So a few weeks back I was contacted to do a commission of a beautiful woman who was pregnant and wanted a portrait of her self done before giving birth. This was a first for me and I was very honored to do this portrait for her.
She had a special location in upstate New York at of a huge body of water near Congo,NY. She was supper excited to have her pictures taken and decided to wear some high heels in the process.Since I had no desire on rushing a 8 month pregnant woman with broken ankles to the hospital, I took the shoes away from and shot her standing in the water.
After that was done I completed the portrait 2 weeks later. The painting was done on a 18x24 stretched canvas.
She was very happy with her painting as you can see here in this video sent by her lovely sister.
So a few days ago..what I thought was a client...reached out to me when he found me on #thumbtack
a website that caters to artist.
The guy gave me a sob story about being in a hospital as a cancer victim, and that he was moving out of the U.S. and wanted to get his wife a birthday gift for their anniversary. yada yada yada....
he sends me a check
I got the check with in a few days of sealing the deal...Fedex- ed to my house!
I was rushing to get to the bank before it closed (Saturday) but something seemed off once I opened the package.
1st. red flag....was the name of the check...the check was under a different name!.
I thought maybe it was the guys assistant which he did mention was going to handle his affairs , (since he was in the hospital..)
2nd. red flag was the check paper it self..
The paper itself felt a little light,, and the signature was digitally printed in a different opacity than the rest of the print type.
Being a freelance artist for almost 2 decades, you see a good a…