Saturday, March 7, 2009

A Sense Of Comfort

   So many artists are worried at the moment due to the state of things. It is important to remember that this is a great opportunity we have here! This is a chance for those who are deadly serious in their art to push that edge and create works of art that are truly inspiring.
    I have found the "game of art" to be mostly clever sales people dolling out the same 'ole crap for years and years, fooling people into buying art that is really just cookie cutter garbage that we've seen a million times from every art "school" out there. This has hurt the arts more than our current economy!
    I've personally been to more galleries (as a customer) than I can count and I must say that the descriptions and reasons as to why one SHOULD buy a painting is anything other than the viewers depth of love, or even NEED, for the individual piece of art they are considering. This has seemed symptomatic of something missing from the art in itself. WHY should one have to convince another to buy a painting, or sculpture? When I find a piece of art that sings to me I KNOW it in my soul and NO sales person could persuade me from it otherwise! When art is imbued with passion, and or the artists OWN EXPLORATION for her or his own selfish reasons, it will resonate in the heart of the open beholder. Period. 
   I am aware that sometimes people need to be urged to spend their money if they are waffling on weather they can afford a piece of art or not... that is definitely the job of the sales person.. but that is not the point I'm making here. It is now time for the passion and vision to make a comeback. It is time for the artist to inspire people again! I believe artists have become complacent in their creativity and have relied too much on the galleries to create their image for them. 
   I have often told would-be clients to NOT purchase a painting unless they are in LOVE with it. After all, they must live with it and in the long run a painting that one doesn't love doesn't feel right in their soul. This can have a negative effect on the artist/client relationship in the long term. Besides, I personally would want a painting to go where it is truly loved and appreciated.. or as it is said: "to a good home". This is more satisfying to both the client and the artist. 
   It's time to change the arts in this country.. in this world! It is time to create with real heartfelt passion and energy. Time for us to do our jobs and be recognised for the profound reality of what we DO! It doesn't matter who collects our art. It doesn't matter what galleries we've been in. It doesn't matter if our art conforms to a standard set forth by the old guard "ART EXPERTS" who are generally protecting their own interests anyway! All that matters is that artists create what we will because we HAVE TO! It's in us like our GENES.. our very DNA! 
   The road ahead is eerie and the destination unclear.. but is that not at the very heart of an ADVENTURE?? I wish us all good luck and happy painting!


  1. Amen, Adam!! It's all an adventure!! I tell that to my kids at least once a day!! I really love the road picture.. it's wonderful!

  2. I agree, Adam. And Sally, is such an adventure, and being an artist puts more of a spin on it. And, I'm sure we all agree that it is in our genes and we must create.
    Your work is luminous, just beautiful!

  3. Hey Adam,
    Amen brother! Katie and I had a great time chatting with you at 15 degrees. I really really like your work! All the best to you,

  4. Hey Adam. My name is Hans and I bought one of your pieces several years ago at the Vault Gallery. I absolutely love it and my wife and I have been following you from the sidelines ever since. I wanted to discuss something I want to do with a computer image of the painting I bought. I am sure you will like the idea but I just wanted to ask first. I can be reached at or 866.385.1650 thanks.

  5. You are a hard guy to find. I am from Iowa, I was once (2 years ago) in a small gallery in Cambria, CA where I saw two paintings that I needed but could not afford at the time. They were yours. Those paintings live in me now. I agree that marketing art is a dangerous road, but when you feel so closely related to a work you never expected to cross I think there needs to be a way to find it and reconnect. Please tell me where I can find your art for purchase that is accessible to a low-income art lover in Iowa.