Frequently Asked Questions


Can you work from photographs or do you have to see the subject?


Keels has been creating paintings from photographs for 10 years, and this is the way she prefers to work in order to include the most detail and serve a larger audience. She can create your art from your existing photos.



How do I know if my photos are good enough to use?


The best results come from clear, close-up snapshots. She is happy to review your photos ahead of time and determine whether they will be a suitable reference. When selecting your pictures, keep in mind that the more detail that is in your photos, the more detail Keels can include in your painting or drawing.



Can Keels use separate photographs and draw them into one portrait?


Keels is happy to blend multiple photographs and create a one-of-a-kind portrait for you.



What is her turn-around time?


Keels typically can complete drawings within 2 weeks, while oil paintings are usually finished within three weeks to a month. Please let Keels know if you have a specific deadline, and she will do her best to make sure you receive your portrait in time. The Christmas season is her busiest time of the year, so please provide as much notice as possible if you will be commissioning a piece near the holidays.



What if I don’t like my commissioned piece?


Keels stands by her work and will make sure that you are completely satisfied with your piece. To ensure your happiness, she provides a preview of your portrait before shipping it to you. This allows you the opportunity to make suggestions, which she will use to tweak the portrait until it is perfect. Her goal is your satisfaction, so you owe nothing unless you are thrilled with your artwork. However, she hasn’t been asked for a refund.




I don’t live in the Pawleys Island area. Can I still hire Keels to do a painting for me?


Much of Keels’ work is commissioned from people who live out-of-state, or even out of the country! She is happy to correspond with you through phone or by e-mail during all stages of the process. After your portrait is completed and you have given your approval, she will carefully package it and ship it to you with insurance.



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Keels Culberson Swinnie