An art collection begins with a single purchase and will grow at its own pace. Visiting small galleries in your own community can be a great place to begin. These galleries periodically host art "openings" where you can view the latest exhibitions, meet the artist, hear a short presentation about the work and mingle with other guests over a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres. These free social events give those new to art appreciation and art buying a way to learn about works without feeling intimidated. You will quickly find that one doesn't have to have vast riches to afford art that moves you. Choose pieces by artists that interest you and pieces that you will enjoy living with. If you want to know more about the artist of a work you are interested in, ask the gallery owner questions about the artist. Sometimes the gallery owner can arrange for you to see other works by the same artist or can arrange a studio tour for you. Many artists, including this one, are happy to answer any questions you have about their work and welcome your curiosity. If price is what intimidates you, most galleries will also arrange a payment plan so you can make your purchase over time.
I encourage all of you to consider making that leap from art appreciator to art collector. In doing so you will open the door to surrounding yourself with objects that hold unique and particular meaning to you. You will create personality in your living space. And, by doing so you will also support the arts in a meaningful and purposeful way.