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Dealers are collectors too! — Blue Heron Fine Art Blog

Dealers are collectors too!

by Jim Puzinas on May 27, 2009

Most art dealers are collectors themselves.  Before I became a full-time art dealer, I was a collector first.  Collectors gravitate towards those objects that mean something to them, it may remind them of  a physical location, or invoke a certaing mood or feeling, or may just be something that removes them from the normal routine of everyday life.  For me, initially, it was American marine paintings and historical scenes of familiar locations of places I have visited or of the coastal areas around Boston where I live.  I wanted to feel connected to my surroundings and celebrate those things and places that mean the most to me.  I think most collectors  that I know feel this way as well.



Tod Lindenmuth American (1885-1976). "The Fishermen", 24" x 32" O/B

As my collection grew my tastes expanded to include a much broader spectrum of American Art. Today my collection includes several 19th Century marine paintings as well as dynamic modernist pieces, like the painting above.  In maintaining our gallery inventory, many of my personal collector preferences are evident, I never buy anything for the gallery that I wouldn’t hang on my own walls.  After all, why would I ask someone to buy something that I myself wouldn’t  love?


Lori Woodward Simons May 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Artists are often collectors too. I own artwork by: Kevin MacPherson, Ralph Oberg, Nancy Guzik, Mike Malm, Kyle Stuckey, Casey Baugh, Rosemary Ladd, Dennis Sheehan.

It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to be able to collect – we’re in the lower price range of collectors, so we get ‘em when they’re just starting out – before the artists rise to fame.
Start your collection today – it’ll last longer than most any other investment you make and you’ll enjoy it for your lifetime.

Jim Puzinas May 28, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Good point, Lori. As an artist, I also have collected a number of my contemporaries, like Dennis Sheehan, Sergio Roffo, Joan Brancale, Joseph McGurl etc. You don’t have to spend a lot to have great art in your life. Buy what you like and what you can afford at the time. You’ll never regret those decisions!

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