Stock:

From the charcoal to the stock, I use the best quality.

The stock itself is a form of cotton as opposed to regular paper. This makes it much more durable as well as the fact that it is acid free. As it is cotton, it is a much more difficult material to work with but is completely worth it in the end as visually it works in complete harmony with the charcoal.

Process:

When you look at the process of creating a piece, many people ask "Where do you start?". Well, it begins, as all ideas, as a concept which slowly unfurls into a two dimensional image as the final product.

A sketch pad is one of my best friends. It's where all concepts are put into the first stage of action. Many reference books as well as the real thing (flower or nude model) are used to create this initial pencil sketch. Once the sketch is where I want it to be, I need to cut the cotton stock to the correct size for that particular piece. The cotton stock is available in two sizes however my work is available in a few different sizes and dimensions. The dimensions are measured and I cut the stock with a scalpel to size.

I then re-draw the image onto the cotton stock at my desk, again initially with a pencil. Once the image is complete, the addition of compressed charcoal begins. This is the make it or break it stage. As charcoal is such a definite medium, once it is on, it cannot be removed, particularly on cotton. There is no eraser in the world that can remove it. Therefore, this is the most crucial stage in the entire process.

I work the charcoal until the image is complete. I use many different techniques when applying and working the charcoal but it is all done by hand and with the use of my fingers. Occasionally I will also add willow charcoal. This part of the process can take a very long time and if one line is out of place or smudged the wrong way, the piece must be started again from scratch on fresh stock.

Framing:

Once the piece is completed, I then (very carefully) transport it to my framer for the final stage in the process. I do not spray my work with any sort of fixitive as it will yellow the stock over time. Therefore, the transportation of the work is a very careful process as it could destroy the piece.

Pricing:

There are many factors in determining the price of a piece. Size is one. Another is the image itself which encompasses the level of difficulty and detail in the work which also reflects the amount of time spent on a piece. Cost of framing, stock and materials are all inclusive in the prices and make up a fair amount of the price.

As an approximation, my pieces range from $300 up to $3500 per piece.

Caring for your artwork:

Obviously, once a piece has been purchased, the artist has no control over what is done with that piece. However, here are some tips that will ensure your artwork is protected.

Firstly, if at all possible, avoid hanging the piece in direct sunlight. This will prevent fading and yellowing over time.

Wipe the piece frequently (as often as you would dust) to prevent dust building up on the frame or glass.

Ensure before you hang the work that the chosen hook can take the weight and that it is secure in your wall. Being a glass frame, it will smash if it falls.

Commissions:

Commission work is available through me. If there is an image you have in mind, you are most welcome to request it. Many have been done in the past and I am more than happy to work with people to fit a brief.

All of my work is original. Many images have been sold numerous times though each one is created from scratch. Therefore, each piece is unique and has its own sense of originality. If you see a piece you like, even if it is sold, it can be re-created for you.