Q: How do I commission a painting?
A: The first step to commissioning a painting is to contact us through the website and begin a dialogue about what your desires are for an original work. From those discussions Mr. Otterstad will present you with an original concept for the painting. This concept can take the form of a thumbnail sketch or a vivid description - depending on what best suits the patron. A schedule for completion and a price for the painting are then determined. Work begins when half of the final price is paid. The painting is completed when the patron is completely satisfied with the work, and the final payment is made.

Q: How much will the painting cost?
A: Each work is priced based on a number of factors. How big the work is, how detailed the painting is, and how intensive the gathering of information is. The gathering of information includes letters and calls to receive reference materials that are necessary to accurately complete the painting.

Q: How long does it take to complete a painting?
A: The composition of the painting can take some time, depending on how much information is readily at hand. Once painting begins, the work takes about a month and a half. This allows time for objective eyes to "settle" and so the work is not rushed. It also depends on what is currently in front of the project. Opie has been between 40 and 70 commissions behind for the past 6 years. Paintings can be worked in around other projects if paintings are needed for deadlines (anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, etc.)

Q: Is it true that he does not use brushes?
A: True. Opie started using a palette knife to paint when he was in college and never went back brushes. The only time a brush comes into play is when he signs the work - he uses the butt end of an old brush dipped in India ink and blotts it up with a paper towel.

Q: Does he paint other things besides sports?
A: Yes. While sport related subjects reflect almost 80% of Opie's work, he does take time each year to devote to other subjects. His jazz series and joined canvas landscapes have both been very well received. He also has done portraits not related to athletes as well as stained glass windows, and ceramic tile mosaics. Examples of these other subjects can be seen throughout the site.

Q: What is the difference between a Giclee' print and a regular print?
A: A giclee (pronounced zhe-clay) is a type of digitally created fine art print. Opie's Giclee works are available in small editions on canvas. Each work is retouched and enhanced by Opie. Each Giclee is a digital print that is created on special high resolution "Iris" printers using archival inks, media and strict printmaking standards. Giclee fine art reproductions are recognized as "the next best thing to owning original artwork" and they can be found in art museums and the top galleries all over the world.