Distance Project?


How to order at a distance

1. Select several good photos of your house

2. Click here for the Order Form
This will download the order form, in .doc format, to your Downloads folder.
(Privacy Policy: We never share your information with a third party)

3. Send me your photos
Either by Email: Click here, type COLOR ORDER in your Subject field, and attach your photographs and order form. If your photos are too large, please contact me for instructions.

Or by Surface mail Print out your order form and mail with photographic prints to: ART FIRST, P.O. Box 14644, Portland, OR 97293. Either including a check made out to ART FIRST, or by PayPal on this page

Distance EXTERIOR projects include:

• Our phone intake interview, when I get to know all about your project, preferences, and goals

• The images you send are adjusted and I print high quality color enlargements, which I study in my studio to select your best color options

• I give you 3 options for the body color, using a national paint brand easily available to you.

• You view these selections at you local paint store. I advise buying small size samples of the paints and applying them to large pieces of white board, or directly on your building. And tell me which one you like the best

• To complement the body color of your choice I select trim colors for the main features on your house, and accent colors for shutters, porches, and other areas

• You receive two copies of the final color specifications (one for the painter), exactly describing where the colors will be placed on your home,

• And if required, a color placement map showing the color numbers marked on an enlarged elevation photo of the building

Every project includes Email and phone conversations to answer any and all of your project-related questions. 503 287 4354 and

On-Site visit?
travel charges may apply

On Site Visit Projects include:

• Our phone intake interview, when I get to know all about your project, color preferences, and goals

• Before we meet, I select a range of possible colors for you in my studio

• In my on-site visit we walk around your house exploring a variety of color possibilities together

• We will discover your best colors, and decide where they will be placed for the best effect

• Then, I write up the instuctions for you, listing the colors and products, and describing where the colors will be placed on your home

Our service includes Email and phone conversations to discuss questions about your project


Payment for on-site consultations is to be made on our first meeting

If we are selecting new materials such as tile, coutertops, carpet, etc., the choice of materials will come before the paint color selection.

For On Site Projects, a travel charge applies to distances greater than a 30 minute drive from the center of Portland, Oregon.


BUSINESS OWNERS, COMMUNITIES and CONDO ASSOCIATIONS: please contact me for estimates at 503 287 4354 or

•  Our exterior consulation is for up to a total of five final paint colors. For additional colors, for example "Painted Ladies", please contact me for a quotation.
•  For COMPLEX PROJECTS requiring additional time, please contact me to discuss.
IN A RUSH? Regular projects take about two weeks to complete, but we offer a rush service that includes Emailing or surface Mail.

Happy Clients at a Distance

The painting is done. We are really pleased with the way it has turned out. The colors are as bright and lively as we had hoped yet we still stayed within the parameters of appropriate historic color choices. I needed your help as color consultant because, although I had some color ideas, it was all too much of a puzzle that I couldn't work out. As the painting work was getting underway I noticed that you had seen perfectly the progression of colors within their respective hues, so you chose only those that were complimentary. I could not see that in detail until I really studied your recommendations. Your eye for color is the primary reason why the exterior looks so harmonious, although there are 11 colors in all. You sorted out the puzzle and made it work. We have many compliments from neighbors and visitors.
Thanks for all your help, Jack

We have clients in over 30 states

One client at a distance writes:
"I just wanted to say that it was great working with you and that I have been singing your praises to anybody who will listen! I am so happy with the prospect of how the house will look with your knowledge and help. The paint placement on the house will give a new feeling to it and I think the community will have a nice “new” old house to be proud of, as will I. Many thanks, Ed."

A client in Richmond, Virginia says:
"Thanks again for being able to help us when we got stumped! The exterior turned out beautiful following your advice. Now for the interior ... Photos enclosed."

"I enjoyed our phone visit and like the colors you've picked for me. I'll let you know when I get them on the walls. Don't you want to move to Massachusetts? Debby and I can give you lots of business!"

"Thanks for all your help: getting us going on our project, helping us avoid marital conflict and for being a nice person to work with ..

One client in Connecticut writes:
"Greetings Mary! Thank you so very much for all that you have done. I appreciate the exterior color specifications you faxed to us. I am looking forward to seeing our home completely finished. I am so excited.... Thanks again for your assistance."
A client in Pennsylvania writes "I've been eager to send you a photo of the finished product. It looks FABULOUS! the talk of the neighborhood, and in my opinion, the best looking in the neighborhood now. Once we settle down I look forward to talking with you about our interior colors..."
"Your color placement sketch made the painters very happy - the colors are wonderful - Thanks!"

"Thank you for your help! It was so much fun working with you and delightful to finally meet you. Sincerely, Sara".

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