The following is a list of some of the more common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding my fine art and services. If your question isn’t answered here or my explanation and the information given is unclear, feel free to contact me or make a request in the form below:

Original Fine ART

How is your artwork created?

I create all artwork using only a knife, a keen eye for detail, several decades of experience and lots of passion.

I have extensively developed my own personal style and technique throughout my career and I create all oil paintings entirely using a knife, often in a limited colour palette and mixing only on the canvas.

I define my artwork style as being contemporary realism and the technique I employ is a form of segmented alla prima, completed in three wet on wet layers during each painting session: The dark shadows and undertones, the mid tones and then the highlights and light glaze effects. For compositions having a high chiaroscuro effect, I complete the underpainting layer in a lean black paint allowing the sweeping knife application textures to remain and effect the main subject in the second layer which transition into the deep shadows in a drybrush technique by scraping back.

Do you undertake commissions?

Yes, I am always willing to consider undertaking certain oil painting on canvas fine art commissions depending upon the subject matter. For full details see Commissions

What types of artwork do you have for sale?

I usually have the following subjects available:

  • Figurative: Dancers / Models / Musicians
  • Wildlife: Equestrian
  • Landscapes
What is your despatch and delivery time on originals?

I am usually able to despatch within 1 – 2 working days.

If an order is especially urgent I will prioritise it and try to ensure that it’s despatched within 1 working day.

I use the UK’s Parcel Force 48 hour service within the UK and either this or a courier for International orders, as I don’t charge the customer. I can use their priority service, Parcel Force 24 hour or DHL courier service if required, however I have to charge the actual cost of this. Contact me with your requirements and address and I’ll let you know the price.

Do you varnish originals?

Yes. Varnishing is an aesthetic decision and I recommend that paintings are varnished unless the buyer truly dislikes the appearance. All of my original oil paintings are provided varnished by default, for protection, using Gamblin Gamvar gloss picture varnish as it breathes and allows oxidization of the oil paint below to continue. If need be, it’s easily removed by an experienced buyer, or a specialist restorer, using Gamblin Gamsol odourless mineral spirits, or equal in accordance with Gamblin’s recommendations.

Varnishing is not essential, however, can be undertaken by an experienced buyer, or a specialist restorer, in order to protect the artwork for display, give it a desired matt, semi-gloss, or gloss surface finish, or simply to enhance the surface lustre after a period of time.  Varnishing also gives a uniform surface appearance to oil paintings, as different oil paint types and colours can harden with a slightly different surface ‘sheen’, especially where glazed or at areas of overlapping between painting sessions hence I do recommend it.

However, only specific mediums must be used and in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. For regular varnishes, it must not be applied for at least 6 months following painting of the original to allow sufficient hardening. Note that oil paint usually takes around 40 years to thoroughly dry!

My original got damaged. What should I do?

Oil paintings can be repaired, whether it’s a stain, scratch or even a tear or hole. Your insurance should cover such accidents, but it is a good idea to check with them at the time of policy arrangement. Check online for a nearby professional restorer.

I can recommend a professional restorer in Berkshire for oil paintings…

Commissions

How can I contact you in regards to a commission piece?

How long does it take you to complete a commission?

Do I pay for a commission before you complete the work?

Limited edition and resin pieces

What makes your limited editions ‘Limited’

Each edition has a maximum of 99 prints produced, each print is then hand embellished. This makes your print one of a kind as no two limited edition prints are the same.

What is a resin print?

Prints and PRinting Services

What printers do you use to print?

I have two Epson Surecolour Professional Giclée Printers and both print at a high definition 2880 x 1440 dpi, 98% pantone, using genuine Epson UV resistant 10 colour 100% pigmented inks, guaranteed lightfast for 75 years on the highest quality Epson media:

  • Surecolour SC-P9000 – 44″ roll feed. I use this for all canvas prints and paper print above A2 size
  • Surecolour SC-P5000 – 44″ roll feed. I use this for all cut sheet prints up to A2 size
What inks do you use to print?

I use only genuine Epson UV resistant 10 colour 100% pigmented inks, purchased from a major Epson retailer, guaranteed lightfast for 75 years.

