One of the many sketches before the final painting. Some people ask me about the prices of my paintings. My prices are set based on time spent. When you purchase one of my paintings you get to go on the journey of their creation: the thought process, the hike, the photograph, the sketches, then the final product all encompassing everything prior. The painting alone takes several hours to complete.
I think about comments I read on Artists who have passed and how no one appreciated them while they were alive. Now their paintings sell for millions of dollars and cities have art immersions made with their paintings.
I feel truly blessed for the people who appreciate my work while I am alive. Who understand that art is the whole process and connection to the artist and subject.
Anytime an artist gets discouraged I remind them that people can purchase a print of their work, a sticker, or anything to support them if they wanted to. I remind the artist and myself that a night out in Vegas, or anywhere, is sometimes more than my artwork costs. Also, my paintings can be enjoyed for many years. The one night out may not even be remembered. I take comfort in this thought and continue to pursue my dreams.
I hope this helps any artist friend I have out there. Keep pushing forward. Keep believing in yourself! You got this!