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I looked at your website and I think what you are doing currently with your portrait/headshot business
Makes more sense as a bread and butter income generating method. However, I believe it is very possible to
Generate a very respectable income stream selling fine art landscape images. I personally know several people who
Are doing it, including myself.
About 6 years ago I started selling my landscape images at art shows. I started off small, sharing a booth with a
Friend to share expenses and risk. I have yet to lose money at a show, came close to breaking even a couple times.
I have done over a hundred shows since that time.
When I started I was semi-retired, had enough retirement income to pay the bills, so invested all my art show gains back into the business. Today I have one of the nicest displays at the shows I do and regularly generate 10 or more times Booth fees. Art show veterans will tell you that 10 times booth fees is a number you can expect if you have
All your ducks in a row and are at a decent show. To give you some idea of numbers, booth fees range from a few hundred dollars to around $1200, with most in the 300-500 range for a 2-3 day show.
While most people I know don't make all their income from art sales, many of them make the majority of it that
Way. It's unlikely you will get wealthy doing this, but to say you can't make decent money selling fine art landscapes,
Like a few posters here have said, is simply wrong.
People don't buy fine art without seeing it in person first, so online sales are few and far between.
All my online sales are from people who saw the work at a show and decided to buy it at a later time.
I personally know a few people who have marginal gallery sales. The expenses are much higher with a gallery
So your prices need to be much higher to make any money. Higher prices usually mean much lower volume. So I have decided to go the art show route. Obviously there are a handful of people with very high end galleries that
Seem, at least, on the surface to be doing well. Since I don't know them personally, I can't say. Many of them are
Doing workshops and other things to generate money, so for most its probably not the total answer.
Like anything, your mileage may vary.