Are you looking for made to order art for your home or office? A a unique gift for a special occasion? Are you proposing artwork for a design project?

Let’s talk! I aim to respond to all messages within 1 to 2 days. Reach me at 505-688-8568 or reply to my brief Art Request form.

FAQS

What is made to order art?

Made to order art is created especially with your needs in mind, starting as small as 18” x 24” to 48” x 72” - and beyond. All pieces are original works on paper carefully hand crafted by me in my studio. Made to order art reflects the colors, style, imagery, dimensions, and price point you desire.

For each made to order project I create 3 pieces based on your criteria. You then have the fun task of selecting your final art piece from among them. This helps reduce anxiety and pressure, so you can fall in love with ‘the one’.

How does made to order art work?

If you’re interested in made to order art simply call me at 505-688-8568 or reply to my Art Request form. A good place to start is to look through my online portfolio as a way of discovering motifs, colors and themes, making special note of pieces you're drawn to. After I review your completed form, we’ll arrange for a conversation to make sure I fully understand your needs and answer all your questions.

I then send you a Project Summary Statement, which outlines the scope and details of your art (specific colors, style, imagery, dimension, fixed price, and estimated completion date). After you approve your Project Summary Statement, we process your 50% non-refundable deposit to initiate your custom art order and I get busy in the studio!

Once you art is completed, I'll send you digital images for your selection and approval. When you sign off on your selection, your balance payment is processed and your art is carefully packaged and shipped to you.

Is there a minimum budget?

The current minimum budget for made to order art is $1000.

What about pricing?

Fixed pricing means no surprises. Before we begin, you'll receive a fixed price in your Project Summary Statement, along with the estimated completion date.

Do you do site-specific artwork?

Absolutely. I highly encourage you to send me photos of your space, paint colors, and furnishings, as well as completing my brief Art Request form.

What happens if I don’t like my art?

Because I take time to listen to and understand your expectations at the beginning, I’m able to confidently create work that meets your needs and desires. This avoids misunderstandings or frustration. That said, I want you to be smitten with your art purchase. If you’re not completely satisfied, I'll refund your 50% balance after you safely ship back the art to me in good order. (I’m happy to say that this has never happened!) The deposit is not refundable.

How long until my artwork is shipped?

An estimated completion date is included in your Project Summary Statement. Completion time can range from 4 weeks to a couple months, depending on the scope of your project and my schedule. However, if your art is needed for a special event, please let me know.

Once you approve the digital proof of your art, I process your remaining balance (plus shipping costs). I carefully package your art and ship it flat or in a tube, with insurance and tracking number, via UPS or Fedex. International orders will ship via USPS. A customs fee may be needed before it can be delivered and will not be covered by your shipping cost. Your made to order art arrives ready to frame.

Do you create art for both private homes and commercial spaces?

Yes! I’ve created art for offices, financial institutions, healthcare facilities, as well as for private homes. See below for a list of happy customers.

Private Residences

In both the U.S. and Canada

Commercial Spaces

Facey Medical, Valencia, CA

Oakbend Medical Group, Richmond, TX

University Physicians-Grants Ferry, Flowood, MS

Great Plains Women’s Health Center, Williston, ND

Reckson Associates Realty Corporation, Ryebrook, NY

United Health Group, Phoenix, AZ

Marshfield Clinic FHC Administrative Center, Marshfield, WI

Jacobson & Schmitt Advisors, Madison, WI

Wells Fargo, Duluth, MN

United Health Group, Minnetonka, MN

Fairview Riverside Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

St. Mary’s Hospital, Duluth, MN

Brae Burn Country Club, Purchase, NY

St. Mary Dean Venture Outpatient Center, Madison, WI

Noran Neurological Clinic, Minneapolis, MN

Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN

Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN

Northern Iowa Endodontics, Cedar Falls, IA

Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center, Albuquerque, NM

Braun Intertec, Minneapolis, MN

Central Lakes College, Music Department, Brainerd, MN

Riverfront Condominiums, Minneapolis, MN

McGladrey & Pullen, St. Paul, MN

Partnership Resources Inc., St. Paul, MN

Midwest Spine Institute, Stillwater, MN

Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater, MN

Stillwater Curve Crest Clinic, Stillwater, MN

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Afton, MN

Geraghty, O’Loughlin & Kenny, St. Paul, MN

Citizens State Bank, Hudson, WI

Henson & Efron, Minneapolis, MN

Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI

Carle Heart & Vascular Institute, Champaign, IL

University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, WI

Trover Health, Madisonville, KY

Sauk Prairie Medical Office, Prairie du Sauk, WI

How are your pieces made?

I take great pride in making original art that’s customized for you, completed on archival paper with high quality materials, ready to frame.

My art pieces are created by hand on a large etching press. I often combine several approaches to create the outcomes; woodcut, monoprint and collograph - which are my mediums. Multiple layers are laid in succession to build the foundation for my work, in organic shapes and robust color. The whole process involves 8 or 10 layers of ink laid over each other, requiring 3 days drying time between layers, until the piece is completed.

The pieces are then further embellished with chine colle (a method of attaching thin layers of paper), applied to accentuate visual depth and texture. I might also include gold, copper or silver leaf.

A monotype is a one of a kind, hand-pulled print. It is an original, not a reproduction. I create layers of images with etching inks using brushes, rollers, scrapers, and other tools applied onto a smooth plexiglass plate.

The completed image on the plexiglass plate is placed onto an etching press and paper placed overtop. Wool felt and rubber blankets are put on top of this. As the piece is rolled through the pressure of the press, this image is transferred onto the paper.

The monotype pulled from the plate almost always has an element of surprise since the image created on the plate is flattened and squeezed when the paper is pressed into the ink. The final result may look quite different than the image on the plate.

A collagraph is created by pulling a print from a sculptural relief plate. These plates are developed by building up raised portions of multiple applications of modeling paste and cut paper shapes, as well as incising marks into a mat board substrate. Ink is daubed and distributed and carefully hand wiped to emphasize the different tones and values that I want to appear.

Woodcut is a relief printing technique where I carve an image into the surface of a block of wood—leaving the printing parts level with the surface, while removing the non-printing parts. Areas that I cut away hold no ink, while the carved images at the surface level carry the ink to produce the print. The surface is covered with ink by rolling over it with an inked roller, leaving ink on the flat surface but not in the areas that are cut away.

Made to order art

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