Q: What is your typical art process for working with a new client?
A: If a client is interested in creative services, we meet first over the phone or in person and discuss their art needs. Then I will provide a quote based on the amount of hours a project will take and the complexity of the project. For custom art, I provide the drawing first so that the client can give any necessary feedback during that phase.
Q: What education or training do you have that relates to your work?
A: I attended The Ohio State University and studied visual communication under their college of Arts and Science.
Q: How did you get started working in this field?
A: I've always loved art and design and have been blessed to make a career of it. After studying art and design in college I worked professionally for corporations for about 5 years before deciding to go into business for myself. Now, I work daily from my home studio, A Create Place. I've loved every minute of painting at weddings, learning about a client's needs, teaching art classes and helping folks navigate the creative process.
Q: What can I expect for your pricing?
Live paintings and guest portraits have a range starting around $1,800. Custom art pieces and logo design are bid on a per-project bases and are based on the hours I expect I will work on a project. Most custom pieces range from $480 to $1,000 depending on the complexity of the project. I'd be happy to speak with you over the phone, in person or via e-mail to decide if I am a good fit for you and your project budget. More pricing details can be found on my services page.
Q: Do you offer wholesale pricing?
A: Yes, I offer wholesale prices for those interested in stocking my notecards, prints and artwork. Contact me for more information.
Q: What advice would you give a person looking to hire a creative professional?
A: Look at the work of the person you are considering hiring. Make sure that their personal style fits the style of art or design that you would like to achieve. I would also consider getting references or reading testimonials and reviews of the person you are hiring.
Q: What kind of frames and sizes do you recommend for your prints?
A: For my 11X14 pieces, I recommend a 16x20 frame with a chunky matte to fit. All art that I create can be fit in a ready made standard sized frame that can be purchased at your local hobby and framing shop. I offer most art in 11X14 and 16X20 sizes but paint large scale as well. For those big walls, consider a custom canvas piece up to 60" wide! I also sell digital copies of my work for download on Etsy.
Q: What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about creative services?
A: Wether you are considering wedding favors, entertainment or a project, it is also a good idea to have a budget in mind. I'm happy to talk openly about my pricing and how it can fit within your budget. Lastly, I always think it is helpful to consider what you don't like. Providing information or examples of what you don't like is actually really helpful for a creative collaboration process. It helps your artist know what to avoid. : )