FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do you start with pink in the background? I use hot pink for the underpainting to represent Mother Nature's underlying feminine presence and creative energy. In some paintings I leave this raw color exposed and in others I cover it completely. But I always know her “blood”, if you will, is always below the painted surface, just as the red earth is always below the grasses, flowers, and trees in the wild.
Where did you receive your training? I studied Fine Art at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis where I graduated with a BFA in Drawing & Printmaking. After college, I worked as a Display Coordinator for Anthropologie, a Cake Decorator & Bakery Supervisor at Whole Foods Market, and then as a Store Graphic Artist for Whole Foods Market.
Do you show in galleries? I do not have any gallery representation at the moment, but do show my work in a variety of spaces around the Portland area. If you'd like to arrange a showing to view my artwork, please contact me.
How can I be the first to know when new work is available? Sign up for the Asakawa Collector’s Club newsletter to receive the insider scoop on new artwork, sales and shows! Follow me on Instagram for behind the scenes and sneak peeks.
Do you do commission work? Yes! Applications are open twice a year with only a handful of spaces available. Please visit my Commission Page to apply!
I'm interested in getting a print in a different size. Is that possible? Yes! Please contact me with the size and title of the print you'd love to add to your collection and I will get back to you with details.
What is a Giclée Print? A Giclée (zhee-KLAY) print is a museum-quality, archival print. The paper is of the highest quality that won't yellow or deteriorate over time and the inks that are used are pigment-based which having a higher color standard and last longer than dye-based inks from a standard inkjet printer. Pigment based ink have the potential to resist fading for up to 200 years whereas dye-based inks only hold up for 25-30years.
What is a stretched canvas print? A stretched canvas print is a giclée reproduction print on high quality canvas (rather than paper). This canvas is then stretched over a stretcher bar frame, just like an original painting. For instance, you may have seen canvas prints at a store before!
All giclée reproduction canvas prints are outsourced and printed on archival quality canvas, stretched over highest quality stretcher bars, and printed with archival inks. They're completed with a UV protectant coating to ensure your print will last for 100+ years.
Do your original paintings come framed? Yes! My wonderful husband, Nick, builds beautiful custom-made float frames for each of my original paintings. Your painting will come framed in locally-sourced hardwood and will be ready to hang!
I'd love to feature you on my blog, can you send me some images? Of course! I love working with writers/bloggers. Please contact me!
Gallery and Store owners: Please contact me directly for inquiries about representation, licensing or wholesale orders. Items may not be purchased directly from the store for resale, without my express consent.
Shipping + Policies:
Do you accept refunds or returns?
We are not liable for any mishandling or failed delivery by the shipping service (USPS , UPS, or Craters & Freighters).
Return policy for original paintings: All original artwork sales are final. We do not offer returns or exchanges on original artwork.
Return policy for prints: Every Anisa Asakawa print is made-to-order. We offer a 7-day exchange policy, where you can return the print for any reason within 7 days, and we will send you a different print as a replacement. If you wish to exchange your print, you are responsible for paying the return shipping, and the print must arrive in good condition for an exchange to be processed. We do not offer refunds on prints.
If your print arrives damaged in any way, please email email@example.com, and a replacement will be sent to you immediately.
How much will it be to ship my painting?
Shipping is included for customers in the continental US on prints and paintings up to 40 inches.
Shipping small paintings & prints: (Continental US Customers) Anything under 40 inches, give or take (we work on a case by case basis sometimes, depending on where you live and the exact proportions of the artwork in question) ships UPS and is included in the price. Prints get processed and framed (if purchased) through Simply Framed.
Shipping large paintings: (Continental US Customers) For paintings measuring over 40”, I use a company called Craters and Freighters for shipping. They will create a custom wooden crate for your painting. Most paintings are delivered 7-10 days after they pick up your painting from my studio. Shipping is $1000 for this custom service to addresses within the continental US.
International customers: (Includes Hawaii & Alaska) For prints and paintings under 40” (102cm), you will receive a separate invoice for the shipping cost. For paintings measuring over 40”, you will be charged an initial $1000 for shipping and then receive a separate invoice for the portion of the shipping costs exceeding $1000. Please note: International VAT/Duty taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Local pick-up for original paintings: Portland, Oregon.
If you are a local customer and would like to schedule a pickup or delivery of your painting, please contact me after purchasing. We can schedule a convenient time to get you your painting! If your painting was on display at a local venue with a frame, you will be able to take home your painting with its frame at no additional charge!
Rights to Artwork and Images
Copying or reproducing artwork created by Anisa Asakawa (as seen on AnisaAsakawa.com, or elsewhere) is strictly prohibited without written permission from the artist.
I retain all rights to all artwork until it has been purchased by a private or public collector at which time the collector receives the right to display the artwork in their home or business.
I retain all rights to the image of all artwork including the rights to the image of sold & commissioned original paintings.
I retain the right to make REPRODUCTIONS OF ANY AND ALL ARTWORK I’ve created.
Collectors of reproductions have the right to display the artwork in their home or business but retain no other rights to the artwork.
Any image of the interior which includes the artwork in a 3rd party publication (such as social media, magazine, or book) must come with attribution (artwork title, artists name). All other uses must be agreed to in advance in writing.
What if I have more questions? Please write me a note here.