Chapter 13 - The Adventure Begins
The collector's journey is marked by serendipitous delights. You may proceed with confidence, knowing you have what it takes to build your collection. The most important thing to take away from this treatise is—let your taste be your guide. Be assured that as you educate yourself through observation and study, your taste will grow and evolve.
Collectors are not passive or objective spectators. They are actively engaged in life with their art collection being a primary means of self-expression. It is easy to see why the saying, "Collecting art is an art in itself," holds true.
While the urge to collect is as old as man itself, pleasures and incentives are as varied as the art. There are those collectors who remain quietly in the background and those who play the role of guide to artists and other collectors. Wherever you fall on the spectrum it is you who make the ultimate moves and choices, you who back your taste with money and expose your choices to view, knowing that the art not only reveals something about the artist, but something about you.
The age-old question, "What is art?" is answered thusly—it is what speaks to you. It is not a universal truth, but your truth. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. Seek your own truth. Be adventurous and take chances on young artists. Impact lives. If you buy work you love, you buy yourself a gift.
By your purchase and patronage you not only proclaim your convictions but lend your support. Buying the works of an emerging artist gives you the opportunity to get to know the artist. And while great art should stand on its own, knowing the artist and something about him or her, adds to our pleasure.
May you enjoy the ride.