I wanted to share with you the story of my first painting sold on ebay. It was back in 2001, and I was selling my handcrafted jewelry here in toronto. I decided I would try selling it on ebay also. I did, and it was going along fine. Then one day, I stumbled upon the art section. It was so new back then. There wasn't even a name for it. I remember it was just under "antiques and art". There was no "self representing" or "direct from artist" back then. I think ebay thought of art as in" old antique paintings". There were just a handful of artists selling their own paintings on there at the time. Sitting at my computer, I looked up on the wall and saw the painting I had done a year before of my cat bailey. It was just an experimental piece, and at the time I wasn't too attached to it. So for fun, I listed it! Here is a picture of the painting:
It sold, and I thought to myself...maybe I should paint more and do less jewelry making. So I did. I used my cat Bailey as my inspiration and made many paintings based off of her daily activities. Here is a picture of Bailey:
Bailey was like my business partner. She gave me the ideas, and I would paint them. She was very special to me. Then in 2003 she was diagnosed with diabetes. I devoted my time to taking care of her while still painting. I gave her insulin injections every 12 hours, everyday. She passed away in 2006. It was one of the hardest things I had to go though.
Fast forward to 2007. I was in an Apple store and went over to the computers they have hooked up to the internet. I wanted to check on how my auctions were doing. Instead of going into my account, I simply typed in "TASCHA ART" to do a quick search for them. To my surprise listed on ebay was the first painting I ever sold! The one of Bailey was up for auction! I could actually get it back!!! This was 6 years later folks! Can you believe it! I won it, and it is proudly hung back up on my wall. It is a great tribute to Bailey.
Here is a very small sample of some of the paintings inspired by bailey