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The Artist and Artwork
Where are you from?
I grew up in Iowa. I now live in Houston, TX. In my mind I am in the mountains.
What supplies do you use?
I am a mixed media artist, meaning I use a large variety of supplies. Currently my favorite supplies are acrylic paints, watercolors, ink, oil pastel, aquarelle crayons and pencils, collage materials, and digital painting techniques. I typically paint on watercolor paper or wood panels. Very large work is done on stretched canvas.
Digitally I use Adobe Photoshop CC, a Nikon D5300, an Epson Artisan 1430 with a continuous ink tank system, and a Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition.
Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I transferred between colleges a few times but most of my education came from Iowa State University. I also studied a variety of topics, including Animal Ecology, Pharmacy, Creative Writing, Philosophy, and I finally settled in obtaining my B.A. in Psychology with minors in Child and Family Services and Animal Ecology.
I am not a formerly trained artist.
During high school I was blessed to have an incredible art teacher who guided us along our artistic paths and encouraged us every step of the way. I did take one semester of foundation arts courses at Grand View University. Aside from these experiences I am self-taught and also pursue further learning in online courses when called to do so.
You didn't study art?
I am not what you would call a formerly trained artist, no. ;)
During high school I was blessed to have an incredible art teacher who guided us along our artistic paths and encouraged us every step of the way. I did take one semester of foundation arts courses at Grand View University which was largely a review of what I had learned with my incredible high school art teacher. Aside from these experiences I am self-taught via my own experiences, books and online courses.
Prints, Stickers, Orders
Do the prints have a border?
All 8.5x11 and larger prints will have at least a 1/8" border. Depending on the aspect ratio of the original artwork this border may vary between the left and right and the top and bottom. I do my best to note these dimensions accurately in the listings.
All 5x7 prints are printed borderless to allow the best representation of the artwork.
Do you sign your prints?
I currently sign all open edition prints on the back of the print in pencil and include the title of the piece. You may request me to initial the front as well in order notes if you wish me to formally sign the print.
All limited edition prints will be signed and numbered on the front of the print.
How are prints shipped?
All prints are placed in protective acid free plastic sleeves. If they are being shipped with non-print items chipboard is added to the sleeve for protection and the prints are placed in with the other items. If they are being mailed alone then they are placed in a rigid mailer envelope.
How are other orders shipped?
Depending on the substrate and media used I will first wrap the piece in a protective paper or plastic layer and then layer packing materials as needed to ensure your order is packaged as securely as I can get it.
Recycling is important to me so I do my very best to source previously used packaging materials that are in good condition to safely package your order. It might not look as fancy, but this not only helps keeps costs down for shipping for everyone, it also lends a helping hand to the environment.
How do you make your stickers?
I print all stickers on full sheets of permanent matte sticker paper. Then all stickers are kiss cut using a Silhouette Cameo machine. They are then packaged and shipped like regular art prints.
I have a problem with my stickers/prints/original art/order!
Please make sure to read over my shop policies first. I always want to do my best to make sure you're pleased with your purchase, so if you encounter any problems with your order please make sure you contact me within 3 days of receiving your order.
I understand that things can occur during shipping that may result in damage and I am always happy to discuss how we can come together to resolve any problems that may arise.
In regards to prints and stickers, I do my very best to spot check each item after printing and cutting but I am only human and producing in small batches in my own studio so I don't have as many eyes to double and triple check. If you do encounter a problem with these items please contact me right away and I am happy to make arrangements to fix the issue asap!