frequently asked questions
Do you ship your original paintings and products overseas? Absolutely! I ship original paintings, prints of all sizes, charms and magnets all over the world. Original paintings larger than 20″ across on one side have the canvas removed from the stretcher bars, and are rolled and shipped in a sturdy tube. The paintings can then be restretched onto new stretcher bars (frame) in an art or frame shop near your home. Original paintings smaller than 20″ are shipped ready to hang. See the KmBerggren Global Client Map! Please note: shipping charges paid to the artist for the shipping and handling of the original painting or product does not include charges such as Customs charges & import fees. The buyer is responsible for all Customs charges upon the package arriving in the destination country. There is no way for me to estimate Customs fees in advance and include them in the shipping cost.
Do you custom paint for families; can you create a painting inspired by myself and my children? Absolutely ~ I am honored to create paintings inspired by the affection and connection of specific mothers and their child(ren). Most important to note, however, is that I focus on capturing the emotion and connection between family members – instead of a photo likeness. I like to see photos for inspiration, hair and eye color, and I like to know names and ages and anything else that is interesting ~ but I do not strive for a likeness of the individuals. I strive to create a flowing, loving and emotional piece inspired by your family’s connection.
See additional information about Commissioned Paintings here. I’d love to send you a price list and a bunch more info, please email me if you would like commissioned painting information.
Can I purchase a specific print, but with different hair or eye colors?
Each print is created from an original painting ~ so editing of each print is unavailable, however, see above for information on commissioned pieces: a painting created just for you!
What is My Rewards?
If you create an account before or during the checkout process, you will earn rewards just by purchasing the prints that feed your soul, touch your heart and speak your passion! Earn 3 points for every print you purchase, regardless of size. 3 points = $3. Once you reach a credit level of $30, you can choose a 12×12″ archival print for free! Or put the $30 toward anything you like (even an original painting). You will have 90 days to use your credit. Spread your love around ~ mother & child prints make AMAZING GIFTS for new & expectant mothers, physicians, best friends, sisters, aunts, doulas and midwives ~ anyone who values and cherishes the gift of connection between families. My Rewards is valid for purchases beginning August 10, 2013. No prorated points or points for previous purchases before August 10, 2013 will be allocated. Let me know if you have any questions.
What is the Mindful Mothering Project?
It’s super fun, check out The Mindful Mothering Project here, and you may just end up with a free 12×12″ print of a piece inspired by you!
If I buy an original painting, do I hold the rights to that image?
Katie m. Berggren retains sole full ownership & reproduction rights to all KmBerggren paintings, even after the original piece has sold. This is a standard practice throughout the art world. This means Katie m. Berggren art & design, LLC may produce prints or products from that image in any form.
May I create my own painting(s) based on a KmBerggren painting(s)?
I am honored that my work inspires you. Artists learn, grow and practice by copying the artwork of others, however, please remember that an artist’s finished unique paintings are always copyrighted works protected by copyright law. Feel free to practice and learn by mimicking, but don’t sell the finished pieces. When you are ready to sell artwork, make sure it is your own work, created with your own ideas and inspired by what is in YOUR heart.
I receive an enormous amount of questions about the use of my mother & child paintings ~ I’m honored that this work is so appreciated, and I want it to be enjoyed. I appreciate you following the below guidelines, to diminish improper use by those who might like to illegally profit from the KmBerggren painting collections. All of my pieces are copyrighted and registered.
May I use a KmBerggren painting as my avatar (profile picture) on Facebook?
Absolutely, you may! As long as you kindly provide a credit line in the caption of the photo. Here is the credit line to use: “Artwork ©Katie m. Berggren ~ http://www.kmberggren.com”
May I use a KmBerggren painting as my company’s logo? Or as an image that remains on my company’s website?
Most likely! Shoot me an email with your company information, and we can talk about the process of specifying an image for your logo/branding needs. Katie m. Berggren’s art may not be used for any for-profit or commercial ventures or for use on any commercial websites without a contract which has been approved and signed by Katie. Your respect in this matter honors my unique work and those who purchase my work every day. For Website Usage, I offer several usage packages which may suite you, send me an email, and we will discuss the options.
