How my art is priced

Currently, my art pricing is based on a per square inch linear mathematical model my husband worked out for me. It is fairly simple, so he says. We took past sales into consideration when choosing the base price. All works for sale fit into this pricing scheme no matter when they were created, how long they took to make or how they are framed. I do round the numbers out, since I like round things. Notice my artworks contains very few straight lines.

The prices are usually rounded (no pun intended) down to the nearest, most practical, round number. If it has been framed using a custom mat and frame, I may bring the price up by a very small percentage. And if I someday choose to sell art unframed, I will likely bring the price down by an appropriate percentage.

I do not include the size of a mat or frame when using the mathematical model. As I said above, I may add a very small percentage for custom mats and frames but the mathematical model is for actual artwork size only. 

All that being said, I will also say that prices may change over time. This might reflect either a great surge in demand for my work (every artist's dream, sigh) or major changes in the economy. As well, gallery representation can sometimes require changes in an artist's pricing.

What remains of my earliest works is not presented on this website, though someday I may put them on the market again, here or elsewhere. For that I may choose to use a different pricing model.

As long as you are here reading all this, I'd also like to add that it's good to keep in mind the money an artist spends on supplies and materials, and more importantly, the time spent on the business side of things which is usually well over 50% of their time. And that is all without sick pay, paid vacation days, or paid insurance. For even the most talented, hardest working artists, it can often seem like charity work. Furthermore, as someone recently pointed out to me, there are the years - maybe several decades - of study, practice, and all the life experiences that add up in developing an artist's unique talent. 

However, I know what it's like not being able to afford original art work. My house is full of mostly my art. I do like my own work, but I really want other art, too. And I am very slowly working on that, with smaller works and prints for now.

So for those of you without the means, or the wall space, to justify purchasing one of my larger, original artworks, I offer (and sell) a lot of affordable smaller works and I plan to offer prints on my website in the not-so-distant future.

Lastly, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to read this, for learning and understanding a few of the challenges we artists face in marketing our work. And I apologize if you were already well aware of this, as I imagine most of you are.

To view my artwork, please click here. (707) 223-3037           © Kimberlee Ellen Brown 2016