Hilary Harkness wrote an article for the Huffington Post called “Why You Should Collect Art by Emerging Artists” that of course, got my attention. She talks about her experience with her first art purchase and how as a struggling artist herself, buying a piece from an unknown artist was in her price range at the time, but still engages her today. She describes collecting works by emerging artists as a form of angel investing – “a way to identify and nurture talent at its earliest stages”. I find it interesting to think of collecting in this altruistic way, because it may add an additional incentive for making that step to support an artist without an established reputation.
But what you receive is so much more than what you give. You give money and support, but in return you get something beautiful. You get something that began with imagination and talent and ends with your life-long emotional connection.