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 an art course, I have had the opportunity to learn a few art related business ideas 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.
How do I take care of my new artwork? (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 and do not include tax or shipping and handling. Right now I sell original artwork through my Etsy shop. I will be putting more on in time. These are prices for originals only. A different pricing grid will be used for prints.
24x48 is $500
18x24 is $255
20x20 is $275
16x20 is $180
12x12 is $110
6x6 is $50
3x3 is $20
Do you create art on commission?
I have, yes. If you are interested in having me create a special piece of art for your 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.