Artist

Richard Jolley

In 1984, feeling I had created a body of work that was on the way to finding my voice and direction as an artist ( this was a full ten years after graduating from college because glass has a very steep skills curve and is often a difficult taskmaster) I thought maybe I should attempt .....

In 1984, feeling I had created a body of work that was on the way to finding my voice and direction as an artist ( this was a full ten years after graduating from college because glass has a very steep skills curve and is often a difficult taskmaster) I thought maybe I should attempt to sell some work. A gallery exhibition was arranged, small by today’s standards and unfortunately the gallery is no longer in business, and off I went into world. Amazingly,to me, a couple bought three works before the exhibition opened and expressed an interest in meeting me and learning more about my work. We met, had a lovely dinner, and they asked me to visit their home the next day to see where my work would now live.

The next day I went to their home and was astounded at the depth and scope of their collection and the thought and care that went into creating it. To think that my work was now included in this amazing array of objects and paintings and furniture and to hear the couple talk about how they felt like my work fit into the collection was a tremendous boost and made me think that a life as an artist was a real possibility.

The fact that someone, not related to me, thought about my work in serious terms and valued and understood what I was trying to express and even stated flatly “ we want to follow your career, we believe in you and what you are doing, and maybe the most important thing KEEP GOING. Encouragement is a priceless commodity. Thirty-six years later and I recently was visiting and helped the grandchildren with a watercolor project we did together and Tommie and I are considered part of the family and they still collect my work and encourage me to keep going.

The fact that someone believes in you and your work and supports you over decades is a gift that I am beyond grateful to have received from several collectors who are now very close friends and they have proved pivotal to my life as an artist. You have my profound thanks and gratitude.

Richard Jolley    April 2020 during quarantine

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