The artist spotlight has been very successful here, with over 90 artists featured in just a few months. In this spotlight, we ask artists a few questions about their art and life. One of the questions is “Have you sold many of your artworks, and if so, how?”
The point of this question is to find out how certain artists are selling their artworks. This is actually very useful information to know, especially for struggling artists who create similar work.
This is a list of 10 recently featured artists, and their answers to this popular question.
- Candace Byington
Mediums: Acrylic, print making, colored pencil, oil pastel
Themes: Myth, death, magic
Style: Surreal, illustrative
Have you sold any artworks?
”Not yet. I make my living off of my graphic artist skills.”
- Betsy Frahm
Mediums: Oil paint, colored pencil
Themes: Reflections, glass, texture
Style: Realism with a twist
Do you earn any money from your art?
One way or another I have always earned money painting. I did murals, faux finishing, and basically I would paint any surface that would hold paint. I have finally come to a point in my life where my time is my own, I'm no longer raising a family, and can focus on my art career. I am really still getting my portfolio together but have been doing a lot of networking. I have several galleries waiting for me to submit everything to them, and appear interested in showing my work. So I hope to be earning money shortly and am working feverishly towards that goal.
- Cathy Moothart
Mediums: Acrylic paint, vintage wine labels
Style: Expressionism, Impressionism
Do you make a living with your art?
No, not yet! I've sold a few pieces, given some away to family members, even traded a painting for dental work! I just recently got my website up and hope to see results from that! My husband refurbs and flips houses, so that's our main way of making a living now. No office-work life for either of us.
- Sharon Guy
Mediums: Watercolors, acrylics
Themes: Nature, wildlife, birds, horses, dogs
Style: Contemporary representational
How many artworks have you sold?
I've sold about 43 paintings. Most of my sales were from Internet websites, but I am currently starting to get involved in more local shows in Southwest Florida.
- Peyton Rack
Mediums: Oil paint
Themes: old 50s pin-up drawings, sentimental objects, etc.
Style: collage, contemporary
How do you sell your art?
I have had the most success with selling artworks by having a solo exhibition. Getting in touch with interested buyers after a show or previous purchase is key, because if you are making quality work and it is sincere and time-invested, people will want to buy work from you. This depends on so many things, how well you market yourself, what people want to buy, and how commissioners or buyers want to spend.
- Cathy McClelland
Mediums: acrylic, mixed media
Themes: landscape, scenery, wildlife
Style: contemporary realism
How many artworks are you selling?
“I have sold hundreds by recommendation, exhibitions and commissions.”
- Tom Henderson Smith
Mediums: Acrylics, charcoal
Themes: Landscape, people
Style: realism, abstraction
Have you had success at selling your art?
”Yes, I've sold pieces fairly regularly over the past 12 years - from my studio, at exhibitions and online.”
- Dan Cope
Maryville, Tennessee, USA
Mediums: Acrylic paint
Style: combining abstract and concrete
Do you sell much of your art?
”Most of my work has been stolen. Some I have given away and some I sold. I paid my rent for half a year with my work. That keeps me going.”
- Vera Cauwenberghs
Mediums: Oil on linen
Themes: Nature, wildlife, people, etc.
Style: Realism, impressionism
- Bhagvati Nath
Mediums: Watercolour, etc.
Themes: Nature, wildlife
Style: Realism, impressionistic
How many of your paintings have you sold?
Impossible to say how many - with clothes, signs etc. I sell prints, cards & postcards, which sell well. I do several commissions a year, often with no photo record (due to lack of cameras and photocopiers)
Reputation - Goa is an international centre with a wide and varied 'market'. I was in local markets some years, (and items with my artwork on are always in the market) and in local art exhibitions. Last year I had 2 solo exhibitions, in Austria and Delhi, where I sold and was good publicity. I have held a raffle the last 2 years - prize, an original. This was excellent publicity, covered the price of one or 2 paintings and gave me at least 10 sales.
What about you? Are you selling many of your artworks? If so, how are you selling?
Learn How to Sell Your Art
Alyson Stanfield created a very detailed guide for artists to help them in all aspects of marketing art – I’d Rather be in the Studio.
When I bought this book, I was very impressed and surprised with just how much useful information is jammed into its 218 pages. Alyson holds nothing back and includes practical advice artists can begin using right now.
"My art speaks for itself."
"I don't know where to begin."
"I don't want to bother people."
"I don't live in an art town."
"I'm an introvert."
"I'm not rich."
Alyson explains these excuses for not selling art, and refutes every single one – giving detailed action steps on what you can do to become a successful artist.
Topics include organization, planning, artist statements, portfolios, blogs, websites, social media, newsletters, communication, contact lists, and much more!