Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: How do I pay for commissions and products?
A: I accept three types of payments; Cash, money order, or cheque. The artwork will not be shipped until the payment is recieved or the payment is verified (cheques and money orders). Cash can be used as payment for pick ups and drop offs only. If paid by cheque or money order, please factor in the time it takes for the cheque to travel to me (via mail) as well as time for it to be verified through you rfinancial institution (approximately 3 to 5 days) before the artwork will be shipped.
Q: How do I obtain my purchase?
If you are from Ignace (Ontario), delivery or pick up can be arranged once the drawing is completed. Delivery to Dryden and surrounding areas (including Eagle River, Oxdrift, Dinorwic, or Wabigoon) is available at $5.00 four times per month. All other individuals will have their purchase mailed to them in a sturdy envelope lined with cardboard to prevent damage. For additional mailing information and pricing, see the Commissions page.
Q: How long does it take to finished a commission?
It really depends on the detail, quality, and complexity of the reference photo(s) provided as well as the size of the final piece and any "special" requests. Usually when I begin a commission, I am able to give a rough estimate of how long it will take me upon receiving your initial order. The average drawing takes 10 to 20 hours spanning over 3 to 5 weeks, but this time limit is not guaranteed. Larger pieces, or multiple subject pieces can take up to 8 weeks for completion.
Q: Is it possible to make a "Rush" order?
A rush order can be requested, but is not always possible on my part due to other time restraints. Depending on the deadline, an additional fee between $10.00 and $30.00 will be applied to the final cost of your commission - the actual price depends on the the deadline. Some rush orders can be completed in as little as 2 weeks if such service is available at the time. Any "must meet" deadline less than 3 weeks from the time I recieve an order is considered a "Rush Order" and will be billed as such.
To ensure your order gets done in time for a specific date, it is best to contact me and provide references at least 5 weeks in advance whenever possible. If you require a rush order, please state so in the intial order.
Q: Am I able to request changes to the drawing I order?
If there is good reason for a change, yes, you can request it. Minor changes or touch ups are almost always permitted. Large changes (such as pose, background, size) are rarely permitted.
Q: How come you cannot complete a drawing in a few days since it only takes you 10 to 20 hours in total?
Drawing is my hobby, not my job. As a full time employee at CIBC, mother of two daughters, and a family-oriented wife-to-be, I cannot commit to more than a couple of hours per day to my hobbies. Because of this, I span my artwork over several weeks to ensure I complete my at-home obligations as well as my hobby obligations on time.
Q: Can I get a print of past drawings you have done?
Depends! If you commissioned the art work you wish to obtain a print of, you can request prints at a discounted price. If the art work you want a print of is commissioned by someone else - I will not approve a print without the original commissioner's permission. If the art work is a personal "original" (non commissioned), some prints may be available upon request. Check the products before requesting prints to ensure they aren't already available to purchase.
Prints are not always available, and sizes are not always guaranteed. The availability of my prints depends on the company I use to produce the prints.
Q: What does the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) include?
The CoA includes information about the corresponding original artwork, describing various aspects of the artwork. It includes title of the artwork, year the original was drawn, dimensions (in inches), the medium of the artwork, the number of prints made or available if applicable, and the number and type of artist proofs made (if applicable). Each COA has a statement of authenticity signed by me, the artist, as well as includes important care procedures to ensure the quality of the artwork is retained while in your possession.
Q: How long have you been drawing?
For the better part of my life, or as my mom always tells me: Since I could hold a pencil. I would guess, since 1990! I started drawing seriously and with much more dedication around the age of 12 (2000) and started commissioning work at the age of 19 (2007).
Q: WWhy do you draw?
Because it's something that I have always found peace in. When I draw, I feel relaxed and my mind is able to excape the thoughts of the day. It's like a meditation for me.
Q: What is your favourite thing to draw?
Animals, hands down. I love the challenges that everythign else brings me, but something about drawing animals of all shapes and sizes brings me a certain satisfaction and relaxation that huamn portraits or full wildlife scenes don't offer. Of course, I thoroughly enjoy doing all other artwork, animals is just my favourite (and easiest) subjects.