Interview With Greg Long, Professional Artist

Here is another artist interview that was originally posted in my ebay blog. As both an artist and art collector, I am a firm believer in supporting the arts and living artists.  I thought it would be fun to do a series of interviews with other self-representing artists in order to showcase their work and broaden awareness of original art by living artists. The artist interviewed here in this post is Greg Long, who goes by the ID gregs-palette on ebay.

Amy Solovay: Hi Greg! Thanks for being interviewed. To start us off, please give an example of one photo that most closely represents your personal style of work.

Greg Long’s Response:

Original Painting By Greg Long

Amy Solovay: Wow! That is such a gorgeous koi fish pond. LOVELY! Vibrant, beautiful colors. I love it!

Please briefly tell us about the art that you offer to the ebay community, and a bit about your creative process.

Greg Long: I usually offer studies that I am finished with, or sometimes older works that are cluttering up my studio. These are sold at studio discount prices and are typically no more than 50% of normal prices, sometimes auctions are even 25% of RRP starting.
I tend to work on a series of paintings until I find I cannot go any further with it, or I find something more interesting to me.

Amy Solovay: What sets your art apart from the other artists on ebay?

Greg Long: Most of my work is to quote Government officials “of artistic & cultural value” and would be more finished than many artists work. This is due to the fact that the ebay market tends to be bright and eye-catching works at a lower value, and selling through ebay would not be economical with paintings that can take 9 or 10 weeks.

Amy Solovay: Are there any artistic movements that you strongly identify with?

Greg Long: Probably the impressionist movement as the light is my main love.

Amy Solovay: Do you have any art appreciation or art collecting tips or tidbits that you’d like to share with us?

Greg Long: Art is more than a piece of furniture, it should be an investment.
Avoid cheap paintings and those that are ‘ordered to size’, most are sweat-shop paint-by-numbers hand painted ‘prints’. Search for artists with some background information, these will have a chance of being an investment. Artists with real-life awards are usually a safe bet, but there is a tendency for groups to form internet marketing bodies and award each other awards based on numbers of sales, this is not always a benchmark for an investment.

Amy Solovay: What do you think is going to be the “next big thing” in the world of art?

Greg Long: An educated public/buyer I hope.

Amy Solovay: What do you like best about selling your art on ebay?

Greg Long: It is an ideal way for collectors to start a collection with reasonably priced art. My studies for example would not be available through a gallery since to operate profitably galleries need to sell more expensive works.

Amy Solovay: Any parting thoughts you’d like to share?

Greg Long: It is buyers of art that allow Artist’s to survive, but any art @ $1 isn’t much of an advert for the quality of the art. Investing in art means investing some money in it.

Amy Solovay: Thanks, Greg, for sharing your insights with us! I sincerely appreciate it.