COLLECTOR / STUDIO RULES - est. 2001
As a professional fine artist for his entire adult life, Sandy Garnett has established ground rules for collectors who are interested in supporting his career.
1. Garnett does not do 100% donations for charities, but he will donate a 25-30% portion of a commission or a piece of art if he is approached and chooses to support a silent auction. The artist has to make a living doing what he loves and cannot afford to give his work away. Thank you for respecting this firm rule that has been in place for fifteen years.
2. Garnett's word is good and he expects the same from his collectors. If a collector commits in an email or verbally to purchase a piece of art Garnett trusts the collector will honor this commitment.
3. The artist's prices have been developed carefully over many years of consistent painting and sculpture sales, so Garnett asks that new collectors respect his established pricing structures. Art world professionals have been surprised by how reasonably priced the artist's work remains, partially explained by the fact that Garnett generally represents himself and has not yet been exposed to the auction or art fair markets.
4. In the case of a commissioned painting or sculpture Garnett asks for a 50% deposit and 50% upon successful completion of the work. Connecticut sales tax is 6.35% on purchases and commissions. If the work is to be shipped Garnett will email a photo of the work for approval before crating. The 50% balance plus shipping is charged to a collector's credit card before a commission ships. All work is guaranteed. No work has ever been returned. Crating and insurance are estimated at 20% of the value of the art up to 2500., 15% for art valued between 2500. and 7500., 12.5% for work valued over 7500. (with exceptions, including overseas and sculptures).
5. Garnett has never sold a copyright. He owns all of the copyrights on every original piece of art he has made and sold and he will do whatever he wants with the images of his work, whether a given work of art is sold or remains in inventory. In some cases he will use an image to make limited edition prints or promotional materials. He will not seek approval to use an image that he made in the first place, so he reserves this right to use his images as he wishes at any point now and in the future to promote his fine art career.
6. Garnett instituted the R.K. rule after successfully completing a project for an impossibly rude person years ago. This was a project for an old friend, whose producer is the point of reference. The R.K. rule is reserved in the event that a similar situation arises. If Garnett throws the R.K. flag the flagged individual will not be allowed to visit or purchase from the artist. Life is too short and the artist already has 1000 great collectors to work with.
7. Garnett has instituted the L.D. rule for collectors who go radio silent via email after a flurry of communication about a commission that seems inevitable, a commission that Garnett has done spec work for and has made time for on his schedule. If a collector has to make the last minute decision to suspend a commission he or she must communicate clearly with Garnett via email or phone. Garnett understands that things change so long as collectors are honest and communicative.
8. If Garnett is told something by a collector or City, this word is binding as a contract is binding. Recently Garnett was told by a City that the City would provide a 60 foot boom lift in the event that Garnett would have to make a repair on the City's public art lighting installation. When the repair came to pass 4 months after successful installation, the City 'forgot' its spoken commitment. After a month of pressuring Garnett to pay for the lift they had committed to giving him for repairs, the City 'remembered' that it had spoken these words. Words are a verbal contract of honor to be upheld. Garnett is not a lawyer and has done 2.5 million dollars in art sales through handshakes with his friends and collectors. He honors his word and expects the same from the collectors who support his career.
9. The artist will do his best to make the process of collecting and commissioning art an enjoyable, successful experience. As a collector of collectors the artist is very fluent with all types of projects, mediums, styles, and commissions. He has spent his career building lifetime relationships with his collectors who support his art and help him to live his dream.
Thank you for your consideration and support.