[caption id="attachment_302" align="alignleft" width="287" caption="Artist Ann Rea"][/caption] I returned from Hawaii to a wall of emails but with a refreshed and renewed perspective. And again was reminded again of why I chose this artistic path. I received a phone call last week from a couple of newlyweds, literally married all of two days. They were traveling through San Francisco and they wanted to set up a private studio appointment in advance. They had been following me for two and half years and now they wanted to celebrate their marriage with one of my original oil paintings, their first. How flattering and fun! Now I had to ask if they were interested in acquiring an original oil painting or collecting an Exclusive Edition fine art print. “We can probably only afford a print”, the bride said. I replied. “Well, just so that you know, my price range for original oil paintings starts at only $600 and goes to over $36,000, and there are several price points in between. I’m not sure of your art budget, but I recommend acquiring an original oil painting. And my private studio appointments are only open to collectors investing in originals. You can collect my prints on-line. And because my Exclusive Edition fine art prints are made to order there’s nothing to see here.” “Oh, well we’d like to see the originals then!” I displayed my best works within their price range before they arrived at the beach. This couple was really lovely. Apparently they watched my story on “Fine Living” and had been following my career for over two years. They walked away from my private live/work studio the proud owners a framed original oil painting, the last one in the Gloria Ferrer series. And they left me with a big hug and a bottle of Chardonnay from the wedding reception. I just love doing business as an artist.