Live Painting FAQ

I paint with high quality water-based acrylic paint on pre-stretched canvas. The paint is non-toxic and extremely quick drying, allowing for easy cleanup and transport of the painting after an event.

Of course! Odds are that I will not be able to recognize your specific guests, so I ask that you assign a patron to point out your chosen guests to me during the reception. I do not have a set limit or charge more per person, but I recommend not requesting more than 10-15 specific recognizable people as it can be difficult to get more than that many in during an event. Additional people/details can always be added after the event. Each package option includes a number of off-site painting hours, during which these additions may be made.

My setup is minimal and usually does not require assistance from event staff. I supply my own portable easel. The site only needs to arrange for a small painting area in advance of my arrival, which need not take up more than approximately 4′ X 6′, indoors or outdoors. The site also needs to have a nearby power outlet for my lamp, a water source, and a place to dump paint water such as a wash sink. I need to set up in a spot that gives me a good view of the scene I will be live painting.

Along with a signed contract, I require a 50 percent deposit to secure your date.

Though arriving 2 hours in advance is ideal, I only need about 20 minutes to get everything set up to start live painting. I have been able to produce finished-looking paintings over the course of a 4-hour reception with less than an hour to set up before the event. Anything not completed by the end of the evening will be finished in my studio.

Since ceremonies are so short and captivate 100 percent of your guests’ attention, it is ideal for me to arrive as early as possible so I can paint the background before the ceremony. I usually paint as much as I can during the ceremony itself but also take photos for reference. Following the ceremony, I like to stay for the reception and finish your painting by working from my photos so that guests are able to watch the ceremony painting’s progress while they’re enjoying the party! If I cannot stay for the reception, then I will finish the painting in my studio based on my photos.

I am based in Baton Rouge, La, and have travelled throughout the state and out of the country for weddings. I would absolutely travel to your location; travel costs such as airfare and hotels will be at the client’s expense. Local events (within Baton Rouge city limits) do not require travel compensation. Events within driving distance of BR will require compensation based on distance.

Sorry I missed it! I would be happy to create a customized painting for you based on photo or video documentation of your event. This allows me the flexibility to use multiple angles and different lighting. Professional photographs also provide a clearer image of the bride and groom than can be experienced at the event, which is a look some clients prefer. You may choose a size and style that fits your budget.

Depending on the package you choose, and number of hours spent on touch-ups in the studio, your live painting will be made available for pickup within 2-4 weeks of the wedding date. I would be happy to deliver the live painting personally within 25 miles of my studio. If you are out of state, I would be happy to provide you with a quote to ship it directly to you.

Included in each ‘package’ is professional documentation of the painting that can be used to create quality canvas prints, thank you cards, or matted photo prints! These, and many more creative applications of the painting, can be customized and added to your order. I would also be happy to create small original paintings or drawings from photos following your event.