Frequently Asked Questions
How soon should I book my Live Event painting?
The calendar fills up quickly, so I recommend the sooner the better.
How do I secure my booking?
A 50% deposit and signed Agreement secures your date.
What if my wedding has already occurred?
I will work from a photograph supplied by you.
May I choose who is in my painting?
Yes. I do suggest that the Bride & Groom are the focus, with other close family
members or friends included. You don't want to have too many subjects in the
painting, otherwise the focus gets lost. When we have a consultation, I can help
guide you to making the best decision for you!
What needs to be provided for you at the wedding?
*A minimum space of 5'x7' *Electrical outlet nearby *A water source
*A good view of what you want me to capture in my painting
How long will you be at my wedding?
Approximately 6-8 hours in total.
How far in advance do you arrive at my wedding?
I arrive 2-3 hours prior to the wedding to set up start painting. By the time
your guests arrive, I will have blocked in the setting.
What is your painting style?
My style is representational and impressionistic, capturing the essence of your event
and guests, not every line and detail.
How are portraits done?
I will meet with you both and draw a few sketches of you so that I can have a true reference of your features. You will provide me with the photograph from which you'd like me to paint your Double Portrait.
Who are your influences from the art world?
My favorites are Pierre Bonnard, William Merritt Chase, and John Singer Sargent.
What if my wedding is outside of Northern Michigan?
I will travel. Prices vary depending upon airfare, transportation, location of
the wedding, accommodations, and how many days of stay are required. I travel
with an assistant when I book out of town events.
Why should I hire you to live paint at my wedding or paint portraits?
I have a Masters Degree in painting and have 30 years experience painting in oils and other mediums. I have exhibited nationally and taught college level painting.
A painting is not a photo or a video, and it takes on a life of its own by
capturing the essence of the event and people in a way that a camera lens
cannot. Warmth, flavor, and feeling is added to an original painting.
Additionally, guests enjoy watching a painting in process. You will have an
added entertainment not found at most weddings, and you're left with a
treasure to be enjoyed for years to come!
Are live wedding paintings something new?
No! Fine artists have been creating paintings of weddings for hundreds of years,
from the engagement to the procession, the ceremony, the reception, wedding
night and after-party. Check out this article for some historical inspiration