THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS
from luxury works of art to what mediums do you use
Frequently asked questions
What medium do you use?
I work mainly with oils. I do use acrylic and resin when I want to shake things up a bit.
In the early stages of a painting, I will add liquin medium. This extends the paint coverage and allows me to work at speed and improves glazing and blending techniques.
Sometimes I will add a cold wax medium. I also enjoy working with encaustics. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves heating beeswax, to which coloured pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used—some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.
What techniqiues do your use?
These days I work from emotion. After all, art is about emotion when all is said and done. I no loger refer to sketchbooks or photographs. Over the years, I have learned to listen to a painting. I read the painting. I always take time at the beginning of each painting session to simply look and listen. I find, the more I look and listen, the more it will whisper to me what it requires me to do. Painting is an act of submission. And then I begin to paint.
Sometimes, I work from a limited palette of only five colours. This helps to maintain colour harmony. Take a look at the Zorn palette.
Typically, there are three stages of painting a canvas. Composition and blocking in, modelling, and finally the details. Initially, I paint what is called fat over lean. In the early stages of a painting, the paint is used thinly, with less oil in the mix (therefore it dries faster); as the painting proceeds, the paint applied gets thicker. The fat over lean process prevents the surface of the painting from cracking. When the oil paint is dry, I can paint over the top of it, with a thin transparent film of colour. This is known as glazing.
I enjoy blending colours. The buttery consistency of oil paint and cold wax, and the natural blends that occur as brushstrokes mingle, make working into wet paint very satisfying. I will use the brush in various ways, such as stippling and daubing. For some paintings I will paint a process called ala prima, which is the ability to adapt and change a wet painting (wet on wet) and is usually completed in one session. Other paintings take several months to complete.
Sometimes I will paint with non-brushes. That could include, but is not limited to a palette knife. I recently painted a 4′ x 4′ painting entirely with my fingers! And I thoroughly enjoyed it!
There is a technique I use of scratching into the paint when the call arises. This is technique is referred to as sgraffito. Sometimes I will use a wash, which is a thin layer of opaque paint, laid over dry colours.
One of my favourite techniques is to ‘scumble’ a thin, dryish glaze, mixed with a small amount of white oil paint, scrubbed lightly but vigorously, over dried paint with a bristle brush. Sometimes I will use an impasto medium, which adds depth, body and texture to the painting.
I loved adding texture as it's visually exciting to look at. That's when I paint with hot or cold wax. And finally, for a complete contrast to texture, I will occasionally paint with resin. Resin has the effect of smoothing out the detail and enhancing the colour by adding depth and contrast.
As a succesful modern British contemporary artist where do you sell your work?
I sell exclusively through my gallery, my website and social media. I no longer exhibit or show my work. I seIl my work in the luxury market. I do not have an agent or gallery representation. I don't need them.
That is because 80% of my sales are by referral. If you are interested to find out more please contact me. I would be happy to share my mission. If it's a good fit for the both of us, I can set up an online private room, with an inventory tailored to your budget, style, size of work and much much more. I also schedule exclusive private viewings at my gallery. Please visit the bookings page link in the footer section below.
Do you sell prints?
I sell the occasional open edition. But most of my prints I sell, are signed limited edition, fine art, archival giclée prints.
Your print will come with a signed certificate of authenticity that has a holographic tamper proof seal and a unique identification number.
* Each edition is limited to a print run of 50. (This means there will only ever be 50 of these made). When they're gone. they're gone.
The border is approx 4” (10cm) all around the print. There are two sizes to choose from - A3 and A2.
Do you have a return policy?
What is a COA?
This stands for Certificate of Authenticy. This helps the owner to prove provenance and originality.
Each painting, or limited edition print, comes with it's own COA. A unique holographic serial number is attached to the COA. This also corresponds to a matching serial number attached to the artwork. These tamper proof labels say 'void' if removed. Therefore, adding a level of protection against fraud and proof of purchase.
Do you offer free shipping?
Unfortunately, I am not Amazon. I am a small business. And the cost of the shipping is the responsibility of the customer.
Do you buy back your work?
As much as I would love to see my paintings again, I do not not buy back. But let's suppose you would like to sell your investment one day. Maybe you have downsized and it's time to sell. It would make sense to approach me to advertise it to my collector base who already enjoy my work. No one knows my current market prices better than I do. There would be a standard gallery commission fee of 30%.
Can I book a private view of your gallery?
Chances are, you are here by referral. That's because, 80% of my sales are exclusively referrals!
Yes. I love exclusive private views. This can be an actual visit to my gallery or a video conderance where this is not possibe. I can arrage to send you a portfolio of works. I can set up an online private room with an inventory tailored to your budget, style, size of work and much, much more.
Can I book a consultation to talk to you about your mission?
Absolutely. I would love to share my mission with you in person. You can email me a request or make an appointment on the bookings page via the link in the footer at the bottom of this page.
What is your mission?
This short video below will help you learn more about my mission.
Can I book a private consultation to discuss a commission?
Yes! I would love to discuss that with you. You can email me a request or make an appointment on the bookings page via the link in the footer at the bottom of this page.
What is your Prototype Vision?
Joining my Prototype Vision is by invitation only. Book your exclusive and free private consultation now.
Appointments can be offline in person or online via video conference. I will share with you my mission. I need five to ten minutes of your time to share this. And if it's a right fit, we can discuss what the next best step is. Nothing would bring me greater pleasure than painting something unique, personal, and totally exclusive to you.
There is one golden rule. You are under no obligation to buy. All I ask, is honest feedback, when the painting is ready. Why did you decide to buy? Or, why did you decide not to buy?