I realize how unconventional having a sale is. I also know that many will have their opinions about this. And, quite frankly, I have weighed all of the options.
I am a self supporting professional artist….which means, my only income is from the sales of my art. I absolutely feel very blessed to have been given this gift this lifetime.
However, with this gift comes different challenges that those who have a 9-5 type of a job. We are disposable income.
So it takes thinking outside of the box to figure out how to make it.
AND, I’m determined.
I’ve always said that I believe in the power of art – to heal, and to make a difference in people’s everyday life. I’ve been told from collectors that they love getting up in the morning and seeing my art on their walls, because it makes them smile. This is why I continue to paint.
I’ve left several galleries this year for a wide variety of reasons – mostly because I am becoming clearer about my path, why I am here, and the ones that I have left are not congruent or authentic to who I am. I don’t play the political game well (understatement!), and for me it is not in alignment to mass produce or to be told what to produce.
My paintings come from another world – another place – along with messages that are specific to certain collectors.
That being said, I believe that everyone should be able to afford those pieces that call to them. One hundred dollars to one person may be $1000 to another and vise versa. One of my fondest memories is selling a painting to a woman who truly could not afford a painting for much less than what I normally do (it was older – AND a study). Every once in a while I receive a picture from her with the painting hanging in her home – Thanking me profusely for allowing her to purchase a painting that spoke to her soul for what was a fortune to her at the time.
I also HATE throwing paintings away, which is what some do with their studies and older work. I’ve always been a bit of a recycler in that I paint over a lot of older paintings and studies….but….right now, my studio is overrun with not so current work – and I had a dream/vision that I was to do this.
One of the reasons that I am doing this is to stir up the energy….to allow for new messages and visions to flow through me.
This is right FOR ME….maybe not for others….but FOR ME.
AND – We all have to be authentic to who we are.
This is not so different than a retail business having sales to move out their old inventory to make way for new…
I’m doing this on a trial basis – if it goes well – I’m sure there will be more in the future – but only older paintings and studies – which allows me to continue to explore and paint!!!
Thank you all for supporting me throughout the 15 years I have been painting!!
May We Walk Together As One.