Orders & Returns

How do I buy original art?

I create as many paintings as possible and showcase new work on open studio nights, giving my studio visitors the first chance to buy before releasing new work online or entering them into juried shows. 

My open studio nights are every 5 weeks at Art on 30th in San Diego and are well advertised beforehand via Facebook, Instagram, my blog, and monthly email newsletter.

My original art tends to sell quickly, with hardly any being more than 6 months old, so you'll want to buy your favorites as soon as possible. There’s a saying about buying original art that rings true:

“If you love it, buy it. Right then and there. It’s the only one like it so when it's gone—it's gone."

 

Do you offer a payment plan for original art? 

Yes, I now offer AfterPay! Simply choose this payment method at checkout and pay for your art in four equal installments. To learn more about this wonderful new service, visit my AfterPay FAQs page here to read all the info on how it works.

 

Can I commission a custom piece of art?

Currently, I am not accepting commissions so I can build my ready-to-sell art inventory for my collectors and so I can follow my creative path naturally. If this ever changes, I'll be announcing it to my email list first, so be sure to subscribe to those emails. You can sign up here.

 

Can I request a reproduction of a sold original?

Currently, I am only focusing on producing and selling original, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. If this ever changes, I'll be announcing it to my email list first, so be sure to subscribe to those emails. You can sign up here.

 

Do I need to have the piece framed?

If you ordered art that is on deep-wrap stretched canvas, the depth is substantial enough and nothing further is needed. If you want to frame anyway, a floater frame could give a nice, modern appeal.

If you order art that is on unstretched canvas, you can choose to have it framed flat, mounted onto a deep cradled wood panel, or have it re-stretched onto 1.5” deep bars, back to its original structure. Consult with your local framer for ideas.

If you ordered art on cradled wood panel, the depth is substantial enough and nothing further is needed. If the natural wood on the sides were protected and not painted over, it will appear as if it is already framed.

 

Do you work on raw canvas?

Yes and no...some artists will begin working directly on raw canvas with no preparations and no sealants afterwards. I have my canvases custom made for me with no white gesso applied. This gives me the option to make my own tinted gesso or to use a clear gesso so the canvas is still prepped for painting but still reveals the fun appearance of raw canvas. The toothy texture of the pieces that look like raw canvas lets you know that it's been gessoed, it doesn't feel like soft fabric anymore.

I also seal all my works with spray charcoal fixative and spray archival matte varnish afterwards to help preserve your art and to keep the natural look of the materials (no gloss).

 

Will my art come ready to hang?

Stretched canvas art or art made on wood panels will come signed, sealed, wired, and ready to hang.

Unstretched canvas art will come signed and sealed but NOT ready to hang. It will need to be re-stretched. You'll want to talk with the company you have arranged to stretch it for you about which options are available to make it ready to hang. This is an extra step beyond just having art re-stretched onto bars so be sure to include it in your order with them. 

Read all about about "Why Unstretched" here

 

Is it safe for my art to be stretched?

Yes, it is a very common industry practice for artists to ship large or oversized art unstretched, with the canvas rolled in a tube for safe and affordable shipping, and for the buyer to arrange for the art to be properly re-stretched onto bars for hanging. Taking the art off the bars allows me to offer free shipping on sizes over 36" and to ship your art safely with little to no risk of damage.

Re-stretching art is not covered in the purchase price, which is set for only the art itself, and is the responsibility of the buyer.

Read all about about "Why Unstretched" here

 

How is my art going to be shipped?

Each order is packed with care and professionalism so that it arrives undamaged, I am accustomed to Saatchi’s shipping guidelines and use them as my standard.

• Art on Stretched Canvas or Wood Panel:

All stretched artwork is wrapped in glassine tissue with cardboard corners, wrapped in plastic to protect against weather and moisture, appropriately padded, and sent in a well-fitting and sturdy cardboard box or wooden crate. Both methods will be marked “Fragile - Fine Art” on the outside. Most stretched art will ship via FedEx Ground and most packages arrive within 2-4 days (within the US) from time of shipping (includes tracking and insurance).

• Art on Unstretched Canvas (art over 36”):

All unstretched artwork is sandwiched between two layers of glassine tissue, wrapped in plastic to protect against weather and moisture, appropriately padded, and sent in a PVC pipe marked “Fragile - Fine Art” on the outside. Most unstretched art will ship via FedEx Ground and most packages arrive within 2-4 days (within the US) from time of shipping (includes tracking and insurance).

• Art on Paper:  

All art crated on paper are handled with the utmost care, packaged beautifully in paper or plastic sleeve. If it is smaller than 11x14 then it is mailed in a sturdy flat mailer while art larger than 16x20 will be mailed in a thick tube. Both methods will be marked “Fragile - Fine Art” on the outside. Most art on paper will be shipped via USPS 1st Class Mail or Priority Mail (usually arrives within 1-3 days within the US).

 

Do you ship internationally?

