The short answer is no! Why would I care if a collector of my artwork sells their investment for a profit? They believed in my work enough to buy it and when they feel like it is time to part with it and replace it for something else in their collection I’m happy for them.
Art is magic! Just like the notes in your pocket with the pictures on them represent a thing called money. I make a decent living from my art which enables me to continue focusing on it as my full time job. I’m fortunate to be in that position and count my blessings every day.
I realize that many artists struggle to make a living with their art, but I realized many years ago that this doesn’t have to be your reality. I’m a firm believer in the fact that you get what you deserve in this life and you only have one life.
I have owned successful businesses in the past and have been able to earn a very decent standard of living throughout my life. I have invested wisely early on and continue to invest in myself and reap the benefits. When I decided to go full time as a professional artist the last thing I considered was money to be quite frank with you. I wanted to do something I loved doing and art is that thing for me.
I grew up in poverty and understand that it can seem decadent when you weigh the prices of my art against things in everyday life, but what people have to realise is that I have achieved what I deserve in life. I could quite honestly earn a lot more in business than I do with my art. What else you need to realise is that it has taken me well over 15 years to get to the point I’m at now. I have vast stores of information and knowledge that I apply to my work.
Sometimes my art is about something lighthearted and other times it tackles hard hitting subjects that I feel deserve attention. Art is a visual language that speaks volumes if approached by someone with the knowledge and fortitude to actually say something of worth.
Value is in the eye of the beholder and I appreciate all of my collectors because we’ve shared an intimate vision and they get it! Do I worry about the philistines who love to critique and bemoan every aspect of art in general? No! I couldn’t care less. I build unique relationships with unique people and for that I am very grateful.
There are many techniques that go into the production of my art, from knowing how to code artificially intelligent networks to colour theory, understanding aesthetic sensibility and much more. The biggest honour for me is to inspire younger generations of artists and show them that they too can do what they love in this life if only they can earn the privilege of believing that they can.
It isn’t easy and takes a profound amount of hard work and dedication. I’ve got a team of truly talented people to help me market my artwork and invested a lot of time and money into becoming what you see before you today. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, but don’t expect anyone to help you either. It takes time and effort to get to the position you want in life and that goes for anything you set out to do in your life. The most important thing to do is always try to have fun no matter what you are doing.
I love what I do every day, but it isn’t always easy and I sometimes struggle with the same things that everyone struggles with. I’m very grateful for what I have achieved and work hard each day to become even more recognized for my work. There is no end to this until I die and then I don’t suppose it will matter much to me anymore.
Thanks for reading and I’d like to send out a big thank you to all of my supporters – you really do mean the world to me.