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The typical art-buying experience goes something like this: you come across a piece of art that strikes your eye, either in a gallery you happen to be visiting, in a quaint shop in a hip little town, or maybe in a weekend art festival on a boardwalk somewhere. It doesn't matter why the piece interests you, you know you want to own it. If you are the spontaneous sort of buyer, you'll buy the piece then and there and work out where you're going to display it later, or maybe you knew exactly where it would go the instant you saw it. If you are the careful, planning, type of buyer, you might snap a picture of the work with your phone (if permitted), read the information card next to the work (which should tell you how large the piece is), and tell yourself you'll come back to buy it once you work out the perfect place to display it. If the piece is in a shop or gallery, you have time to work things out and come back for it. If the piece is at a festival, you might speak with the artist and get their contact information (and give them your's) and work out arrangements later.
Buying art online is, as these things go, both simpler and a bit more complex. As with the gallery or the shop, the art is likely to be available long enough for you to plan things around the purchase of the art. But unlike any of the previous scenarios above, you aren't able to see the actual piece in person before you buy it and you don't have any sales staff standing nearby to offer suggestions and answer questions.
As you look at the images for sale on this website, here are some things that you may think about:
Will the print look like what I see on my screen?
The honest answer here is "probably not, but..." The thing is, I have no idea what kind of device you are using to view my website and I have no control over the brightness, contrast, or color fidelity of that device. Regardless of what device you are using, they all work to show you the images through transmitted light, where any print you would purchase would be viewed by reflected light and this is the biggest difference maker when it comes to the appearance of an image online vs. in print. Most screens are extremely bright compared to light levels in a typical room, so unless you are holding a print directly under a lamp or viewing it outside on a sunny day, the print is likely going to look a bit darker than what you see online. The media type of the print you buy also makes a difference: glossy paper prints, metal or acrylic face-mount prints will tend to more closely resemble what you see online than matte surface prints. In my experience, the size of the print can also affect its appearance, and I think this is somewhat of a psychological effect: the first time I saw an image of mine printed large (a 40x60-inch stretched canvas, in this case) my first impression was that it was lighter in tone and had less contrast. It wasn't until I placed a smaller version of the same image (a 20x30-inch stretched canvas) near it that I realized they were, in fact, exactly the same.
But, I want to assure you that any print you purchase on this website will look exactly as it is intended to look on that medium. My open edition prints are printed by a large, well-known printer chosen specifically for their consistent quality and the care they put into packaging and shipping. I have had my work printed by this company for many years now and I have personal experience with how my work looks on all of the media types offered on this website.
That being said, errors can happen and if you think your print isn't what it should be, please contact me immediately.
How do I know if the art is right for my space?
Since shopping for art online means you haven't seen the physical piece in person, there is always the question of how to be sure the print is right for where you want to place it. On this website, I've got you covered in two ways: the Wall Preview feature gives you an idea of how a print of a various sizes would look within one of eight room settings and the Live Preview Augmented Reality (AR) feature allows you to see how a print of various sizes might look right in your own room.
The Wall Preview feature allows you to visualize how a print of a given size would look in a specific type of room in a space of 7 feet. The image below shows a 30x45-inch print in a sitting room scene a bit over 7 feet wide. You can choose different sizes of prints from within the tool. The Wall Preview feature even allows you to set the color of the wall, so you can see how a print might look against the current color of your wall, or to experiment with different colors if you are thinking of repainting. Clicking on an image in one of my galleries will take you to the print configuration page where you can choose the medium, size and other features. The Wall Preview button is below the price preview area on the configuration page. Feel free to play around with it and try different media types and options. It's pretty neat!
The Wall Preview feature.
The Live Preview AR feature is a recent addition to my website and it's really cool. Currently supported by pretty much any modern browser on the desktop or using Android devices and the Safari browser in iOS, you'll find the Live Preview AR button below the Wall Preview button on the print configuration page.
To use Live Preview AR, stand approximately 10 feet away from the wall. You can move the image of the print around on the screen while holding your device level. You can select different sizes of prints to see how well they fill the available space. I recommend using a mobile device such as a phone or tablet.
Live Preview AR in use testing a 30x45-inch print over a fireplace mantel
What are all these media and other options I have to choose from?
