Frequently Asked Questions
Purchasing / Shipping
+ How can I know when new work is available for purchase?
+ Do you ever do commission work?
Yes, please see the COMMISSION PAGE for more information about the commission process and FAQs.
+ Do you ship paintings to people who aren't in the Atlanta area?
Of course I do! I use USPS and FedEx Ground to be sure they arrive safely. Check out our shipping policies and you will see the shipping charge at check out.
+ Do you deliver in the Atlanta area?
Yes, this is a definite possibility, especially if the paintings are large. Use code ATLPICKUP at checkout for free shipping and email me so we can work out a time for you to pick up your piece at the studio.
Process / Materials/ Technique
+ How do you do the stitching?
I use my sewing machine to do free-motion machine embroidery on thick 140 lb cold press watercolor paper fragments that I have painted on.
+ But, you paint on wood?
Yes, I have always preferred to paint on wood rather than canvas. I love mixed media and using collage, texture, chalk, and colored pencils and I've always felt wood is more conducive to these materials. The stitching is on paper, which is adhered using archival mediums as collage onto the wood panel.
+ What supplies do you use when you say "mixed media"?
I use all GOLDEN acrylic paints, Nupastels, charcoal, chalk pastels, Prismacolor pencils, assorted thread, and archival tissue paper.
+ How did you come up with adding stitching to your paintings?
I was a painting major at Memphis College of Art but took Surface Design courses every chance that I could. This includes sewing, dying fabrics, embroidery, etc. I admit it took me several years to figure out how to combine these two loves for two different processes, but once I started sewing on painted papers, I loved the results and ran with it.
+ What do your paintings mean? Where did the idea for these abstract shapes come from?
Check out the STATEMENT page to learn more about the meaning and inspiration behind my work.
Framing / Finishing / Presentation
+ Would I need to frame my painting?
No. Similar to a gallery stretched canvas, wood cradled panels create their own frame with a 1-4" depth and can be hung without a frame. I also paint the sides of the painting as if the image wraps around the sides for a finished look. You are welcome to frame your piece if that is what you prefer.
+ What do the sides of the paintings look like?
I paint on the sides of the wood as if the painting wraps around the edges.
+ Do you put a finish on the paintings?
Yes, I use a combination of Liquitex satin and matte varnish, both made to protect artwork from dust and light.
+ Are the paintings wired and ready to hang?
Yes, all paintings are signed, wired, and ready to hang on your walls for easy installation.