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Fine Art and Photography

Art is more than just something to hang on the wall.  It is a memento that you will cherish as a glowing reminder of that special person, place, or idea that is a part of you.  So don’t settle for images that are a dime a dozen.  Get something professionally rendered to your desires.

Where To Start

For most people commissioning an artist for a painting is a completely foreign experience.  They aren’t sure what to ask, or if it is even okay to ask certain questions.  So I put together a little guide to help out with that.  Below you can find a walk-through of the commission process, examples of my art, Frequently Asked Questions, Testimonials, and Contact Info.

How To Go About Commissioning a Piece of Original Art

  1. So. you have decided you want to gift or own some original art.
  2.  You come read the contents of this page to help you better understand what to expect and give you a better idea of the questions you might have when we talk.
  3.  Then you contact me with the project details like : size, medium, it helps to have an image or image in mind,  any expectations , and deadline.   If you don’t know any of those things then just contact me with what you do know and we will figure it out together.
  4.  Once you know exactly what it is that you want then I will give you a quote.
  5.  I will text or email you a payment request for the initial payment (33%-100% depending on project).
  6.  Once I receive payment I will begin as soon as my schedule allows.
  7. You can request pictures during the process to let you see it coming to life.
  8. After it is complete I will send you a photo for approval.
  9. Once you approve the final product I will send you the final payment request.
  10. When the final payment is made the Art will be shipped unless arrangements have been made to ship at a later date.
  11. Always Ask Questions! If you aren’t sure about something ask, and I will do the same.  It keeps us on the same page.

In Case You Made It Here Without Seeing My Art



My goal is to maintain a 5 star status by making sure you are satisfied with the art as well as the whole process.

Art For Your Budget

Craft the project to fit your budget. Set up a Payment Plan for big projects.

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Quick Completion

Most orders are completed and shipped out in just one week.

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These days everyone carries a camera all day, but those smartphone images only go so far in terms of quality, usability, and expression.  It is time to see for yourself the difference in hiring a professional with the proper equipment, experience, and knowledge.



Single Subject Portrait Sessions Starting at $250

Whether you are looking for Senior Photos, improved personal/business branding, newborn, or family photos I am ready to catch that perfect image for you.

Event Photography

Starting at $300

Parties, Business Events, Commemorations, Sporting Events, and more.

Engagement Photography

Starting at $350


Wedding Photography

Starting at $700

Curious Observation currently specializes in weddings of 100 or fewer people.  Will shoot larger weddings, but expectations should be clearly laid out.

Pet Portraits

Starting at $250

I know from the amount of pet portraits I get commissioned to paint that there are many of you out there that seem to care a great deal more about your furry companions than you do your spouses. 😉  So set up your photo shoot today. Don’t worry. I won’t tell.

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Please give me as much information as possible so I can understand what is important about the project to you, and better prepare myself to discuss details.

Frequently Asked Questions


This is probably the most common question I get asked, and while I wish there was a simple answer there just isn’t. Each project is unique, and there are just too many factors to consider.

So, the quick and easy answer to this question is to simply send me project details such as photos, what medium (Oil Paint, Spray Paint, Charcoal, Graphite, etc….), and what size you are considering.  If you aren’t exactly sure of that just yet then you can just send some possible photos and sizes and we can work out the details.

Factors Influencing Price

  • Number of subjects (people or pets)– Capturing the likeness of even a single subject takes very careful observation. One trait just a few millimeters off can become someone else entirely. Adding subjects adds time.
  • How much of each subject is depicted- A head and shoulder portrait won’t take as much time as one that also includes hands or full body. This is many more careful observations.
  • Size of Painting– This is one of the bigger influencing factors when it comes to price. It takes more time to cover more ground, as well as added supply cost.
  • Details of clothing, jewelry, and props- The amount of detail in some cases can even double the time it takes to produce a work if not more.
  • Complexity of background- Just like any other detail, a complex background can add many more hours.
  • Quality of Reference Photo– Not all reference photos are created equal. Some reference photos translate better into a drawing or painting. It can have to do with lighting, range of values, angles, and many other factors. Sometimes it is necessary to work from multiple photos which takes time to piece together seamlessly. Also the size ratio of reference photos can make it necessary to either rearrange/crop the image or order a custom canvas.
  • Style the Art is Rendered In– some mediums or styles take more or less time.

