Why do you price on a sliding scale?
Art should not break the bank. deep pockets are not the foundation of good art, nor should it be. Art is for all people and should be financially accessible, not classist. A painting should be something that transforms and warms the home and heart.
Regardless of the price, painting is still a lot of work for the painter, emotionally and physically - especially large scale painting, which is my preferred medium. However, the decision to trust an artist with a commission, similar to getting a tattoo, is a personal and financial investment. Honesty is core to my work and also to financially accessible art: I am honest about what I can offer as a professional, and I trust my clients to be honest about what they can offer in return for my work.
I never want someone to look at a painting I created and only see the price tag. If you choose to work with me, I want you to look at your painting and know it was something you chose to have, something that brings you pride in yourself, something that brings you pride in your home. It is a joy to me to make art seem a little more within reach than is commonly perceived.
What do the lines in your work represent?
The juxtaposition between hard and soft, abstract and geometric, tend to bring a level of balance to the work for me. Some say it is my signature, but to me it is a way that completes a work. Yes, the colors may be beautiful, but the lines and their placement make me think about the flow of the work in a different way. I find them exciting and intriguing. The lines vary based on my or the clients inspiration. I have done works without stark lines as well! It all depends on what the painting is about and calls for.
What is your commission time turn around?
Generally painting turn around can be anywhere from 1-3 months. It all depends on how busy the studio is at the moment. I have rolling commissions, so how many commissions in the queue can vary. I will always be upfront and as accurate as possible. But please let me know if there is a timeline you need your work by!
Do you plan your paintings in advanced/Can I get a mock up?
I do not plan my paintings in advanced, which means I cannot do a mock up. I let the paint and the music lead my physical movements, so the majority of my work is born out of the flow and surprise.
What is the differnece between primed and unprimed canvas for a commission?
When a canvas is primed it means there is a coating on top of the raw canvas. This lets the paint sit on the canvas, rather than sinking in. Colors can tend to be more vibrant, and there is a level of blending that allows layered texture. With unprimed canvas, I end up staining the materials. It is a pour technique (adding water to liquify the paint or using pigments, and pour onto the raw canvas directly) that is used at first to create a base layer. From there the texture is rougher as I layer on works. This tends to have an earthier feeling to a painting overall. If you are unsure which way you want to go, we will discuss which style fits your inspiration and home.
How do I clean/maintain my painting?
Acrylic, being a softer paint may attract dust. The most you need to do is just give a good dusting about once a month. This helps prevent the paint from absorbing any particles and changing texture.
What happens if the painting is not what I was hoping for upon delivery?
While it is rare that this may happen (only once) I am aware commissioning work can be a gamble. If you choose to not accept the final product, the deposit was nonrefundable, you do not pay the final payment, but your painting needs to be available for me to sell. If you want me to repaint, you do not repay the desposit, but you will need to repay the per square foot costs.