You don’t have to be a ‘fancy art collector’ to buy art.
I’ve interviewed both passionate art collectors and artist art collectors. But—What if that’s not you? What if you don’t scroll through Instagram daily or stroll through art fairs regularly. This story is for you. Today, I interviewed down-to-earth-non-art-collector, Mickaela Summers.
Can you please tell me the story of your first original art purchase? When did you first see the painting, Conversation?
It had to of been almost 7 years ago. Lucky 7! I went to an art showing that you had in Illinois, just outside Chicago. I felt in love when I saw it. You could call that, “Love at first sight”!
What was it about the painting that spoke to you? Does it mirror your journey?
YES!!! It really draws me in. I feel like the concept of being ‘connected through energy’ is so far beyond our bodies. The skeletons in the piece exhibit that: It shows connection on a very basic but yet deep level. I truly believe we are all so connected. Especially in Conversation, we really feel like someone is speaking “our language” —Or we don’t. This is illustrated by the fact that the people who made it possible for me to have this art piece is also very “telling”. I had the deepest and connected conversations with all those who made this painting my Christmas-Wish-Come-True.
I know you’ve wanted that piece for a long time because you reached out to me years before you purchased it. What made you finally decide, “this is the year I’m going to do it”?
Honestly a quote:
“When buying from an artist/maker, you are buying more than just an object/painting. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks, and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You aren’t just buying a thing, you are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a moment of someone’s life. Most important you are buying the artist more time to do something they are passionate about.” - Unknown.
Did you know where to hang it before you reached out about buying the piece?
I just bought a home this summer, so the possibilities are endless. I knew it would look good in the main living area. This is where conversations (pun intended) take place.
How did you finally contact the me to make the purchase?
Through Facebook, mainly to find out if it was still available. I figured it was gone by now.
Were you nervous when you wrote to me?
NO! I was excited! I was nervous when I committed to purchasing it. As a single mom (two kids are in high school, one in college) you always feel a little uncertain about purchases that don’t seem 100% necessary.
Now, you had an interesting surprise from your friends and family after you made the initial deposit. What was that about?
ALL the people who get me, knew I was feeling some guilt about buying something for myself especially around Christmas. So, they all conspired without me and contacted the artist (Mays) to pay for it. They wanted to make sure when the painting was delivered, I wouldn’t owe a dime. They know I am hard to shop for. I don’t like things. BUT THIS WAS A THING THAT WAS WAY MORE OF A THING!!!! I was in awe.
What were you thinking when you took delivery of the painting?
Well, you were so sweet and drove 4 hours to see me and have coffee. I knew it was a 4-hour drive for you from Aurora to where I live in Wisconsin. So, I was still in a little bit of disbelief, I think. I knew this was far from a hasty decision and clearly was supported by those closest to me. Even when you delivered the painting, I still had a “pinch me” experience while you were there.
Now that you have the painting home, where are you going to hang it?
I actually have my boss and friend (who was one of the contributors to purchasing the piece) coming over this week to see the perfect spot. My friend is a master at these types of things. I am still sold on the common living area. However, I still can’t decide on which wall. -That’s my struggle.
You bought something that mirrored your personal journey and now you are sharing it with anyone that comes to your house. How to feel about showing your story visually?
I am writing a book that very much exposes my personal journey so I feel empowered by it ALL.
Do you have any plans to purchase more art and start an art collection?
My daughter is an artist, so in time, maybe. She is always encouraging me to be more decorative. I am a very simple and plain person. Very much a minimalist. So, I don’t know how I feel about collecting art yet. This painting, Conversation, is just a very special piece to me.
What advice do you have to anyone contemplating purchasing a piece of art for the first time?
I would say -find what you love and give your energy to it. Money is energy. The piece you choose will continue to give back to you, if you really really love it.
Questions? Contact me at info@MaysMayhew.com