Most people I know have pretty pictures on their walls. Some even have art on their walls; original pieces that tell stories and evoke thought and emotion. I receive a lot of encouraging remarks about my art from friends. And I've even sold some art to people who were willing to give me the ultimate compliment: that of buying my art. And let me tell you, I hang onto every word and gesture of encouragement. Thank you so very much, if you have been one of those friends! But to be honest, I very rarely actually sell a piece. So, I’m asking the question, and hoping for some honest answers. Why don’t people buy original art? And if you’re one of those who hasn’t, what have been the obstacles? I have a feeling the answer is going to be “it’s too expensive”. I totally appreciate that, if it’s an honest concern. Speaking for this artist, I would like to work with you so you can afford the joy of having your own original. For the pragmatic, consider this: If you purchase an original painting for $300, and you enjoy seeing that painting on your wall for the next 10 years (most likely it will be much longer), that enjoyment will cost you about 8 cents a day. (Okay, you’ve fallen in love with a framed painting that’s $800. Still, that’s only 22 cents a day!) I have a studio full of art of all sizes, all with reasonable price tags, because I want it to be available. I’ve been asked many times if I show in a gallery, and so far the answer has been “No, because they’ll double the price, and I want art to be financially accessible.” I put prices on my work because it’s important to honor the time and talent of the worker (that would be me!). Okay, I’m embarrassed to admit this, but this is my struggle: the wind really left my sails and hasn’t returned since I had a gallery show a few months back and sold one little (I mean bitty!) painting. I was thankful …really thankful!… for that one sale and the precious little boy whose daddy bought it for him, but with all the work that went into the preparations for that show, I guess I really thought the rewards would be greater. Am I wrong? I’ve come to a motivational crisis that is yet unresolved. Is the making of art solely for my own soul? Is it simply to be an expression of the thought and spirit within me? Or is it to be shared and appreciated by others? In an ideal world, the answer would be “Yes” and “Yes”. The truth is, I create because that’s who I am; I’m an artist to the core. It gives me life. But I don’t want to die with a basement full of art that’s never seen the light of day - that’s never been enjoyed by others. That matters to me. I'm asking my own questions these days - lots of them. Why do I paint? In what direction will I take it? How can the art I make be the greatest blessing to others? Unresolved questions aside… if you’ve seen something you like, whether it be mine or someone else’s, please encourage that artist. And if you can afford to purchase, please take time to think that this is something you might actually be able to do. And if the price is out of your range, make an offer; ask the artist if he/she could work with you. Speaking for one artist, I would love for my art to be “out there”… being enjoyed and appreciated.