SagittariusGallery

Starry Night pop culture and contemporary nude art

Schenectady, New York · 5948 Sales

SagittariusGallery

Starry Night pop culture and contemporary nude art

Schenectady, New York 5948 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Aja

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Announcement   **I am not currently accepting commissions for paintings. Thanks!**
INTERNATIONAL PURCHASES - If you would like to purchase an original painting or a canvas print, please message me with the size of the painting / canvas print(s), how many, and give me your country, region / state, and postal code, so I can quote you a shipping price and time. I need to set up a listing for you and will send you a link. Prices and shipping times will vary with where you are, which is why I will can not do generalized listings. You need to contact me first. Please note customs fees and duty taxes are your responsibility - I am not privy to these added costs and these are between you and your country. Thanks!

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Last updated on Jun 16, 2017

**I am not currently accepting commissions for paintings. Thanks!**
INTERNATIONAL PURCHASES - If you would like to purchase an original painting or a canvas print, please message me with the size of the painting / canvas print(s), how many, and give me your country, region / state, and postal code, so I can quote you a shipping price and time. I need to set up a listing for you and will send you a link. Prices and shipping times will vary with where you are, which is why I will can not do generalized listings. You need to contact me first. Please note customs fees and duty taxes are your responsibility - I am not privy to these added costs and these are between you and your country. Thanks!

Please sign up for my newsletter for specials and the latest here - http://eepurl.com/Ji1dz


Facebook fan page where new work is unveiled constantly! - https://www.facebook.com/sagittariusgallery.fanpage

Aja

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Aja

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My latest piece for the Heroes V Villains show at La Bodega Gallery. The original painting is available through the gallery but I an offering some prints here!

About

How it all started....

I’ve always made things. I know how cliché that sounds: “Oh, when did you become an artist?” “Well, I’ve been painting since I was in the womb!” But really, I’ve always been creative, and I always believed I’d translate it one day into a career. I was always the girl drawing people in class rather than taking notes. I knew what I wanted to do with my life.

As a senior in high school, I became insanely disenchanted with the lack of support for those wishing to pursue creative fields. As the school board was finalizing their plans to build a third gym, we art students were running out of paper and had to use the backs of completed creations while bringing paint from home. I started painting the school: first a ceiling tile in the art room, next a window looking out to the hall. The Vice Principal took notice and asked me to paint a large bay window separating his office from the main office. I gladly accepted the challenge and spent the next few months on the project.

One day I ran out of paint. I squeezed one of the last tubes of acrylic dry and realized, as they were bustling about preparing for the gymnasium addition, that I couldn’t stay. I told the VP after I was done with the mural I wouldn’t be back, and I kept my word. I know that might sound silly and short sighted, but the day I left, I knew I was going to make it regardless. Two months later I attended a portfolio review at the local college and was accepted on the spot. That was really the beginning of my personal quest to make it as an artist.

I quit my job in February of 2003 when I was 5 months pregnant with my little guy. I was in college and was burning the candle at both ends — full-time college student waiting tables at a local restaurant whilst my belly swelled, and I slowly started to realize all of that was not going to work. I started selling my work on eBay and did pretty well there, but the fees were insane. I mean, one month my fees were more than our rent. It might have said I was a silver powerseller over there, but that means little if you’re paying out more than half of that between fees and general business expenses (paints, canvas, shipping supplies, etc.). I had thought it wasn’t such a bad thing at the time because we had two incomes and I was feeling my way around my new venture.

Then, in early 2005, my son was diagnosed with autism. There was a huge change in the family dynamic… Things hadn’t been going so well for my son’s father and I, so in late 2005 we split up, and I found myself alone. It was all squarely on my shoulders for the first time in my life, and I had a two year old to care for and no steady paycheck. Talk about struggle. We ended up in a one bedroom apartment in a nasty part of the city, my son occupying the only bedroom while I set up camp in the livingroom. Those were supremely hard times. I didn’t even have a phone for a month and had to walk down to this biker bar at the end of the road to use the pay phone. Luckily, my landlord liked my work, so for a while we traded art for rent.

At the same time I was trying my hand at getting into a gallery in the Hamptons. The owner of the gallery was extremely helpful and encouraging and paid ahead for artwork to be shown in the gallery. I even sold my car for a pittance to be able to pay a month’s worth of bills. When I could no longer afford to purchase supplies to create new paintings, I was forced to admit to myself — and the gallery owner — that I wasn’t able to guarantee new work for an approaching solo show. We parted ways. I couldn’t keep going on like that anymore. I wasn’t going to be able to survive much longer and something had to change.

Then, around Christmas 2006 on the eBay message boards, I read about a relatively new site. The site was Etsy, and there was a lot of buzz around it in the art community. Many questioned its viability. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose by giving it a try. Within two days of signing up I sold a $200.00 painting and was able to pay my utilities for the month. It was the first sign of hope I had in nearly two years. With that one single sale I realized it was possible. There was something to Etsy, and I needed to make it work.

The rest, as they say, is history :)



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Last updated on Jun 16, 2017
Frequently asked questions

I am an international buyer, will there be customs and delivery fees?

Many countries assess duties and taxes on imported packages. Sometimes these fees can be quite high. If you are uncertain of the amount that you could be assessed, you might want to check on it and cancel the order if you think this could be a problem. After I confirm shipment, the cancellation option is no longer available.

Here is a link to give you the approximate costs (you will need to cut and paste this link):
www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation
Generally, you will use "photographic print", "canvas print", or "original painting" as the product description.I can't confirm the accuracy of this calculator, but it should give you a general idea. There might also be a handling charge. Ask your post office.

Will you mark my order as "Gift" so I won't have to pay any customs fees?

No. It is illegal and I will not risk my business over it. Please do not ask me to do this - I won't. Ever.

Are the prints signed?

No. These are sent straight from the professional printer to you. I only offer signed prints through the gallery circuit and in brick and mortar locations.

What's the difference between paper and canvas prints?

Regular prints are like heavy posters. They are printed on heavy photo paper and have a gloss sheen. They need to be framed.

Canvas prints are ready to hang, stretched around bars and mounted. The canvas wraps around the sides of the bars and the image continues on the sides so there is no need to frame unless you want to.

Neither have the texture of the paint - I can not find a printer to offer this at a reasonable price. You'd only get the texture of the canvas on the canvas prints.