Artist Spotlight: Richard Eastman

Artist Spotlight: Richard Eastman

Richard Eastman, Garwood, TX

Because of the influence of my lovely grandmother, I have been an artist as long as I can remember. As an artist, I find most of my inspiration from nature. I recently relocated to a small, rural town West of Houston so that I could continue my work in a more suitable environment. My studio is a large, converted barn that overlooks our beautiful property full of gorgeous trees and flowers and is home to a multitude of birds, dragonflies and butterflies. I opened Eastman Gallery in 2002 and have shown my work there for 17 years now.

I have also exhibited at many galleries and festivals in Houston, Rock Port, Galveston, Port Aransas, Clear Lake, Kemah, Round Rock, New Braunfels and other Texas cities. I recently won the Artists’ Choice Award at Lakewood Yacht Club in Houston. I am always trying to develop a new technique that will inspire my fans and catch the attention of those who have never seen my work. Many years ago, I took a pottery class with several of my friends; I had no idea that I would love it so much. To be able to create every day is an amazing gift. There is not a day that passes, that I am not thankful for this incredible blessing.

Describe Your Work

All of my work is based on nature as I love gardening, raising animals and landscape design. My professional career for 40 years has been Interior Design, so I love creating well-designed pieces that are not only decorative but utilitarian as well.

How did you get started in the crafts business?

I was invited to show my paintings in a gallery about 20 years ago. Then, my pottery became popular in the Houston Market, so I started exhibiting my hand-made pottery and ceramics. Now, after retiring 4 years ago, I am a full-time artist and exhibit at many galleries and fine art festivals.

How long have you been wholesaling?

Almost two years.

What are your top 3 marketing methods for reaching new buyers?

Indie Me, Fine Art Festivals and Galleries.

What percentage of your business is Wholesale? Retail? Commission, etc.?

5% Wholesale, 70% Retail and 25% Commission work.

How has IndieMe helped your business?

Not very much at present as I just started a few months ago.

What advice do you have for new craft artists?

Find your market and focus on that. Right now mine seems to be Fine Art Festivals, but as I am getting older, it is more difficult to do festivals.

What advice do you have for new craft galleries?

Show a few emerging artists at each show. This will not only help them become established, it will create a lasting friendship with many, new, talented artists.

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