Handling & Transporting Your Art

How I Handle Artwork

I frequently handle wet or freshly-varnished paintings, many of my clients bring them to me to shoot them before a show or shipping them to galleries. Please let me know if your painting is still wet, is recently varnished or has thick impasto. I keep my studio clean and carefully handle your art while photographing it. If I know in advance, I will handle them from the sides and return them to their cases after shooting. If a painting is wet and by rare chance I get paint on my hands from even the side of the canvas I will tell you.

Transporting Your Artwork

Most Plein Air painters use wet panel carriers because they are literally transporting them wet from the field. I recommend transporting paintings to my studio in a wet panel carrier. It protects them from damage in your car (sudden stop) and keeps them clean. Also, be sure to clean out your cases from time to time with compressed air or simply washing them with water and placing them upside down to dry.

If you don’t have a wet panel carrier, placing artwork in a box with cloth or wax paper between pieces also works, but be careful if your artwork has thick impasto. Consider even an inexpensive cardboard carrier.


Dust on a painting, especially a freshly-varnished one, flares up when I light it. Frequently I carefully remove dust from dry paintings before I shoot them with a very low pressure air cleaner (the same kind photographers use to clean lenses). I want the images of your art to be as perfect as possible. I know that you as an artist see the paint, but please be mindful of what happens to your art after you complete it: varnish it in a clean setting, keep your art carriers clean to help me to accurately reproduce your image.

Recent Painting Photos

Pink Promise-Sue Wipf

Pink Promise

by Sue Wipf
Grandma's Favorites-painting by Mary Pettis

Grandma’s Favorites

by Mary Pettis
Trestle Shadow 28x40-painting by Joe Paquet

Trestle Shadow

by Joe Paquet
Bayside Park (Grand Marais Plein Air 2019) - by -Carl Bretzke

Bayside Park (Grand Marais Plein Air 2019)

by Carl Bretzke
Cafe by Paul Oxborough


by Paul Oxborough
Yellow Profusion by Sue Wipf

Yellow Profusion

by Sue Wipf
Duluth Fog Company-Mary Pettis

Duluth Fog Company

by Mary Pettis
Rail-Stone-and-Steel-30x24-painting by Joe Paquet-200501

Rail, Stone and Steel

by Joe Paquet
Diner After Hours-by-Carl Bretzke

Diner After Hours

by Carl Bretzke
Winter Crossing 11x14-by-Mary McLean

Winter Crossing

by MaryMcLean

Glowing Superior

by Sue Wipf
American Idol-by-Patty Voje

American Idol

by Patty Voje
In the Museum by Steve Levin

In the Museum

by Steven Levin
Uptown Boats 12x16-painting by Carl Bretzke

Uptown Boats

by Carl Bretzke
On the Waterfront, Redhook, Brooklyn-24x30-painting by Joe Paquet-

On the Waterfront, Redhook, Brooklyn

by Joe Paquet
Painting Photography 57 to Door County by Carl Bretzke

57 to Door County

by Carl Bretzke
Thu Bon River, Hanoi painting by Paul Oxborough

Thu Bon River, Hanoi An

by Paul Oxborough
The Regulars painting by Paul Oxborough

The Regulars

by Paul Oxborough
Trench Bar, Tokyo painting by Paul Oxborough

Trench Bar, Tokyo

by Paul Oxborough
Napoleon House by Paul Oxborough

Napoleon House

by Paul Oxborough