retiring artists, sculptorMany artists in their retiring age have turned their hobby into their main source of income. Now they are learning new things as they start to sell their stuff online. Ms. Massion, an artist in her 70’s had always heard about how the internet provides many opportunities to sellers throughout the world, from Badesalze shop to fashion and clothing stores. It has fascinated her that she thought of bringing her artwork to the online world.

“Going online and selling online was for me hitting a brick wall. The technological aspect of selling art online was foreign to me,” said Ms. Massion. She had to go through a sharp learning curve, beginning with understanding the way to publish digital pictures.

Older artists are moving from galleries to online sales. Drawings and digital photos of their work are more often distributed on websites like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. The power of photography and young professional artists, including hobbyists, are helping older artists in many ways. David Whiton, the chief executive of Kalisher, a business that promotes original art said that social media had contributed so much in providing sales for our dear senior artists.

“The growth of social media has made artists of us all,”
David Winton
Chief executive of Kalisher,
Chapel Hill, N.C.,

Matthew Dibble is 60 years old. He was a roofer in Cleveland. For three decades, he had been painting offseason prior to embracing art fulltime. His paintings were of large-scale abstract paintings with vigorous brush strokes. He started publishing his work on Facebook in 2009. He was not thinking of sales at that time, but he was more fascinated to the thought that images could possibly be viewed and distributed by folks all over the world. He made his first sale to a collector based in France. From then, he got hooked on social media that made create an account on Pinterest and Instagram. He presently has 15,000 followers.

There is hope for our artists who went full time after retiring from their regular jobs. The internet has provided them with more avenues to sell their work. And it has worked for them on many occasions compared to a gallery where only 20% can view and very low possibilities of sale.

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