Caring for Your Original Art

As a professional artist, I use only professional grade paints, additives, and mediums mixed with pure distilled water according to manufacturer instructions to ensure the longevity of my paintings. In addition, I varnish my paintings with a non-yellowing conservation quality varnish that allows the surface to remain flexible and can be removed for purposes of cleaning at a later date. To preserve the longevity of paintings you have purchased from me, please note the following:

Care should be taken when handling your painting. Dirt and oils that are present on the hands as well as smoke from cigarettes or a fireplace can dull the surface of the painting. In addition, the canvas can be easily scratched or torn when coming into contact with objects as innocuous as a fingernail. When handling the painting, grip it by the frame to reduce the possibility of damage.

It is suggested that you hang your painting in a place in which it will not be exposed to the risk of being bumped into by passing people or pets or innocently touched by small children. To best ensure that the painting is adequately supported and best able to resist accidental disturbances, hang the painting by its mounting wire on hooks designed for the weight of the painting that have been securely fastened to the mounting wall. Anchors should be used on drywall if hooks cannot be mounted in wall studs. Hanging on nails is not recommended.

The paint used in the painting you have purchased exhibits excellent lightfastness, demonstrating no appreciable color change after the equivalent of 100 years of indoor museum exposure. In addition, the varnish contains ultraviolet light inhibitors that resist color fading. However, gradual color fading does occur over the course of many years. Therefore, it is suggested that you simulate museum exposure by hanging your painting out of direct sunlight.

Acrylic materials become increasingly brittle in cold weather. It is recommended that you hang or store your painting at room temperature. It is not recommended that you hang or store your painting in an outdoor room or shed that is not heated during the winter.

The varnish on the painting will protect the surface of the painting from high humidity conditions. However, warping of the canvas stretcher bars and the frame is a concern. For this reason, it is not recommended that the painting be hung in a bathroom or near a hot tub.

The packaging in which you receive your painting is not recommended for storage purposes. To store a painting, protect the surface with a non-sticky paper such as glassine paper. Cover the paper with an additional layer, such as raw canvas. Stand upright, and protect from temperatures below 45F.

Light dusting with a very soft feather duster is a good way to remove dust from the painting. If necessary, light soiling can be removed very, very gently with water and very, very mild soap, taking great care to support the canvas from the back to prevent uneven stretching. For more serious soiling, such as excessive touching, food splatters, or smoke film, please contact a professional conservator. The varnish is solvent-based and can be removed professionally for cleaning and then reapplied.

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