I sold my first painting to someone I didn’t know about a week after I put my work online. You can imagine I was astounded and completely thrilled. I suspect they heard my yelps of delight in the next county. My dog was certain the world was ending.

I had sold paintings to people I knew before but this was different. I could be absolutely sure that it was about the art and not me.

I carefully and oh so lovingly packed up the little cow painting and sent it off to its new home in California. When it arrived, the collector was kind enough to write to me to tell me that it had arrived safely and would be displayed in her dining room. I felt like I had sent my firstborn off into the big wide world. May she have a long and happy life with the nice woman who bought her.