has built them into that person. I create both commercial and individual-based Art.

Wood Lithography Printmaking

The rarely-used process of Wood Lithography (or Mokulito) produces highly variable print editions, making each print entirely unique. The images struggle to hold clarity against the grain pattern that appears from the wood plate used during the printing process. During the post-print drawing process, I react with pastels, paint, marker, woven papers and other materials to the unpredictable texture variations that occurred in each print. This is one way of acknowledging the limitations of what I’m really able to know about my clients, and of welcoming the mystery by which each of the faces in my work are surrounded.

Each wood lithograph starts with a sketch and is then transferred at scale to wood. The wood is cut to the shape of the drawing, and sanded. The image is then re-traced, some wood burning may be used, and then the wood is prepared with chemicals that will allow it to retain the image. After about 3-4 weeks, the wood is ready to be printed using oil-based inks on a traditional etching press. The print is then allowed to dry, and remains under weights for flattening for at least 1 week (depending on the paper type). The post-print drawing process concludes the piece.

contemporary artist, jenn cacciola

The Commissioning Process

This piece starts with you.
This first step is scheduling a meeting to work out the details. This is also my chance to gather an understanding of who you are and what the essentials are for your final piece. This meeting looks different in each scenario:

  • Wedding & Engagement Portraits - A short, very casual interview and photo-shoot (for reference image use). This session normally takes a maximum of 1 hour. The interview may also occur via video/phone, and photos may be sent instead of holding a photo-shoot.

  • Memorial Portraits - A meeting with the family/friends of the deceased to gather photo references, hear personal stories and understand the tone that is desired for the loved-one’s portrait print.

  • Post-Surgery Portraits - Preferably an in-person meeting/photo-shoot, where I can gather insight into the story behind your scars (visible or not) and take photos of you that best represent this story to use as reference for your portrait print.

  • Boudoir Portraits - Either an in-person meeting to take reference photos for your portrait print and to ask some brief questions to inform the design of your portrait - or a phone interview + photos sent by yourself. We’ll work together on a plan that you’re comfortable with!

Pricing is dependent on a variety of components in your project, including the overall size, materials, number of ink colors, printing layers/plates, and amount of detail needed. All prices are agreed upon ahead of time so that you aren’t faced with any surprises at the end of the project. Let’s keep this a simple, profound experience.