MY PRINTS PACK A PUNCH BECAUSE OF SPECIALIST TECHNIQUES
I work with a fabulous publishing house who create my prints for me. They also supply the galleries, stores and garden centres for me.
I paint the original painting, the painting is then scanned, so that every detail and brushstroke is captured.
They use state of the art printing processes to achieve high quality reproductions. Then they frame them, ready to hang, and make a beautiful statement in your home.
These prints are such good quality that look remarkably like the originals (if you're confused about the difference between prints and originals scroll down to the bottom of this page to find out more).
I don't usually stock my own prints to sell online as I focus on painting originals and creating bespoke work for clients and galleries.
At some of the Summer shows, like Chalk Valley History Festival and the New forest show, I stock a mixture of prints and paintings on my stand.
I have a selection of stockists listed further down on this page, however there are many more stockists across the UK with my prints.
Some FAQs about my prints.
I work with a brilliant publishing house who create my prints for me. I can't do bespoke framing. By sticking to specific formats we can keep costs down, meaning you get a great quality print at a really competitive price. So I'm afraid I dont supply my prints with different frames or with the frame removed.
I've fallen in love with one of your prints but it's too big for my space, can I order a different size from you?
This is similar to bespoke framing - I work with a brilliant publishing house who create my prints for me. I can't do bespoke sizes. Some of my most popular prints are available in different sizes, however that isn't the case for all of my images. By sticking to specific formats we can keep costs down, meaning you get a great quality print at a really competitive price.
I've seen a painting I like on your oil painting page, but I can't find it as a print, can you do a print of it for me?
I'm sorry but you might not be able to get the painting you want in print form. I only allow some images to be made into prints. The galleries who stock my work, always like to have something in their collection which is exclusive to them. So sometimes the original painting is the only way of having that particular image.
I'm looking for a print and it says sold out, when will it be back in stock on your website?
I only sell my big framed prints at particular times of year, so if it says sold out on my website, check with some of the stockists listed below. My publishers stock the retailers for me, so they might have the print you're looking for even if I haven't got it in stock.
There are hundreds around the UK and Ireland, so if you've seen them nearby, do feel free to buy from the gallery you first saw the work in.
What is the difference between a painting and print?
Sometimes the quality of a print is so good, it looks like an original.
What do artists even mean by an original?
Here's my guide to help you understand exactly what you're buying.Printing processes are so sophisticated now that if you've seen one of my prints, you'd be forgiven for thinking they are paintings.
So I thought it was time to explain what's what?
What is a print?
A print is a reproduction or copy of an original work of art.
In my case, my publishers take my original oil painting and scan it. This gives them a much much higher resolution image that a photograph.
They send the painting back to me and I can choose to keep it in my own collection or sell it. (more on this later).
From their high resolution scan they create sophisticated copies of the image.
The image is an accurate reproduction of the painting.
So what is meant by an original?
An original painting is the painting created by the artist.
There is only one original of any image.
I can paint as many different stags as I like, but every single painting is unique.
If I paint a particular stag, and this gets turned into a print, every print will be the same, but the original is how it started. There is only one original painting, and it is unique.
So this can get confusing, as what if you want to buy the original of a print you've seen?
There's only one. So if it's already sold, or not for sale then you can't have it!
But you could commission me to create an original painting. I never copy my own work, as you have leave some space for the magic to happen, but if you want a painting, not a print, that is possible. It takes time and it costs a lot more...but that's part of the joy of having an original painting.
What if I can see your signature on it, does that mean it's the original not a print?
The signature is included in the reproduction process, so it will be on the print as well as on the original
I can see the brushstrokes, does that mean it's the original?
The reproduction process can include very sophisticated finishing gels which create a brushstroke effect
So how can I tell if what I'm about to buy is an original painting not a print?
This isn't necessarily the case for every artist, but here are couple of things that will help and is true of my work.
1. The Cost.
My most popular print is Hugo the colourful elephant. The biggest version of Hugo as a print is 116cm square, in a frame and he retails for around £250-£295 including the frame.
Original paintings of mine, over 100cm square are usually in excess of £1500, without a frame.
My much smaller prints at say 40x40cm are usually under £50, a painting at that size would be closer to £500.
So price can be a big indicator.
2. Where it is.
I supply only a handful of galleries with my original paintings, whereas my publishers supply my prints all across the UK and Ireland.
If you see my images are in a garden centre, a department store or a furniture store, it will be a print.
So is having a print a bad thing then?
Absolutely not. It's a great way of having a striking piece of art at a fraction of the price.
My prints are beautifully produced and presented, they are highly decorative and great value for money.
If you love an image and the only way you can afford it is to have a print then go ahead and buy it and enjoy it.
I've heard people talk about giclée prints. What are they and are they better?
Giclée is a french term from the verb gicler and literally means to squirt or splatter. So it's just an arty term for inkjet!
So if the print is so good, why do people buy original paintings which are way more expensive?
An original painting will last a lifetime.
Actually more than a lifetime.
My oil paintings, if taken care of, will outlast you and me. They can be become family heirlooms.
Some people want ‘the one an only’. So even if you have the original painting of something that exists as a print, you still have the one.
Some people are investing in art, or want their painting to have re-sale value.
Even though I love the quality of my prints, there is still something quite magical and special about original artwork.
When you buy an original painting you are part of the process; the artist has worked on the painting for weeks, even months sometimes and you are completing that very special process. You are part of the magic.