Frequently asked questions about my paintings, methods, etc. If the answer to your question is not listed, please feel free to contact the me.
Q? I SAW A PAINTING I LIKED, ARE PRINTS AVAILABLE OF IT?
Q? CAN I COMMISSION A CUSTOM PAINTING?
A. Yes, Read More About Commissions.
Q? WHAT SURFACE DO YOU PAINT ON?
A. I tend to paint on panels, but enjoy painting on linen as well. Panels are MDF about 1/4″. Each panel is prepped personally by me with 3 layers of professional gesso, and then hand sanded to a very smooth finish prior to applying any paint.
Q? WHAT MEDIUM DO YOU USE?
A. My go to medium is oils. I love the use of oils because of the blending that I can do right on the panel, and their translucent colors works well with my layering technique.
Q? WHAT ARE PLEIN AIRE PAINTINGS?
A. These are small color studies created outdoors on location in a several hour period to capture lighting and color. Painting on location captures great color and light that a camera does not always show. I love to paint outdoors, and capture the base colors and lighting as I then will bring the paint back to the studio to apply the details.
Q? HOW DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS?
A. 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.
Q? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE A PAINTING?
A. I never measure the exact time it takes to complete a painting, some take days, others take weeks and even months to complete. I try to start several paintings at one time. This allows me to work on one for a while and then set it aside to dry so that I can apply glazes of colors over areas of the painting. The two hardest parts of painting for me are the start and the finish.
Q? DO YOU FRAME THE PAINTINGS?
A. Framing can be such a personal thing based on not only the colors that are in the painting but, a person’s individual tastes and likes. For this reason, I do not provide framing options. Please support your local framers in your area. All paintings are ready to be framed. Please Note, when framing DO NOT put glass over an oil painting.
Q? HOW ARE THE PAINGS PACKAGED FOR SHIPPING?
A. Paintings are packaged very well with great care of protecting the painted surface and without frames.