Christy DeKoning on vision, sales and advice

 

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tryptichWhat is your vision for your art?

To create something uniquely beautiful that captures a moment in a person’s life.

What do you see your working doing for those who buy it?

It makes the buyers very happy to see their loved ones presented in a way that is entirely different than what they might expect from an oil artist or a photographer. To keep it simple, it makes people smile.

What has been the reaction to  making your work available in non-traditional ways, like mugs, jewelry etc?

I haven’t committed a lot of time to novelty items, but the feedback I’ve received about my glass tile pendants has been very positive.

Where do most of your sales come from?

Etsy, followed by ArtFire and Boundless Gallery, then local (I’m a member of an Artist cooperative gallery called ARTspace in Chatham)

What are the most important lessons you have learned about being an artist and selling your work?

Be confident in yourself and your work, and don’t underestimate the value of your time, effort, specific skillset and knowledge.

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What advice would you give to other artists?

Never stop learning, and never miss an opportunity. If an opportunity is presented to you, take it, learn from it, and use it to grow. Then try to “give back” whenever possible – join user groups, forums, share your work through demonstrations, critique other’s work if you have the knowledge to be helpful, and above all, try to remain open to rejection. It happens to all of us, and we learn from it. That’s the hardest part – don’t give up if someone says no.

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