Frequently Asked Questions

SHIPPING

Q: How much would shipping be for a painting?

A: Shipping depends on size, weight and distance.  Several options are available – an unmounted painting on paper can be rolled and sent for very little.  On the other hand, a mounted and framed painting could run into the hundreds of dollars.  Email me with your request, and I’ll work with you to get art into your home.

COMMISSIONED WORK

Q: Can I commission you to paint a scene for me?

A: I love to do personalized, commissioned pieces for clients.  The limiting factors are subject matter and reference material.  A quick look through my images will give you an idea of the subjects that I prefer to paint.  Old buildings, landscapes, rusty vehicles and machines rise to the surface.  I have done portraits, but that really isn’t my thing, so you may want to seek out another artist who does specialize in portraiture in a style that fits your taste, if that is what you are looking for.  I usually paint from life, or from my own photos.  It is difficult for me to paint a scene that I haven’t experienced in person.  I have worked from others’ photos in the past, and it is something that we could discuss if that is the only option, as long as the images aren’t copyrighted by the photographer.

GUARANTEE & RETURNS

Q: What if I get the painting home and don’t like it?

A:  That is always a risk with art, and the last thing that I want is for you to not be 100% happy with your purchase.  So, try it in your home for up to 7 days – If you decide that it doesn’t fit, send it back and I will refund your purchase price, no questions asked.  Just repack it in the original container, and pay the return postage.

MATERIALS

Q:  What do you mean by ‘Archival Materials’?

A:  Historically, watercolor paintings have been created on paper with water-soluble pigments.  Over time, the production of these materials has evolved, mostly for the better. 

Paints – Watercolor paints use the same coloring agents (pigments) as other media, the difference being the binder (the thing that holds the pigment together on the brush).  Some pigments that were used in the past have been found to be fugitive, meaning that they fade over time.  Most paint manufacturers have eliminated these fugitive pigments from their products. I strive to use only lightfast pigments that will hold up over time and will not fade or change color. 

Paper – Likewise, the paper that is used needs to be archival.  If you have ever seen an old newspaper, you notice that the paper yellows and becomes brittle over time.  That’s because newspaper is made from wood pulp (trees).  Archival watercolor paper is usually made from 100% rag – Meaning that it is made from pulped cloth, not trees, which will not discolor or break down over time.   

Other Materials – How the work is displayed is also important.  The support that the painting is attached to in the frame should also be archival, so that the acids are not transferred to the paper, causing damage over time.  

Q: Is all of your work displayed behind glass?

A:  Watercolors have historically been presented under glass to protect them. Unlike oil paint, watercolor paintings on paper were not varnished to protect the surface. In brushing varnish over the watercolor pigments, you ran the risk of lifting off color, as well as allowing the varnish to be absorbed into the paper, damaging the image even further.  Much of my work has been mounted to a foam board, and then framed under glass in the traditional manner.  The problem with mounting under glass is the resulting reflection can make it difficult to view.  Non-glare glass has been used, but reduces the vibrancy of the color and changes the look of the artwork.  Recent developments in the industry have produced archival products that can be applied without disturbing the image, allowing artists to varnish watercolor works and frame them without the glass, just like you would an oil painting.  Many of my recent works are mounted this way, and I have been very pleased with the result.

Q: I have a work framed behind glass, but would like to display it without glass.  Is that possible?

A: Absolutely!  I am more that willing to work with you to reframe a piece that was framed under glass.  We can work together to choose a frame and have it mounted to fit your desires.