StuARTdrums

Painter & Drum Maker

Cave Creek, Arizona · 67 Sales

StuARTdrums

Painter & Drum Maker

Cave Creek, Arizona 67 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(20)

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Stu Braks

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Announcement   Welcome to StuARTdrums and Paintings. My specialty is painting people, focusing on Portraits of the Old West and Cultural Icons. I use acrylics to paint my subjects both on canvas and on my handmade hoop drums. My goal is to capture the dignity, character, emotion and spirit of the subjects, and to bring those feelings to the viewer.

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Last updated on May 14, 2017

Welcome to StuARTdrums and Paintings. My specialty is painting people, focusing on Portraits of the Old West and Cultural Icons. I use acrylics to paint my subjects both on canvas and on my handmade hoop drums. My goal is to capture the dignity, character, emotion and spirit of the subjects, and to bring those feelings to the viewer.

Stu Braks

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5 out of 5 stars
(20)
Maria D. Hall

Maria D. Hall on Sep 14, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Stunning Artwork. The portraits seem alive. Amazing detail. Looking forward to our next purchase!

Sheryl Reeves

Sheryl Reeves on Jan 9, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

They are most beautiful portraits I have in my collection of Native Americans.

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About

StuARTdrums

Tired of the corporate world and 30 years of long commutes, Stu Braks made a leap to follow his passions of drumming, art, and the old west. That combination resulted in StuARTdrums.

Stu has received many honors and awards for his canvas art and painted handmade drums. These include the Sonoran Arts League's Artist of the Year, several ribbons at the AZ State Fair Fine Art Exhibits, and 1st and 3rd place awards at the prestigious Phippen Museum Western Art Shows.

You can find more about Stu's processes on StuARTdrums website, facebook, and YouTube.

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  • Stu Braks

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    Stu Braks is an artist and drum-maker based on Cave Creek, AZ.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 16, 2015
Hello! Thanks for visiting my Etsy Shop, StuARTdrums!

My goal is 100% customer satisfaction. So if there's a problem, I'm here to help.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Please contact me before returning a product.

Any product purchased from this Etsy Shop can be returned within 30 days for full refund or exchange. As soon as it arrives back, I'll issue a refund for the entire purchase price, or ship an exchange replacement.

Please note - StuARTdrums does not reimburse the outgoing or return shipping charges unless the return is due to a defect in quality.

Painted hoop drums have a 6-month warranty covering any damage due to workmanship. A damaged drum can be returned for repair or exchange, depending on the circumstance.

Damage caused by owner misuse or mishandling (such as damage from direct sun, or from using a hard beater) will be handled on an individual basis.

Please contact StuARTdrums via Etsy message or by telephone (480-285-4718).
Payment
StuARTdrums accepts all of the payment methods available through Etsy.
Shipping
All orders ship via USPS.
Additional policies and FAQs
All Artwork copyright is property of the artist and may not be reproduced, duplicated, or resold. Artwork shall not be used for promotional /for profit or non-profit uses. Copyright is retained by the artist following the sale of the item.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is a Giclee Print?

A: Giclee (pronounced "jee-clay") is a method of high-tech reproduction very common in the art world today. Artwork is photographed at high resolution and printed onto canvas or cotton 'rag' paper using special high resolution printers.

My prints are superior in quality to many reproductions found in the marketplace today. Many artists do their own photography and send to a printer, or even make their own prints. I utilize a company that specializes in giclee printing. They are dedicated experts using only the finest quality materials, technology and craftsmanship. Materials and equipment are constantly tested and calibrated. The canvas and rag paper are archival certified.

While the typical photographer takes an image at 10 to 24 mega-pixels using a zoom lens, my paintings are captured at 400 mega-pixels using a custom made flat lens that ensures total accuracy. It also enables reproductions up to 4 times the size of the original with no loss of detail or resolution.

When you purchase one of my prints, you can be assured it is the best giclee fine art printing quality available on the planet. See more about giclee print options on the Print Types and Customize pages of my website, StuARTdrums.com.

Q: What is the "life expectancy" of a handmade painted StuARTdrum?

A: With a little care, my drums will last for many decades. I own an old painted drum made of the same basic construction and materials that is now over 80 years old.

Q: How to care for a StuARTdrum?

A: Most importantly, do not hang the drum in direct sunlight.

My drums are meant to be decorative wall hangings, but they can withstand some gentle playing. Do not beat a painted drum with a 'hard' beater or stick. It is recommended to use only a soft type beater, such as those supplied by StuARTdrums.com.

Every year or so, the sides and lacing of the drum can be treated with shea butter. The inside of the drumhead can be treated as well, but it is not recommended to apply shea butter to the painted surface. This treatment could help increase longevity, especially in hot, dry conditions. It will do wonders for your skin as well! (Shea butter is available in the Accessories section on StuARTdrums.com).

Ambient conditions (temperature, humidity) will affect the drum. Try to avoid rapid drastic changes in temperature and humidity.

Q: Can StuARTdrums repair my broken Native style drum?

A: Yes, I get a lot of requests to look at broken drums. I have replaced some heads and I've repaired damaged hole /lacing connections. (See the before-after images at the bottom of the customize page). I'm always happy to look at photos and provide an estimate. Contact by Etsy message.


Q: Who are the subjects of your American Indian portrait paintings?

A: The paintings were inspired by the photographs of Edward S. Curtis (1868 – 1952) and other photographers of the day. These public domain photos are archived at the Library of Congress.