my art background

I could never receive too many sketch pads as a child. Back then, I was taught to adopt a 'realistic' style so that finished work always appeared photographic. However, on leaving school and studying art and design under inspired tutorage (after which I became a graphic designer), I gradually changed my restrictive way of thinking. I became intrigued with subject, space and composition, used sizeable brushes and held them differently to create varied marks, and discovered how artists from diverse genres used colour: our tubes of black and grey gouache were banned immediately! Today, I approach each new painting or drawing in this way, and enjoy other artists' work that emphasises both the idea behind the piece and the materials used.

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what do you paint and draw with?


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ACRYLIC PAINT and VARNISH: Acrylic is a water based paint with many qualities compared to other paints. It looks similar to oil paint when dry but it won't crack, colour quality remains vivid, and it becomes water resistant when dry. It can be thinned with water or varnish, or applied thickly (impasto) from the tube. I use high quality product ranges to ensure pigment opacity and covering power. On canvas artwork, I apply high gloss varnish over the finished paint. This provides a glossy sheen, enriches colour and protects the acrylic from dust, scratches or fading. Alternatively, matt varnish is available on request.

PASTEL, PENCIL, CHALK and CHARCOAL: I use oil pastels, soft pastels, pencils, or chalk and charcoal sticks. When artwork is finished, I apply special fixative spray to preserve colour and marks. However, always handle these artworks with care as they will smudge if touched, despite the fixative! You must frame these artworks under glass with a 'window mount' spacer (see 'CANVAS SHEET and PAPER' paragraph below).

which surfaces do you use?


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BOX CANVAS: I use the 'thin frame' 15 millimetre type for acrylic painting (although you can request a 'deep frame' type, usually around 36 millimetres). Each consists of a lightweight wooden frame with a canvas stretched over it, which projects slightly from the wall when hung. Wooden pegs are provided to tighten the canvas, but I've never needed to use them on my artwork. When I've finished the painting, I varnish it for protection from dust and fading. You don't need to frame a box canvas (although you can if you want): just hang it on the wall. By default, I paint the sides of a box canvas with a subtle continuation of the image, but you can request a plain colour instead; neutrals are best so as not to interfere with image colour.

CANVAS BOARD: I use canvas boards for acrylic painting. Each is around 5 millimetres thick, rigid, and has canvas stretched and laminated neatly to its surface. When I've finished the painting, I varnish it for protection from dust and fading. Canvas boards are not usually framed under glass, although each should have a frame fitted around it for attaching to the wall.

CANVAS SHEET and PAPER: I use either canvas sheets or thick 'toothed' paper for pastel, charcoal, chalk, or pencil work. Like paper, canvas sheets are flexible and can be rolled up, but unlike paper, they do not tear. Both canvas sheet and paper artworks must be framed under glass to prevent smudging, tearing, creasing and fading; most framers can provide UV protective glass. Before framing, your framer should fix the artwork to a backing board so that it stays flat and rigid when hung. Ask the framer to fit a 'window mount' (ie a board ideally of neutral colour with a bevelled aperture revealing the artwork). This ensures that the artwork does not touch the glass: crucial with pastels, charcoal and chalk.

are there prints of your original artwork?

No. Each artwork is unique.

do you undertake commissions?

Yes. Please email or phone me and we can discuss what you'd like.

will your artwork fade?

Artwork that is varnished or under glass does not fade providing it is not in direct sunlight.

does your artwork need a frame?

This depends on the surface used; see 'which surfaces do you use?' section above.

do you frame artwork?

No. I advise that you take your artwork to a professional framer so that you can choose exactly what you want, but if this is not possible, there are reputable online framers. Remember that canvas sheet or paper artwork needs to be fixed to a rigid backing board before framing (see 'CANVAS SHEET and PAPER' paragraph above).

where is best to hang an artwork?

Avoid direct sunlight, damp and temperature extremes (eg not above a fireplace or in a conservatory). Choose somewhere with plenty of natural light.

how is artwork packed for delivery?

If artwork is rigid (eg box canvas or canvas board) it is packed in protective sheeting and inserted in a thickened cardboard box designed for art canvases. If artwork is flexible (eg canvas sheet or paper) it has protective acid-free paper placed over the image side, before being carefully rolled and inserted into a thickened cardboard tube designed for flexible artworks. For overseas delivery (ie not mainland UK), extra packaging is used.

how and when is artwork delivered to me?

Via courier to anywhere in mainland UK within 14 working days of cleared payment. You must sign for it on delivery. For overseas delivery please contact me.

is delivery charge added when I pay?

Packaging and delivery are free within mainland UK. For overseas delivery please contact me.

how do I pay?

On the 'browse + buy' page click on the 'Buy Now' button next to the artwork you want, then choose to either pay directly from your PayPal account, or with any major debit or credit card. Alternatively I accept personal cheque (payable to S. Wilson) and wait for payment to clear before sending your artwork. After payment is received, I will email you confirmation of your order and payment.

what's your refund policy?

To obtain a full refund, you must first notify me in writing (eg email) and then return the item within 14 working days starting from the day after that on which you received the item. The refund DOES NOT include the packing and posting cost for returning the item. The item must be packed with care in original packing and returned via courier with signature required on delivery in order to prevent damage to or loss of the item (ie the manner in which it was sent originally).