I started collecting art as a young mother. My first piece was of my daughter, Sarah. My husband’s aunt, Martha Jane Albus, was a talented Richmond artist and she generously offered to paint the portraits of all her nieces and nephews. Not only do I love the painting because it captures the true essence of my daughter, note the wrinkling of her nose, but it was that much more special because someone so dear to us had painted it. She went on to paint all of our daughters, and for that, I am truly grateful.
I have managed to collect several paintings by Rhonda Corley. Rhonda lived in Richmond for a short time before returning to her native New Orleans. I spotted one of her pieces at an art show and fell in love. Destiny’s Child was the first of many.
I traveled to Charleston a couple of years ago and was lucky enough to get my hands on a small figurative painting by Teil Duncan. I say lucky, because her paintings sell out in the blink of an eye! She very graciously invited me to visit her studio, and I was thrilled to walk out with one of my favorite pieces.
I remember the first time I laid eyes on a painting by American landscape artist, Wolf Kahn. I walked into the Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, and this magnificent, and I do mean magnificent, painting caught my immediate attention. It was large, at least 6 feet across, and the colors were breathtaking! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a visceral reaction to artwork. I immediately had to learn all I could about him and his work. I don’t own a Wolf Kahn, but one can always dream…
Art should make you feel something- hopefully good. Don’t buy it because it’s the latest fad, or because someone told you to. Buy it because you love it, and simply can not walk away without it. I can’t recall ever buying artwork to fill a space – if you love it and can’t live without it, you’ll find the space. So, go ahead and buy the art, drink the wine, and order the dessert. And while you’re at it, buy the shoes too – you’ve been thinking about them long enough.