Some reputable printers use non-OEM inks to save money. There are lots of non-OEM inks on the market so be careful. If you have a Mercedes do you buy recycled tyres made by the Lucky Rubber Co.?

What media do you use?

I stock and use the following:

  • Epson 350 gsm Premium Satin Canvas – For all sizes
  • Epson 300 gsm Smooth Natural Fine Art Cotton Art Paper – For cut sheet sizes up to A2
  • Colourbyte 310 gsm Silky Smooth White Cotton Rag Archival Art Paper – For cut sheet sizes up to A2
  • Colourbyte 230 gsm Heavy Matt Coated Premium Paper – For roll feed sizes above A2

However, I can print on to media by most manufacturers for orders that warrant purchasing the minimum quantity from my supplier. Contact me should you wish to discuss this.

What sizes can you print?

Do you offer a discount if I purchase several prints?

Yes. I offer a 10% discount for 5 or more prints and 20% for 10 or more prints.

If you are a trade reseller such as a gallery, Contact me to discuss.

What is your despatch and delivery time on print orders?

All artists prints are produced to order and I usually print and despatch within 1 – 2 working days.

If an order is especially urgent I will prioritise it and try to ensure that it’s despatched within 1 working day.

I use the UK’s Royal Mail economy service for all prints, as I don’t charge the customer. I can use their priority service, Parcel Force 48 or 24 hour service or DHL courier service if required, however I have to charge the actual cost of this. Contact me with your requirements and address and I’ll let you know the price.

Can I pay in instalments?

My print got wet from a leak, what should I do?

Even a small amount of water from a leaky roof or pipe or can do significant damage to artwork. If objects get wet, seek repair advice from a professional immediately. However, in general, it is important to dry paper right away before mould starts. Wet objects in frames must be removed from their frames. If you are hesitant to handle the damp paper, expose the object by removing the backing from the frame. Your insurance should cover such accidents, but it is a good idea to check with them at the time of policy arrangement.

Scanning Services

Why should I have my artwork scanned?

Because an accurate, high definition and high quality scan image:

  • Will help to sell the original, and at a higher price, because viewers will see the quality of the original
  • Lasts forever and will earn revenue long after the original has sold
  • Will enable printing at any size, up to 16 times that of the original at the publishing industry standard 300dpi resolution
  • Is simply THE best way to earn lucrative passive income from artwork
  • The cost can be recovered from the sale of just one print
  • I sell literally thousands of prints of my own artwork Worldwide, and I will help you to do the same…
What’s the benefits of scanning as opposed to having my artwork photographed?

A typical high specification digital SLR camera is approximately 20 megapixels. So the resolution of a typical photograph is around 5,000 x 4,000 pixels. Less after cropping. Whilst this may sound reasonable, the pixels are blurred because the lens is so small. There’s a huge difference and if you zoom into a photo taken by a mobile camera or even a high specification camera, you can see the difference.

For reference, the scan file of a typical 24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91.7cm) painting is up to 30,000 x 20,000 pixels = 600 megapixels.

The lens of a mobile camera is around 10mm², a high specification camera is around 10cm² and my scanner lens is 1,247cm². My scanner lens is 125 times larger than the size of a high specification camera and it’s flat, so there’s no distortion.

So, a scan file is 30 times higher resolution that the photograph and those pixels are around 125 times clearer.

Further, the colour, tone and contrast of the scan file are 100% accurate as the lighting within the scanner is self contained, unaffected by its environment, extremely bright, white and uniform, unlike that in a room when taking a photograph. There’s also no camera shake with a flatbed scanner and there’s zero distortion. Have you ever tried taking a photograph of a rectangle and fitting it to the frame of the camera image?

For further details and images of both a scan and a photograph see: Scanning Services

Is such high resolution necessary?

Only if quality is important. That’s why I both scan and print at such a high resolution, as quality is absolutely paramount to myself.

What type of scanner do you use?

I use an Epson 12000XL flatbed professional graphics scanner at an extremely high resolution up to 1,200 dpi and 48bit colour.

How much does it cost to have my artwork scanned?

Prices start at only £13 for an A3 original and the cost for all sizes should be recoverable from the sale of just one print.

See my price list here: Scanning

Do you offer a discount if I have several artworks scanned?

