“The highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and let the chips fall where they may.”
-John F. Kennedy
It has been a busy few weeks! I am excited to have recently signed with Lagerquist Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Established in 1970, Lagerquist Gallery is Atlanta’s oldest gallery dealing in original fine art. The gallery’s contemporary collection of work includes a variety of styles and techniques from abstract to representational as well as transitional paintings and dimensional work.
I am thrilled to have recently placed two large scale original paintings and a series of four works on paper with Himmel Hospitality Group, the developer of Post 390, an upscale comfort food restaurant that has opened near the corner of Stuart Street and Clarendon Street in the Back Bay area of Boston. Post 390 is the exciting new project of the owners of “Harvest” in Cambridge and Boston’s “Grill 23” and opened its doors early October.
Not long ago, I was told by a client interested in one of my new paintings that he would only pay 50% of the retail value. “I know artists and galleries are struggling, so this is what I am going to pay for this piece” the client told the shocked gallery owner, who did not even want to present the offer to me. The client insisted and his offer be presented to me. Okay, I know times are tough, but this “offer” if you can call it that, came from a well off professional man whom I doubt would ever discount his own services. I do have to wonder why my education, professionalism, talent, services, or paintings are considered less valuable by this client, than the services of any other professional? I refused his offer, no thank you, I choose “to remain true to myself and let the chips fall where they may…”
“A main part of the struggle of art has been to make an art that is direct, simple, humane, unconnected with powers that be in their essence… ” -Robert Motherwell
“To create one’s own world, in any of the arts, takes courage.” -Georgia O’Keeffe
Painting is now in the Post 390 Restaurant in Boston, MA.