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WHEN Joy Cheong wanted a unique present for her father's birthday, she turned to a new Singapore-based website called The Commissioned (thecommissioned.com) to create a portrait of him with his grandchildren.

She trawled through the site to look at works by over 200 artists from over 35 countries, and finally settled on Singapore artist Leslie Low whose realistic portraits appealed to her. She provided him a photograph of her father and Mr Low expertly rendered the image in colour pencil.

The result? "I was glad I could create a one-of-a-kind art piece for my father's birthday. He was surprised and touched as he had never received an art piece before."

Read the full article titled "Gifts of Art" here.