Yes, volume discounts are available as follows:

  • For 5 or more scans = 10%
  • For 10 or more scans = 20%
What is the maximum size of artwork that can be scanned?

I can comfortably scan at up to 122cm x 213cm, or 161cm x 161cm

See Scanning

How can I use scans of my artwork to generate additional income?

Basically, via:

  • The sale of self published prints
  • Securing a publishing contract with one or more publishers
  • The sale of print on demand prints and other merchandise
  • The sale of image licenses
  • Securing a licensing contract with one or more licensors
  • The sale of greeting cards and other products

I sell literally thousands of prints of my own artwork Worldwide, and I will help you to do the same…

One small, cheap giveaway product featuring scans of my artwork attracted a gallery owner in the USA to purchase 9 of my originals!

I also offer a consulting service to help with this and other aspects of your art practice: Coaching

General

Where can I view your art in person?

You are welcome to visit me in my home studio in Wokingham, Berkshire.

I am also represented by several galleries that have stocks of my artwork. For details see: Representation

What types of artwork do you have for sale?

I have the following:

  • Originals
  • Ltd Edition Hand Embellished Prints on Canvas
  • Ltd Edition Hand Embellished Resin Prints on Canvas
  • Artist’s Prints on Canvas or Art Paper
  • Greeting Cards

All of my artwork is available in the various print formats.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact me and I will try to help.

Where can I see your price list?

The prices for prints of my artwork are within the product pages, also here: Prints

The prices of my printing services are here: Printing Services

What payment methods do you accept?

My preferred payment method is a bank transfer, for which I will provide my address and account details. However I also accept card payments, cheques, PayPal and cash for face to face purchases during Art Fairs and in my studio.

How should I clean my artwork?

Dust frames and the surface of oil paintings and prints on canvas with a duster or soft brush.

Avoid water or cleaning fluids on the frame or artwork wherever possible. If water or a cleaning fluid has to be used on the glass or frame, apply lightly to a soft cloth, do not spray the glass or frame.

If the surface of an oil painting, varnished print or resin print cannot be cleaned with a duster, very carefully use a damp cloth with warm water only. Do not use cleaning fluids.

Never apply water or a wet cloth on the surface of a paper or unvarnished canvas print.

Where should I locate my artwork?

(Location, location, location..!) Avoid locating artwork in direct sunlight. Fading due to UV sunlight rays is cumulative and irreversible. If possible, display in a room with blinds or curtains that can be closed during the day.

Do not locate artwork directly above a radiator or other heat source, or directly in the field of any forced ventilation. If you must locate artwork above a radiator, install a radiator shelf to prevent the heat from rising directly onto the artwork or frame.

Whilst the height and location with respect to a surrounding artwork collection and other wall mounted objects is entirely a personal choice, consider locating unglazed artwork out of reach of children, and even on a wall above an item of furniture, so that over enthusiastic admirers cannot easily reach across and touch the surface!

Don’t worry about grouped or multiple artwork frames being exactly level with each other or adjacent door frames etc. If alignment is required, align the top edges, if not, try staggering them, as it’s extremely difficult to be exact and a randomness creases a more interesting effect, though they should always be around eye level

It’s extremely important however to display artwork and be proud of it, as it’s yours and reflects your personality. Artwork does not belong in storage or hidden away from view.

Avoid locating artwork in an area prone to large or sudden temperature changes from hot to cold. The room temperature and relative humidity should also remain reasonably constant, as large temperature changes cause expansion and contraction of both the artwork and framing materials, which can lead to structural damage in paper or canvas, weaken the attachment of artwork, and cause a small rippling affect. Ideally, the temperature should remain between 10 and 25°C and between 40% and 60% relative humidity. If you are located in a humid or coastal area, consider the use of a de-humidifier. Smoking within the same room should be avoided if at all possible.

I want more artwork but I don’t have the space and I don’t want to dispose of any. What should I do?

Artwork should be rotated during each season and even when you have an event or specific guests visiting. Consider also rotating with family or friends.

Spare artwork can easily be stored in a loft or other dry location and I highly recommend ArtPAKK padded bags that I use to transport artwork to customers and exhibitions.