I think one of the hardest things an artist can do is raise their prices. For around twelve years I have kept my prices the same. That meant sometimes I had to make sacrifices to keep my prices that low, like bring back old art, or buy a different brand of paper. Eventually we look around and realize our art is the cheapest art in the show. Sometimes we have uncomfortable conversations with other artists, where they whisper at us that our prices are so low it’s hurting us both. Then we have to figure out what that means and decide if we’re going to keep it up or do something about it.

I decided last year I needed to do something about it. I had planned to return to conventions this year, but that didn’t go as planned. Nonetheless, I needed to raise my prices to be more in line with the price structure other artists with similar skill and subject matter were charging. I also needed to raise them because, as much as I hate to talk or even think about money, the price of everything has gone up. Most of the money my art generates goes into keeping me alive, to be frank, and everything that I need to stay alive has gone up in price exponentially. It’s also hard to ignore that my own medical expenses in the last year have been pretty crippling. Between needing a lot of medications and medication shortages driving up costs, being Tiffany has been a little rough lately. If I’m going to stay alive and make more art, I’m going to have to charge more for my art.

It’s that simple, and unromantic.

It seems pretty fair to me. I am more experienced than I was in 2020, or 2015, or 2010. I have worked on some cool things now and this year I took some classes in order to get a better understanding of where I’d like to go with my art from here. And when you buy something from me, you get the benefit of all that experience that I’ve gained.

Still, some people have been with me since my originals were selling on eBay for $10. It may be hard for them to accept that most of my newer paintings are closer to $1,000 than they are to $10. But in that same span of time many of my friends went from the same place to selling their paintings for $4,000 or more. Realistically, even at $1,500 for some of my newer paintings, I’m still not asking enough, and over the next few years I’ll be doing what I can to try and add more value to my paintings so that I can survive more comfortably on my art.

Or maybe I’ll just give it up and go do something else.

When those are the two choices, I hope you understand why my prices have gone up. If you’re reading this because you’re an artist wondering if you should raise your prices or just pack it up, I wish you peace with whatever choice you decide to make. It is not an easy conversation to have with yourself or with a collector, but it is necessary to reevaluate your prices on a regular basis and bring them in line with the value you are offering. Hopefully you don’t have to explain yourself, but if you do, maybe I’ve given you a few ideas on where to start.

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