Why Classic Jackson Arts?
Because I wanted to create pieces that are considered classic and can stand the test of time, from the subject to the presentation and style executed. Whether it’s 10, 100 or 1,000 years from now, the goal is to create beauty that lasts, or at least pinpoints the significance of that image. I seek depth and meaning even in moments where layers aren’t as apparent. All pictures hold or are worth a thousand words, but I feel the best invite a thousand stories.
What is your specialty within visual arts?
My forté lies within fine art parameters of painting and drawing realism and neo-surrealism subjects with a flair of imagination. Many clients rely on my expertise in portraiture, landscapes, seascapes, and surrealism. They count on my ability to bring their visions to life. This is accomplished through conversation by identifying the necessary symbolism and spirit that fulfills their criteria. Many believe that colors, especially within the realm of blending, I excel the most in. If you’re seeking smooth transitions and ways to blend an array of ideas, I would love to discuss how we can bring it to life!
If I wanted to commission work, how much would it cost?
Price for commissions vary depending on size/dimensions, amount of detail, and medium utilized or requested. Generally, oil costs the most, followed by acrylic or water based paints. Pieces involving colored pencils aren’t as durable as oil on canvas or acrylic, but are time consuming due to the level of detail and layers. Black and white work executed in pencil or graphite generally aren’t as expensive. Portraits and detailed projects typically start at $1,500, respectively. Payment plans are available as well.
How does the commission process work?
Simply contact us at ClassicJacksonArts@gmail.com. I, myself, or someone from the team will reach out to discuss your project and its specific details. Within the conversation details such as dimensions, medium, and primary points of criteria will be covered and noted. Depending on the project, a particular number of drafts will be completed based on the Contract for Commission and/or Deposit & Payment Agreement. Please plan anywhere between 3 – 6 months for project completion on average. There is a 1/3rd cost of the total project nonrefundable, deposit due to get the project started.
For example, if you request a portrait of your beloved family member be done in oil on an 18x24” canvas and the total projected cost is $1500, you will be required to make a down payment of $500 to start the project.
What are the Contract for Commission and Deposit & Payment Agreement?
The Deposit & Payment Agreement is beneficial to the artist and the client. It holds the artist accountable for the scope of the project and its respective timeline, while also allowing payments to be broken up according to schedule. It also establishes checkpoints to discuss progress and sneak peaks if requested.
The Contract for Commission is a form used to protect both parties. It, too, is most beneficial to both the artist and the client. It holds both parties accountable for the work agreed upon and its respective rights. Should a project be delayed, require added criteria, or be canceled (by the artist or client), it covers those risks and changes within reason.
What are giclées or canvas prints? What’s the difference between canvas prints and regular prints?
Giclées, also known as canvas prints are reproduced images created on canvas material and usually stretched on a wooden frame. This is the closest representation of an original. They are printed using high quality ink. They are warp-resistant canvas prints feature an some of the industry's tightest canvas corners, and stunning image color and clarity. They are printed on artist's grade poly-cotton blend fabrics, using archival inks. For all editions, these prints make a great feel similar to their original piece. There are only a few vendors I rely upon to make my work translate to the quality I need it to in order to maintain its integrity. For the past 15+ years I have done extensive research and trials to ensure durability and clarity are maintained at all times.
Ask how you can upgrade to make a special edition or limited edition work! This incorporates added layers of acrylic paint to accent details or provide texture.
Why do you believe art is so important?
I strongly believe in art of all types! The ability to express oneself in a manner which connects with others is invaluable. If a piece of work can resonate with one person, short or long term, it has made an impact and is necessary. Creating something from nothing or bringing forth perspective is what art’s all about. I often say, art and science do the same thing – they breakdown or build components to create new matter!
Do you do this fulltime?
Technically, I do, because I never stop thinking and planning projects. Shhhh…Please do not tell my employer. Whether personal or for a client, I take it seriously and work doggedly to bring the vision to life. Studying subjects and styles doesn’t only come when in front of the canvas. It’s more than 24/7. It’s more like 25/8 as I see overlapping patterns within subject matters and industries which only enhance the finished product’s presentation.
How long does it take to complete a painting?
“30+ years and counting to figure it out”… Ask Picasso. To be practical, most pieces take fulltime dedication to make them come to life and meet the highest of standards, hence the longer turnaround time. A piece can take anywhere from 30 hours to 100 hours depending on detail, layers, and subject matters.