FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions-
Here I will try and answer those commonly asked questions....If there is something that is not covered here, please feel free to message me via the Contact page
Q) Are your pieces sealed?
Yes. They have been sealed several times throughout their creation. The final coating is a UV-resistant sealer. That being said, they are still far more fragile then most other artwork. It is not recommended to hang in a humid environment, in direct sun or anywhere where they may be rubbed or splashed. Always handle the paintings during transport and hanging etc. By the sides or back and never touch the front as invisible oils in your skin can affect the painting.
Q) Do you take commissions or do custom work?
Sorry. At this time I am not taking any commissions or doing any custom work. I ended up running an over one year waitlist for a while and the pressure of it took a toll on my artistic process, so I had to make this business decision. If there is a series piece that you are specifically looking for though, I may have it in studio and not listed online, so just get in touch with me to check :)
Q) Do you do prints?
No- I do not do any form or print or reproduction at this time. Only original paintings. I may go down the print path at some point, but not any time soon. I do try to keep my original paintings reasonably priced though, with my smallest size starting at $120.
Q) Do you ship internationally?
Sorry, no. I do not ship internationally at this time. Several of my galleries do though- please visit my galleries page to see which ones :)
Q) Can people visit your studio if they are on Deer Island?
No, I do not have a public/open studio at this time. My painting process involves getting fully immersed in my work daily and I don't even stop to eat most days! I do sell online directly though, and ship for free within the province of NB. We are in the process of fixing up an old store here on the island with hopes of having a public gallery at some point soon. Please visit my Galleries page to see which galleries carry my work in the maritimes....
Q) Are the paintings signed and dated?
Yes. I sign both the front and back of my paintings. The title and year are also on the back.
Q) How do you recommend hanging them?
Each of my paintings is ready to be hung. I use a saw-toothed self leveling bar on the back for hanging. I do not like traditional wires and hooks as they are unreliable for the long term (tend to ware out and rust over the years and can also un bend and unravel). I highly recommend checking any existing paintings and mirrors you have and changing them to self levelling bars as they are safer and easier to hang with. The best part of this type of hanging style, is you can essentially hold the painting up to the wall where you want to hang it, gently run the back of the painting where the leveling bar is on the wall and it leaves a mark, then use a screw to install (you may need a drywall anchor if on drywall).
Q) How can I clean/dust the paintings?
This nice thing about the matte charcoal/soot/ash portion of the paintings is they wont collect dust. The shiny acrylic portions of it will though. To dust, please use a soft, clean and dry microfibre cloth and gently wipe the sides, top and painted portions on painting. you may need to use a q-tip for the smaller sections if it really needs it (but that would take years I think to build up that much) Pleaes contact me if you would like guidance with the cleaning process. The key is to never touch the charcoal areas....
Q) How can I ship/store your artwork
Due to the fragile nature of my paintings, they do require special handling/packaging. They should always be wrapped in plain, clean, kraft paper. Then bubble wrap with bubbles facing out (not rubbing on the painting) and then placed in a minimum of 200lb test boxes. I always wrap them in a clear, unscented plastic bag to protect them as well, but they should not be stored long term in plastic. The main this is to make sure nothing is rubbing on the painting surface (even tape or paper seams etc.) please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this. Here are some pictures as well....