Illusion, Acrylic on Canvas. 17" x 21", 2019
What Stops You From Collecting Art?
“Good art is not what it looks like but what it does to us.”
One of my collectors frequently shares his story of seeing my work at a studio tour. It is a warning to others to pay attention to that dialogue that takes place between you and a work of art. It was a painting of mine that lingered with him, but he didn’t act on it. A year later when he came to see the same piece, it was gone. When he tells the story there is a sense a loss but, he rebounds emotionally when he relates that his next plan of action was to get to know me as an artist and to begin following my work. Since then he has collected two paintings.
When I paint, I understand that I am painting for someone. This can be a perfect stranger or someone I know well. Unlike commissioned art where the patron solicits the art, I have to continue to exhibit and reach out to find that someone. As a result, when this happens it sets up a very special bond between me and the collector. We both come to understand the uniqueness of our connection through the art. My collectors never collect as an investment but do it to enrich their lives and their homes. Many of these collectors go on to find other local artists and enjoy the experience of finding artists that make art that they enjoy.
Buying art takes a degree of confidence. It can lead to self-evaluation possibly self doubt, if you have never bought art. To begin, take the time to go to events where artists are showing. Many artists like myself are working outside of the gallery by participating in pop up exhibits, studio tours, and alternative venues. Because our work is developing, our work is more affordable. When you hear the words "fine art" many people think of luxury items and expensive investments, but this isn’t further than the truth. Think of what you have spent for the experience of eating out or coffee in the morning, or a movie. These smaller expenses accumulate and become a memory of various values, but a work of art will stay with you. It acquires value not only as the artist develops but how it marks time and place in your personal history.
Respect your instincts. A work of art is never a wrong choice when it speaks to you. Collecting art that builds a nurturing environment is exciting. This is why when you enter my website you will see the words: "Art that changes your interior." Art is not a mere decorative object, it is something more significant -- it helps record who and where we are at that point in our lives.