Now that we have come to the close of 2020 I would like to share a few of observations for you from an artist’s point of view during this most unusual year.
In times of stress we turn to art for relaxation and positive motivation. Surrounding yourself with artwork that genuinely moves you can pull you through these tough times. Our dominate sense is sight so creating an environment that is visually engaging is really quite important – not only for the simple pleasure and enjoyment it provides but actually could have an impact on your mood. There is a reason they say you “see red” when you become angry. Colors and patterns can trigger emotions even if only on a subconscious level. Think about a work that moved you while you were looking at it. You can be assured that the color palette had a hand in that.
I am fortunate that my studio is in my home and I could continue working throughout the year. The front-line workers have been amazing and kept things moving which I am grateful for! I already knew the UPS and Fed/Ex drivers as I see them pretty much everyday. While so many were locked down and unable to leave their homes it was an opportunity to reflect on their surroundings. Many were motivated to change their surroundings and I am honored that so many were motivated enough by my paintings that they wanted to own one for their homes! I even did a couple of commissions.
The number of works sold has increased each year since I started offering them for sale in 2013 and I am happy to say that 2020 was no exception!
WOW – I want to thank all the new collector’s who added me to their collections. I would also like to thank the many repeat customers that have had return for a new work or 2 this year!
I am certain that we will make it though this and art is one of the things that can help so I like to think that in my own way I am making a contribution and in fact, I have been told as much in the past few months by several of my clients! / Nestor Toro January 1, 2021