FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Do you take commissions?
Yes, I do. I charge $35/hour for the initial consultation, and the time it takes me to take photos of the landscape/still-life/person/pet you would like for me to draw or paint. These fees are payable immediately upon the end of the consultation/photo session. Consultations and photo sessions can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. My rates for completed commissions are the same as for any of my other work, for which I charge by the square inch, plus the consultation/photo session fee. In order to secure my services for a commission, I require a 25% deposit plus the consultation/photo session fee up front, and you must sign an agreement that stipulates that if you do not pay in full and take delivery of the completed work, then I have the right to sell it at the full price to a willing buyer. I do not do sittings, or any live-model work, because it is stressful for the people or pets doing the sitting, and it is stressful for me. I work from photographs that I take, personally; not from photographs that you take. There are occasions when I make exceptions to this rule, but they are rare.Back to Index
Do you sell at wholesale?
I have a wholesale price list for any work not placed in galleries, so retailers can buy my work and sell my work in their stores at the standard keystone markup. Anyone paying wholesale prices for my work must actually be a retailer, and they must have a federal tax ID #. I do NOT sell at wholesale to anyone but legitimate retailers, for the same reason I do not sell for less out of my studio than the galleries charge.
If you are a retailer who would like to purchase my work at wholesale prices, please contact me and I will give you a link to my wholesale catalog. I can also mail the catalog, if you prefer.Back to Index
If I buy from you directly can I pay less than I would pay the gallery that is promoting your work?
No. I only sell artwork directly out of my studio, website, and festival/fair booths at my established retail prices, and only those pieces that are not placed in galleries. Galleries are my business partners, if you will–- they work hard to sell my work, and they earn the commission I pay them for doing so. To sell my own work at prices below what the gallery is charging would do injury to my relationships with the galleries that represent me.
I do, however, have a wholesale price list for any work not placed in galleries, so retailers can buy my work and sell my work in their stores at the standard keystone markup. Anyone paying wholesale prices for my work must actually be a retailer, and they must have a federal tax ID #. I do NOT sell at wholesale to anyone but legitimate retailers, for the same reason I do not sell for less out of my studio than the galleries charge.Back to Index
Are your prices negotiable?
No. I price all of my artwork by the square inch and charge more per square inch for more permanent media. The price I set per square inch is directly related to the average amount of time it takes me to create a work of that size in a particular medium. I do not charge by the hour, because that gives me no incentive to work at a consistent and reasonable speed that allows me to make enough works each year to make a living from my art. My price per square inch keeps me working fast enough to get the work done, and keeps my prices at a reasonable and fair rate for the buyer, while paying me enough to make a living.
I do, however, love to reward frequent buyers, or buyers of multiple pieces, by giving them an occasional discount to thank them for their support of me and my work.Back to Index