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Glimpse of Recent Sales

by Jason Horejs on 11/15/2013 · 41 comments

From time to time, I like to post images of some of the work that has sold recently in the gallery or through It’s fun to see what has caught buyer’s attention, and it’s a good reminder that art is selling – in light of some of the comments to my post earlier this week, “Can a Fine Artist Make a Comfortable Living,” this seems a necessary reminder.

As you might imagine, summer is a slow time in Scottsdale, but now that the temperature has dropped into the beautiful range, art buyers are back out. Here are some of the pieces that have sold in recent weeks.

Kudos to Xanadu Director, Elaine

Before I share the sales, I want to take a quick aside to recognize my director, Elaine. Elaine works tirelessly with collectors, following up and closing sales. We received this note from a buyer who purchased a piece last weekend. The note points to the qualities that make Elaine a top-notch director and art sales master:

I wanted to mention to you – After Aubrey and I left your gallery, we both commented on what a great experience you provided for us. Mostly because of your friendly and gracious introduction. You were warm, genuinely friendly and kind but not pushy or aloof. You were the perfect mix of helping without smothering. Thank you for a memorable experience!

Corrine B. – NM

Sampling of Sales

Times Square by Sharon Sieben

Times Square

by Sharon Sieben

24″ x 12″


The Circle Divided by Dinah Ihle

The Circle Divided

by Dinah Ihle

18″ x 18″

Fused Glass on Aluminum

Mount of Market Place by John & Elli Milan

Mount of Market Place

by John & Elli Milan

30″ x 36″


A Conversation with Myself by Lorri Acott

A Conversation with Myself

by Lorri Acott





15″ x 6″


Geometry 0112D  by Linza


by Linza

60″ x 10″

Acrylic / Steel

Arizona Desert by Dave Newman

Arizona Desert

by Dave Newman

50″ x 18″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Volkswagen Enthusiast by Carolee Clark

Volkswagen Enthusiast

by Carolee Clark

20″ x 20″


Chamisa near Taos Mountain by Kak Norton

Chamisa near Taos Mountain

by Kak Norton

12″ x 12″

Curious by Tom Christiansen


by Tom Christiansen

11″ x 0″


Crystal Heart Pendant by Sandy Schenkat

Crystal Heart Pendant

by Sandy Schenkat

12″ x 0″

Handcrafted Neckace

Family Gathering by Guilloume

Family Gathering (Commission)

by Guilloume

24″ x 20″

Nova Flow by Joshua Dean Wiley

Nova Flow

by Joshua Dean Wiley

30″ x 30″

Acrylic and Resin

Who Rescued Who? by Lorri Acott

Who Rescued Who?

by Lorri Acott

17″ x 13″


Salmon Wall Plate with Black Edge by Trevor Thomas

Salmon Wall Plate with Black Edge

by Trevor Thomas

29″ x 23″


Photos Clients Sent Us of Installed Artwork

Client Frame

We sold them the Tom Bergin painting in the background


Trevor Thomas glass on table


Dave Newman collage Commission

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We sold them the Tom Christiansen Horse on left


How have your sales been this fall?

If you have recent sales, let us know – post what you’ve sold in the comments below (include a link to the image on your website, if available). Share any interesting recent sales stories. I hope the sales shown above and your sales will encourage artists who’ve had slower sales recently.

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Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of, and founder of ARTsala. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.

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Mary Manning November 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hi, Jason,
Last month was good for those of us in Coyote Gulch Village in Kayenta, Utah, but so far this month sales have gone into drought conditions. Taking your advice to Carolee Clark, I set weekly and monthly goals, finding much better production.


Amy Evans November 15, 2013 at 11:52 am

I have seen an increase in sales of my paintings from several galleries, which is encouraging. The sales have been in the mid-price range including miniatures.


Victoria November 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Hi Jason,
Just wanted to drop a line to thank you for all the valuable tips and interesting articles. I’ve been drawing for years and teach art and art history-I encourage my students to enter every contest and work as much as they can, but don’t follow my own advice with regard to my own artwork. Your site has given me the inspiration and insight to “get out there.” I don’t have any problem writing about art, but I am a big chicken in terms of showing my stuff. Is it ever “good enough?” That is, of course, a rhetorical question…
Thanks, again,


JamiePavlich- Walker November 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I’m a bad marketer, but last week I decided to go onto my ” JP Watercolor Creation” Facebook page and invite a bunch of people to Like it. The next day I received a response from a high school buddy in Phonex who loved my work, especially my collage wine stills. He ended up buying 3 pieces and in fact one was very large. He owns a winery in AZ so the wine subject interested him. Apparently the pieces will go in his office( he’s an attorney) so I like the idea they will get extra exposure there.


