My paintings and prints are produced on a range of different papers from which I make a selection dependent upon the subject material and proposed nature and character of the finished work.
For my alkyd oil and acrylic paintings I might use any one of three different materials; Arches Oil Painting Paper 300gsm, Clairfontaine Oil Painting Paper 240gsm, and Hahnemuhle Oil and Acrylic Painting Paper 230gsm.
Arches Oil is a French made deckeled edge paper specially formulated for oil painting that features a powerful and efficient oil barrier that absorbs water, solvents and binders evenly while allowing the paint and pigment to remain on the surface. Clairefontaine Oil Paper is acid free and specially designed to give excellent adhesion to oil colours and solvents; it is a fantastic alternative to heavy canvas boards. Hahnemuhle Oil and Acrylic Painting Paper is a special paper with a linen finish; the colours do not bleed but retain their high luminosity and there is no halo effect. Hahnemühle Traditional Fine Art papers are characterised by supreme quality, they are resistant to ageing, and are simply beautiful.
Watercolour paintings are usually on Saunders Waterford High White Rough Texture, a 300gsm media produced by St. Cuthbert’s Mill. It is well suited to my extensive use of washes and the paint’s pigments appear more vivid, and with more sparkle, giving the whole painting a fresher look. A whiter sheet also gives the finished paintings a more contemporary appearance.
St Cuthbert’s Mill also supply the media upon which I produce my limited edition prints – a 225gsm Somerset Enhanced Fine Art Inkjet Paper with a velvet finish. This paper was created to give artists and photographers an authentic fine art inkjet paper, capable of producing impressive images. It is a stunning matte paper, with an invisible inkjet coating, whose texture lifts images, giving them a beautifully elegant fine art feel.
I use artist quality paints to create my art works; currently these are Daler Rowney or Winsor and Newton Artist quality watercolour paints, Windsor and Newton Quick Drying Alkyd Oils and Daler Rowney System 3 acrylics.
All my paintings are signed and supplied in a soft white bevelled mount. The rim of the image aperture is embellished with a ‘single ‘V’ groove’ cut into the mount.
Once mounted, paintings are then cellophane wrapped and packed into a strong black archival quality presentation gift box. They are also accompanied by a signed embossed Certificate of Authenticity.
Presented in this way our finished product is a perfect gift and provides the recipient the option of framing the painting in a moulding of their choice.
In the case of our Landscape Paintings, the finished and mounted product is designed to fit into an industry standard A2 frame available from one of many on-line and high street retailers.
I occasionally may have special paintings that suit a different size mount (e.g.500mm x 400mm), and these again will be packaged in the same way. These are detailed on the individual product page.