Each one of these factors influences the time involved, and it takes more time from start to finish than many imagine. There are sketches, and in the case of paintings, color studies to be done before the painting even begins.


On a Budget?

The prices that you get quoted are non-negotiable. It cost what it cost. However the terms are negotiable. In some cases I can tailor a project to fit your budget. We can also arrange an installment plan, and the artwork will be delivered once the final payment is made.

What Pricing Includes

When I quote a price for a piece of art, that is simply for the painting itself, and does not include things like sales tax, framing, or shipping/delivery. I will have artwork framed by request. If not I will leave that to you. Shipping cost are the responsibility of the customer.

Copyright- I retain the copyright to all artwork sold, which means you own the painting itself, but not the right to copy , redistribute, or use for marketing purposes. However I will sell complete rights to the artwork for twice the price of the piece.
No Publish Fee- If you would like me to not publish a piece of artwork I will do so for twice the price of the art. Part of the marketing of my art is showing previous works. If you would not like me to show a piece of art that I have done for you then that limits my advertising ability. This is not the same as delaying the publishing of artwork. Some customers commission paintings as a gift for someone and I would never want to spoil the surprise. In this case just let me know when it is acceptable for me to publish.
Downpayment– A payment of 33%-50% of the price of the artwork is to be paid before the project starts and the rest of the balance + any fees discussed will be due on completion and approval of the work before it is delivered.

To get the most accurate quote, the best thing to do is look over the information here on the hire me page so you can get an idea of what to expect and the questions you have.  Then contact me with project details such as size, medium, images, and expectations for the project.  Don’t be afraid to ask anything.  I will be glad to walk you through the process.

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Again, each project is unique, but most of the work I do takes between 10 to 40 hours to complete.  There are simple projects I have done that only took around 3 hours to complete, and more intricate projects that have taken close to 200 hours.

After we discuss your project details I will have a much better idea on what will be involved and be able to give you an accurate estimate of time involved.

If you are worried about meeting a deadline make sure you get in contact with me as soon as possible to ensure I can work your project in.

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After we discuss project details and you are satisfied with the arrangement  I will text or email a payment request for the initial payment to get the project started.  The final payment will be due once the art is finalized and approved by you.  Once payment is received your artwork will be shipped

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Yes.  Payment for commissions is already split up into and initial payment to get the project started and a final payment once approved, but yes it can be split into smaller payments and the artwork will ship once the final payment is received.

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I work Oils, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Charcoal, Graphite, Ink, and Digital.  If you have a different medium in mind for your project let me know.

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The prices that you get quoted are non-negotiable. It cost what it cost. However the terms are negotiable. In some cases I can tailor a project to fit your budget. We can also arrange an installment plan, and the artwork will be delivered once the final payment is made.

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Tips: Picking Great Photos for a Painting

Start off Right, With a Quality Reference Photo

Some photos translate to a painting far easier than others. You will be doing yourself a huge favor if you start off with the right photo. Looking for a good photo you should keep these things in mind:

  • Clarity: Something that is crisply in focus. Ideally you should be choosing which details to omit, not the photo
  • Good Lighting: Ideally not taken with a flash. Flash tends to wash out all of the information such as color and value which gives you form. You want something with reflected or diffused lighting in most cases, or something with nice dramatic drop shadows. The reflective or diffused lighting gives you a smoother transition between values and the drop shadows kind of chisel the form It just catches the eye.
  • Range of Value: Ideally a good reference photo will have dark darks, light lights and everything in between. A nice range of value shows off all of the forms.

