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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What materials/equipment do you use? 

Paper 

  • For portraits: Cold press watercolor paper. My favorite is Arches 140#.

  • For fun studies: Strathmore 400 Series 140# cold press

  • For prints: Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper, Matte.

  • For stickers: Stickermule

  • For cards: Avery Matte White

Media ​

  • Watercolors - Schmincke Horadam, Poems About You, Holbein, Winsor & Newton, M. Graham, kuretake, Coliro M600 Artist Mica Watercolor Paint, Metallic, Gold. 

  • Ink - Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White, Micron Archival 

  • Sealants - Dorland's Wax Medium, Krylon Workable Fixatif, Aleene's Acrylic Sealer Gloss Finish.

  • Dr. Ph. Martin's White Mask liquid frisket.

Tools

  • Prismacolor Magic Rub erasers

  • Brushes:

    • Watercolor: Silver Black Velvet, Princeton Neptune, Grumbacher Goldenedge, Princeton Elite, Princeton Select, Performen Kolinsky Creative Mark, Crafts & Colors Detailers, Sterling Edwards  

Tech​

  • Printer - Epson Artisan 1430 Inkjet Printer

  • Scanner - Epson Perfection V370

  • Photoshop (for color correction after scanning)

 

What’s your process like? 

After a client orders a custom portrait, I have them send me pictures via email. If the references are suitable for use (clear, detailed, and in good lighting) I begin a light pencil sketching on watercolor paper. If I am happy with the sketch I then tape the paper to my easel or hard board and apply various layers and washes of watercolor. When I am finishing a portrait I will then add details (such as whiskers) using gouache and/or white ink. Once a portrait is completed I will seal the portrait using a wax medium. I apply the wax medium in a thin layer using a soft clean cloth. Once the wax is set and if the portrait needs to be flattened (due to warping) I wet the backside with a layer of water and press the portrait between clean paper using something very heavy (usually my giant Christmas Cactus plant). I will leave the portrait to press and dry flat for several hours to over night. As the final process, I will package the portrait in a cellophane sleeve with a recycled chip board backing, drop in a thank you note, care instructions, and  a business card, wrap it nicely in tissue paper and ribbon, then ship it in a rigid flat mailer via USPS First Class. Then I wait anxiously to hear that it has arrived safely and not damaged.  

Do you work from references or conceptual ideas?

99% of the time I will work from a reference photo provided by the client or sourced by myself. However, sometimes I will work from a concept a client has. 

How long does it take you to make a painting?

It really depends on the size and subject of the portrait. I usually tell people to give me 2-4 weeks to finish a piece (depending on how many portraits I have lined up) but it generally takes me 1-3 days to finish a single portrait.

 

Why do you paint pets?

I started off painting food illustrations but was asked by a friend if I would paint her friend's beloved weenie dog. I absolutely loved painting her and received a lot of positive feedback from the portrait. From then on people started ordering more and more pet-related portraits and with each one I discovered how meaningful they were to their recipients. Often they were commemorative portraits of lost pets and they brought so much joy to their owners to have something to remember them by. This really touched me.

What’s your most favorite portrait and why?

Probably all the Larry (my dog) portraits I have painted over the years... and I am especially fond and proud of a waffle I painted (prints are for sale in my shop) in 2017, but to be honest I have a bunch of commissioned favorites (too many to list).

 

Who are you inspired by?

I am literally inspired by every artist I come across. There is so much talent in this world. I am also inspired by my grandmother. She was an amazing watercolor artist (and she dabbled in other mediums as well). 

 

How long have you been painting?

FOREVER. Growing up around my artist grandmother, I painted as early as a young child. 

 

Did you go to art school?

Nope. I went to Western New Mexico University and got my BBA in Business Management. 

 

How did you get started as a watercolor artist and selling your art?

As a stay at home mom, I kind of always carried this guilt that I wasn't contributing (monetarily) to my family. I also love painting and feel a great sadness when I am unable to create. A couple years ago I started following some amazing illustrators and artists on social media and was really inspired by their ability to work from home. So, I "studied" their method and began the journey of self promoting my art. I started an IG and social media presence, bought a nice art printer and scanner, and created as much art as I could. 

 

Do you have another job?

Yes, I am a stay-at-home-mother to two crazies and two dogs.

Is your art for sale? Where can I buy it?

We are currently living abroad and have since closed my website shop and Etsy, however you can shop some of my work below. 

 

Do you take on commissions? 

Commissions are currently closed. You can sign up for my newsletter and if they ever open up again you will be notified.

Can I use your work for/on…?

  • Personal Use (desktop background, phone lock screen)? Yes

  • My tattoo? If you would like to use any of my work for a tattoo please contact me for more information.

  • A class project? Sure, but please be sure to credit me.

  • Printed out? No, sorry. Any physical reproduction (even for personal uses) of my work is prohibited

  • On my blog? Maybe…

    • If it’s a feature (i.e. a post about my work) that’s generally fine so long as you link to my website or social media and do not edit/modify the work in any way.

    • If it’s for a non-monetized blog and include a visible link to my website that is also fine.

    • If it’s for a monetized blog then you’ll need to obtain permission first. Please email me here.

If you have any questions or doubts, you can always inquire.