Frequently asked questions

What is a giclee?

A giclée is a printed reproduction of an original piece of art. It generally uses dyes or fade-resistant, archival inks (pigment-based), and archival substrates primarily produced on large-format printers. These printers use the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) color process as a base but may have other added color cartridges for better color or black and white rendition (such as light magenta and light cyan, light and very light gray, even orange and green inks in addition to regular cyan, magenta yellow and black inks); these improve the apparent color gamut and allow smoother gradient transitions and more accurate colors. A wide variety of substrates on which an image can be printed with such inks is available, including various textures and finishes such as matte photo paper, watercolor paper, cotton canvas, pre-coated canvas, or artist textured vinyl.

What is gouache?

Traditional watercolors are somewhat transparent and this has meant that traditionally watercolor paintings are painted from light colors to darker colors. That does not always fit what I am painting and gouache, an opaque watercolor, allows me to paint darker colors and work in lighter colors.

What type of paper do you use for your watercolors?

That is a great question I usually use Arches 140 lb cold press water color paper. If you do not see anything else written in the piece's description that is what I have painted on. In some case you will see I have painted on Khadi cotton rag paper. All watercolor paints, pen, and ink are acid free archival quality materials.

Do you do commissions?

I do accept commissions. You can look at the Commissions page on my website to see some that I have completed. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in commisioning a paining.