Friday, July 17, 2009


Where would we be without them

"Mulberry Street Reflections"
Oil on canvas
12 x 9 inches

Last night, Phyllis came out to the studio to pick up a print which she plans to give as a gift. We went out to dinner and among the things we chatted about were the artworks in our collections. This is the second painting of mine that Phyllis purchased. She remembered how she just had to have it and when she had some extra money it went toward buying this "Florin". There have been several since, but this one is her favorite.

Several years ago I was in a group show and noticed a watercolor, a scene in the lobby of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was taken with it and found myself going back to look at it over the course of the evening reception. The next day I sent a note to the artist telling her how much I loved that piece. She offered a nice discount and as I'd just recently sold a painting I purchased it. An artist buying art? Sure, not only am I an artist, I've become a collector as well. In my home the walls are covered with prints and paintings of artist friends as well as artists whose work I admire. And it makes me so happy to look at and enjoy these works of art. Lord knows I should probably be spending my money on rent and food and the necessities, but for me and for so many others, art IS a necessity. I can't imagine living in a home with blank walls, it is just unthinkable. So today I say "hooray" to collectors, where would we artists be without them.

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