It is a matter of privilege to be able to commission a fine artist to produce a work or series of works on your behalf. This as opposed to simply shopping around at the galleries for ready-made fine art pieces. The thing about commissioning a fine artist to produce works of art for your living or workroom spaces is that you get to achieve the objective of acquiring customized yet functional fine art for your space. You would have been able to achieve that as easily if you were left to your own devices just shopping around, whether visiting well-kept galleries or shopping online.
Speaking of which, the online space is certainly a good place to source a suitable fine artist. You get to peruse their profiles and portfolios, all online. At this juncture, you are able to see whether the profiled artist meets and matches your personal or work space ideals. Once you have located an artist of choice, you get to have a sit-down with the artist. She listens to your ideas and, whether she needs time away (usually a good idea) or can do this right away, she proposes the project.
Time is always money, even when dealing with art for art’s sake. So in this case, the fine or commercial artist needs to give you a projection of how long it will take to complete your project. A deposit or fee is usually required. It can be viewed as a sign of good faith with the undertaking or promise to complete work as proposed and as scheduled given. But it does help in the sense that the ethical artist could be utilizing your early financial contribution to purchase materials that will go in to the production of your fine work of art.