This is where personal taste comes in to play, beyond what draws you to be interested in a particular image. To help you choose, here are some details about the options I offer for my open editions:
Paper Prints: All of the paper surfaces I offer for my open editions are Fuji Crystal Archive papers (pearl, matte, velvet and the famous super-glossy Fujiflex Crystal Archive). These papers are renowned for their color, contrast and durability. Pearl is a kind of slightly textured glossy paper. The texture helps to diffuse reflections a bit, though it is still a glossy surface. The Matte surface minimizes reflections, yet still produces deep, rich colors. It's good for areas with a lot of light that might result in annoying reflections in a glossier surface. Velvet is an even less-reflective surface that actually feels soft to the touch. The Fujiflex Crystal Archive is one of the glossiest, sharpest, paper surfaces on the market with deep, rich colors that must be seen to be believed.
Canvas Prints: My canvas prints are available as Stretched Canvas, which is ready to hang with no framing required (though you have the option of ordering it framed as well), or as a loose canvas print, which can be stretched by your framer, or mounted on board and shipped as-is, or framed (see the note below on framing). Regardless of the style you choose for your canvas print, you will choose between a Luster or Glossy laminate to be applied to the canvas which protects the pigment ink of the print. If any of my images strike you as "painterly" in style (Misty Morning, for example), see them on canvas and you will believe you are looking at a painting.
Metal Prints: I will admit to having avoided having my work produced on metal for years as I was (still am) a fan of watercolor papers (which is what most of my limited editions are printed on) and didn't think the images I produced would really work on such a super glossy surface. But then a client of mine, a small restaurant chain that uses my work as the decor package for their franchise, decided to redesign their locations and wanted to switch from canvas prints to metal. When I finally saw my work on metal, I was blown away by how good it looked. The metal prints offered on this site are produced via a dye sublimation process that uses heat and pressure to transfer the image to a specially-coated aluminum surface. The process crystalizes the dyes and forms a glossy, hard, durable surface that is easy to clean and care for. The prints are offered with a variety of finishing options that are framed, framable, or ready-to-hang.
Acrylic Prints: Acrylic prints are probably the most popular style for large, statement-making prints today. A luster or metallic paper print is mounted behind a piece of acrylic, producing a glossy, super colorful print with a sense of depth not seen in any of the other media types available. The acrylic is available in regular and non-glare styles. Do be careful with the print as the acrylic can be scratched.
Wood Prints: Wood prints are the most recent addition to the media I offer. 1/2" thick Maple boards with a white ink underlay allow the colors to pop, while enhancing the image with the texture from the wood. This works really well with images of texture, say, of rocks, trees and other natural textures.
Framing: Frames are an available option with all the media types, but frames are limited to print sizes of 40 inches or less on the longest dimension. Frame styles are also limited. Since frame styles are very much a matter of personal choice, If you don't see a style you like, or the size of your print means framing is not an option, I suggest ordering the print unframed and taking it to your local frame shop to ensure the frame matches your decor.
While I do not currently offer my limited editions for sale on this website, I am working on it.
The Open Editions currently offered here are, as previously mentioned, printed by a third party printer and are shipped directly from that printer. They are on media types that are different than my limited editions and are unsigned, as they never pass through my hands.
My Limited Editions, on the other hand, are either printed by me personally, or are produced under my direct supervision (typically in a size or media I cannot personally print). The media options for my limited editions have been hand selected after a great deal of testing to determine exactly which surface produces the image in the manner I envisioned when capturing the scene. The reason limited editions are not currently offered for sale on this website are because I am currently researching and testing a media I have recently learned about and am thinking about offering it as one of my limited edition media. I want to be very up-front regarding how many editions are available for a given image, so I need to finish my testing before offering these for sale.
Each print comes hand-signed with a certificate of authenticity bearing a holographic serial number matching one on the back of the print.
Because I produce these prints myself, or am present at the printer when produced, it may take some time for your print to arrive as I will not ship a print that does not meet my exacting standards.
Each edition is for a specific media, regardless of size, and is limited to 18 prints. I may offer an image in more than one medium, each being a different edition, but once an edition is sold out, no more are produced. Editions are managed via a database. If you are interested in a limited edition print and do not yet see the option on this website, or would simply like more information on them, please contact me.
Sunset Observance. 20x60-inch Stretched Canvas in a Shadowbox Frame
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