Historically, artists have worked in a variety of media, including; oils, acrylics, watercolors, pencils, charcoal, and chalk, to name a few. Many artists today often sell prints that are actually reprints of their original artwork from other media. I do not. All my images are completely original works of art that I have created and produced digitally.
The pixel is my palette. My software is my canvas. My monitor is my easel. And my printer is my brush. Each new work of art begins as a virtual image that I develop within various graphics programs on my computer. I print each image individually on my own state-of-the-art inkjet printer using museum-quality paper. My pieces are totally conceived, developed, printed and proofed by me. My only medium is the digital print.
Print QualityEven though my artwork is meticulously created in a digital format, the real effort lies in producing beautiful prints. There are several technical and aesthetic factors involved in creating quality prints besides just the artistic aspects of the work. The first key issue concerns the color accuracy of the computer monitor. The display must be reliable from top to bottom and from left to right. Most computer monitors are notorious for having uneven displays; therefore, a professional-grade graphics monitor is indispensible. Also, it is vital that the colors displayed on screen match the printer's ink colors . Getting the monitor and the printer to be in color synch with each other requires a tool called a colorimeter. Without this procedure, there is no way to create color-accurate prints.
The second key factor involves the choice of paper the image is printed on. Canson Infinity's papers are renown for being used by professional photographers and artists worldwide. They are considered museum-quality papers with a rich history. I use them for all my new prints and they are exceptional. The Edition Etching paper has a textured matte finish, the Rag Photographique paper has a smooth matte finish, and the Platine Fibre Rag paper has a pearl finish. (NOTE: I continue to use Epson papers for older Limited Editions that are still in print.) The type of paper used greatly influences how the image looks and feels when printed, so when I work on an image I must also decide the paper I plan to print on because it impacts the development of the piece.
Print Quality (cont.)
Finally, the printer is the last piece in the puzzle to creating master works of art. I have two professional-grade Epson printers, one used primarily for my small and medium-sized prints and the other for my larger works. The StylusPro 3800 is a 17" wide printer and the StylusPro 7890 is a 24" wide printer. Each printer uses two types of black (one for matte prints and one for glossy prints), two shades of gray, two shades of cyan, two shades of magenta, and yellow. The Epson UltraChrome K3 inks that my printers use are also found in prints displayed in prestigious galleries and museums around the world. I also have professional access to an Epson StylusPro 9900 printer which allows me to create quite large works up to 44" wide.
The majority of the prints I create and sell are offered in Limited Editions of 10. I hand sign each print. I have decided to keep my Limited Editions small because I want my art and photography to feel unique and not mass produced. None of my work is printed ahead of time, or in batches. I only print a piece when it has been purchased. This keeps my work personal and fresh.
A number of prints are offered as single works of art which I call my Signature Editions. Each of these images is limited to only one print. I also hand sign all Signature Edition prints. These are more expensive than the Limited Edition prints because of their exclusive nature. The buyer of a Signature Edition print receives access to a special webpage that highlights insights and background information about the image.
Certificates Of Authenticity
My Certificates of Authenticity incorporate Hahnemühle's watermarked Certificate Of Authenticity and Hologram System. (Click on the link above for more information.) These certificates reliably authenticate my work by employing a matching pair of serial-numbered holograms - one on the certificate and the other identically numbered one on the reverse side of the print. In addition, all prints sold are registered on Hahnemühle's Art Registry website. My certificate system adds a level of integrity and value to all my work sold.
I enjoy the challenge of creating commissioned artwork. My prints are in private collections across the USA and in Canada. I have a growing group of collectors that I enjoy working with and look forward to more joining their ranks. All commissioned work is priced on an individual basis, depending in part on the size of the piece, the style of artwork or photography involved, the amount of creative development needed to produce the finished print, the delivery schedule, and any framing requests made. All accepted commissions require a 50% upfront payment for me to begin work. Please use the form on the Contact page to send me any questions about or requests for commissioned work.
Although I am not a professional framer, I do accept matting and framing requests for the prints I sell. I only use museum-grade framing materials. The cost for these services and the additional shipping charges is priced on an individual basis. Please use the form on the Contact page to request the framing of your print at the time of purchase.
Prints are shipped USPS in sturdy mailing tubes. Up to three prints can typically be shipped in one mailing tube. The Certificate of Authenticity for each print is included with every shipment. The shipping charge for the USA is $15 for one print, and $10 for each additional print included. Outside the USA, shipping is $25 for one print, and $15 for each additional print included. Please use the form on the Contact page prior to purchase if you have any special shipping requests.