This is a recent purchase from young Alabama artist Tara Richelle.
There is truly nothing like being able to gently run your fingers over a living piece of art, even if you are in the midst of a deep depression. I feel so connected to a person’s creativity who lives so very far away. As artists, we are our art. I got to know this stranger from their creation. Their hands touched the same piece I have- no machine in the way. I look forward to add more of her pieces to my collection (got another set already) and referring her to my clients I curate for.
It’s called Jeweled Owl’s Starry Night, and I’m completely IN LOVE with it.
I thought the eyes would freak me out. I was going to put sunglasses on him. But, they don’t freak me out. It’s MUCH better in-person. More depth than of course a camera or scanner could capture. I also named him Fred, after one of my seagull friends at my beach.
It’s paint and glass mosaic with a smooth non-puckered gloss varnish accompanied with a requested Certificate of Authenticity. (Don’t forget to ask for one of those!)
And just a tip for collectors- buy from young artists. Support young artists. I did that with French artist Fafi when I was in high school . And guess what? A small $60 piece I purchased is now over $400. I purchased an original from a NJ artist for $15 who I forgot the name of back when I lived in Soho (Lower East Side, Manhattan), the underground artistic capital of the East Coast (think Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco but in NYC) – that piece has since been turned into a free edition print and is being sold all over the world. I also came across a locket an artist gave me for free when I first started collecting. I must have been in Junior High School. A few were produced and none were really selling. He was going to throw them out. He was so upset. It’s now worth $600. Invest in youth. It may take time to see your return on investment. But the return may be HUGE, especially if you have a good eye like me (:
I highly recommend this artist. I already own another piece from her, like I said, and look forward to buying more soon. She hasn’t any mosaic pieces up. Those are the ones I want the most and that I think will increase in value over time as she improves on her craft. She is still growing. It’s a very exciting time! Like nurturing a baby ❤
If you couldn’t tell I’m an artaholic. It’s one of the few things left that truly make my heart sing, no matter my level of depression, anxiety or what have you.
Tara Richelle is currently selling locally and on her Etsy account, Taras Art House.
*Please don’t buy the Crashing Wave or Deep Root! I’m getting those when I get the chance! LOL*