The is an inherent struggle to be an artist. The term "starving artist" is often joked about and used as a kind of tongue-in-cheek rebuke for creative efforts. There is an overwhelming pressure to be a part of the group. While we think it's cool to be an outsider, it is lonely. It doesn't really feel cool. Much of the time, artists walk through life wearing a mask of conformance. As the Japanese saying goes, "Nails that stick up get nailed down."
So why write about this? When you walk into a shop like ours, or any gallery, you are looking at more that a color scheme to match your walls and carpeting. You are looking at creative work that took courage to produce, and even more courage to sell. Take a little time and savor the richness of that expression, even if it is completely foreign to you.
I am amazed at the kind of creative courage in the artist's we work with. Let's hope we can all be as wild.