Years ago, I dated a boy whose mom had a part-time job working for an artist.
She didn’t earn money. She received art.
When I challenged this boy on his family’s wealth, he tried to tell me that his family wasn’t affluent. I rolled my eyes. When you earn art for a paycheck, you don’t have problems in life.
That’s when this kid yelled, “My mum has a job! People don’t just work for money, Laurie. Art is currency!”
I was just a kid, but I wondered — in what world is artwork considered currency? OMG, I rolled. On my side. Off the couch. I laughed so hard that I had tears in my eyes.
To this day, I look for opportunities to say things like, “Art is currency!”
Now that I’m older, though, I realize that art can be currency. (Sorta.) It doesn’t pay my mortgage, but it’s a legitimate and thoughtful payment for a favor or a kind gesture.
And when the artwork comes from Doug Shaw, along with a thankful note about our friendship, I’ll accept it all day long.
Thank you, Doug!