Buying art is a major investment, one worth careful consideration. Acquiring bad art or paying too much for it may haunt you for a lifetime. Following are some of my tips on the process...
1) Chose your gallery wisely- you are relying on their professional guidance.
2) Buy contemporary artwork. Whether living or dead, some artists produce fresh conceptual artwork, while others imitate or rehash art of the past. Look at their resume and most importantly, their body of work.
3) Compare. Compare again. Be confident you have the best value for your money.
4) Buy time-honored materials. Bronze, granite, marble, steel, oil or acrylic on canvas: I personally shy away from cold cast bronze, polymers, vinyls, etc.
5) Buy truly original works. Even PRINTS. But look carefully. PRINTS, compared side by side, will show slight differences. Use an eye loop. Etchings, hand pulled lithographs, block PRINTS and serigraphs are all PRINTS. Don't be duped into paying high prices for offset lithographs or giclees, even if they are color enhanced or remarqued by hand.
6) Consider the edition size. Editions under 100 are great, but what if, as in Neiman and Dali's case, there is an edition for every continent on the planet? And look at Bev Dolittle's great value, with editions of 80,000. Know the entire scope of the printing; then make an informed decision.
7) Buy art because you love it-not because it's going to make you money. Most art investments do not make money, and when they do it is years after we are dead.
8) Consider art your friend and psychiatrist . . . this may sound corny, but what is the value of admiring and enjoying your art at the start of every day, before you go on the "to do" list. It is a reward, a payment into your spiritual bank that you can tap into every day.
9) Art recreates the presence of a lost love one. The ability to look into your artwork, which bears an exacting likeness, allows for tender, personal, private moments. A very special sort of reflective communication within your mind happens. I know, I revisit my late father all the time.
10) Document your legacy. Leave something beautiful behind that suggests your presence.
11) After you've done all this, look again at the artwork. Look at the eyes, hair, shapes and colors, and other details. Have they been lovingly, accurately and proportionately depicted?
12) Is there a return policy? Get it in writing.


When you purchase art work through me, you get a detailed contract, three easy payments, and the right to review the work and suggest changes before it is cast. You have the right to return work purchased from inventory within 30 days of receipt. There is a no return policy on a custom order. Your input is considered essential in the development of the composition and form.