• Commissioned paintings
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|With the proliferation of "infosites" on the Internet these days, it seems that everybody is suddenly an expert on something. Or maybe they've been experts all along but just didn't have the free medium available to advertise it, or the international audience anxious to find out how Uncle Ed's stock picks can outperform all the analysts on Wall Street, or why Grandma's geraniums are healthier than any of her neighbors' flowers. At any rate, if you've browsed through this site, you can see for yourself that I do know something about painting. I don't claim to know everything. Anyone who tells you they do is a fraud. But long-term experience in the field is the key to obtaining information worth sharing.
WEB SITE DESIGN
In Web design and construction, I'm willing to share my experience, my (limited) technical knowledge, and mostly my design aesthetics with artists who are trying to build and maintain Web sites. At this point I'm not in the business of designing sites--mostly because I don't have the time, interest or experience necesary to deliver big, high tech, cutting-edge sites. Nor do I want to. The style of site you see here serves my needs fine for the time being, and I would rather not contribute to the blinking, boinking, visual pollution that has already seriously compromised everyone's enjoyment of the Internet. My feeling is that if you want to subject yourself to a video arcade, that's fine--but you shouldn't assault other people with that effect just beause you want to get their attention. This site was actually designed to offer somewhat of a quiet, reflective sanctuary from all that.
So in terms of offering you advice and information, I have no ulterior motives--nothing to proffer, nothing to gain; no hidden agendas, no e-mail lists to capture and convert into data bases, no cookies to drop on your hard drive to track the history of your browsing sessions. I really don't care about such things, and wouldn't want to invade your privacy to find out. I just want to provide some insight, to answer some questions if I can, or direct you to people or resources who can help you if it is beyond the scope of my expertise. Of course, in the category of free advice--here, or anywhere--the standard disclaimers apply. Much of the information in this area is subjective, and strictly my opinion. Therefore my advice is worth every penny you paid for it.
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As a professional artist, illustrator, designer, and copyeditor/proofreader, there are a number of additional services I can provide that will yield guaranteed, professional results. These are freelance FEE services, as noted below:
Based on the look and style of the work you see displayed on this site, if you would be interested in commissioning paintings for your home(s) or office(s), I would be pleased to discuss it with you. I've worked with clients at all levels of "art awareness" and have found that it can be an enjoyable process for everyone, if handled properly from the beginning.
I also work well with designers and decorators, and have a good track record of completing paintings on time and on-budget. Some very good work has been done as paintings commissioned for clients--from New York to San Diego. I also usually offer discounts to the trade. Of course, I'm not able or willing to do any type of work, but there is an eclectic range to my painting, and I'm flexible by nature. If I determine that what you are looking for is outside the range of what I do, I'll tell you that frankly. For the most part, the work exhibited on this site is small, and I often get inquiries for larger pieces. This is not a problem, as I'm accustomed to painting larger works (within reason), and the price structure is often not that proportional to the scale of paintings you see here. In other words, if a 16 x 20" painting sells for $1500., that doesn't necessarily mean that a 30 x 40" painting would cost $6000. It all depends on the piece, and that can (and must) all be worked out in advance. There should be no room left for miscalculation, only awe with the finished piece.
Please e-mail me with any inquiries you may have.
As with commissioned paintings, I have also produced numerous illustrations for print-in books, magazines, posters and notecards, etc. I work in a wide range of media, and as you can see here, there is a pretty eclectic spectrum to it all. I am competent and familiar with digital media as well, being skilled and experienced with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Fractal Painter, KPT Bryce, and (some) Macromedia Director--in addition to Quark Xpress, of course.
Whatever your needs, let me know and I'll work with you. I'm particularly interested in doing audio CD covers at this time. Assignments could be handled either locally (New York) or long distance. Anywhere there's a modem, I can deliver work. (For non-digital illustrations, there's always Federal Express.) Because I have a background in graphic arts, I know how things need to be set up for print. While I'm less experienced in the technical aspects of Web design at this time, the principles of design and illustration are universal. These are my main focus. If I can't plug it all into MM Flash or StrataVision just yet, I will soon; your specialists on staff can translate the artwork in the meantime. At this time I don't have any interest in writing Java, for example, because I prefer to stick with the illustration aspects.
Again, experience in working with a wide range of clients and projects has given me a healthy regard for the process. I know how to find out exactly what the needs are, and fulfill them. If you have an interest in commissioned illustrations based on the look of this work, by all means, contact me via e-mail and we can get started. I should note that we may also be bringing other illustrators' portfolios onto this site in the future, to offer even more stylistic possibilities. Stay tuned.
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The Internet is another matter.
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