Recently I was asked to address a FB question regarding the sale of a specific painting . Solicited in such a manner, I gave my point of view without saying this is what you should do as I had no personal relationship with the inquirer or the artist. Not two weeks later I was able to check in with the results of such advice with artist Linda Apriletti to whom I gave that very same, years ago. She had good work and I could see she was serious. Hate to waste my time with talkers who don’t put forth the effort. So here she was, a successful artist painting for a living. Each step of the way, I recognized her drive and all her spare time and vacations were focused on her art.
She took classes, workshops with artists she admired. She never wavered, 5 years into our relationship, she knew she wanted to be able to support herself by painting full time.
She even mapped out trying to reduce regular work hours and compensate them with painting hours. 4 more years and she achieved her goal. She is painting what she loves and knows. Her prices have risen steadily; she has been accepted into some very prestigious national shows. What was my advice? Well we lowered her price to where she started to sell. I had to hold her back when she wanted to paint bigger (all in good timeI had said). In her workshops, she was also advised to paint small paintings but a lot of them. The more “starts” the better. Meanwhile, she was dedicated to her goal.
I recall her saying I want to paint the type of landscapes that Beanie Backus painted, an artist friend of Fred Hunt’s and very collectible. Now she has her own style. She is sought after has been an Artist in Residence at Big Cypress National Preserve, and will be exhibiting there early in 2014. She has had several solo exhibitions at Everglades National Park already. She is not being supported by anyone; her work is her sole income. Also, I should mention she paints what she knows and is passionate about. She loves nature and volunteers, including tree planting with TreeMendousMiami. A successful artist who I’m privileged to know. She has participated in the en plein air exhibitions promoted by Windisch-Hunt Fine Art gallery Coconut Grove. She has achieved her dream steadfast and focused. How does she compare to Beanie Backus. She has her style softer and has surpassed Beanie Backus in my humble opinion.