​Unlimited Editions
​​Art editions can be confusing, and for good reason.  Most are grossly outdated and don't make sense with all of our modern practices in printing.  Today we are given two options, Limited Editions and Open Editions.  So, naturally I went with my own.

     Unlimited Editions: Don't bother googling it, I made it up!   Every print sold will have a consecutive number starting with 001 on the print as well as a letter of authenticity, regardless of size.  We will keep a record of every buyer, size and medium.  The letter of authenticity will include instructions for transfer of ownership if it should be re-sold or gifted.


     Why is this so important to me?

     As an artist, the first people to buy a piece once it's published hold a special place in my heart.  We spend thousands of dollars as well as thousands of hours getting a piece published with no guarantee at all to make one sale.  The first buyers of a new piece let the artist know their time and money was actually worth it, at a time of nail biting and second guesses.  A lot of times, those same first buyers are actually the ones that spread the word and help make the piece popular.  This is my way of making sure that the early buyers can have an increased re-sale value without gouging the later buyers.  This only seems fair to me!


So, what are the editions and where did they originate?
 
    Editions used to be numbered because the plate would wear out the higher the number got.  Meaning, the lower the number, the closer to the original in detail.  Once the plate would lose its detail, the artist could work with the printer to get it back as close to the original as possible.  After several proofs of the tweaks, a new volume would be introduced.  Makes total sense, right?  Fast forward to today, when most of us use giclee printing, and it doesn't make sense at all.  Giclee is 100% digital and far more accurate than plates.  The 10,000th print looks EXACTLY like the first one. 

     Limited Editions:  Most people are shocked to find out that their art, labeled "277/500", started out as a "1/25" and is now on its fifth volume.  So, why do they call it "Limited" if it's not actually limited?  Limited Editions are usually only limited in sizes available.  Normally small, medium and large.  They get broken up into abstract amounts like...100 small, 50 medium, and 25 large.  In a lot of cases, when the Edition gets to some magical number (ie. 15/25 or 17/25), the price goes up and just before the edition reaches its "end", the price goes up again.  If the selling doesn't slow down when the price is raised, another volume is added and now it's at 26/50 and it all starts over.

     Open Editions:  Open Editions can be any size or they can have limits (depending on the artists' preference).  They are not numbered, there is no tracking of buyers and there is no increased resale value for early prints.  
    
     H.C. Editions:  The H.C. stands for "hors de commerce" or "not for sale".  This is another outdated edition I don't quite follow.  My 'not for sale' editions are simply not numbered.  I provide local businesses with free, local art that has an information plate next to it.  This allows people to find me without asking as many questions of the very busy staff at each establishment.

     A.P. Editions:  The A.P. stands for "artist print".  Yet another outdated practice that I have twisted into something quite different.  An artist print is better known today as the proof.  The old printers would make fine adjustments until the artist was happy.  The first was always the best in terms of detail, therefore, the artist print was always worth more.  Today, even though the last one printed looks EXACTLY like the first one printed, we still have artist prints. People pay more because they think they're worth more, when in reality they're the same.

     I do have an A.P. but it has nothing to do with being the first or last print.  The Artist Print will be a multipiece work of art unto itself, showing different mediums as well as a complete bio of the drawing, including naming the original buyer of the A.P.  They will take up a very serious amount of real estate on your wall, so they will not be for the average collector.  With a hefty price tag around $35k, these will be for serious collectors only. 

     Each drawing will have two available Artist Prints.  The first one is usually offered to the owner of whatever is drawn (if applicable) and they are given a lot of time to make their decision.  The owner (if there is one) will have first choice at buying one or both A.P.'s.  If you are interested in an artist print, contact me.  I can't guarantee that there will be one available but in the chance that there is, I will contact people in the order in which they expressed interest.


So, What else is different?


The signature:  I have never much cared for people looking for the signature to decide if they like a piece of artwork and yet I can understand that some people don't like art without a signature.  Others go even further with hand signed vs. digitally signed.  The only print that will have my signature on the front is the original size, 23" x 40".  All other sizes will be signed on the back.  All metal prints will be dye-sublimated as shown below.  This etches the signature into the metal so that it can't scratch off.  If you would prefer yours hand signed, or personalized as a gift, there is no extra charge but will add a week to your delivery time.  Leave a message in the comments or call with your information.