Here are answers to some of the most commonly
asked questions. I'll add to this page as I go along!
What medium do you work in?
I work strictly in pastels.
Many may think that it's not a "serious" medium to be working with,
but the results and luminosity of the completed piece are hard to
achieve with any other medium. Pastel, being almost pure
pigment, has a wonderful richness to the color and due to the
nature of the pigment particles laying on top of one another,
reflect and refract the light in ways not achievable with, say, oils
or acrylics. I have one painting where the background looks
different depending on the time of day and the way the light strikes
it. I don't think one can achieve that with an oil painting!
How long does it take for you to
complete a piece?
That depends on the size and
complexity of the piece. A head portrait naturally takes less
time than a full body conformation portrait or a conformation
painting with a full landscape.
What are your prices?
My current prices start at $440.00
for an 8" x 10" head portrait; $780.00 for an 10" x 12" conformation
portrait with no landscape; and $1,170.00 for an 11" x 14"
conformation portrait with a landscape. Some might think that
isn't cheap, but you know the old saying "you get what you pay for"!
I pride myself on creating portraits that truly look like *that*
individual horse or dog, not just "a horse" or "a dog" that has your
animal's markings. They're all different and a portrait should
truly reflect their individuality. A complete commission
portrait price list is available -- just drop me a note at the email
on my "Contact" page and I'll be happy to send you one.
Do your prices include framing or
No, my prices do not include either
framing or shipping.
What do you need by way of
reference materials to complete a piece?
I generally need good, clear photos
of your horse or dog (and indicate which one or ones show the color
accurately) and a short "bio" to let me know what the personality of
the animal is like. Knowing any quirks is helpful, too!
I can send instructions on taking good photos using a correct lens
to minimize distortions, etc. If you live within a reasonable
driving distance (about an hour or so), I can come and take all the
reference photos I need and get to know the subject in person.
How do you ship the finished art?
All the paintings I've shipped have
gone by FedEx 2nd day and I'm quite happy with their service and the
fact that the art gets to its destination in one piece, which is
terrific considering I don't spray my paintings with fixative
(fixative changes the color too much). So I will continue to
their services, unless something better comes along!!