The first artwork I ever bought...with my own money.
I was one of those kids who always had a job and at 15 it was babysitting. These two woodblock-cut prints were the first pieces that I bought using my work savings. My family lived in Japan and I selected these two pieces because they reminded me of the rural area where we lived. I was given great license because it is such a safe country and I was allowed to explore temples, hillsides, villages, fishing boats and the little ginzas on my own....as long as I didn't leave the island. And, it turns out Kyushu, while rural in those old days, is still a pretty big island.
Taking a page from Del Thomas' blog posts, I have decided to periodically post work from my art collection. Much of it is my own, but those were created later in life. Over the decades I thought my job in the art world was to support artists. The most basic way is to buy their work, which I have enthusiastically! Even now that I am producing my own work, old habits and convictions are hard to break. I think supporting artists by purchasing their work is basic to my life.