Mark Woollacott Artist

Professional painting commissions

Professional yacht painting commissions by UK marine artist

Painting Commissions

The painting now hangs in pride of place in our front room. I do not lie when I say that whenever I look at it I will get great pleasure knowing that it has become a reality through a daughter's love and painted by an artist that has painted it with such feeling and skill.

Mike and Helen

What's Involved?

Have you ever considered owning a commissioned painting or investing in original art? Perhaps you would like to commission me to paint an original for you, something which is special to you, which will reward you with many years of enjoyment.

mark woollacott painting a boat at Port Grimaud St Tropez

With painting commissions, I usually find out first what you are looking for in the painting so I can paint exactly what you want: namely, the specifics or characteristics of the painting (i.e. the size, light and shade, colouration, amount of detail required, if it is to be painted in a photorealistic style or something a little more loose and painterly etc.).

mark woollacott painting yacht Casper

For example, if you're looking for a professionally painted maritime painting, then a good size photo (a jpg image would be preferable) of the boat would be very helpful for me to use as reference. Note: please ensure the copyright owner of the photograph grants written permission for me to use the photo for reference purposes. The more information you (the client) send me about how you want the painting to look, the better I can visualize how it will appear when it is finished.

Mark, I cannot thank you enough for all the care and attention you have given to our commission and I am so delighted I made the choice to ask you to do the work.... I wanted to write and thank you for painting Whitsuntide. The painting is wonderful and brought so many wonderful memories alive for me again. Although your regular photos of her provided me with a very clear idea of how fabulous the painting would be, I wasn't expecting the huge wave of emotion that I experienced when I saw the painting. I found the regular updates and ability to share decisions about colours, movement of the water, the sky and even the fine detail of the compass with you, enabled me to feel totally involved with the painting. Thank you for bringing my dad back to life for me again, you have absolutely found the spirit of him as he stands looking down the Solent. He loved his boat.

Peter and Jan

It is very important that everything is made clear by the client (in regards to exactly what is to be featured in the painting) at the very beginning of the commission process; for once the painting has begun, no major changes can be made after this point. So it is important that, if you are unable to visit me in person to discuss the commission, then you must email all the information to me, so I have it all written down. Also, I do not normally produce sketches for clients or undertake 'artist visits' to clients. But if additional sketches are required, there is a fee of £100 per sketch. Remember: a sketch is a separate artwork in itself, which takes the artist time and skill to create; so naturally there is a reasonable charge for this extra work.

mark woollacott painting yacht Lucky Cat

High Quality Paints

I now only paint with oil paints. A detailed photorealistic maritime oil painting, painted with high quality pigment-based oil paints, can take me anywhere between seven to thirteen weeks to complete – equating to approximately 170 to 230 hours work at the easel – depending on the size of the painting and the amount of detail required. A seascape or landscape would take me around two to three weeks to complete.

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Please bear in mind that after finishing the oil painting, I will only be able to apply an artists' retouch varnish layer to the painting, and not a final varnish. The retouch varnish will provide a protective coating over the paint layer while at the same time allow the paint layer to go through the process of drying out.

mark woollacott varnishing a painting

PLEASE NOTE: as an artist, I only supply a finished 'unframed' painting to clients - I do not supply a frame with the commissioned painting. Picture framing is the responsibility of the client. The client will need to contact their local picture framer once the client has ownership of the painting. Your local framer will professionally frame the painting and attach all required fixings (such as d-rings and picture cord/wire), thereby making the painting 'ready to hang' for the client.

WOW – the painting looks incredible – the level of detail and the way you have captured the essence of the scene is more than I could have hoped for. Thank you. I am so glad that we found you and your work online, I couldn't imagine a more ideal or more personal gift for our dear friend than a painting of his home and boat. It has been an absolute pleasure to see the painting come to life through the photographs and updates you have sent us. I am really looking forward to seeing it in real life! Thank you.


Mark has painted a truly evocative picture. He has captured the true essence of this beautiful place and brought back many happy memories of years gone by. Thank you so much!

