Can I purchase art without a frame?
Frames offer an extra layer of protection to the painting during shipment. This is a common reason people frame artwork. The frame included with my paintings are some of the nicest frames out there and could cost 5 to 10 times more if purchased from a professional framing shop. For the safety of the original artwork, I cannot ship most paintings without a frame, the only exceptions are prints and stretched canvas. One of my goals is to ensure that the artwork arrives in pristine condition, as Art can be an excellent investment that also positively influences your environment. You are more than welcome to recycle the frame once the painting arrives.
Do you sell original artwork?
Yes. I prefer creating and selling original artwork as I've found through countless research that original artwork tends to have a much better display life than prints. Originals are more archivally sound than prints, and generally produce a higher ROI long term. Find my available originals here.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Almost any form of credit or debit card.
Can I use PayPal?
Paypal is preferred.
Do you offer payment plans?
Short answer, yes. Using Paypal I can email you a monthly invoice in the amount of your choosing. Placing the painting on hold until it's is fully paid for. This is a very common way to purchase fine art.
Do I need an account to purchase products?
Just add the products to your shopping cart and then pay at checkout. No sign-up required.
How soon will you post my order?
Most orders will be posted within 2 working days from time of purchase. If you have particular requirements please contact me.
Do you have a return policy?
Yes. Please visit my return policy page.
How are prints packaged?
All A4 and A3 prints are sent in either a sturdy and suitably sized cardboard tube OR posted flat between two pieces of strong plastic board. If you have a preference, please get in contact.
A5 prints come pre-packaged with cardboard backing and will be sent between additional pieces of suitable cardboard.
How can I flatten prints?
I'd recommend speaking to your framer. However it's not that tricky: carefully remove the print from the tube and leave the paper on its back to relax. The paper might flatten out on it's own, or you can gently weigh down the edges with some books (or similar), taking care not to force the paper too much.
I can't find what I'm looking for.
This incarnation of the website is fairly recent. If you can't find a particular item then it might not be in the shop because it's either sold out or because it hasn't been added yet. If in doubt, get in contact.
There's an image I like but you don't sell prints of it.
If that's the case, let me know. If enough people express interest then I'd happily consider printing an edition.
When's your next Art show?
What are you wearing?
That's me in the photo above holding a wild butterfly while playing pool at a bar.
What is your mission?
I believe that art should be technically skilled and free to interpretation.
How is shipping handled?
Currently, original artwork is professionally packaged by FedEx. My advice for emerging artists is to use some of the more cost-effective methods listed in my "how to ship art" blog post.
Where can I see your resume and read your bio?
Visit the about page.
In what context would your work best be viewed? Why?
In person because photographs don't do it justice. You can see the brush strokes and texture in person.
Are there any "signature" or repeating elements in your work?
I'd have to go with reflections.
What are your interests and/or obsessions?
I'm obsessed with my dog Coco, mostly because she's super sweet and adorable.
Is your work narrative?
I would say that my work can be narrative, I rely on iconography quite a bit. I'm generally trying to tell a story of somekind.
Is your work autobiographical?
I believe that all art is autobiographical in some way. I'm largely influenced by my environment, everyday conversations, and the people I surround myself with. I think it's hard to argue that the artist does not come out in the art. We paint, or create what we do, based on our beliefs and our relationship with the world around us.
Does your artwork attempt to make a statement or comment on the world around you? How?
Sometimes I offer a synthesis between juxtaposed ideas while leaving the artwork free to interpretation - which can be a challenge. Like the kid playing with a dead dolphin on a beach painting. I was attempting to make a statement about the environment and how we as a species aren't doing anything to solve the 6th mass extinction except to argue about it.
Are you interested in making art that possesses beauty? What is beautiful to you? What does using beauty in your work do?
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, —that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know” - Keats
Are you interested in depicting the grotesque? What is grotesque to you? What does using the grotesque in your work do?
Yes. I believe grotesque art is 15 times more effective in getting a message across. I got that number from a marketing stats measure of virality and negative feedback. Also, the best art was considered grotesque when it first arrived on the art scene, like Michel-Angelo, Monet or Leonardo Da Vinci's artwork. There are a whole lot of artists who painted grotesque things many of which are household names now. For example, I bet you didn't know that Andy Warhol's body of work consists of 99% homoerotic pornography.
What kind of reaction do you want viewers to have towards your work? What do you hope they will experience, see, feel, walk away with?
I want people to love my artwork and I want them to leave inspired. Whenever I see a really good art exhibit I leave motivated. I want people to feel that when they see my artwork.
Is your work social? How? Is your work political? In what way?
My work is not always political but it can be. The best example would be my painting titled, “The Prophets”. The painting was a reproduction of Caravaggio’s “The Entombment”. This work was deemed “The Most Offensive Painting Ever?” by the Huffington Post. I painted it a long time ago and I've improved tremendously in technical skill since then. However, I wonder if I've improved ideologically since then; we humans tend to be a bit more rebellious in our youth.
If you could speak to the world, what would you say? Why?
Desire causes suffering. I would say this because it's important to know what happiness is and how to achieve it. Also, saying that everything has been painted is like saying that every song has been written. Saying that abstract-conceptual art is the epitome of painting is like saying that Disco is the epitome of music.
Is investigation an aspect of your creative process? How is this connected to meaning in your work?
The artistic choices that I make are dependent on what I learn about the subject while investigating it.
Is intuition an aspect of your creative process?
I come up with concepts out of intuition, and sometimes use intuition to create more complicated forms, however, I generally do things on purpose. My brush strokes are the result of years of honing and training, not randomness justified through thoughtlessness.