At some point or another, you may have Googled my name to find my website. And there's the chance that one of the results did not lead you here, to my own OFFICIAL website at RickBerk.com. Instead, it's quite possible you were taken to my profile at Fine Art America /Pixels.com, where I have been a contributor for over a decade now. You may have perused the offerings there, and noticed a difference in the pricing, and even what products are available. And you may have wondered why there is a difference. Well, I'll tell you why.
Fine Art America? What's The Difference?
Print On Demand
First off, let me explain something. Pixels.com/Fine Art America.com are run by the same company. They are what's known as Print-On-Demand websites. You can order images on a variety of products and they will print them on whatever product you've chosen. Nothing is sitting on the shelf "in stock", but instead is printed when you order. The major difference is that while Fine Art America focuses on selling wall art, Pixels.com sells wall art as well as a variety of products such as home goods (pillows, duvets, shower curtains, etc.) and other products like coffee mugs, puzzles, phone cases, tote bags, beach towels and more. You may have noticed I don't offer those here, but you CAN get my work on those products via the links above (rickberk.pixels.com). Did you know that favorite image of mine that you loved can be on a shower curtain you see every morning when you get in the shower? Now you do!
Why Two Websites?
You may now be asking, if I've been selling my work there for over ten years, why do I have this website? A few reasons:
- There are limitations to what I can do with my profile on Fine Art America/Pixels. I can't offer limited editions there. The blog functionality isn't great, and I prefer this one, where I can really share my stories with you. This website gives me a more personal way to connect with those who follow my work.
- With Pixels.com, any orders placed there, are theirs. That means if you've ordered from me there in the past, I don't know it. I license my work to them to print on their products, and I get paid for each order. But I'm never told who the customer is, so I can't follow up with you to make sure you like it, to ask what drew you to the image, or even just to thank you for the order. And not many buyers seem to totally understand this, so when something goes wrong, it often can make me look bad. Having this website offers me an alternative.
- There is a difference in quality. Not that the printing from Pixels.com/Fine Art America is bad, but I wanted to be able to offer the highest quality possible for my work, for those who want it. So here on my website, the prints I offer are printed by high end fine art printers, who are known within the industry as masters of their trade. Other than the fine art paper prints, none of the print options available on RickBerk.com are available on Pixels.com or FineArtAmerica.com. I selected four museum-quality print options to offer here. Everything available here is available on Pixels.com/FineArtAmerica.com, EXCEPT for my Limited Editions. Those are only available here as they are considered my masterworks and I don't want those on shower curtains or printed at less than the highest quality. Call me picky ;-).
- I'm not able to offer things like calendars or books there. So having this website allows me to do that as well.
A Dizzying Variety of Products
For me, the biggest draw to offering my work on Pixels.com/Fine Art America is the breadth of products available. Let's face it. People only have so much wall space. At some point you run out of room! So offering shower curtains, duvet covers, coffee mugs, puzzles, and more, gives you other ways to see my work, support me in my artistic endeavors, and makes some great gift options.
Print orders placed through RickBerk.com are always overseen by me personally. I handle any problems or issues myself. I am the creative team, the customer service team, administrative team, and marketing team. I wear many hats. Any issues with orders placed through Pixels.com or Fine Art America.com must go to their customer service team. They're usually pretty responsive, and in over ten years I've had few issues come to my attention there. But I do feel like since it's my work, I should handle things as much as I can, so that's yet another reason I built my own website four years ago.
I appreciate the support from you no matter where you place order. Just understand that when it's placed through Pixels or Fine Art America, I won't actually know it was you. So if you'd like to browse the various products they offer, the best place to do that is at rickberk.pixels.com.
Pixels/Fine Art America also has over 3000 images by me. It is the largest repository of my work online. Not all of it is what I'd consider my best, but at the time, it was what I could do. On my own website, I am much more discerning as to what I show. Right now there are fewer than 500 images here.
If you're looking for museum-quality archival prints, the best place to do that is right here. Be aware, gift certificates purchased on my website cannot transfer to Pixels/Fine Art America. They can only be used here. Just an FYI.
I hope that makes things clearer as to the differences and if you've been eyeing an image but don't have the wall space, maybe you'll find something on Pixels.com that suits you. Enjoy!