No, I don’t paint commissions simply because the reasons I paint have to do with the impulse of being drawn to a landscape subject by its unique features that speak to me. It is difficult for me to be inspired when someone else chooses the subject matter. It becomes a matter of working for someone else as opposed to enjoying painting what I want to paint.
Hopefully there is no offense taken from my words regarding this. It’s just that some artists thrive on the challenge of meeting someone else’s idea of their perfect landscape while others struggle with it. I am one who struggles with it and would prefer not to do commissioned work.
I thank you for your interest just the same!
- Your satisfaction is my number one priority. No worries.
- You have 14 days to decide if you wish to keep the artwork.
- If boxed, save your original packaging so you can easily return the artwork.
- Use my Contact form to send me the details of why you wish to return the artwork.
- If damaged in shipping, upload at least two pics so I can see the artwork damage and the box damage. ( I may be able to recoup shipping charges for you.)
- Cost of return shipping is the purchaser’s responsibility since I always provide free shipping to the purchaser.
I only purchase professional artist grade paints containing high pigment loads and the highest light fastness ratings. Fortunately, since I paint in several mediums, manufacturers produce such paints for all of them. For drawings, I seek out only professional level materials as well.
I only use acid free painting surfaces and substrate materials. This insures the archival quality of the finished piece.
Use of these highest quality materials means you can expect a painting that is created only with archival quality materials, including the substrate. Given proper care and quality mounting/framing, any of my paintings or drawings should last a lifetime of exposure to the common conditions of an interior display space.
Every painting I create is varnished with the appropriate type for the medium used. Varnish is the final step in a painting after it has dried. Varnish protects the painting from dust and airborne contaminants. It also allows the painting to be gently cleaned and dusted as needed without affecting the paint layers. Should your painting ever need repair or restoration work, the varnish can be easily removed and re-varnished.
The use of professional, artist quality paints, acid free substrates and appropriate varnish ensures you receive the highest quality, fine art painting possible. I list the brand of varnish and materials used on the reverse side of each painting for future reference should you or a conservator need them.
If you have a question regarding materials not covered here, don’t hesitate to contact me. And thank you for your interest!
Being a self-taught artist, I have relied entirely on the study of other artists’ body of work and life story. This has been accomplished through books about the artists and museum visits where I can actually see the techniques and strokes the artist used. On a few occasions I’ve purchased a video for specific, hard to find information about an artist or art movement.
I’m not a huge fan of videos but these are of high quality and provide a true learning experience of great value for the money.
An excellent example of videos for learning and reference would be the two videos by Eric Koeppel on the techniques of the Hudson River School Masters. Well worth the money and very thorough in their presentation.
Another well done video would be Sargent, Techniques of a Master by Thomas Jefferson Kitts. This looks into how John Singer Sargent painted. Difficult information to find in the world of video. He also has a video of Sorolla which is excellent.
Books and Articles
Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to find some out of print books with great information for studying important artists and their techniques. You can still find them thanks to the Internet. Use your favorite search engine to find purchase sources for these. Amazon is always a good bet as are online used book sellers.
- Awash in Color: A wonderful reference book on many watercolor artists, their works and life.
- Watercolors by Winslow Homer, the Color of Light: All about the wonderful watercolor artist/illustrator Winslow Homer, his career, techniques and paintings.
- John Singer Sargent, Portraits in Charcoal: A great compendium of charcoal portraits you can study to learn techniques for charcoal portraits and apply them to landscape drawing, still life’s, etc.
- The Official Biography of John Singer Sargent: A great resource on Sargent’s life and work. Includes reproductions of some of his paintings and drawings.