How and when is the best way to contact you?
You may use the contact page to send me a message or call (573) 579-8272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you accept commissioned projects?
Depends on the project. I am very selective and must be inspired by what is requested.
What are your payment terms?
After I receive payment the art will be provided to you via the most appropriate method depending on type of art purchased.
Do you take credit cards?
I am in the process of working on credit card payments or contact me and we will see what we can arrange.
Do you offer installment payment plans?
Art exceeding $1000, I will accept ½ of the price up front and 3 equal installments thereafter.
Do you have a return policy?
I want my customers to be happy. I will gladly accept returns for 30 days after purchase. Shipping not included.
What shipping options do you offer?
I will gladly ship to anywhere, but shipping costs exceeding $10 will be charged to the purchaser.
Do you accept wholesale purchases from corporate art consultants and interior designer?
Do you rent or lease your art and what are your fees?
That's one I haven't thought of. Let's talk and we will see what can be arranged.
Are you interested in being contacted by galleries or agents?
Do you accept visitors at your studio?
Not at this time, but I hope to be able to put out the Welcome Mat soon. However, I will be glad to meet with someone personally.
Do you give art lessons?
Art lessons are currently given on a case by case basis. Please contact me for more info.
How do I protect my art?
All artwork is sealed with a UV protected coating of varnish. However, I would still be careful with direct sunlight, even with UV protection and special glass it may fade. Think of it like suntan lotion. The longer you‘re in the sun your chances of a burn increase.
What are the differences in types of paint?
I mostly use acrylic or oil paint. Acrylic paint is synthetic and hit the market for commercial use in 1955. I Love it for its intense colors and versatility. There are endless things that one can do with acrylic. Plus you can clean it up with water. Big PLUS.
Oil Paint came about in the 13th-14th centuries. Oil paint is extremely versatile, as well and it dries slowly which gives the artist more time to manipulate and play with it. Where as Acrylic is fast drying, sometimes with in minutes.
Which do you prefer?
Let's not discriminate here. I love all mediums so it depends on my mood and the purpose of the art. They are all good.
Who holds the copyright of your work?
I do. I will consider providing a license for use.
What are the differences in paint brushes?
There are numerous brushes available for purchase. Sable, boars hair, badger synthetic.
Good rule to go by. Synthetic works best with water based paints, and Real hair works best for oil based.
What type of hair do you prefer?
Blonde. I was born with it and I pay a lot of money to keep it that way.
Seriously, though, I prefer synthetic.
What inspires you?
Everything! There is inspiration everywhere. I see it in the sunset. I hear it in the music. I feel it on the skin. I taste it in a fine glass of wine. I smell it when a can of Turpentine is opened.
What digital platforms do you use for illustration?
My favorite so far is Procreate. I started off with Adobe Draw and Sketch, then ventured into Concepts and Artstudio Pro.
"At Work" A Digital illustration of Melissa Whitaker sitting in a comfy chair with her feet on the arm of the chair. She is drawing on her iPad and on the table behind her sits a glass of red wine and a stainglass lamp.