Ask a Gallery Owner | How Should I Respond to a Client Who Wants Me to Create Something Way Outside My Style?

I recently received the following question from an artist: I was hanging artwork the other day at a doctor’s office. The doctor’s wife loved the pieces I had chosen and…

The Art of Stede Barber: Capturing the Elusive Presence of Beauty

Stede Barber’s art is inspired by the invisible spirit in nature and the feeling of being part of something bigger than the everyday self. Her work captures the quiet, fleeting…

Collective Wisdom: Finding Your Bread and Butter

In speaking with a number of artists who have built financially successful careers, I have observed that many of them have stabilized and strengthened their art business by creating a…

Hiawatha and Minnehaha – How Edmonia Lewis overcame prejudice to become a successful artist in the nineteenth century

Edmonia Lewis and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There’s been a longstanding relationship between art and literature. From numerous works based on mythology to storybook illustrations to Millais’ Ophelia, artists have often…

The Mechanisms of Art Sales

Some artists hate me. If you don’t believe me, just take a moment to look through the comments on my social media posts. In a comment left on a recent…

Video – Ask a Gallery Owner: How Quickly Do You Decide Whether to Include an Artist In your Gallery?

In this week’s session, I discuss whether or not it is necessary to tell galleries that you are approaching other galleries and how long it takes for a gallery owner…

Difficult customers

How to Work with Difficult Customers

There are times when sales come easily. The stars align and you have the right piece for the right person at the right time and everything clicks together. You and…

A Theater of Color and Light: The Art of Kate Word

What is the role of the artist’s canvas? Is it simply a surface upon which to paint or something more? For artist Kate Word, the canvas is a theater, a…

Ask a Gallery Owner: Should Galleries Get 50% on Commissioned Art Projects?

What is a reasonable split on commissioned work? I’m all for the gallery receiving 50% on work in their regular inventory, as it takes up wall space and has likely been shown to several potential buyers and marketed by the gallery as well. However, I wonder if 50% to the gallery is justified on a commission, especially in the case where the artist has been put in direct contact with the buyer and essentially does all the leg work (apart from the initial introduction).

The Mystery of Johannes Vermeer’s “Woman Reading a Letter”

Johannes Vermeer is best known for his paintings of serene domestic scenes, like “The Milkmaid” and “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” The paintings are excellent examples of the delicacy and…