Frequently Asked Questions

How did you first get interested in art?

It started with finger painting in kindergarten. I loved the feel of it and creating colorful images. One turning point came later when I tried to draw Buster Keaton and achieved a likeness which encouraged me to keep at it. Also, seeing the art of M.C. Escher really opened my eyes. I found myself inspired by the beauty and mastery of his technique as well as discovering the styles of many other artists. It looked like fun to try for myself. It was an amazing feeling to be able to create something with my own hands. It gave me a sense of control in a world that can drop some random craziness on you.

 

Who are your favorite artists? Why?

I have many artists that I admire, ranging from the masters to modern unknown artists. I love the sensual beauty that Georgia O'Keeffe depicted in her flowers and cow skull paintings. The whimsical nonsense of René Magritte always appealed to me. M.C. Escher's engravings were fascinating with the illusional qualities and attention to detail. It was his "Hand with Reflecting Sphere" lithograph that really excited me - something clicked. That was the first time I ever considered pursuing art seriously. I also love the impressionists and the surrealists. The Ashcan Eight were a group of artists in the early 1900s that painted very ordinary scenes and unpopular subjects, yet found the beauty in them. That really appeals to me, too.

 

Why do you paint in acrylics?

I don't have the patience for oils. The build-up of multiple layers and and the wait time is much too time-consuming. Nor do I have the patience for the mess and cleanup.

 

Is it hard to be creative all the time?

Not at all. I'm surrounded by creative inspiration. I have notebooks full of art ideas.

 

How do you determine your prices?

Prices are determined by the amount of time and complexity involved in the process of creating a painting.

 

Do you sell prints of your artwork?

No. I like preserving the uniqueness of each piece of work and leaving it one-of-a kind for the buyer.

 

Do you sell paintings framed?

No. They are all unframed. The stretched canvases have painted sides and don't need a frame. They are wired and ready to hang. Canvas panels are ready to frame.

 

What is your return policy?

You may return a painting if you're not satisfied. I'll refund the cost of the painting and the cost of shipping it back to me.

 

Do you ship internationally?

Not at this time. It's too costly and packages cannot be reliably tracked.

 

Do you take commissions?

No. My art is a creative outlet, and commissions kill creativity.