Jason Horejs November 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Awesome Jamie – way to stir up some activity. You never know who your next buyer will be. Old friends and acquaintances are a great place to start.


Chris Morningforest November 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Thanks so much for sharing what you are selling. Very inspiring!


Mairi Budreau November 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Hi Jason,
Thank you for the opportunity to share good news – sales!
I had a solo exhibition of oil portraits in October, Walks of Life – Significant People of Kamloops. During the show five pieces sold, one sold after it closed and another 3 are pending.
To view the images


Rich Moyers November 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Two recent sales to previously unknown clients directly from my website:

SOLD / SHIPPED >>”PROTON RED” – 4″ x 4″ (10″ x 13″ Framed) Mixed Media Painting – to a Manhattan, New York Interior Designer:
Image Link:

SOLD / SHIPPED >>”GREEN TAMBORE” – 8″ x 8″ (unframed) Mixed Media Painting – to an Architect in Wiesbaden / Hessen – Germany)
Image Link:


Amos November 16, 2013 at 8:01 am

Yes the last few months have been fantastic for sales.
I just shipped and installed 7 pieces including my first piece (HUMMINGBIRD) going to China. And have three commissions in hand, including one for a public installation for a hospital. I do believe life is good. I could not do this if it where not for the kind words and advice from others including Guilloume. Who’s kindness and guidance I cherish, his smile is also infectious.
Happy Holidays


Deborah Kommalan November 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm

A recent show with two other artists has helped me achieve an inner goal of selling a $1000. painting. Actually, two “kinetic” tromp l’oeil were sold. It is exhilarating as well as humbling to know that my work is appreciated enough to actually walk out the door.
It is a giant step for me and it also sets the bar higher, and I will continue to strive to do my very best work on every canvas.


Marianne Bland November 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Hey Jason! Thanks for the continually great articles and for supporting artists around the world. I recently sold several paintings at a group space during San Francisco Open Studios, including the piece I selected for my image placement in the guide. In particular, those collectors stated that they knew they had to come early in order to snatch that piece up before someone else did, which was such a treat to hear!

I would encourage other artists to look for Open Studios events in their cities or nearby metropolitan areas, and to look for group spaces where several artists will be showing together. Traffic is likely to be higher when a visitor can see work from 10-100 artists at once instead of seeking out a lone studio, which means sales are probably more likely in a group space as well.

Also be sure that the image you use for the advertisement is a piece you will have available at the event in case anyone wants to buy it. :) Good luck, fellow artists!


Ezshwan Winding November 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

My home/studio/gallery is an attraction to visitors and my students of the encaustic technique. I find that I have been selling more from my studio than in galleries.,


Jeannette Rowlett November 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Jason, I was so glad to see John Keeton’s piece that sold. He is such a great artists and member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. He created all of the awards that were given in the arts this year, by our governor of Kentucky.
Keep up the great work,


Eva S. Nichols November 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Hi Jason,
Thank you so much for sharing your recent sales. I find it so interesting to see what actually sells in a gallery. I really enjoy your articles and podcasts – they are so informative, and I am learning so much. It really gives me direction for my own art career. I sold 4 paintings over the last month, so very encouraging, even if a couple of them were small. AND today I just learned that one of my paintings which I submitted to the Sierra Watercolor Society’s 15th Annual Winter Show at the May Museum in Reno, NV won 1st place. I am extra happy about the prize, because it is one of my “signature” paintings of trees. Feels like an endorsement to move forward in that direction.
Here are links to my sold paintings:,_Shells_&_Sand.html#12
And here is the link to my “Prize Winner”:
Keep creating fellow artists!


Julie Bernstein Engelmann November 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I just sold my acrylic & latex piece, “Interconnected People Doing What They Love,” 34″Hx38″W. It was the very first painting selected for the new art collection of a school district about an hour away, by vote of the student body. Somehow they remembered seeing it in a show 9 months ago!


