What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Too many factors to talk about here...
But some would be;
Difficulty of accessing the space
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I'm not sure...fate? It seems that way to me. I was always doing some kind of art but it wasn't until I met four specific people over 18 years ago that I realized that I could earn a living painting pictures.
Specifically, I shared studio space with an artist, 18 or 19 years ago, who did decorative art....murals, floorcloths and painted furniture. Whenever she was asked to paint something she wasn't sure she could handle, she sent the clients to me....
What types of customers have you worked with?
For interior murals, painting something that makes it appear as if there is an opening, such as a doorway or a window, where there was none.
Exterior murals usually have some historical significance if on a commercial building.
When I do studio work, like graphic design, I accept all sorts of commissions, from standard business advertisements, branding design to architectural renderings and even stage props & backdrops for one of our local theaters. And lately, we've been designing and creating decor for large parties, like the 17 dog houses I designed and built out of foam core.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
The project I'm most proud of would be the 21 exterior murals I painted in Historic Downtown Stuart, Florida a few years ago. There were 7 large 10' x 12' historical murals and 14 smaller murals, each having something to do with the building or it's location.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your homework...don't shop price. More often than not, you'll get what you pay for...
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish potential customers wouldn't treat artists like we are all starving artists by telling us how many people will see our work, and therefore, you should give us a discount (implied, usually). That's insulting.
I wish they also realized how much thought goes into creating a piece of commissioned art. That part is rarely, if ever charged out as a 'billable hour' in spite of usually having to spend many hours thinking about a project. We just don't snap our fingers and make murals appear.