Hooded Merganser Commission by Darren Maurer
8" x 10"
I have been busy finishing up some commission work and haven't been keeping up as well on my daily paintings. I finished the large commission landscape painting and delivered it tonight and my client loved it. Whewwwww!!!! Always a relief. After producing hundreds of paintings for people over the years, I'm still always afraid they might not like it. I was also commissioned to produce a painting of a duck. Here it is. My client is going to give it as a gift to a good friend for Christmas this year. My client wasn't concerned about species type or composition on the painting. As an artist, I like the freedom and I appreciate the trust they give me to produce a painting that they will be happy with. I decided to paint a sort of companion piece to my painting, "Reflection", that was chosen as Iowa Ducks Unlimited's Print of the Year for 2007. It is one of my very favorite paintings with waterfowl as subject that I have ever done. My client found me due to this wonderful artist's tool we call the internet. They noticed that I was a three time winner of Iowa's Duck Stamp Contest (2001, 2002, and 2007) and also the Iowa Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year for the upcoming year of 2007 and hired me to produce this painting for a friend. Of course this painting isn't available, but I would welcome discussing other commission projects with anyone interested.