My mission is to use my art to help support non-profit organizations. I donate pieces to organizations for their fundraising events, I select one non-profit each month to help support with a portion of art sales proceeds, and I also dedicate proceeds of a particular original piece to select non-profits. I am incredibly grateful to be able to enjoy both the pleasure of selling my art to someone who appreciates a piece and to then expand that benefit by passing along financial support to organizations that are making positive impacts on the lives of others.
ABOUT LANE O'SHEA
I really enjoy podcasts and one of my favorites is How I Built This With Guy Raz. If you aren’t familiar with it, the promo statement explains “Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.” One of my favorite episodes is the interview with Eileen Fisher. As she tells it she “signed up for a fashion trade show with no experience, no garments, no patterns or sketches – nothing but a few ideas….” She also goes on to identify herself as a “shy extrovert.” Well, shy or not, she and many of those profiled helped me to get off my butt and share my art with you.
The first time I shared my art publicly was the result of happenstance. I was reading an online newsletter related to my day job and it included a notice about a non-profit organization that was inviting artists to submit applications for their first annual fund raising juried art show. This was at a time when I was trying to figure out how to use my art for a purpose other than collecting under the bed. I had no photos of my artwork, no names for the pieces, no artist’s bio….basically no idea what I was doing except exchanging emails with the organizer as I made the application. I submitted three pieces for consideration and was stunned when two were accepted. I was later flabbergasted when one was awarded an Honorable Mention. I sat at my desk re-reading the email, blushing like school girl, wondering what to do next because I had told no one that I even submitted the application thinking that if nothing came of the effort I would be saving myself some embarrassment.
My friends and family were very excited when I shared with them the news and a great time was had by all at the opening reception. I loved seeing all of the different artworks that were on display and humbled when multiple offers were made for my piece. Fate helped me see a future where my art could serve a need and one baby step at a time has brought me here.
I look forward to sharing more stories with you through my blog, sharing more art, and photographs, that help to support the non-profits I select each month. I’m excited that you are enjoying my efforts and immensely humbled when you choose to include one of my pieces in your own collection. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me help others – there is no greater gift!