19 August Artist Spotlight: Richard Eastman August 19, 2019 By Jackie Adamany Artist Spotlight, News & Spotlights 0 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. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.