For the Love of Beauty
Praying with Art
Learning to ascend to God through beauty.
I am as invested in your vision to create something beautiful as you are!
I take great care in listening to your stories and seeking to capture the spirit of what you are looking to achieve.
It gives me great joy to see that my past clients are still enjoying the works I created for them, and how their value seems only to grow as the years go by.
I would love an opportunity to work with you to create something beautiful that is new, unique, and meaningful.
Welcome to the NEW For the Love of Beauty website! It's been a long time, but I'm hoping this newly resurrected site will serve as the main hub to organize the many endeavors I've had over the last twenty years, as well as chart a new and more integrated way forward,...
The allure of Beauty. Beauty invites the person to give himself to it, to come under its submission, be influenced by it, to become one with it. If you substitute 'God' for 'beauty' as Augustine did, then the allure of beauty begins to make more sense and we can see...
Pricing & Mediums
For an idea of a starting point for the most basic commissioned new work, such as a drawing, fees would begin at $500 for small works, about 8″ x 10″ in dry media on paper.
- Drawing in dry mediums such as pencil, charcoal, or pastel
- Painting in egg tempera, oil, watercolor, or encaustic (wax based pigment)
- Photography in traditional color and black & white prints or photo-encaustic
I’m happy to have a free initial conversation to give a potential price range for the work of art you are seeking. Contact me below.
The Exploratory Phase
Determining the fit.
Questionnaire and Initial Assessment
The process starts with you filling out this questionnaire. The questionnaire will hopefully do two things:
- help you to clarify your thoughts about what you’re seeking;
- help me to understand what you are seeking, so I can discern whether I am able to provide it.
When filling it out, be sure to be as detailed as you can! All the information helps me to understand your needs and determine if I can meet them.
Review & Response
After I review your responses I will contact you about whether I feel I would be the best fit to accomplish your vision.
If I feel that your project is something I can bring to fruition, I will schedule a 20-30 minute phone consultation to further clarify the process needed. This call will include settling on a budget, a timeline, and articulating an understanding of the vision for the completed work.
If, for whatever reason, I do not feel that I can accomplish your project, I will let you know via email, explain as best as I can why not, and possibly offer alternative solutions, if any occur to me.
The Production Stage
This process may vary per project but will go through similar stages.
The first stage includes, signing an agreement, and paying a non-refundable administrative and sketch fee starting at $250. Sketch fee may increase if the design is large and complicated. The sketch will serve as a general guide for approval to commence work on the final piece.
The first stage may also include on-site visits, photographing the environment where work will be displayed, or taking reference photos of subject to be painted, for example.
The aim here is to include enough preparatory work to complete a concept sketch for approval.
Once approval is given for the design, 50 percent of the total budget is due in order for me to begin work, dedicate time, and purchase materials for your project.
This stage may also include additional site visits if needed and possible.
At various stages of completion that make sense, especially towards the end where details are concerned, I will happily show you progress images, both for your information and input, to make sure we are on track with the vision agreed upon at the beginning, and to make sure any misunderstandings are averted.
Significant changes that would result in a different work than what was initially agreed upon would incur additional fees, if not an entirely new agreement.
Once the work is completed and approved, the remainder of the balance will be paid prior to delivery or taking possession of the work. If the work is so large that it requires special delivery and installation, extra fees may be applied, but these would have been discussed to some degree at the beginning.
Enjoy unpacking the fruits of your new artwork for a lifetime!