“The most important thing in life is curiosity, because that’s what keeps you alive, keeps you relevant.”—Oatsie Charles
I am beyond thrilled to celebrate the 20th year of my art advisory this year. It not only marks a milestone for servicing my loyal and dedicated clients, but for finding the confidence and courage to do what means so much to me–making people happy through art!
At the start of my art career, I somehow thought it would be a good idea to curate small exhibitions out of my almost empty uptown apartment. No furniture, just a bed and lots of art—the bigger the better. I hosted vernissages each month and had friends come from all over to see the latest young artists on the scene. One friend asked, where do you live? I replied ‘right here!’
I started with a seemingly random array of artists but ended up focusing on women artists and new media—generally under recognized and undervalued art (soon after I started a small digital/video art collection of my own foreshadowing my current interest in NFTs). Emerging artists at the time included Amy Sillman, Pia Dehne, Marcia Lyons, Ellen Harvey, Jennifer Coates, Siebren Versteeg, Angelo Filomeno, and Terry Haggerty, just to name a few.
Many were still just emerging but I received positive feedback so I kept at it. I soon realized I was bringing downtown artists to uptown collectors helping build awareness around young artists.
I always knew art was my escape and happy place but I never took it seriously enough to pursue as a viable career. It wasn’t until 9/11 hit NY when I finally had my ah-ha moment. My elementary school teacher was the first adult that praised my artwork but I didn’t think much about it then–my how hindsight is 20/20!
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