Frequently asked questions about my paintings, methods, etc. If the answer to your question is not listed, please feel free to contact the me.

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I saw a painting I liked, are prints available of it?

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I am currently working to have prints made of some of my artwork. Please watch my blog for any news, and you may also join my mailing list.

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Can I commission a custom painting?

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I am not accepting commissions at this time. I am working on many other paints.

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What surface do you paint on?

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I tend to paint on canvas, but enjoy painting on linen as well. It depends upon the subject matter that I am painting. Portraits are usually painting on linen, where landscapes tend to get painted on canvas because it has more texture.

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What medium do you use?

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Although you will see different mediums used on the artwork shown on the website, my primary medium is oils. I love the use of oils because of the blending that I can do right on the canvas, and their translucent colors works well with my layering technique.

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What are plein aire paintings?

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These are small color studies created outdoors on location in a several hour period to capture lighting and color. These studies are brought back into the studio and are essential color studies for my larger paintings. Painting on location captures great color that a camera does not always show.

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How do you get your ideas?

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I have an idea in my mind of a story I’d like to tell or a concept I have in mind. Then I go after my reference. I will head outdoors and create a small painting (Plein Air) to get my colors and lighting. I will photograph the area and pull in elements that I think will make the composition sound. Most of my ideas come from being outdoors. Everything is an idea.  I photograph continually for reference. I look for color, lighting, and texture. As no two people are the same, no two trees are the same. Each tree is different and I love their uniqueness.

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How long does it take to create a painting?

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I never measure the exact time it takes to complete a painting, some take weeks, others take months and even years to complete.  I try to start several paintings at one time.  I will work on one for a while and then set it aside to dry or to think about it, then work on another one.  I need to relax my mind and eyes to keep the idea fresh.  I will work on a piece until I know it is finished.  The two hardest parts of painting are the start and the finish.