Currently, I am only offering domestic shipping within the United States. If this ever changes, I'll be announcing it to my email list first, so be sure to subscribe to those emails. You can sign up here.

 

Can I pickup my art at your studio?

Definitely! In fact, I think this is the most fun and safest way to receive your art. You’ll get to see where it was created, discover more about the process of how it was made, and meet the artist. Use the code “STUDIOPICKUP” at checkout to signal me to not ship your art and we will work out a day and time to meet. To schedule a pickup, please contact me.

 

Can you delivery my art to my house?

For those living in either San Diego, Orange, or Los Angeles counties—yes, yes, and yes! I’d much rather safely pack and deliver your art in-person than to ship it. Use the code “LOCALDELIVERY” at checkout to signal me to not ship your art and we will work out a day and time to meet. To schedule a delivery, please contact me.

 

Who actually owns the art?

I retain all rights to all artwork I create, including any sold or custom art. I currently do not offer reproductions so you can rest easy knowing that you truly have a one-of-a-kind. The buyer may not reproduce the artwork in any way without written permission. 

If the artwork ends up being reproduced in a magazine or other media I only ask for credit (and my congratulations to you because this means your home is super beautiful!).

When you purchase an original piece of art you have the right to display the artwork in your home or business but the artwork may not be resold or reproduced without my written permission.

 

Class Cancellations

On rare occasion, I may find it necessary to cancel one of my private class/workshops due to scheduling conflicts. If this occurs, registered students will be contacted and will be refunded the full course tuition and any additional fees.

If you’re interested in taking a future class at a later time, I’d be happy to make recommendations of other available classes coming up.

 

Class/Workshop Refunds

If something should come up and you are unable to attend one of my private classes/workshops, please contact me 48 hours prior to the start of the class/workshop for a full refund. After the class/workshop has started, full refunds cannot be given.

If you have taken only part of one of my private classes/workshops and cannot continue the remainder for any reason, notify me promptly and a partial refund will be given. Refunds cannot be given for missing a class session here or there, only if you need to cancel continuing further with me.

 

Classes & Workshops at Art on 30th

If you are taking one of the classes I teach at Art on 30th, please reach out to them directly if you have any questions or issues. They handle all registrations, student communications, and class policies. I am not able to dictate what to charge or refund, it is their class, their pricing, and their policies. You can contact Art on 30th here.

Art on 30th offers make up slips, one per 6 week class session. Simply ask the AO3 front desk assistant for one upon your return to class and it will be good for 30 days from issuance to be used in any other AO3 6 week class.

IMPORTANT NOTE: you will need to call ahead to see if there is room for you as some classes are full, to make the instructor aware that you’re coming, and to get a supply list for that lesson.

 

Artwork Returns

All sales are final due to the nature of the product, unless the art is damaged in transit and I have been notified in the allotted time designated in the shipping section (see shipping info below).

Please take the time to read descriptions carefully and check the colors on different screens if you are concerned about color variations. Screens by nature, will showcase colors differently based on each device’s settings and capabilities. I try my best to represent the colors and tones in my art honestly and clearly.

Upon request, I’d be more than happy to send a video filmed in natural daylight if you need another perspective to help you make a purchasing decision.

I want to be sure that you are happy with your art purchase! Please contact me within 7 days of the delivery date to share your concerns and we will work towards a solution together.

 

Refunds

If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again. Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted. Next, contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted.

If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact me.

 

Pickup & Local Delivery & Shipping

For studio pickup or local delivery, please use the discount codes provided above and contact me to make arrangements for a day and time for us to meet. If you forget to include the discount code, which signals me to not ship your order, and your order has not yet been shipped then you can still arrange for pickup or delivery.

Local delivery is only available for addresses within San Diego, Orange, or Los Angeles counties.

 

Shipping Info

Please allow up to 3 business days for processing your order plus an additional 5 business days for shipping. You will receive tracking information via email. If you are ordering multiple pieces, I will first try to ship them together if possible.

Art that was damaged in transit will be given a full refund and I will make arrangements to have the damaged piece collected. I will ask that you send pictures of the damaged art within 3 days of receiving the art. I carefully inspect and photograph/document all orders before shipment for comparison and insurance purposes. If I am not notified after 3 days of receipt, no refund for damaged art will be given. Please be prompt to contact me.

Art that is damaged after delivery will not be refunded. Each order is packed with care and professionalism so that it arrives undamaged, I am accustomed to Saatchi’s shipping guidelines and use them as my standard. Please handle your art with care when framing, stretching, or hanging.

Art that is lost in transit by the shipping service will be given a full refund if the art has not arrived within 30 days of the estimated time of arrival.

Art that is missing or lost but marked “delivered” will not be refunded. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything I can do on my end and cannot address any failed delivery or theft issues directly. Please keep an eye out for your items using the provided tracking number to be aware of when it will be out for delivery and make plans for someone to be present at the time of delivery.