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A Great Piece of Art Customized just for you!

Were you aware that Russ accepts commission work?  Imagine what your own personalized original D'Alessio will be?  His only request is that he paint in his style.

Here are a few samples of competed commissions, their stories, and how it all works.

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Beginning with the latest commissions, Jack and his wife Susan while visiting Bar Harbor from California stopped by the gallery.  They loved Russ's works and a few months later we received a call from Jack asking Russ if he could incorporate their five girls in a painting?  

They both enjoyed the painting "Who's A Good Boooy" that was hanging in the gallery during their visit and wanted the girls to be sitting on the beach like the girls in that painting.  Emailing several photos of their girls Russ began to paint his magic.


The painting (L) is the piece they saw while in the gallery, (R) the commission Russ completed of their five girls titled "A Day at The Beach" acrylic on wrapped canvas.

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Late last fall a Grandma and Grandpa stopped by the gallery to speak with Russ about commissioning him to paint their grand-daughter at riding lessons.  Eight years old she loves horses and has taken to horse back riding like a fish to water. 


Once again they provided Russ with images and requested that he create a multi-media on canvas with Klimt textures, textures from the photos they provided along with hand painting, gold leaf and gold dust of their grand-daughter riding along with her dog Luna. 

"She Rides" (L) multi-media on wrapped canvas. (R) Russ working on the piece


Additional Commissions

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After owning a few "D'Alessio's, Paul, the husband of this couple decided to commission Russ to do a portrait of his wife Cindy.  Sending pictures of her and suggesting all the things that Cindy enjoys, playing the piano, Bar Harbor, red roses, and wine. Russ created the below, note how she fits right in with his other works right hand photo.

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Next, these folks wanted a tall narrow piece that predominately included the two of them showing their love for each other but also included their three children, black lab dog, white cat and their home along the coast. Also painted in 2012, note the birds were in Russ's works back then! 

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(Below) Having followed Russ's works for years a remodel of her kitchen had the right spot for an original D'Alessio commission that over time she had been contemplating. Beginning with a specific size 44" x 54" for the space intended she forwarded images of her rabbits she wished to be included (note Oreo lower left) four of her friends and herself, the blonde.

She also wished them to all be at a cocktail party with martini's and zebra dinnerware she had recently purchased. Once hung she held an unveiling cocktail party with all her friends and sent us the image, it was great to see the work in its new home with her and the friends Russ placed in the painting.  Commissioned 2019

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(Below) Having just built a new home and searching for art, upon the recommendation of a friend they visited the gallery while on vacation in Bar Harbor. Falling in love with Russ's art on that trip they purchased a couple of pieces and later in the year once their home was completed commissioned Russ to do a piece for their upstairs hall.

The hall had floor to ceiling windows overlooking the front drive. Wishing for their visitors to feel like the party began before going inside Russ was to paint a cocktail party with life size figures to be seen as you pulled up to the front to their home thus making their guests feel welcome from the get go.   A tryp tych (three panels) 5' x 12'was completed in 2018.


Another fun work below, this two sided panel painted on metal was commissioned to hang near the roadside by the clients home depicting life on the lake. "The Girls", having fun floating in their tubes and boating on a hot summers day. The painting frame was designed by a local metal smith and Russ was given the panels to paint in 2018

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Below are  a few additional commissions created over the years including murals and book covers


Motorcyle Trilogy "Big Bunny Dream Ride" 

A multi-media and acrylic tryp-tych on board. The owner of this work purchased the bottom panel from Russ at the gallery and commissioned him to create the top two pieces adding to the story. Commissioned 2016


His wife loving Russ's work this husband commissioned "Birthday Girl" as a surprise gift.


Cookbook covers for author Kate Gooding


Top, kitchen cabinets.  Bottom, dining area floor.


Egyptian influenced inclusive of Russ's birds was the request from this home owner for their kitchen mural.  Painted 2016


In 2019 the husband of the above folks went on to commission Russ to create a surprise portrait of his wife using his multi media techniques.  He wanted the piece to include her sitting in the midst of her garden, she loves birds, especially the cardinals that nest every year in their yard and of course to include their black lab . Multi media with acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas.

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These are just a few examples of commissions done over the years, we hope this gives you some ideas. Let your imagination go wild as Russ is now accepting commission proposals.

Just a few pictures or ideas, size and space request is all he needs to get started to give you a quote.

We will keep you apprised of your commissions progress by sending images along the way,


Contact us today.

We are excited to hear what your commission will be about.

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