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Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
Australia
photo by Felicity Turner www.facebook.com/felicity.phot…

"Ria is a self taught artist with a remarkable eccentric realist style influenced by her medical training. Expressing her love of fantasy and tales of the imagination, her paintings appear as scenes from yet to be written legends. In The Nocturnal Ones she places herself in a strangely familiar night forest surrounded by Tasmanian animals. In White Leather & Chrome her exquisitely rendered male nude has giant wings folded behind him as he sits in reverie.

She works in a wide variety of mediums, from traditional oil paint to pencil, marker pen and ink. Ria’s draftsmanship is wonderful, demonstrating a commitment to life drawing as practice for the figure.

Ria is one of many contemporary online artists who form a community that encourage and mentor each other, sharing experiences and themes. Their techniques are informed by book and graphic novel illustration, by graffiti and PreRaphaelism."
Betty Nolan, Nolan Art, Hobart Tasmania

here's my portfolio: riagilham.daportfolio.com/
and my facebook page: www.facebook.com/riagilhamart
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Pricing art is so hard!

I use how many hours it took to create a piece (not counting research time) as a guide, and sort of figure out a rough hourly rate. I've never factored in the cost of canvas, brushes, varnish or paint, only framing (mine are usually framed), so i think my buyers & the gallery owner are getting a pretty good deal! In fact I end up making less per hour than a 15yr old working at McDonald's!

But I still have to suffer surprised & often indignant reactions to the prices! I totally understand that times are tough & many people can't afford great big oil paintings (I can't either!) but many artists are happy to discuss other options, like a smaller drawing or a quality print! Why are people so annoyed when an artist wants to be paid for her time & skill?

I work 3 days a week as a nurse, & my art is supposed to supplement my income. I often feel pressured & guilty for asking sensible prices, as if it's wrong to make money from something that others see as a fun hobby. If it's that easy to paint a decent picture, why don't people decorate their walls themselves? 
  • Listening to: The Paper Kites
  • Reading: White Fire by Preston & Child
  • Watching: True Detective
  • Eating: toast & honey
  • Drinking: cocoa

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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch, Ria :)
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BronzeRealm Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank you for adding "Spirit Flight", my sculpture work, to your favorites! :)
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davidsobe Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for adding my work to your favorites, much appreciated.
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Eekhocheen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fave, your gallery is awesome!!
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secretplanet Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
yr welcome! i just love how you got the light!
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:iconeekhocheen:
Eekhocheen Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:icontnxmanfav::icontnxmanfav2::icontnxmanfav3:'Gimp Speech Bubble Brushes'...
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pigmanga Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for collecting my stuff!
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Artesox Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks for joining #Wanderlust-Frontier!

I would say that I hope that you stay around, but that would be against the spirit of the group, I hope you keep wandering around ^^
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AlexanderSpencer Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks for the watch, much appreciated :D
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