Q: What is the process? How does it work?
A: First, we determine date availability, time, and location via email. If you decide to book, we then have a phone consultation to clarify the subject and vision of your painting, or we can email if you prefer. A 50% deposit is made and contract signed at this time to secure your event date. I arrive early the day of your event and get the background completed prior to the arrival of guests. During the event, guests can watch as the painting unfolds. I take the painting back to my studio to refine it and make sure that it is exactly what you expect. I send a preview of the finished piece, then we make arrangements for pick-up or delivery. The final payment is made at this time. The finished painting usually arrives 2-3 weeks after your event.
Q: When should I book my event?
A: I can only take so many commissions per month and the demand for live painting is high, so I recommend you book as early as possible to be sure to secure your date. Some people reserve dates 2 years in advance.
Q: What type of paint do you use?
A: I paint with professional grade acrylics on pre-stretched high quality canvas. Acrylic is water-based and non-toxic, fast drying and easy to clean up. There will not be an odor from the paint at your event.
Q: Is the painting framed?
A: No. However, I use gallery wrap canvas with 1.5” deep sides that are also painted, so it doesn’t need framing. It will be ready to hang as soon as it arrives. If you’d like to have your piece framed, I will use a shallow canvas and you can have it framed after you receive it.
Q: What do you need for set-up at the venue?
A: Setup is minimal and easy. I need an area approximately 5’ x 7’ that provides a good view of the subject of the painting. I do all setup and do not require assistance from the venue staff. I supply all my own materials, but access to a power outlet and extension cord is necessary if the event is at night or dimly lit. A small table is always appreciated, but not required. I don’t want you to have to worry about one more thing on your busy day!
Q: How do you paint the ceremony when it is so short?
A: Because I arrive early, the background of the painting will be completed prior to the ceremony. I will then take photos for reference of key moments and then work from those photographs to add the people into the painting. The painting will then develop for guests to watch as the evening progresses.
Q: Do you have insurance?
A: Yes! I have the standard liability $1M insurance coverage.
Q: Will you travel to my event?
A: Yes! I travel worldwide. Clients cover all travel costs. Local events within 1.5 hours of Central PA do not require overnight stays, but a fee based on distance will be reflected in the total price quote.
Q: My event is over, but can I still order a painting?
A: Yes! I can easily create your painting from photographs you provide by simply emailing them to me.
Q: Will you deliver my painting?
A: Yes! Delivery within 25 miles is free. Otherwise, I am happy to ship (standard shipping fees), or you are welcome to come to my studio.