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 "Art is not always about pretty things. It's about who we are,

what happened to us, and how our lives are affected."  - Elizabeth Broun

Most people love a piece of art when they feel a personal connection to it. It reminds them of a place they have been, or a person they love, their home, or maybe it has their favorite colors. Or it may communicate a message they believe in. Sometimes the lighting or mood of the piece invokes a feeling of happiness. But the piece must do something personal. Most people don't buy my paintings because they are just pretty or fashionable. When I am fortunate I get to hear the stories of how my artwork conjures up memories or impacts people:

  • "I used to go there with my family on vacations. We have so many wondeful memories there."
  • "We honeymooned in that area." 
  • "My life is really crazy right now but this painting gives me peace."
  • "This is the park where we go with our kids all the time."
  • "This is my neighborhood and the street near my house."
  • "This painting gives me hope that everything is going to work out."
  • "I traveled there when I was younger and I will never forget it."

I love when my art connects with someone's personal story. This happens most often when I paint a custom piece for someone. This is called a commission. Someone will ask me to paint something specific to their own experience. This is when I get to hear the stories. And after I create the piece the recipient makes an immediate connection. 

Sometimes commissions are done as a gift. Adult children in a family pool may pool their resources to commission a piece for a parent as an anniversary or retirement gift. Sometimes a family is moving and want a painting of their old home as a memory. One family commissioned me to do two large paintings of their farm in Ohio - one piece captured the fall colors and the other the spring. Someone else commissioned me to do a painting of the Rocky Mountains for his wife as a reminder of their vacation days in Colorado. We always work together on these projects with a common vision in mind.

So what does the process look like?

If you would like to talk with me about doing a commission for you please use the Contact page.



"Fall Fountains" (Woodruff Place) - Indianapolis, IN

Commissioned Painting - Woodruff Place, Indianapolis, IN - In the fall of 2016 some friends commissioned me to paint this piece. They had just moved to the Woodruff Place neighborhood and wanted a painting of their new street. The fall colors as a backdrop against the fountains were particularly striking to me. This painting now hangs proudly above the fireplace in their living room.


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All Jed Dorsey Fine Art prints are printed with archival inks on archival surfaces to guarantee the highest quality and longest lasting product available. What are Archival Prints? "Archival-Prints" are Museum-quality Fine-Art reproductions. Sometimes called "Giclee Prints", these artworks are made with an ultra-high-resolution fine-art printer, using the very finest archival inks and papers. Independant testing by Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc. (a world-leader in image-longevity testing) has established that these "Archival-Prints" will last more than 200 years before any noticable shift in color integrity occurs. They are truly "Museum-quality Fine-Art reproductions". Please remember that even though these archival prints are truly amazing, it is still best to keep ALL artwork - prints and originals - away from direct sunlight.

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