"Don't you want to save some of your artwork for yourself and your family?"
Every once in awhile, I get questions like these, usually around the time I create a piece that is considered to be a "valuable" or "stand out piece." I will admit that when I first started making art, I was VERY attached to the finished product. When I would enter a piece of artwork into a show, I would put an outrageous price on it--secretly hoping that it would not sell. Of course, after the show was over, my prized piece of art would just...sit....in a pile in my basement, or on my wall.
Many years later, I can honestly say that, while there are certainly some pieces that I like more than others, I no longer feel the need to hold onto pieces. In fact, my attachment to my work has evolved into more of an attachment to the process of making each piece, rather than the end result. I find that every piece that I make comes with its own set of challenges--and my brain absolutely loves solving the puzzles that lead to the finished work of art.
I view each blank canvas as a start to a new adventure. I usually begin a painting with little-to-no idea as to what the final results will look like. As I begin adding layers of paper, paint, and inked details, the story unfolds--taking me on a series of exciting twists and turns. I love detail work, and I find that spending time creating intricate details gives me a chance to really get to know each work of art and appreciate the process of creation. Inevitably, I reach a point in which I know that my part in the story in finished; my artwork is ready to find just the right home.
One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that my artwork has found that perfect home--someone who has made a connection with the story, characters, composition, or colors in the work of art. Having my work displayed in someone's private home collection, in an office, or chosen as the perfect gift for a friend or family member is arguably much more rewarding than having my work filling MY studio (where only I will be able to enjoy it), wouldn't you agree? For this reason, my work is priced to sell, rather than priced to turn buyers away.
It is my hope that my art brings joy to all who encounter it--whether it be the owner of the piece, or those who may find themselves in a room where it is on display.
Happy Valentine's Day weekend! May your coming week be filled with joy and inspiration!