As a full time painter I live or die within a cultural ecosystem. The art collector is a key component of this web. I firmly believe that a persons life is more livable with an art collection. If you are an artist you create your own. If you are not you become an art collector. It is that simple. I worked with Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago for sixteen years. They were a big help in the development of my work and getting the paintings into collections. I decided to leave in 2009 and forge my own way. I wanted to step out of the gallery and the 50% cut they took on every sale. I have had to learn as I go and it has been a real adventure. I enjoy meeting for lunch and having people for studio visits. Some times it helps to go to where my friends work and live to get a feel for what their lives are like. I have taken the gallery out of the role of mediating this building of connections between the artist and the collector. Creating this new website has been a step towards making my work more accessable to more people internationally. According to Catherine Leven of Artspace.com, "Art is the next luxury category on the web" (Fast Company Magazine July'11). My friend Ed Fraga was having dinner with a collector who had recently purchased another one of his pieces and explained how he came to be able to splurg on another art purchase. He told Ed that he had purchased a Brice Marden painting in the 70s for $2,000 and had just that year sold it through a Christies auction for just under $1,000,000.00. This is not to be considered a typical return on investment but it is a true story that brings a light on to the fact that purchasing art is not only good for the soul but can be a sound investment as well.