My clients design - what do you think?

i made a layout for a sign maker - the site is to show his portfolio of work (pics)

I made the layout with a white area to house the thumbnails and images and included a contact form. In my opinion it looked ok. Not the best design in the world and not a site that would win an award, ok.

anyway to cut a long story short - he’s not using it and instead has sent me a jpg - his design. What are your comments? i’m posting the jpg here:

in your opinion, how do they compare?

thank you.