Artwork Care and Copyright Notice
Since my paintings are the work of my heart done for the love of art and nature, I put the same amount of care and attention to detail in my smallest works as I do with my largest, using the finest artist quality materials no matter the painting size. The media and surfaces I use are quite resilient over time and with appropriate care, should remain as vibrant and fresh as the day they were painted for a lifetime.
- GENERAL: For framed works, never spray cleaner directly onto the glass or frame. Apply any cleaners to a cloth first and then wipe the glass and/or frame surface. Do not apply any cleaners to unframed varnished works. With all fine art, avoid exposing your painting to direct sunlight, high humidity or any type of moisture to prevent fading, mildew, discoloration and other damage.
- SOFT PASTELS: To prevent damage, the surface of a soft pastel painting generally should not be touched, never be exposed to water or moisture, nor exposed to rapid changes in humidity. My unframed soft pastel works are stored securely in clear self-sealing photo bags to allow easy viewing. To safely remove the painting for framing (soft pastels should generally be framed behind glass), carefully cut the bag away without touching the surface of the painting. There may be a small amount of pastel dust residue inside the bag, but this is to be expected and is not a concern. The painting should only be removed from the bag immediately prior to framing, as unprotected soft pastels are fragile and subject to smearing if the surface is touched. Choose a framer familiar with framing pastels and do not allow them to apply fixative to the artwork. I have taken special care with my paintings to ensure solid adherence of the pastels to the surface while maintaining maximum brilliance of color, and the use of most fixatives may darken or discolor the painting. While the vast majority of my framed soft pastels are behind glass, I do on rare occasions varnish some soft pastels on boards using a varnish specifically designed for soft pastels, and these works do not require glass.
- OIL PASTELS: For varnished oil pastels, never apply any cleaners or liquids to the surface of the painting. Although I use a UV-resistant varnish, it's best to avoid extreme heat or extended exposure to direct sunlight for extended periods to aid in resistance to fading. The varnish I use generally protects against dust and dirt, but varnished works may be lightly feather-dusted if necessary. Unvarnished oil pastels should be framed behind glass, with a separation between the artwork and the glass, such as a mat or spacer.
- INKS/WATERMEDIA: For varnished inks and watermedia on boards, never apply any cleaners or liquids to the surface of the painting. Although I use a UV-resistant varnish, it's best to avoid direct exposure to excessive heat or direct sunlight for extended periods to aid in resistance to fading. The varnish I use generally protects against dust and dirt, but varnished works may be lightly feather-dusted if necessary. Unvarnished watermedia and inks on paper should be framed behind glass, with a separation between the artwork and the glass, such as a mat or spacer.
Artwork is for personal use only. I retain full reproduction copyright on all my work. No digital or printed reproductions intended for financial gain without my prior consent. Thank You!