What camera do you use to photograph your work + studio shots?
For stills I use a Nikon d700 and for video I use a Nikon d800. My favorite lenses are my Nikkor 85mm 1.8D & 50mm 1.8D. I use a tripod to photograph/film myself!
What program do you use to edit photos?
95% of my editing happens in Adobe Lightroom Classic. I occasionally use photoshop. I use Vsco film presets in lightroom.
Can our church/organization/magazine/blog/website use your photos or artwork in our materials?
Yes, but only if you pay my licensing fee and obtain permission. Please do not use my images either online or in print without permission. Thank you!
Do you teach private painting lessons/workshops?
At this time, because I am also a private voice teacher, I don't have room in my teaching schedule to take private art students.
I teach workshops only occasionally, and they usually have a devotional rather than technical focus and are done in partnership with a church. If you want to learn more about working with ink, YouTube and Instagram are both filled with artists who are sharing their process! I currently am struggling to find the resources to create my own work and keep my business thriving, and teaching workshops is something I don't have a lot of energy for at the moment.
Will you show your work at our church or institution?
I would love to show my work at every church or institution that has interest. Showing my work in a liturgical setting is my dream! The amount of complete collections I have at any given moment is limited, and I tend to schedule shows 1-3 years in advance. Because transporting shows (especially across the country) is quite expensive and time-consuming, I have a few questions on the front end just to get a feel for how artwork is valued at your particular institution. Here are the main questions I am asking of institutions at the moment who are interested in showing my work:
What does engagement with and patronage of the arts look like in your church?
Do you have a dedicated gallery space with proper lighting and some kind of hanging system installed?
How do you plan to promote the exhibit?
If you are more than 1 hour from Kansas City, are you willing to pay to have the work transported to and from your church?
Will the work be fully insured (do you have an insurance rider or other insurance to cover original artwork) while in your space?
Can the work be for sale in your space? Do you take a percentage of each sale?
Certain shows have a rental fee attached to them that help to offset some of these expenses.
Can we show your Magnificat Exhibition?
This is currently my most requested exhibit. This work showed in the Twin Cities once in 2017 and again in 2018. The work is now divided up among private collectors who chose to purchase the work during the run of those two exhibitions, and showing it again in its entirety will not be possible again.
What kind of paint do you use?
My main medium is acrylic ink (FW Ink, by Daler Rowney) with composite gold, silver, and copper foil. I discovered FW in the spring of 2015 and began partnering with Daler Rowney in 2016. They are a lovely company and FW is unmatched with lightfastness and intensity of color.
Acrylic ink is not to be confused with alcohol ink. Acrylic ink is pigment-based, and alcohol ink is dye-based. FW Ink can be diluted with water (no extra mediums necessary) and you can achieve permanent, watercolor-like effects.
For the texture in my work I either purchase modeling paste or I make my own from marble dust, acrylic paint, and gesso.