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January 30, 2017

Christie's auction house sold Monet's 'Grainstack' at a record $81.4 million in 2016. Unfortunately for the 1890 impressionistic painters, that big posthumous paycheck isn't doing them much good. It is the most cliche of artist jokes, our works become more valuable the day we die; Not all of us, but most are destined to starve as we strive for the greatness that may (unlikely) come with our demise.  What I would like to expound upon is how artists appraise their work before their posthumous fame... How can one put a value on creative intellectual property when so many factors affect the value of a work: the brand of the artist, the skill, the current art market, the size of the work, the time it took, the cost of materials, how hungry the artist is, the composition, the story behind the piece, the patron behind the piece...  

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December 29, 2016

Every Artist I know has dealt with that one person who just can't seem to keep their negative opinions to themselves. For whatever reason this particular breed of individual missed all lessons in class, social propriety and never saw Disney's Bambi. While I tend to abide by the rule, 'unless you have something nice to say, don't say anything at all,' not everyone has tact.  Even after years of exposing my work to the scrutiny of the public eye, I still need to remind myself not to be hurt by someone's negativity.  

In general my bubbly and fun art is accepted by most, ignored by others, and some just shake their heads.  I appreciate that not everyone is going to like what I do, and that is perfectly okay.  Still,  every once in a while, I will come across an individual without class, and I am not talking about an educated art critic with a valid opinion....  This happened recently at one of m...

December 11, 2016

I ran into a customer over the holiday.  They stopped to thank me for sending them a hand-written thank you card.  They pointed out that they have spent more money with other businesses, and never received anything like my card. I was shocked. I am genuinely grateful for their patronage; It didn't seem to out of the ordinary to stop and write a small note.

Only upon further reflection did I realize how rarely we remember to show appreciation.  I could jot off an email or text in a few seconds, but in some ways those methods of showing gratitude have been cheapened by colloquialisms, lack of thought and they tend to feel impersonal.  I understand that we are busy; sometimes we are lucky if we are wearing clean socks, and it seems that there isn't enough time in the day to reflect.  Still, showing gratitude to the people that allow me to do my dream job is just the right thing to do.  I'm...

October 16, 2016

Rain forced me into a cafe down the street from my hotel near the Place de la République.  Through the large window, I watched people, heads down, umbrellas clutched tight, dodging from building to metro, metro to bus, taxi to building...; I was overwhelmed with the ascetic of these people.  The women are meticulously well-groomed clad in classic lines, bold reds, mustard yellows and Prussian blues. A cacophony of bold color streaming through the cobblestone streets. Even the children are well-dressed in miniature Italian boots, herringbone jackets, argyle sweaters and striped scarves. People often ask me what inspires my work, and, quite simply, it is scenes of life like this one.  

I watched a well dressed grandma with her grandchildren waiting to cross the busy street.  The little boy was wearing a plaid scarf with his miniature trench coat.  I was overwhelmed...

September 8, 2016

'Low on the totem pole' is an American idiom that suggests the lowest figure is of the least importance, holding up the entire cast of characters.  Not surprisingly, popular culture has it all wrong.  The best carvers often did the lower portion of the pole, while apprentice workers tackled the higher figures. Therefore the bottom of all totem pole is sometimes the best carved part of the whole pole. I only reference this because as an artist I can really relate to that lowest figure.

When customers visit their local summer festival they are overwhelmed by all the artists, hawking their works from neat white rows of tents.  We reside in our outdoor galleries, surrounded by artwork, print bins, walls or shelving, and we smile at you from our folding chairs. Having done art festivals throughout the USA I can confidently say that most people are unaware of several things.  First, we artists...

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