Buying art is an intensely personal and emotional experience. Even seasoned collectors sometimes agonize when acquiring a new piece. Art is often considered to be a lasting investment  – one that reflects our taste and our design aesthetics.

Buy what you like. When you look at a piece, does it appeal to you, or resonate with you in some way? How does it make you feel? Do you think you will still like it next year? There’s no explanation why certain pieces ‘speak’ to certain people…they simply do.

Trust your eye, instinct and feelings. Knowing what you don’t like is as important as knowing what you like.
Know what you are buying. Ask questions about the artist, the process, the materials used, the artist’s intent  and read the artist’s resume and statement. Is the  piece creatively conceived and skillfully executed?

Don’t buy for investment. No one can guarantee an increase in value. Develop and follow your taste. Great collections have been built by people simply buying work they liked.

Buy from a reputable source. There’s nothing wrong with buying outsider art, or an attractive ethnic work.  But if you are spending a bit more, then it is advised that you buy art from a knowledgeable and reputable source.

Think about what you’d like it to accomplish. Art can inspire, provoke, change a room’s energy, create calmness or add excitement, bring the outside in, define, unite or break-up interior spaces.

WHAT TO COLLECT

Trust your taste. There are no right or wrong choices. If your taste is eclectic, be bold and collect without restraint. Diversity can give a collection depth and can be visually exciting, as individual artworks juxtaposed against each other stand out. On the other hand, if you’ve narrowed your interests, do so with confidence. Homes with only black and white photographs or only abstract work or even only landscapes present themselves with a sense of unity that can be really stunning.

ART AS A GIFT

A piece of good art is one of the most memorable and unique gifts ever. It is not as difficult as one might think to buy art for someone else: nearly everyone has a passion, special interest or hobby of some kind that can be represented or reflected in a piece of art. Here are some random suggestions:

o    Your husband who loves vintage trailers: “40s’ Corner” by Philippe Gandiol
o    Your friends who just opened their first restaurant: “Edibles” by Bruce LeFavour
o    Your 15 year old daughter who is obsessed with horses: “Davos” by Susan Friedman
o    10th anniversary present for your wife:  Amorous Escape” by Gary Bukovnik
o    Your best friends who love Italy and just bought a new house: Lazzaroni”  by J.J. L’Heureux
o    Engagement present for your fiancé: “Terpsichore’s Daughters” by Brigitte Carnochan
o    Your outdoorsy boyfriend:  “Green Myoporum” by Robert Kato
o    Your sister who loves bright colors: “Laundry X” by Melissa Lofton
o    Your husband who is a deep thinker: “Contemplation” by Chris Sawyer
o    Wedding gift for your best friends: “Persimmons” by Bruce LeFavour
o    College grad who is a risk taker: ”Cannabis Sativa” by Robert Buelteman
o    Dog lover in your life: “Dog Dreams” by J.J. L’Heureux
o    Your nature-loving, environmentally conscious cousin: “Lesser Goldfinch” by Sharon Beals
o    Your niece who love elephants: “Tembo” by Chris Sawyer
o    Your mother, to express how special she is: Orchids and Poppies” by Susan Friedman