Blog / 2016 / Respecting Artists

January 11, 2016

If you truly value art, you must also value the artist as a human being. In fact, if you fail to do so, you are missing the point of art.

Artists don’t usually price their art randomly. Instead they consider a number of factors when determining the best way to sell their art. If you’re curious about the societal pressures that artists deal with, check out this video about the concept of the selfish artist.

painted portrait of two sisters
Gwenn Seemel
Rachael and Katie
acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches

The double portrait shown here was paid for in trade by someone I’ve known since I was a kid, whereas this commission was paid for in cash and trade by someone I had never met until they approached me with this request. This family portrait was created for a reduced price and is the result of years of sustained and vocal adoration on the part of the client—someone who used to be a stranger and is now a friend.

These and all the other works that fall in the “work with me please” category are all pieces I adore and they belong to people I adore. You can commission a custom artwork too!


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Microdonations are the fuel powering this art machine. Every dollar you give is worth a bajillion to me.