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How do I purchase a painting?

Every painting on the website has information on where it can be purchased.  If there is a gallery listed you will need to contact that gallery and purchase directly from them.  If there is no gallery listed please either click the buy now button or contact the artist about this work button to request more information or express interest in purchasing.

If you find a work available through me direct then you can either pay by check, credit card or PayPal.

I do offer payment plans for any painting over $500.  You can choose from 2 – 6 months payments to pay for your new painting.  Please just specify how much time you need and what day of the month you would like to be billed and I will email you an invoice at that time. You may pay by check, credit card or PayPal for your installment payments.

Does my painting come framed?

Each painting is framed in a simple plein air style frame sometimes with subtle decorative carvings. I use either black/espresso with gold leafing around the painting or in all gold leaf frames. If you prefer any one color in particular please just specify when you place your order, otherwise I will choose what I think goes best with the work.

If you would like to order your own custom frame please let me know and I will adjust the price of the painting accordingly.  Typically smaller paintings are adjusted $50 off and larger works anywhere from $100-$150 off.

What happens after purchasing?

After your final payment has been received your painting will be carefully packaged and shipped via Fed Ex Ground (anywhere from 2-5 business days). The paintings are insured during shipping.   If you need another shipper please just specify which you prefer by emailing me.  Paintings need to be unwrapped and unboxed as soon as possible to let breathe. You don’t want to leave them in the box for too long. So if you are giving as a gift unpack them and the re-pack when ready to gift.  Carrying insurance on the painting after it arrives in your possession is your responsibility.

 

How does my painting come shipped?

All paintings will be shipped DRY (I do not ship wet paintings), varnished, signed and framed (unless stated otherwise) with title and year on the back of the panel or stretcher bars.

What about commissions?

I will do a commission depending on the request. Please just contact me if you have a particular painting idea and size in mind and we can go from there.  Commissions once accepted require a non-refundable 50% deposit to begin the work and the other 50% upon completion.   I do not allow changes to be made on the commissions and the original down payment is non-refundable. If you have particular heirlooms that you would like painted I prefer you to ship them to me to set up in the painting.

How to care for your paintings?

To dust your painting over time you can use a lint free cloth or a dry soft hair paintbrush and run it back and forth from the top to the bottom allowing all the dust to fall off.  Never use anything liquid to clean it with.  If you do happen to get a scratch on the painting this is usually just in the surface of the varnish and a new layer of the same varnish will correct it.

*note never put a painting in full sun or in a dark damp place. Both will cause damage. Too much sun will bleach out the colors over time no matter the varnish. Store it in a dark humid place and it will darken the painting and mold damage and warping is possible. 

What materials do you use?

I work exclusively with oils. I paint on either hard gesso board panel by Ampersand Museum Series or on oil primed fine weave linen by Centurion. All of the materials I use are as archival as possible; however, oil paint is an organic product and does have some deterioration over centuries of time even if well kept.

I varnish with Gamblin Gamvar or Winsor & Newton Original Artists Varnish. It is a brush on gloss varnish. I prefer the gloss varnish as it looks best on my work and really maintains the luminosity of the oils.  The varnish is non-yellowing and provides protection against UV damage and dirt. 

How do you make your paintings?

I work exclusively with oils. I paint on either hard gesso board panel by Ampersand Museum Series or on oil primed fine weave linen by Centurion. All of the materials I use are as archival as possible; however, oil paint is an organic product and does have some deterioration over centuries of time even if well kept.

I varnish with Gamblin Gamvar or Winsor & Newton Original Artists Varnish. It is a brush on gloss varnish. I prefer the gloss varnish as it looks best on my work and really maintains the luminosity of the oils.  The varnish is non-yellowing and provides protection against UV damage and dirt. 

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” I already have it hanging on the wall, -being admired from every angle and well scrutinised for techniques and use of colour and form.”

Christine from the UK

I just received the tartlet painting I purchased from you. I absolutely love it, you have such talent to showcase the subject. It is a beautiful artwork . Do you have another one which would match it?

Nancy from the US

 

“I received your painting today. I LOVE IT…”

Robin from Canada

I have received the painting. It is absolutely delightful! Thank you so much.

Kerry from Australia

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