Terrill Welch November 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm

This is great Jason! For those landscape painters out there I would like to offer some encouragement as I have just over 40 paintings in new homes in a variety of sizes – most have sold in the past year. My prices tend to be a bit higher than average for an emerging (3 years sort of) artist but I assume not off the charts, otherwise the paintings would still be in the studio. I like what I believe Barney said about doing our best work – which is a moving mark. Still, I want to offer hope and encouragement because readers and artists may feel they are already doing this… I say keep doing it because this giving-everything-you-got energy comes through in the work. If the work is in your mind excellent – try and find a market-match for it if the venues you are currently using don’t seem to be finding buyers.

Here is a link to have a peek at my sold work that is in an album on Pinterest
If this is okay by you Jason, though showing more variety of the kinds of work selling I am assuming is the better. If not, just give it a little snip out of the comment ;)

All the best as always! Terrill :)


Rinat Goren November 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Hi Jason,
This fall was probably the best for me so far. I had an open studio event last weekend and sold 11 pieces. In addition: a lot of interest and other offers. can’t complain!


Lynda Peterson November 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Hi Jason,
It’s interesting that you should ask for sales stories just now, as I had an amazing experience just this past weekend at a gallery Customer Appreciation Open House. Last March I was contacted (on an internet business network) by a client who I knew had purchased a few paintings several years ago at a gallery that previously carried my work. This man said that several years ago, while his wife was undergoing cancer treatment, they came across my work, and whenever they would get discouraged, they would go to the gallery and purchase another piece of my work, because it gave them hope. Then he gave me a bible verse, and said if I ever had any thoughts on it, he would be interested in seeing them. Last week I emailed him that after several false starts, I had 2 images for him, and sent them to him.
He wanted to see the work, and we arranged to meet at the gallery that now represents me in a nearby area, and that night this man and his wife purchased their 10th piece of my work!! It was wonderful to meet them, and amazing to me that they had so many pieces. I asked him if I could use their story on my website, and he said he would be honored, and I was amazed about that, too:) I also found out that that particular gallery has sold 11 pieces of my work in about 2 months. I believe art sales are loosening up.


Laura J. Holman November 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Love that you posted the sales. Interesting work. I wonder if you sell more photography and sculptures than paintings? I have recently sold a piece that was still on the easel in the making when the customer committed to it right away, even before the color. She’s making payments to me, and when the last payment is made it will ship out to its new home in Florida. I keep thinking I want to approach a gallery soon, but I have sold so many of my paintings that I don’t have enough for a show. I need more time in the day and to be more prolific. Sorry, I don’t have an image of the final art yet. I still have a bit more to paint before it’s done.


YoHana November 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

A sold piece of art is always more beautiful.
It is said that a righteous man starts to live when he dies.
When we sell a painting it is born to a new life.


Carol Reeves November 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Jason. Just wondered if you are going to art Basil in Miami. Would like to meet you. I am in a gallery in Wynwood. Or possibly are you doing the art and antiques show in Naples fl. Please let me know. I know this coincides with your season.


Mary Serantoni November 15, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Dear Jason,

Since you asked, thrilled to report many recent ‘firsts’ — my first sale to a client in BRAZIL shipped out last week, ‘Venetian Jewel’. ‘Farmers Market’ went to hang in a Cafe’ within a Pittsburgh Yoga Studio. A 24×36″ ‘Fantasy Eiffel’ was joyfully received by a client in Massachusets. Four small works, two sets of Fine Art Notecards, and ten sales in the last two months prove the slow season is ending — the holiday sales are upon us!

Stay inspired,

Mary Serantoni
SERANTONI Photography


Terrye J Philley November 16, 2013 at 2:06 am

I have enjoyed the podcasts as well and have been putting my work out there more and was rewarded. Sold a beach scene and received a commission. I try to keep my standards high for each painting and am trying to up productivity. Thanks for all the great advice.


Victoria Ross Patti November 16, 2013 at 7:39 am

Thank you Jason for a great article on recent sales in your gallery! This fall (Oct 1st) I had been challenged to reach a goal of $2000 in sales before the end of the year, so I put together a few income generating ideas. One of them was to have a fundraising party at my house for the Colorado flood victims. I mentioned to everyone that 25% of the sales from that day would go to a local non profit group that has been helping families in Boulder recover from the devastating floods. The fundraiser was a big success for everyone involved; people were happy to help the flood victims and they were able to take home a piece of art, the non profit was ecstatic to receive a cash contribution for much needed supplies, it was a win/win for everyone. While I only generated a quarter of my goal from the party, many of the people who attended have contacted me since for private commissions, which has allowed me to meet that goal and exceed it!! This fall has been very good for me and I’m grateful for people like you, Jason, that are excellent resources in the art world.