There is also an option to have a piece custom created just for you, to use as your logo. Please contact me for additional information.
May I create journals, buttons or other products featuring a KmBerggren painting?
Katie m. Berggren’s art may not be used on any commercial products or for-sale items, without a signed contract.
May I use a KmBerggren painting as my non-profit organization’s logo? Or as an image on my non-profit’s website?
Shoot me an email with your non-profit’s information, and we can talk about the process of specifying an image for your logo/branding needs. Katie m. Berggren’s art may not be used for any for-profit or commercial ventures or for use on any commercial websites without a contract which has been approved and signed by Katie. I do allow a KmBerggren image to be used on one page of the website of a non-profit, without cost. It is required that you contact the artist prior to use, providing your website URL. A proper credit line is also required – to be shown on the page featuring the image. Here is the credit line to use: “Artwork used with permission ©Katie m. Berggren ~ http://www.kmberggren.com” Please make sure to gain permission prior to use, and I will be honored to share your website and services with my online community!
May I feature a KmBerggren painting on my blog with one of my blog posts?
Certainly, that’s cool ~ however ~ please include a credit line such as “Artwork by Katie m. Berggren, http://www.KmBerggren.com ~ AND if you email me the blog post once it is posted, there is a good chance I’ll share it with my community and post it on my Media page = more exposure for you!
May I publish a KmBerggren painting in my printed book or magazine?
I would love to talk with you about an option that will work for both of us. I am not prepared to allow my paintings to be used or reproduced in any commercial (for a business) manner without a signed contract and compensation to the artist. This honors my time and unique work and those who purchase my work every day. Email me with your idea!
What if I find Katie’s art misused elsewhere?
If you suspect that a KmBerggren painting is being reproduced or sold illegally, please contact me. I very much appreciate your help in honoring my work and those who have purchased it!
Yes, I do offer wholesaling opportunities ~ please visit the Wholesale Page for further information!
Archival Prints & Framing:
Shop for archival prints of mother and child paintings in the Online Studio Shop.
Why do the prints have white margins?
All prints are created from original paintings. Original paintings are created in a variety of sizes from 4×4” to 40×40”! In order to make the images accessible as 8×10”, 12×12” and 13×19” standard-sized prints without cropping off a portion of the image (ie: you lose part of the original image), there is a white border to cushion the image. The white border acts as a faux matte for the 8×10” and 12×12” prints, making framing easier and potentially less costly. Allowing the pieces to be printed in standard sizes, allows them to be framed with off-the-shelf frames!
The 13×19” prints are created with giving you the largest image-size possible in mind. I create the largest print I can on the 13×19” stock, with an edge for protection. The top and bottom margins will vary depending upon the format (rectangular or square) of the original painting. These prints will not work in a standard frame. See below for an idea on how to frame the 13×19” prints!
Please let me know if you have any additional questions ~ it is my intention that you will LOVE your print!
How shall I frame my lovely new print, now that I have it?
The 8×10” and 12×12” archival prints fit into standard sized off-the-shelf frames! For the larger, 13×19” prints, purchase an off-the-shelf standard frame in an 18×24+ size, then take the print to the framing counter and pay only for a custom cut window mat! Put it all together at home and voila! A beautifully framed piece without the custom framing price.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions ~ it is my intention that you will LOVE your finished piece!
“I am just blown away, I yet again lack the words to convey how much I LOVE your painting. I thought it was beautiful last night but tonight it’s even more stunning, it’s so rich & has such a warm glow, I love the deeper gold/orange tones. It feels warm, blissful, serene, snug, safe… these words aren’t enough, I will have to go get a thesaurus & see if I can find the words to do it justice!
I’m full of smiles ever since I received this. I forsee lots of time spent each day staring at it and feeling warm and happy! Thank you so much for creating this unique and precious gift for me, I know I will treasure it forever. You are a fantastically talented artist but it is a particularly special talent that you have to be able to capture the bond between mother and child(ren) so poetically.”
Michelle, mother of two cherished little blonde best-friend boys, and a commissioned client in Ireland