How It Works

Start request

Answer a few questions and upload your image(s)


Get matched

We instantly match you with artists based on your request so you can choose a favorite


Hire an artist

Your expert provides progress updates as your request comes to life


Watch a real customer review

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How much it costs

Since each piece is made-to-order & handmade, pricing varies on your actual request Learn more about pricing


Level of expertise of the artist you select impacts pricing


Size of the canvas you request impacts pricing


Number of subjects in your request impacts pricing

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MadeMay is a friendly community of expert, top-rated artists with varying techniques, skills, and backgrounds



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Frequently asked questions

How much does a painting cost?

Since our artists are independent and name their own pricing, the cost of a painting varies by artist, size, and complexity (such as the number of subjects in the painting).

To see pricing for your specific request, Start a Request and compare artists by price.

How long does it take?

Each painting is hand-made from scratch, so the timeline varies by your actual request and the artist you choose.

On average, it takes take 7 days for a painting to be completed.

Be sure to check the Avg. Completion Time section in the artist's "About" section on their profile.

Can I communicate with the artist?


After you place an order, your contact information is exchanged with the artist you hired, so you can directly message each other. Our artists are friendly and will provide updates & check-ins throughout the process.

If something isn't right, you can simply request a refund.

Who are the artists?

Artists are top-rated artists from around the world, primarily in the United States.
All artists are independent, and not employees. Artists are free to accept or decline any commission at their own discretion.

To join, all artists are required to submit an application for review. To ensure reliability, each artist is vetted so customers have confidence in hiring any artist!

Since customers have different requests and budgets, MadeMay brings in artists from different price points, specialities, focuses, and backgrounds.

What happens after I order?

After you submit your order, your artist reviews your request and will be in touch to begin painting your soon-to-be masterpiece!

After your painting is finished, the artist begins the preparation process - which often includes varnishing and drying - to ensure your painting arrives in great condition and does not decay over the years (and even centuries).

Once ready to ship, your painting will be packaged. In many instances, the art comes in a pre-stretched canvas so it is ready to hang. Additionally, signature is required for UPS/FedEx delivery to prevent loss & theft.

Can I request a painting containing nudity?

Yes; however, all requests containing nudity must be sent individually to our team (write to with the subject line "Art Request Containing Nudity") and our team will work with you on assigning an artist.

Please do not request a painting containing nudity through the regular Request Form, as some artists do not wish to receive nude requests.

What if I don't like the painting when it arrives?

If the painting arrives incomplete, lost, or damaged, you will receive a full refund.

In other instances, such as not liking the painting, our team manually reviews each submission on a case-by-case basis to determine the best and fair outcome.

Due to the subjective nature of art, please keep in mind that simply not liking the artists style is not a good reason get a refund. When comparing artists during the "hiring" process, we highly recommend looking at their profiles to see past examples of work. In other words, choose an artist whose artwork style you like.

What if I have another question?

We'd love to hear from you! (Getting messages from people like you makes our day - we mean it!!)

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