Victoria Pendragon November 16, 2013 at 8:06 am

This is a great posting… I love seeing the variety that sells… different strokes and all that.
That said, my sales have slowed in the last couple of months, though my exhibition opportunities have more than doubled! I even had one juried show contact me to please submit! So something is up, and I now have a small gallery representing my work. Nothing to fuss about.
Plus, I’ve shifted gears. For the last three years – my first three back in the frey as a professional artist since 1988! – I’ve produced a very specific, very niche oriented, kind of work… and it’s done surprisingly well despite my ‘newness’ in the marketplace (the whole niche thing… not a lot of people doing art around yoga and tantra… and I generate a lot of work!). In April, though, everything changed. Everything.
My new work (acrylic paintings as opposed to the mixed media pieces I’d been producing) will have a far broader appeal (I’ve already had a chance to see that). The focus is still consciousness, for sure, but I’m casting a wider net, one that offers a lot more options so it’s no wonder to me that, as my heart and head have found a new love, my previous works may be pulling a little less energy.
No matter! I am thrilled and excited at what lies ahead… back to work!
Thanks, Jason!


Karen Berman November 16, 2013 at 8:36 am

I have just sold 14 paintings to a new medical center in my area! The sale came in a roundabout way. I got a call from a woman who had bought one of my paintings, whose husband was a physician at the newly built medical center. Their ribbon cutting ceremony was the following week and they had no artwork on their walls. As she knew my work and knew I painted large paintings whose subject matter would work well in a medical environment, she asked if I would hang a show that week. I did and asked how long I should keep my work up. When the response was, “as long as you like,” I wrote a proposal for them to purchase my paintings offering a discount of up to 20% based on the number of paintings they wanted. It made my year!


Terri Myer November 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

This has been my best week ever! I sold 2 of my largest paintings – one was 2 x 6′ and one was 30 x 40”. Both were results of local art shows in the past year. The couple who bought the first one had seen it a year ago at a show, loved it, but weren’t sure they could spend so much on one painting. Then, later they decided they wanted it and couldn’t find my business card and also couldn’t remember my name. (I should give out postcards or something bigger!) When they happened to see me at a very small show this past weekend they bought the painting immediately. (By the way, I didn’t have the painting at that show – they just recognized my work.) They were so excited. I delivered it to their lovely home that evening. They are now on my email list!

Three days later I got a call from a man who had seen the second painting at a show in September. He had bought a print of it and had it framed. Then, he decided to buy the original. So, he called me and asked if we could meet right away. I met him 2 hours later and sold it to him. He then wanted me to meet the friends that he was buying it for. So, I met them 2 days later over dinner. It turns out that they know the owner of a prestigious art gallery and want to introduce me to the owner.

This has actually been my best year altogether for sales. I have also painted more paintings than ever.

I really enjoy hearing all of the success stories! It is very motivating!


Andrew November 16, 2013 at 9:56 am

Karen Berman, congratulations! I like the fact that you took the initiative to turn a free hanging into a major sale – great job. It’s a reminder that we sometimes create our own luck, or miss the chance if we’re timid.


Kaye November 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

Thank you Jason for posting these and I found them via your email newsletter. Such variety in the types of work your gallery has sold! Really nice work, inspiring! I really enjoyed seeing them and also with the images in-use in peoples’ homes.


Pamela York November 16, 2013 at 10:28 am

Have had two sales in the last week and a couple more pending. A fundraising event at one of my office space galleries as well as several art events in San Diego last week have triggered some additional activity. “Celestial” large piece and “Purple Haze” are the newly sold pieces.


Carol Shutt November 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

I am a photographer and have made at least six sales recently through THE COLLECTIVE, a co-op gallery in Lexington, KY. As always, the work I sell touches the buyer in a nostalgic way. My website shows many of my images including those that sold recently. Several images of KENTUCKY FAVORITE have sold recently because they reminded the buyer of a time in their past and they bought the image for someone who shared those memories. BEFORE THERE WAS RAM has sold several times to people with close connections to Dodge vehicles…two sold to a brother and sister who have a Dodge dealership in their family. MCCORMICK-DEERING sold to someone who was giving it as a gift to a family member with a connection to that brand. NOBODY’S HOME sold just because. Through my connection with THE COLLECTIVE, I also recently sold nine images to an area university for a new dorm building. This has been one of my best years!!


