Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Large painting, woodcuts or works on carved copper.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look for someone with a broad range of expertise and the capacity to work under diverse conditions. Check out their record of completed projects to see if they were done on time and within budget. See what other professionals in their field think of their work and their work ethic.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I paint in the wilderness and not from photographs for the same reason that someone would generally rather touch their loved ones than look at a photograph. I am continually learning how to respond to difficult environmental conditions rather than give up and go home.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. A customer should engage the professional in a dialog before engaging in a final contract. That contract should include an image or model showing the artwork in context as well as a timeline for project milestones and payments.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My commitment to plein air painting takes me to more extreme locations than most. I make graphic images that derive from a visceral appreciation of wilderness and my very long experience representing the human body in action. My work in carved metal is unusual in dynamic appearance, scale and expressive quality,
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love being able to respond to the unexpected, to solve problems without the possibility that anyone else could solve them for me.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How long does it take to do one of your plein air paintings?
The answer is about 40 productive hours, or between three days and a week and a half depending on the weather and a bit on luck. The other answer is all my life.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I was painting in Gates of the Arctic on a 16 day trip where I didn't see another person for 16 days.mwhen I stopped to stand and rest my legs,ma grizzly bear walked around my canvas toward me. I yelled at it and it kept walking toward me making eye contact all the time. When it got about five feet from me I fired a shot from my pistol into the air and the bear turned and walked directly away from me until it was out of sight over a mile away.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I am obsessed with getting the art right.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I was one of those kids who always drew. My father was a composer who spent a part of every day working on his music. I learned from him that an artists is someone who does the work regardless of any financial considerations. I discovered that art was the one area of endeavor where I would do almost anything regardless of difficulty.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I read everything about developments in printmaking. Physical science, cosmology, neuroscience,mane virtual reality are ongoing interests.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. I have been involved with rapid prototyping technology for twenty years. It has moved into the home and will change how art is made.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. In the Talkeetnas is 4' h x 10' w acrylic on carved bronze for the High School in Talkeetna, Alaska. It cost $20,000 and took me 2 months of full-time work spread out over a 6 month period. The basis for the imagery was a 72"w x 44" h oil and alkyd painting I did high in the Talkeetna mountains several years ago on a fly-in wilderness painting trip.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Not complicated
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. Representing abstract space