FAQ


bullet  What is a 'Giclée' print?

bullet  What is the 'Quality' of the prints?

bullet  Do you have any 'Original Paintings' for sale?

bullet  How do you 'Paint' on the computer?

bullet  What is the 'Shipping Policy'?

bullet  What is the 'Returns Policy'?

bullet  What is a 'Certificate of Authenticity'?

bullet  Are there any 'Matted' and/or 'Framed' prints available?

bullet  How do I care for the 'Canvas' print?

bullet  What materials should be used for 'Glazing'?

bullet  What Materials should be used for 'Frames'?

bullet  Where are 'Safe Places' to hang or store my print?




What is a 'Giclée' print?

The word Giclée (pronounced “zhee-clay”) is French for “to spray" or "to squirt” and was given to the method of plate-less fine art printing developed in 1989. It is a high-resolution digital print and is a recognized fine art print category such as lithographs and serigraphs. Extremely fine droplets of ink are spurted onto art paper or canvas. The droplets can be controlled by computer so the resolution of the printed image is much finer than conventional printing.

I create the prints with a high quality state-of-the-art Epson Stylus Pro 7600 Printer (one of the best on the market!) and 7-color Archival Ultrachrome Ink (Rated for up to 100 years print life under proper conditions) for the finest quality Giclée prints possible. Color quality is exceptional compared to standard 4-color printers.




What is the 'Quality' of the prints?

They are museum quality, archival prints on acid-free paper and should have an extremely long life span. Giclée prints have become renowned for their brilliant color and incredible detail. As with any fine art print, it is best not to expose them to direct sunlight for long periods of time. The developers of gilcée prints claim 75 to 100 years without fading. This was determined by accelerated light exposure tests. However, giclée prints are so new, no one has actually had one for seventy-five years to attest to these claims.

Museums throughout the world, including the Louvre, use Giclée prints to substitute works of art too fragile to be exhibited in public. A few of the places that proudly dispay Giclées as part of their collections are the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Guggenheim, the British Museum, and the National Museum of Mexico.




Do you have any 'Original Paintings' for sale?

All my original oil and acrylic paintings have been sold and are in the possession of private collections. Since there are no original works of art left at this time, I have transformed many of them from transparencies and photographs into digital paintings. Many of the images I've done has been strictly rendered on the computer. Since all the 'originals' are only in my computer, the final results can only be offered as digital graphics or art prints.




How do you 'Paint' on the computer?

I paint on the computer the same exact way I would paint on canvas, masonite boards, or fabric. The only difference is that I use a mouse for my artist's brush and a computer screen for my canvas. I use no filters, manipulations or any of the other fancy things that computers do. I start with an idea and then sketch the picture on paper, scan it, and 'paint' it in Paint Shop Pro (the old version 5) by using the paint brush and smudge tool to get the effects that I want. When the image is finished, I save it as a digital file and it is ready to be printed as a print.




What is the 'Shipping Policy'?

All artwork is packed and shipped with the utmost care. Most of the prints are shipped in heavy mailing tubes and some of the smaller ones are shipped flat between sheets of cardboard (to avoid creasing, bending or any other damage to the paper) via the United States Postal Service First Class or Priority Mail.  Shipment outside the USA will be sent by Airmail and require an additional fee of $8.00 USD.




What is the 'Returns Policy'?

Should your Fine Giclée Prints be found to be damaged through shipping, (which has never happened yet), please return them to me in the original packaging within 14 days of receipt and I will replace them and refund the shipping costs to you.




What is a 'Certificate of Authenticity'?

It is a statement of the authenticity of a Limited Edition Fine Art Print which gives the opportunity to distinguish the work from posters or other reporductions. It records the title of the work, the artist’s name, how many total prints are in the edition, which number the particular print you have is (expressed as a fraction: 5/75, meaning number five of a total of seventy-five prints), and the release date. It is a guarantee that the edition is limited to a specified number and that the image will not be published again in the same form. A proper Certificate of Authenticity is an additional value added to a fine art print.




Are there any 'Matted' and/or 'Framed' prints available?

Your personal preference for matting and framing is likely most different from mine, and I have no way of knowing what styles might complement the decor in which you plan to display your prints. Therefore, I only sell unmounted, unframed prints. I suggest you take the art to a local frame shop where you can (in person) select mat and frame colors, textures and styles that will complement the decorating style of your home or office.




How do I care for the 'Canvas' print?

Once it is framed your canvas print should be treated as you would any piece of fine art. Do not position where it will be near direct sunlight. Do not try to clean with water, glass cleaner, or any other liquids. Use a soft dust brush.




What materials should be used for 'Glazing'?

* Glazing should only be glass or acrylic sheets (e.g. Plexiglas ® , Lucite ® , Perspex®, and Lexan®). Acrylic sheets are lighter and shatterproof.

* Sunlight and fluorescent lights emit high amounts of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Glass and acrylic can be bought with an added UV filtering component to reduce the damaging effects from the UV. Include UV filtration in the glazing to protect the print from UV radiation. It should be noted that UV filtration does not eliminate the damage caused by visible light.

* Avoid non-glare etched glass. It may have been etched with acid which may not have been completely neutralized.




What materials should be used for 'Frames'?

* Frames can either be wood or metal. If you choose wood, ask that the rabbet be lined with a barrier of some type, e.g., aluminum or polyester tapes with acrylic adhesives. This prevents acid in the wood from transferring to the mat package.

* Frames should be strong enough and have a deep enough rabbet to hold the mat package securely inside the frame.

* The mat package should be held in place with pins or brads, never with pressure sensitive tape.

* A moisture barrier such as polyester film or polypropylene should be placed between the back board and the dust cover if the print will hang on an outside wall.




Where are 'Safe Places' to hang or store my print?

* Avoid hanging or storing anything in the basement, attic, or any other place with extremes in temperature and humidity. A stable, cool, dry environment is best.

* Avoid hanging pieces on outside walls, but if you must, request that a moisure barrier be placed in the mat package.

* Avoid hanging prints in direct sunlight or any other intense light source. Control the exposure to ultra violet light through glazing or placement away from a UV source. Occasionally rotate framed prints to cut down on the duration of light exposure.

* Avoid hanging framed prints directly above working fire places or radiators.



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