Selling paintings when you have no gallery representation isn't easy. I rely on online sales to support my income, and ultimately to fund new work. I'm always truly grateful to those who have brought and enjoy my paintings. Kind comments and support is always welcome as being a painter can be isolating at times, social media sharing is an antidote to that.
An artist has to be many things beyond the studio... We don't sit in an ivory tower making work (much as this seems like a wonderful idea). We are parents, partners, marketeers, researchers, educators, creative thinkers, writers... Each of us, like everyone else, trying to make our way through life with gratitude and appreciation. There have been many posts about the decline of social media, how the algorithms control what is seen and how people see it, ultimately this has an impact on us all. One could argue that art often isn't viewed because of its merit, it's viewed and supported because someone may have put money into advertising, have a stealth band of followers or just be the 'latest thing'. It's a frustrating situation... Social media can be a wonderful thing and has connected me with artists and collectors across the globe. But ultimately I need to promote my work further, widen my audience, and share what I do. So next time you see a painting you like maybe consider sharing the image? Writing a comment... Sharing the story of what I do... A little support beyond my micro community of Instagram and Facebook would go a long way. Apologies for the long post. Thanks and peace Alex 🙏
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