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?
A. 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.
Q? CAN I COMMISSION A CUSTOM PAINTING?
A. Yes, 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 or 1/2 think. Each panel is prepped personally by me with 3 layers of professional gesso, and then hand sanded to a very fine finish prior to applying any paint.
Q? WHAT MEDIUM DO YOU USE?
A. 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.
Q? DO YOU VARNISH THE OIL PAINTING?
A. Yes; Upon the completion the painting, several thin coats of retouch varnish are applied to protect the painting until the oil paint is fully dry. The drying time of an oil painting can take from 3 to 6 moths. Upon fully drying, 2 coats of final varnish is applied to the painting to protect it and restore the full colors of the painting. If you purchase an original painting from me, or have a commissioned painting done by me, you might be asked to return it so that I may apply the final varnish to the painting. This will protect and restore the true color of the painting for many years.
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. 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.
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 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.