Chuck Staley November 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

While most of my mixed-media work begins with photography, I don’t know if you will be interested in seeing these, but here are links to recent sales.


Mason Parker November 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

My sales of watercolor stationary continues to slowly and steadily improve. I sell greeting card and 11″X17″ print versions of my originals of Oregon scenes ($4 and $25), my website is Waterfalls and railroad scenes do fairly well but street intersections are still my top sellers.

As for my glass art sales, it’s been the same as always, damselflies and butterflies do the best.

Mason parkr


Kathleen Durst November 18, 2013 at 9:16 am

I’ve been taking your advice to Carolee about production goals and pricing. This past weekend I sold two 18 x 24 painted paper collages that I hung at the Bistro in my hometown. (435. each and no commission to the Bistro!) While working at my part-time gallery job I set up my easel to work on another piece and left my laptop open to my artworks files and sold a 4 x 4 (2o.) and took a commission for a 10 x 10 (100.) Thanks for the “mentoring” and “Starving to Successful” !
Still working on my website.


kathryn November 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

this is such an inspiring post! loved seeing all the art your gallery sold and then reading about everyones sales in the comments! i’m so happy for all their sales…it shows that the economy is not as bad as a lot of people think it is!!

for whatever reason, i have had more commissions since end of July than ever before…8 in total…with two of them being pretty large! i just started on my 5th & 6th commissions this past weekend. i also managed to slip in two of my own drawings that just got into separate gallery shows!


Phyllis Tarlow December 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I’ve had a tremendous run of portraits this year that will carry me into next Spring. All kinds–homes, pets, children and an upcoming commission to paint a large oil landscape of a home in a complicated setting on a lake. Prints have also picked up but, for me, my oil landscapes, less so.

How interesting, I just looked at Kathryn’s comment above mine and see that she, too, has had lots of commissions. Maybe people feel more ready to pay for art if it has a very personal connection.


Ria Krishnan December 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Hi Jason,
Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. It has helped me a great deal. Sales have been good so far. I would say it’s been better than 2012. I don’t have a gallery so far and I’m looking for one right now. So far, I have been selling from my studio directly to my collectors.
Please take a look at my website, I would like to get your feedback on my work.
Here are the links to some of my paintings that found a lovely home.×30%2520oil%2520on%2520panel.jpg



Teresa Rose French December 6, 2013 at 7:57 am

Hi Jason,
I just sold a couple of pieces through a furniture store. It has been a great brick and mortar place to display my work. Gratefully my sales team there has been very productive. Xanadu is a great resource and I value the exposure here but nothing beats a motivated salesperson on your side.


Cheral Squyres December 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Hi Jason,
Of course this is a busy time. I am trying to finish up Christmas commissions. Was wondering if you did critiques? I am finishing up a pet portrait and sometimes I don’t know when it is finished. Another good report is I sold a giclee to a lady that lives in the UK. That is exciting. She came into the store where I am displaying my work. Yes I am always striving to sell more, but still feel so blessed for this gift. I love doing it and pray the joy shines through to others. Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and to a beautiful future filled with more beautiful art!! Cheral


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Kenneth Banks December 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Sales have definitely picked up this last year especially the second half of the year. I have been working as a professional artist for 26 years and have gone through several recessions, but this was by far the worst and longest. I have learned to adapt by trying new works and broadening my outreach. Last November 2012, the owner of a local coffee shop I go to, purchased several of my Dream Windows, Visioning Shields and Anaglyphs as Christmas gifts. He asked me if I would put up some of my work in his coffee shop, he felt my work would sell well. Being polite and appreciative of his purchases I said yes. Personally I felt like it would result in no sales but I always have work sitting around my studio and what the heck, better on his walls than sitting in the corner of my studio. Over the years I’ve only noticed two or three sales of artists work in the coffee shop. So I hung a show with 18 pieces at the beginning of this September. One week passed then two weeks, and I thought, yep, I was right. Then the first piece sold, then another, then another. He has extended the show through the end of December. Today was the 21st sale, and I am still amazed. I never guessed that a coffee shop could be such a successful venue for art sales. I knew that the sales staff would be busy making coffee and sandwiches and are not in the business of selling art. So I carefully labeled everything with information about each piece and prices and I posted a biography with a photograph of me trying to make it all more personal. I also move the pieces around every two weeks and replace pieces that have sold after a month to keep the display fresh.
As I said earlier, during difficult times I try new things and this was one that has paid off. From now on I will keep an eye out for potential coffee shops that might accommodate my work.


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