“She’s A Collector” Series Part 2: Interview with “Artinista”, Maureen E. Doallas

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March 17, 2012 Posted by Chief Artinista | 0 Comments

Welcome to our second interview of the “She’s A Collector” blog series, in recognition of Women’s History Month and as a count down to our upcoming panel presentation “The Art of Collecting: From A Woman’s Perspective” that is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC (now SOLD OUT).

The purpose of this series is to profile women who collect original art and share their perspectives of their interest and passion for fine art. As this series will demonstrate, anyone who has the interest, discretionary income and a passion can start collecting at anytime!

We asked each of our “Artinistas” in this series 5 questions about their experiences collecting art. Each of the ladies we interviewed are at various stages of developing a collection. We hope you will find some inspiration to start your own collection as a result of hearing from these passionate collectors!

Artinista: Maureen E. Doallas, Writer/Editor, Poet and Small Business Owner, Arlington, Virginia

AAA: How long have you been collecting?

Maureen: I began cultivating an interest in creating an art collection while in college in the early 1970s. I first began collecting graphics, because of their affordability. I have some paintings and sculpture. I also have a number of artists’ and fine press books, which are a special interest of mine.

AAA: What was the first fine art piece that you purchased?

Maureen: The first purchase I made was a work on paper by the marvelous surrealist artist Leonor Fini.

AAA: How did you become interested in collecting fine art?

Maureen: In the early 1980s, I was introduced to a local gallery owner who published four works on paper annually; the artists were primarily European, and the editions were limited to 100. I became one of the 100 lucky members of the gallery’s print club and over a period of years was able, for relatively little expense, able to acquire some wonderful graphics. I also used to spend a weekend afternoon in the gallery just “talking shop” with the owner, who also was a passionate collectors and the U.S. representative of some significant artists. His deep art interests and knowledge fueled my own.

AAA: What is the best thing you like about collecting art?

Maureen: The best thing about collecting is getting to live with the pieces of art I love.

AAA: What is your advice to women who are interested in starting a fine art collection?

Maureen: My advice to anyone interested in starting a fine art collection is, look at as much art as possible, and in all media. The more you look, the more you train the eye to see and differentiate good from better to best. Figure out what you like and concentrate on that.

Don’t buy any piece of art because someone tells you it’s a good investment. Collect because the artwork moves or inspires you, makes you laugh, makes you think, or simply fills you with joy whenever you look at it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about an artist, how a piece was made, who else has owned it, and deal only with reputable galleries, which will never pressure you to buy and will take time to learn about you and your interests.

Do some research on the artist or gallery you’re interested in and then visit whenever opportunities arise. Attend openings and artist talks (there are many excellent lectures in the D.C. area at museums and galleries) to cultivate what appeals to you. And if you really love a piece but could not afford it except by making small payments towards it every month, don’t be afraid to say so; you may find the artist or representative willing to make arrangements that will work for everyone involved.

Interested in starting a fine art collection and not sure how to start? We can help! Contact us today to schedule a consultation or for more information!

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