Concha Chinas Cupula

Puerto Vallarta is filled with cúpulas, making it a shapely town. When you gaze east the vista is teeming with domes: roughhewn and refined; tiled and poured cement; all part of the charm of Vallarta. This cúpula lives at Casa Karma. I view the beautiful boutique villa and hotel from my terraza. It was a hot summer morning. The storm clouds were rising, but every edge was crisp. I was Art Deco-inspired in contrast to the traditional architecture. I wanted to honor the magical tilework of this shapely cúpula

Jimmy Ray of San Miguel de Allende created the amazing tile mosaic work on this cupula.


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It takes time to create this level of tilework. I grew to appreciate the tile artist Jimmy Ray as I worked on this piece. It was a technical challenge. I had to lay out the tiles, constantly using the forced perspective skills I learned as a young man. The curved shape added to the difficulty. It felt so good to finish the piece and take pleasure in my job and the work of the original artist. I love Art Deco. Those clean lines and unadorned shapes seemed appropriate for this piece. I started in this style knowing full well that the details of the tile were “out of step” with the clean lines. I kept everything simple, except the tile. Kasa Karma is a wonderful boutique hotel, and a favorite place to have a wedding.


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Fine Art Paper Velvet, Matte Canvas Thin Stretched


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Fine Art Paper Finishing

Unless otherwise requested, all fine art paper prints will come with a one-inch border for ease of framing.   If you don’t want a border, let me know.  The art looks beautiful without a border “floated” (placed on top) of matte board. 

There are several options with deckled edge which should be floated on a matte.  Please contact me to discuss the options.

Canvas Stretching

I print on two types of canvas, matte finish (an elegant, smooth flat finish) and gloss finish (shinier and reflective).  In general, I prefer the matte finish.  These can be thin stretched on ¾ inch stretcher bars.  They can be hung unframed or framed.  Some pieces can be gallery wrapped where the image wraps around the side.  Or the side can be white, black or a complimentary color that I usually choose to go with the artwork.  There are other options.  You can have the canvas stretched over 1.5 inch stretcher bars, a dramatic look. 

Metal Prints

The metal prints have the look of a plexiglass or acrylic print and are more economical.

The Metal Print with a Float Hanger  

The surface white Gloss Metal Prints has a white base to maximize color and contrast. Its high gloss surface provides a metallic look while preserving the white points in an image. Final product should display high level luminescence effect for seemingly superior image density and contrast.

Metal Silver Gloss

The surface has a clear metallic base providing a true metallic look. Higher gloss surface allowing a more silver appearance. Provides a maximum luminescence effect for seemingly superior image density and contrast.

I am happy to provide advice on framing and can help you with this process.  Contact me.  I love to work with my clients!