These are just a few questions that I am asked quite frequently. I hope you will find this interesting!
How long does it take for you to paint a painting?
Well, some are easy and some are hard. It depends, in other words. I don't ever just work straight through on one painting. Frequently, I have to put it aside and rest my artistic mind. Generally, I would say weeks and not months. I spend a lot of time in the planning of my work. I want to make sure I am conveying what I want to say. So, thinking about each work is time in itself. Then I sketch everything out and then begin the painting.
How do you price your work?
I take into account the size and medium. Drawings, for example, will be less expensive since they take less time and fewer supplies. At this time, my originals range from $525-$2500.
Do you frame your paintings?
Yes, I do my own framing. The size given for each piece is the size of the piece matted and framed, not only the image size. Like high end galleries and museums, I frame simply and in order to emphasize the piece. I use neutral colors, usually a white mat with a black wood or silver metal frame, gallery style. You are welcome to reframe the piece to your taste once purchased.
Note: I do not frame my portraits.
Did you go to school for art?
Yes, I have my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with emphasis in painting and drawing from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.
How long have you been an artist?
I have been painting and drawing since I was two. I have always loved art and any kind of creating. God has blessed me with an incredible gift and I am very happy to pursue it and develop my gift. I have been supporting myself as a professional artist since 2001.
Where do your faces come from?
I use a lot of sources. I sometimes use family and friends. My brothers are in some of the paintings as well as some childhood and college friends. I don't use people I know too much any more because I have a hard time not just giving them the painting. Now, I make up the faces or combine photographs that I collect as reference shots.
Where do you get your ideas?
Mostly, I get ideas from the Bible. My faith is a very important part of my work. I like my work to have meaning, and for me, a spiritual meaning is important to me. Most of my work is not obviously religious and I don't want to be preachy, but it is there.
Do you accept commissions?
I do. I have done some basic representational paintings and of course I do portraits. I also do mural work.
Do you work on one painting at a time?
Almost never. I like to have a couple going at a time to give me some space in the piece and it's more efficient since I am waiting for paint to dry a lot!
Do you have a gallery represnting you?
Not at this time.
Do you give lessons for adults?
I don't have the means to do this at this time.
How do I care for my original artwork or prints?
Sunlight and moisture are the greatest enemies of art. A good framing job and common sense will take care of most moisture issues.
Sunlight, however, is another matter. I spray most of my original works with a UV protective spray. It helps with the smearing of my mixed media works, and helps conserve the vivid colors of my watercolors. That being said, please DO NOT hang any of my watercolors, mixed medias or reproductions in direct sunlight. The red colors especially will be compromised. Indirect sunlight is fine. Please don't hang the work in a closet, enjoy it, but be aware of the dangers to your investment.
If you would like further protection, frame the pieces using special UV glass. It is a little more expensive, but it is really necessary if the piece is going to get direct sunlight or is in a very sunny room. Unfortunately, I frame a lot of paintings and I frame on spec, so I cannot afford to use this glass. A frame shop will easily be able to change it for you.