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FAQ

Exclusive Edition Prints

  • Why does the website state “Bring home Napa Valley” or "Bring home Deer Valley, Utah"?
  • Because Ann Rea actually paints on-site, in nature, at specific times of day, creating authentic and timeless pieces reflecting the unique beauty of each vista.

What are Exclusive Edition “Giclée” fine art prints?

  • Ann Rea does not license her intellectual for reproduction.
  • She maintains exclusive rights to each image that she creates and each image is registered with the US Library of Congress.
  • Only fine art prints originating from Ann’s studio are authentic. Ann Rea’s entire catalog of prints and originals are available at annrea.com, exclusively.
  • Giclée (zhee-clay) describes the reproduction method used to create these fine art prints. This method is the most effective for reproducing color. It is a French word meaning sprayed ink. 

What are gallery frames?

  • Classic gallery framing, most common in art museums and galleries, accentuates the fine art print and enhances any décor.

What is a Certificate of Authenticity?

  • A Certificate of Authenticity authenticates that the hand-signed print originates from Ann Rea's studio.
  • This numbered certificate also confirms that the Exclusive Edition print originates from her studio and it contains her signature.
What tradition does Ann paint in, what is her artistic style?
  • Ann Rea is reviving the tradition of the French Impressionists, with a contemporary point of view.
  • Blending old and new world traditions, Ann paints colors inspired by sunlight. With the direct mentorship she received from contemporary painter Wayne Thiebaud (an American Art icon), she paints plein air (in the open air) in the timeless tradition of French Impressionists.
  • Ann paints field studies in and of natural landscapes and then returns to her Pacific beach studio to revise them and to create larger interpretations of selected studies on custom canvases. Each piece she paints is a unique and original work of art.
  • Ann also creates colorful contemporary still life paintings and charcoal sketches on French Arches watercolor paper.
What is an art commission?
  • An art commission is the hiring and payment for the creation of a custom piece of original art.
  • A commission provides collectors with original works of art of a particular size, for a certain space, and/or of a specific subject matter.

How long does it take to complete a commission or an Experience of Art?

  • Each commission is unique, and each collector is provided with an estimate based on the factors below:
    • Date the commission is booked
    • Custom or standard sized canvas
    • Subject matter
    • Travel time, if applicable
  • Once the commission is started it generally takes 30 days to paint and another 30 days to dry and photograph.
How long does it take for an oil painting to dry?
  • An oil painting can actually take a full year to dry completely. It is generally safe to transport after 30-60 days.

Who commissions Ann Rea?

  • Ann Rea’s commissions generally come from new and experienced art collectors, wineries, companies, interior designers, and corporations for their key clients or executives.
  • Ann particularly enjoys working with collectors on their first commission.

May I schedule a private studio visit?

  • Serious collectors of original works are invited to schedule a studio visit at Ann’s private studio from Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, located in The Presidio of San Francisco, directly across from the Pacific, less than one mile from the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • It’s on the way to and from the Wine Country.

Can I see Ann Rea’s work in galleries?

  • Ann Rea occasionally offers her work through selected art consultants and galleries.
  • However, Ann Rea does plan to open her own art gallery and art consultants and galleries generally do not provide a collector with the opportunity to meet the artist or see the full breadth of Ann Rea’s work.

Who represents Artist Ann Rea?

  • Ann Rea, Inc. is the entity that represents Ann Rea.
  • Ann Rea designed Ann Rea, Inc. to intentionally side-step traditional art marketing and she has since received national press recognition.

What type of mediums does Ann Rea use?

  • Ann uses pure oil paint on canvas; no mixing mediums, nor turpentine, is ever used.
  • This minimizes toxicity and enhances the color saturation. 
  • This approach is much more challenging and expensive but it is the greenest approach to oil painting available.
  • Ann even uses the same oil pigments as Van Gough from Old Holland Oil Works, established in1664.
  • Her work also includes charcoal sketches on fine Arches French watercolor paper and pastels on black sandpaper.

What is a “Certificate of Title?”

  • A “Certificate of Title” guarantees the provenance of your painting.
  • It is required to establish the collectible and insurable value.
  • To be valid it must detail the original work of art, contain your contact information, the artist’s signature, and date.

How do I care for my painting?

  • Oil paint is the most durable of the painting mediums, but stretched canvas deserves special attention.
  • Avoid extreme and rapid shifts in humidity, and be careful not to puncture or stretch the canvas or to lean anything against it.

What does “© All rights reserved” mean?

  • It means that Ann Rea is the sole legal owner of her intellectual property and she reserves all of her rights.
  • Ownership of a physical painting does not constitute any reproduction rights.
  • All of Ann Rea’s copyright is registered with the Library of Congress through the US Copyright office.
  • Federal and international copyright laws strictly prohibit reproduction of any kind, including but not limited to electronic reproduction, without prior written authorization from Ann Rea.
  • Unauthorized reproduction creates significant legal liability and penalties.
  • Violators have, and will be, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Why does Ann Rea enforce her copyright?

  • Ann Rea’s images are her sole intellectual property.
  • These assets represent the primary source of current and future income and they make up the Ann Rea, Inc. brand.
  • Therefore, Ann Rea, Inc. must take every measure to protect these assets and the company’s brand image.