Frequently Asked Questions

How did you get started in the arts?

I think I have almost always had an interest in arts and crafts my whole life, from latch-hook, needlework, to crochet and later some photography and scrapbooking.   It had never occurred to me to take a formal art class or to major in it.  It was in working through a personal crisis that I began to see myself as an artist and therein start taking it more seriously.

Although never having taken a traditional art course, I have had the opportunity to learn a few art related business ideas through other artists sharing their techniques and love of art through the Internet. On that journey I came across a lady by the name of Ann Rae.  I was able to take part in some of her online Saturday webinars where I learned some basics.  I found her to be quite helpful.  One of the things I learned was the importance of having a mission statement.

My mission statement:

My mission is to serve God and express my faith through my art in order to share my personal walk with the Lord and encourage fellow believers in this ever changing world.

In addition I am currently working through the Matt Tommey Artist Mentoring Program which has been a major blessing. I would be one of their turtles in the program as I have been balancing it with a full time job, but I think it is a totally awesome program, in particular to Christian artists.

How do I take care of my new artwork? (Care Instructions)

Care Instructions:

Encaustics - They are a pretty sturdy medium, but do not leave your Encaustic painting in a car trunk as it could melt on a hot day.

In general, do not leave any artwork hanging directly in the sunlight.  Best to keep it in a somewhat shaded area if possible.

Some encaustic colors tend to "bloom" or become cloudy over time.  If your painting appears indistinct, simply rub the surface with a soft cloth or nylon stocking.  Over time the surface retains its gloss as the wax medium continues to cure and harden for up to 1 to 3 years.

What is my general pricing?

These prices are approximate. These are prices for originals only. A different pricing grid will be used for prints. I recently closed my Etsy shop and will be building my shop here on the website. Please stay tuned. Thanks so much!!

  • 24x48 is $500

  • 22x22 is $285

  • 20x20 is $275

  • 18x24 is $255

  • 16x20 is $180

  • 12x12 is $110

  • 6x6 is $50

  • 3x3 is $20

Shipping original artworks, prints and accessories?

I will be using FedEx, United States Postal Service or UPS for shipping. Your shipping fee covers the cost of postage and packing materials.

I will send you a tracking email once the artwork has shipped so you will know when to expect the delivery.

How long does it take for me to receive my artwork?

Each artwork is carefully packaged and requires time for drying, varnishing, and in some cases framing. Please allow up to 2 to 3 weeks for domestic orders to arrive.

Do you ship overseas?

Unfortunately, not yet.

How are shipping costs determined?

Shipping costs are determined on the price, dimensions, and weight of the artwork(s) purchased, as well as the shipping destination.

Returns?

All sales are final. Exceptions are made in case of damage incurred during shipping. If this happens, please contact me within 7 days of receiving your artwork.

Purchasing Digital Products: I do have plans to sell my images as digital as well, whether as digital scrapbook papers, eBooks and so on. Purchasing a digital product will not require physically shipping to the customer. But, there are some steps you need to be aware of if you choose to purchase a digital product from this website:

After the digital file is purchased, the file will be available for download in the Order Confirmation page. You should automatically receive a standard order confirmation email, followed by an email containing a link to the file.

  • This link will expire 24 hours after its first clicked.

  • If the customer (you) should need the file after the link expires, or wants it sent to a different email address, contact me with your name, your email or your order number and a new digital download link can be sent. Again, this link too will expire 24 hours from when its first clicked.

Do you create art on commission?

I have, yes.  If you are interested in having me create a special piece of art for you on commission, be aware that commissioning art is very different from purchasing completed art.  People who get the most enjoyment from art they commission keep several general factors in mind:

  • Make sure your ideas and design match the style of the artist you are commissioning. Based on this, when you consider commissioning me to create art for you, look over my website gallery to determine whether the art you envision matches my artwork style.

  • Be comfortable with the knowledge that your design will transform into something new. By definition, an artist creates unique art; if you have something very specific in mind, you might be happier working with a general fabricator. (While I have worked with customers to understand the design they have in mind, the final piece reflects my own unique interpretation.)

  • Be aware that it is very time consuming for an artist to create new artwork based on someone else's ideas, so you will pay more for commissioned art than art designed and completed solely by the artist. For this reason, I will not take less than 30% more the original price of my usual artworks.

What is Mixed Media Art?

Mixed media can be two or three dimensional, and includes more than one type of physical material.  The imagination is limitless when it comes to this category.

How is my art related to Mixed Media Scrapbooking?

My journey in the scrapbooking world started in 2000.  I eventually went from doing traditional scrapbooking pages to discovering mixed media scrapbooking online and taking inspiration as I created my own pages.  Then one day, I purchased my first set of canvases.  So I went from working on paper to canvas and more.  It is more the scrapbooking style that has influenced my artistic tastes.

Where does your inspiration come from?

My creative style is influenced by the scrapbooking world.  My subject matter is often influenced by life and my faith in Christ.  In fact, I view my artistic skills as a spiritual gift, called Craftsmanship, which is referenced in the Old Testament.

What is the Spiritual Gift of Craftsmanship?

The following is a definition of Craftsmanship/Artistry given by The Synod Resource Center:

The gift of Craftsmanship and artistry: the special ability to forward God's kingdom through creative skills such as carpentry, drama, graphic arts, painting and sculpting.  This gift provides the believer with the skill of creating artistic expressions that produce a spiritual response of strength and inspiration.

Although not specifically listed as a gift in the New Testament in the long list that Paul provides, clearly God has gifted individuals with remarkable craftsmanship and artistic skills from the earliest of recorded time.  Old testament references give vivid accounts of God's distribution of giftedness in these areas - whether for the building of temples or for use to glorify God in praise.

There are really two aspects of this giftedness: inspiration and skill.  A person with this gift will probably have a 'creative bent' and enjoy innovating, designing, and making new things - this will seem quite natural.  But also the gift may manifest itself in fine skilled craftsmanship that one might find in such areas as embroidery, furniture making, or cabinetry. When these abilities and skills are directed toward forwarding God's cause, they fulfill their purpose as a spiritual gift.

I am a gallery or store and Iā€™d like to carry your work.

Thank you for your interest! Please feel free to contact me for inquiries about representation, licensing, or wholesale opportunities - email sharonolveradesign@outlook.com or use my contact form here on the website.

Copyright

All artwork is copyright (c) Sharon Olvera Design.

All images and content on this website is protected under United States and International copyright laws. Images cannot be reproduced or otherwise distributed in any form without written permission from the copyright holder.

All products purchased in the shop is for personal use only. Images may not be downloaded, printed, or used without permission in any way. Patterns are not to be used as blog, Twitter, social media or any other type of website background.

If you want to use any of my images on your blog, please make sure to credit me and my website.