Melissa Whitaker Fine Art and Graphic Artist

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you want to know?

How and when is the best way to contact you?

You may use the contact page to send me a message or feel free to call (573) 579-8272 or email missypaintyourlife@gmail.com


Do you accept commissioned projects?

Depends.  If you want landscapes or flowers I will be happy to recommend a fellow artist who may better suit your need.  Don't even ask about clowns.  Seriously....Don't ask.


What are your payment terms?

You pay me, I give you the art.  Seriously  though, I am in the process of working on credit card payments or contact me and we will see what we can do.


Do you take credit cards?

I prefer signed Blank checks.


Do you offer installment payment plans?

What do you install?


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 will incur and that all depends on size and location.


Do you accept wholesale purchases from corporate art consultants and interior designer?

Let's talk.


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?

Yes


Do you accept visitors at your studio?

With 2 weeks notification and a housekeeper, sure, no problem.


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 it's 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.  They are all good.


Who holds the copyright of your work?

I do.  If you pay me enough I may consider relinquishing it.  I will consider licensing, though. 


What are the differences in paint brushes?  

There are numerous brushes to be had.  Sable, boars hair, badger synthetic.  The last Badger I tried to give a hair  cut to did not appreciate it  I do not recommend those.

Good rule to go by.  Synthetic works best with water based paints, and Real hair works best for oil based paints.


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.


What inspires you?

Everything!  Just look around you.  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.  

"Self" Ink on Bristol

"Self" Ink on Bristol