Drop Shadow Examples That are Highly Translatable

Drop shadow example highly translatable

Above are some of the actual reference photos I used for the “Cereal Killer” series. These aren’t exactly High quality photos. They are pictures that I pulled from my friends’ Facebook accounts that were taken with phones, not cameras, and have been compressed in the process of sharing them on social media. They are however, highly translatable into painting.

High Quality References Without Drop Shadows

Above are some examples of high quality photos that you can see without the dramatic effect of strong drop shadows. These have a great range of value from the darkest darks to just the right amount of high intesity highlights. If you look you will notice that you can observe the many small forms contained by the face as a whole that are part of the skeletal and muscular structure. These shapes are just as important to creating a person’s likeness and expression as getting their eyes, nose, and lips in the correct positions, the right shape, and size. These layers of colors and values that hold together the abstract forms that spell out the face are what helps make these photos so easy to translate into a painting.

It might be helpful to look at a few of the reasons that these photos are higher quality beyond the fact that they are highly translatable. These are much higher quality photos, for two main reasons:

  • Controlled Lighting: they were taken with lots of reflective light. Having full control of the light in a photo improves  the quality. So keep that in mind if you are taking reference photos.
  • Camera: they were taken with my Canon EOS Rebel digital camera and haven’t been compressed through sharing them on social media. There is a huge difference in the camera on your phone and an actual camera. The camera on your phone was made to look great on your phone or maybe even a computer, but if you have ever tried to print something off of your phone you will notice the quality is not what you had imagined. That is because screens, like your phone or computer are basically good up to 72 pixels per inch, so that is all your phone puts out. Where to print even a decent photo you should really be pushing out in the neighborhood of around 200. If I take a picture with my Samsung Galaxy 5, which has a 16 megapixel camera, the dimensions of that are roughly 3000 x 5000 pixels at 72 Pixels Per Inch. If I take a picture with my Canon the dimensions are roughly 2000 x 3000 pixels at 180 pixels per inch. That is an 11″ x 17″ photo. Now, if I drop the Pixels Per Inch down to 72 like the camera Phone then its dimensions are roughly 5000 X almost 8000 to give you a comparison to the phone on the camera, and this Canon is about 13 years old. I kind of got off on a tangent there talking about the difference in camera quality, but that might come in handy for those of you that didn’t know.

Above are a few examples of photos that aren’t necessarily “bad” photos, but they aren’t as easily translated into a painting. The first painting would be a bit of pain to paint. The range of value just isn’t there. It is slightly blurry and a little washed out. The values are so close together that it wouldn’t appear to have any volume. You can notice that, because it is washed out, you can’t see all those forms across the face that you could see in the previous examples that are so important.It is flat. So while it isn’t a horrible photo, I would suggest avoiding using this as a reference photo if possible.

The second photo is drowning in shadows. Because there is some reflected light from her surroundings you can make out the larger forms of the face, but I wouldn’t suggest using a photo like this to paint a portrait (especially if the face is the entire composition). Once you have it in paint it will probably just look like she is too dark since there is really no frame of reference from lighter values.  They will just see the face you painted that is made up of the darkest range of values. If you were using this as part of a larger piece of art, and her face wasn’t the entire composition, then this photo could work out just fine. I would also like to point out another feature to look for in a solid reference photo which is the warm reflected light that you can see on the underside of her arms and neck. This translate great into a painting and makes for a really interesting piece from the interplay between the cool blueish shadows and the warm reflected highlights. This looks great in paintings. Some of my favorite paintings have this type of reflected light.

The third reference here is an example of what I would say is a very good photo that just doesn’t translate to a painting as easy as others might. It isn’t washed out, but at the same time there aren’t a lot of those really rich mid tones that bridge the gap from shadows to highlights that make it all clearly spelled out. This isn’t to say that you couldn’t take this photo and make a great drawing or painting, because you could. It just might not be as easy as some of the others that have been discussed here.

Hopefully this has given you a better idea of the types of things to look for when choosing a great photo for a painting.  If you have any other questions about how to get the most out of your project let me know.


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