Penny and Andrew

The Deposit

As is customary in professional painting commissions, as a full time artist I always request a non-refundable deposit of fifty per cent of the total commission fee before I undertake any commission. This advance payment pays for half of the commission and is used to order the materials (i.e. oil paints and canvas/panel) I will require for the commission. It also financially covers any invested time, labour, admin work, and costs already paid for by myself out of my own funds.

Once the specifics of the commission have been agreed and you are happy for me to proceed with the painting, I will provide you with an invoice so you can pay the deposit. The invoice will also state the estimated date the painting will be completed by.

Keeping You Updated

Once the deposit has been paid, I can make a start and order the canvas required for the commission and then update you regularly by providing you (by email) with photographs of the painting as it progresses; and at any of these stages you can let me know if there is anything minor in the painting that needs to be altered slightly or painted in a different shade of colour etc. At the end of the day, I am painting this painting for you, so I want to make sure the painting ends up exactly how you want it.

Absolutely as we wanted it. Beautifully researched and executed. A wonderful painting!

Mike and Jo

The Finished Painting

I shall notify you by email within twenty-four hours following the completion of the painting that the painting is ready to be viewed. If you are unable to view the painting in person, I shall email a hi-resolution image of the painting to you — and you must then make an approval of the painting based on the image. If you decide not to accept the finished painting or decide to pull out of the commission at any point, I shall keep the commissioned painting and the deposit. If I am unable to fulfil the commission and, for whatever reason, have to take the regrettable decision to pull out of the commission process, then I will keep the partly worked painting, but I will refund all payments in full.

mark woollacott painting The Attack Pressed Home

The Final Payment

A second invoice will be issued to you so you can make the final payment. The final payment shall be required in full and be given reasonable time to clear before I can professionally package and deliver (by courier) the painting to you, or allow you to collect the painting in person, if this is preferred, and thereby grant the right of ownership to you and allow you to keep the painting. All other rights, including copyright, reproduction rights, publishing rights, I retain. A Certificate of Authenticity shall be provided with the painting when the painting is delivered or collected.

Most clients prefer to collect the painting in person, but if you aren't able to collect the finished painting in person and you would prefer for me to arrange a courier delivery to your UK address, please include your landline telephone number (and its area code) or your mobile number, as well as your full name, the delivery address and postcode. The courier will require all of this information from me; without it they will not allow me to send the parcel.

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Thank You

It is always with the greatest appreciation and gratitude that I receive any painting commission and, as with all my commissions, it will be my standard to undertake and execute your commission with the greatest care, attention, commitment and professionalism in order to produce an oil painting which will provide and reward you with many years of enjoyment.

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Click or tap on the image above to view some examples of work-in-progress images, that show how a painting commission of a yacht progresses from its beginning to its completion.

If you are interested in commissioning me to paint an original painting for you, then please contact me using the email address below and I will be happy to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you may have regarding the commission. I am based in Ilfracombe, North Devon, South West England.

Mark Woollacott is a member of Artists’ Union England, the trade union for visual, applied and socially engaged artists


Some more comments...

Mr J Ballantyne

The attention to detail was incredible!

J Hockin

I feel most privileged and honoured that you would so kindly do this for me … thank you!

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Whisper near Lismore Lighthouse

Maritime painting

Whisper — Painting Commission

A wonderful painting commission from a wonderful family. I really enjoyed working on this painting, which depicted a dark blue coloured X-43 yacht, named Whisper, sailing near Lismore Lighthouse, Scotland. This painting was a very special birthday present for the owner of the yacht. Painting info: Oil on panel. Dimensions: 24 x 18 inches.

Port Grimaud St Tropez

Maritime painting

Half a Century — Painting Commission

I really enjoyed working on this commission, which had a combination of architecture as well as the fascinating maritime aspects. This oil painting is a depiction of a yacht, moored outside the owner's home in Port Grimaud, St Tropez, South of France. There was a lot of detail involved and a certain amount of realism to be achieved. Painting the water with great care and patience (which took me two weeks in total) really brought the painting to life. Painting info: Oil on canvas. Canvas dimensions: 36 x 24 inches.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42DS yacht

Maritime painting

Casper — Painting Commission

This recent oil painting was a wonderful commission to work on and a great privilege for me. This painting shows Casper, a stunning Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42DS yacht, anchored off the beautiful city of Nice, South of France. The deep blues in this painting really bring to life the vibrancy and the quality of the natural light in this picturesque part of the world. I really enjoyed painting the water and bringing together all the separate details and elements that added to the final realism of this artwork. Painting info: Oil on a bespoke linen canvas. Canvas dimensions: 65 cm x 95 cm.

