I met Mary Erickson in person for the first time at the 2016 Plein Air South in Apalachicola, Florida. We bonded over cocktails and oysters. (Mary is the only person who has ever convinced me to eat oysters.)
I was immediately impressed with Mary’s business savvy, as I know you will be. Her art sales have paid for her lifestyle, which is comfortable and adventurous, but far from extravagant. She is a discerning investor and wise with her finances.
Mary says she paints so that she can buy real estate so that she can collect art–paintings by other artists. You’ll hear all about it in the latest episode of the Art Biz Podcast. You’ll also hear about:
- How she started selling and why she believes being involved in your community is key to an artist’s success.
- How she keeps up with the 8 different galleries that represent her.
- Mary’s legacy project: High Ridge Gardens, a bird sanctuary and artist retreat on her property, which she will leave with a funded endowment.
And you’ll learn the one finance book Mary recommends you read (if you only read one).
I hope you’re inspired by this conversation with Mary Erickson.
Music: Keep It Simple by Wildermiss. Used with permission.
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About My Guest
Preferring to work on location en plein air, Mary Erickson travels extensively. She creates field studies and then returns to the studio to produce her large painting.
Whether solitary excursions (like scouring the coast of Maine for painting sites with her rescue dog, Maggie) or group efforts with other professionals or students, Mary believes these painting trips are essential to an artist's career and growth. See Mary’s art on her website (MaryEricksonArt.com) and read about High Ridge Gardens and her artist retreat (HighRidgeGardens.org).
This episode of the Art Biz Podcast is brought to you by my Art Biz Mastermind Workshops which will take place in Golden, Colorado (October 8-9) and Asheville, North Carolina (November 5-6). These are for artists who already have a solid foundation in place and would like strategies for the next level. Click here to request your invite (be specific about the location you're interested in).