There's nothing that gives me so much joy as to have my work appreciated. I guess it is a feeling every creative person also has. I recently sold the above painting on EBay and I must confess from the minute I put it up I started getting beautiful comments about it.
Kimberly saw it and loved it. What struck me about her was that not only did she clearly state that she loved it(something a lot of people do with regards to my works)....but she made sure she won the bid. As the auction was about to end, I was fascinated by the way more bids started coming in and at a point I was sure she wasn't going to win it after all. But she persisted and won the bid.
At the end of 13 bids she emerged as the buyer. I must confess that I was happy she bought it because I desperately want my works to end up in the homes of people who would truly appreciate them.
What struck me was the truth in the principle I have employed in my approach to my paintings which is to never paint with a buyer in mind. Give it your best and when someone who truly loves it comes along they would surely do everything possible to get it. Below is the beautiful mail she sent me yesterday.
There's a proverb or saying in my Ibo culture that goes thus: "Afia oma na ele onwe ya" which simply means "A good market sells itself". How true it is!!!! I always strive to give each painting my best because I know definitely that I may not be there to market it, but rather it would be the one selling itself to whoever comes across it.
When I saw her mail and read it, I sat still for a while wondering how a painting could tell such an amount of story; but it did and she was right in all she said. Beauty, Peace and hope are what I try to portray in my art. I dream a lot of endless possibilities and I enjoy my freedom. Freedom to put my beliefs down on canvas no matter what the world around me thinks and believes. Freedom to dare to be different. Freedom to pass along beauty, hope and peace through a means that is totally unselfish.