Before I get to the price list, first I'm going to explain why I've undertaken this project. So Jake, why is it you're publishing books & hosting shows for your Mom's art?
Good question, and there are lots of reasons, the laundry list is below. But the main reason is simple: Mom truly valued her work, and loved when friends would purchase paintings to hang in their homes. Other than presenting them as gifts under exceptional circumstances, Mom did not give them away. I never quite understood that. Until, that is, I inherited more than 600 hung around the house and stored in the studio and basement and tried to figure out what to do with them.
Well, I could give many of them away to friends & family. But where would those artworks end up? I feared they would be hidden in closets. I could keep all of them, but to what end-- they should be on display for the world or even a few to see & love. Then it hit me, lit a bolt of lightning. If I could sell them, I could be more confident that the paintings would be truly valued and be hung in an honored place. But I'm no salesman, and selling art to strangers isn't easy. Clearly, the market was Mom's friends & family, and my own friends as well. But that would be odd, to take money from friends.
So I decided on a plan. I would sell the artwork, to friends & family. And donate all the profits-- every last nickel and probably a few extra-- to a charity that would support the arts or arts education. The books, funny enough, were more a by-product than an objective. I wanted photos of *everything* before selling to posterity. And once I had 275 amazing paintings captured perfectly, it just made sense to create books as well. And prints, with a website and digital editions.
Now with 600 paintings, it will take a long time to find homes for most of them. But I'm patient. If I can sell 10 originals each year, then in 40 years time we'll have worked through most and the rest will be hanging on the walls of my home, or my brother's, or my nephewses'.
TL;DR: I'm selling the artwork & donating the proceeds because I want the paintings & drawings to hang in homes where they are loved.
There's still the laundry list, including the above: find loving homes for original artwork, share Mom's work widely, create lasting mementos, connect with my Mom through her art, support worthy arts charities, an excuse for a party and probably a few other things. Some of you know all that, but as this thing developed over 2+ years, those not along for the ride didn't know the whole reason for the venture. Now you do. Thanks for listening. The nuts & bolts are a lot more meaningful if you know the back story. Now here's that price list.