Iconic Saint John landscapes a social media win for local artist
Kevin Goggan's Fresh Art Facebook page brings in buyers
A Saint John artist has found a successful method to get his art before an audience — a paying audience.
A graphic artist for 30 years, Goggan says he never lost his love of painting despite the move to computers in his day job. While he had a desire to hone his skills with a brush and pencil, one thing he didn't want was clutter.
Instead, he put it up for auction on a Facebook page.
Two years after launching Fresh Art, Goggan has a weekend routine: paint on Saturday, sell it off on Sunday.
Sometimes the paint hasn't even dried before the piece goes up for sale. "I just want them out and gone" he said.
"The price ranges have gone all the way from $25 up to $320 for the sketches, and up to $600 for paintings."
"As long as you're the last bid in, with the highest number before the time deadline," he said, "then it's all yours."
In the two years he's been selling his art this way, Goggan estimates he's sold around 150 sketches, pastels and acrylic paintings and he's often surprised by the dollar value of his work.
While this may be a lucrative approach to a hobby, Goggan says he has one rule: no cookie-cutter paintings.
"The sizes change, the materials change, everything's changing because basically I'm getting practice and getting paid to practise," said Goggan.
But the most important part of this endeavour is that whatever he's created on a Saturday is sold by noon on Sunday.
"They're like fish" said Goggan, "I don't want them around."