[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignnone" width="330" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"][/caption] I kept this quote pinned to my sad-ass padded cubicle wall for years because I knew that it was true and it helped me get through each day. Each day that I toiled working for a “Team Leader” that I did not respect and who I was smarter than. What a test! This discipline of faith still serves me today. I have big dreams and ambitious goals. I want to die a life well lived. I no longer want a commonly defined, traditional, "good" life. I want to pursue my potential, my particular inclinations, my dreams. However common or uncommon they are. I had a kernel of faith and it gave me power and magic. This faith inspired action and I began to pursue the bold notion of living a good and prosperous life as a painter. I knew that there had to be a way. There couldn’t just be one permission-based scarcity model that is the traditional art market. And I did have talent. My work had received critical approval. There had to be a way. Art is a business. That itself is a creation. I decided to create what worked for me and what added value to my collectors. With a consideration to my collectors I knew would have a competitive edge and a more rewarding and satisfying exchange with them. So I began, years ago now. I sold my work in cafes, sponsored events, through referrals, at art receptions that I hosted, and from my wall when I was selling my condo. It’s the beginning that is bold, brave. And that is the power, that is magic.
- Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. – Goethe
- Ann Rea, Art is a business, Goethe, Inspirations