This is a question I am asked from time to time; who are the typical purchasers of my paintings? It's always assumed that it is high income professionals with a slant toward investment. In truth, and in my experience the buyers of my art are people who love it. Or rather, who fall in love with something I have done. They may not fall in love with everything I do, no, rather, they fall in love with a piece I have done. They love it because it connects with something in their lives. It speaks to a part of who they are.
There are many reasons to buy paintings. Some buy for decor, some for investment, some as a gift, but those make up less than 5% of the total buyers. This means that the one who makes the call, comes over for an appointment to view a particular painting and ends up taking it home is a person who may or may not be into high priced art, they are most likely a person who see's a piece they simply have to have and cannot allow it to go to someone else. It expresses something they identify with and like buying a car or some other expensive item they find a means to acquire it. Payments are an option which some explore as a means to be able to own the one they love.
It's almost never about the money. It is almost always about the love.
On that note I have to say this is one of the most rewarding experiences for me as an artist. To see my work being sought after by someone who's heart has connected with mine through the paint I have applied to a canvas with some brushes. Someone who feels what I feel when looking at the scene. When experiencing the colour, the movement, the drama!
That's who buys a Robert McAffee painting.
The Artists Journey
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.