Sometimes It Takes a While To Find Your Painting

I have a collector who owns five of my older still life paintings. Once I began painting my river stones series, she fell in love with these and wanted to add some to her collection. 

She especially loved “Living In The Layers” when she first saw it in progress on the easel, but I was putting together a solo show at Gage Academy’s Steele Gallery, needed the work for the show, and we both assumed she’d buy it at the show. Unfortunately, that was the month of Snowmageddon, and the snow prevented her from driving in to Seattle to attend the opening.

Then Life happened; she got busy at work, decided to refinance her vacation home in Arizona, and any plans to acquire art naturally went on the back burner. 

Meanwhile, I entered “Living In The Layers” into shows and it did very well: it was accepted into the 2019 Anacortes Arts Festival juried exhibition, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) Spring international online show, and Kent Arts Commission’s online exhibition that came with a $200 award. 

But my collector never got the image of that painting out of her mind. 

My collector is always looking for ways to introduce new people to my work. She’s a true patron in the historic sense of the word, and every artist needs loyal patrons like this. Recently my collector asked me if I’d be interested in displaying my river stone paintings in her home during a donor appreciation dinner she was hosting for the board and donors of a local charity. I was delighted to do this. 

“Living In The Layers” had been hanging at the Anacortes Arts Festival. When it didn’t sell, I took it to my collector’s house along with three other river stones paintings and spent the day hanging them throughout her home for the event.

As it turns out, she fell in love with each of the paintings once she saw them hanging in her home, and immediately bought all four of them. What a pleasant surprise!

Sometimes you see a piece that speaks to you, but you’re not quite ready yet to acquire it. But you can’t get it out of your mind. It’s calling to you. If you keep coming back to it, that tells you something. You may not buy it right away, but it probably belongs with you.

Here are some images of my four river stones paintings hanging in my collector’s home: