The internet is a wonderful tool for artists and art admirers, and something that’s been indispensable to my business as a self-taught artist. However, it has its downsides, as it’s come to my attention recently that unauthorized copies of my paintings are being sold overseas. I don’t want to link to them, but here are a few examples of places my work is being sold without my permission:
I’ve filed copyright infringement notices with Google, and I heard back from them today that they will be removing the site’s links.
If you’re an art buyer interested in my work, be aware that authorized prints are only sold via my website and my Etsy store, not through any other vendors. These unauthorized prints are being made with low-res web quality images. If you see any unauthorized uses of my images out there, please contact me.
For other artists, this is a good reminder never to post the high-res images of your work. As you can see, watermarks can be digitally removed or changed, so keep your images small on the web, and don’t upload your master copies (fortunately, I never do).
On a positive note, I have really been enjoying the canvas prints made by my local printer in Santa Ana – they keep getting more vivid and realistic. I bought a few for our house to replace favorite originals that I’ve sold, and I love them. Check it out:
These are the two different canvas depths that they make. My standard prints are in the thicker 1.5″ depth, but I like the shallower depth for small prints like this 11″ x 14″. Check out canvas prints in my Etsy store. I’m adding new images all the time, so let me know if there are any you’d like to see as canvas prints, or if you’re looking for a custom size.