Salar 40 yacht Whitsuntide

Maritime painting

Whitsuntide — Painting Commission

This recent painting commission was a pleasure to work on. I was asked to depict the Salar 40 yacht Whitsuntide sailing through Alum Bay and heading towards the Needles, Isle of Wight. It captures the yacht as it would have looked during the 1970s. Painting info: Acrylic on a bespoke linen canvas. Canvas dimensions: 70 cm x 110 cm.

A View of Ilfracombe from Hillsborough

Seascape painting

Ilfracombe — Painting Commission

This was a delightful painting commission, in which I was asked to depict a detailed view of Ilfracombe from the vantage of Hillsborough. This picturesque North Devon town has a wonderful history and continues to have one of the most beautiful working fishing harbours in the county. Painting info: Acrylic on Italian fine grain linen panel. Dimensions: 30 cm x 40 cm.

yacht Cassiopeia

Maritime painting

Cassiopeia — Painting Commission

This painting shows the client's yacht taking part in a popular sailing regatta in Greece. The yacht is Cassiopeia. A degree of realism was requested by the client in the initial brief for this painting commission, and I was also to depict some landscape in the composition. Painting info: Acrylic on canvas. Canvas dimensions: 16 x 28 inches.

yacht Abigail

Maritime painting

Abigail — Painting Commission

This was a hugely enjoyable painting commission. I had the honour of being asked to undertake a painting commission in which I was to depict the yacht, Abigail. Painting info: Acrylic on canvas. Canvas dimensions: 16 x 24 inches.

Lucky Cat, Sivota, Greece

Maritime painting

Lucky Cat Sivota, Greece — Painting Commission

I really enjoyed painting this particular commission, which was based on a superb reference photograph supplied by the client. Sivota is such a picturesque setting for sailors, and I can understand why people visit the place. In this commission, I was asked to paint a scene which not only incorporated the yacht, Lucky Cat, and the beauty of the harbour as dusk approached, but also to paint the whole scene with a degree of realism. Painting info: Acrylic on canvas. Canvas dimensions: 24 x 22 inches.

On Board SY Albatros HYS 1974

Maritime painting

On Board SY Albatross HYS 1974 — Painting Commission

This painting is based on a photographic slide of V. Hanf, taken in August 1974 onboard Sailing Yacht Albatros of HYS (Hanseatische Yachtschule) in the Fehmarn Belt, during the early morning (at sunrise) after having sailed through the night. HYS stands for Hanseatische (Hanseatic) Yacht (ing) Schule (School). Albatros belonged to HYS from 1953 to 1995. Albatros was ordered in 1936 by the Reichs Air Force Ministry, General Christiansen, who lived on the island of Föhr as a training trip for Naval pilots and it was built on the river–shaped fjord by the name of Schlei, as a ketch. It was built from oak larch & teak. Its engine: 125 hp. Its placement thirty tons. After the war it was confiscated by the British and was consequently rebuilt interiorly. In 1952 Albatros was changed to a Bermuda rigging and was given as a donation to HYS, to be used for training trips, where it was a very much loved ship until 1995. Finally it was sold to be a charter vessel on the Adriatic Sea. Painting info: Acrylic on canvas board. Canvas dimensions: 16 x 20 inches.

The Rescue

Maritime painting

The Rescue — Painting Commission

This painting, entitled The Rescue, is based on an original detailed sketch (drawn in 1990 by sailor Mr J Ballantyne) of a real-life rescue that took place off Berry Head quarry, Devon, on 10th September, 1989, featuring the rescue of a dismasted Beneteau Double First 32S5 by the Brixham-based, Arun-class lifeboat, The Edward Bridges. The painting features two additional yachts, Papillion (which Mr J Ballantyne was onboard) and Sigmagnifique. Painting info: Acrylic on canvas. Canvas dimensions: 16 x 24 inches. Available as a print.