What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Mural work, Custom Decorative Painting and Faux Finishing work varies in price substantially depending upon size of the area, painting medium, detail and project scope. It's best to provide as much info as possible so that I can give a range of price, but until I can measure the space, review the surfaces to be painted and present my portfolio options, it's almost impossible to give a fair or exact price.
The same is true when trying to provide quotes for custom artwork such as murals or hand painted elements which I need to physically review the site in person and develop a project plan.
Straight painting can be relatively easy to price, provided I have the actual wall square footage, not the room square footage - which will produce incorrect results.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am currently working towards an advanced degree in arts and materials conservation. I also attend workshops, seminars and annual conferences for the professional art organizations for which I am a member, keeping up to date on current trends, materials and techniques. I will continue to pursue educational opportunities in both the Decorative Painting and Fine Art/Architectural Restoration fields in order to evolve and strengthen my skill set for the future.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Custom decorative painting including glazing, venetian plaster, stone, stenciling, hand painted murals on walls, floors, ceilings as well old world traditional finishes on kitchen cabinetry and furniture plus wallpaper installation and removal.
Straight Painting jobs usually consist of wall prep, patching and base coating, followed by trim, doors and/or windows. Sometimes, there is wallpaper removal, which requires priming prior to painting, or staining of woodwork, which requires sanding and sealing.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Check references. Artists in the industry have varying levels of expertise so you should choose the individual that is best suited to your needs.
Other Straight painters often provide lower bids because they are only quoting for one coat coverage - which only works if the color is the same. 2 coats are usually required and should run between $1.50 and $2.00 per square foot of wall, based upon industry standard in our region. Professional painters can cover a large amount of wall space in a shorter time, so take that into consideration when choosing a contractor with limited experience. You often get what you pay for.