Sometime four years ago Philippine Culture, visual arts, historical artifacts, memorabilia as my main products for online trading. The discipline of trading arts online / cross-border, having an online gallery - Dekada Arts Philippines is very different compared to other products you would see me selling now online. It is also possible my hyper personality keeps me engaged with things I sell. That is why I am not just contented with selling art pieces of national, contemporary and emerging artists before, you would see to doing extensive research about arts and the artists, studied about art appreciation and forensic arts authentication in Sacramento California. It is an informal study, nothing of a degree level, I feel I needed it for before for business., it is only up to that, nothing fancy.
Eventually I felt the urge to draw, sketch, paint, sculpt, animate with my own hands. Later on due to being technically incline I enjoy basic walk though, animation and for online business - practical reasons, I focused on photoshop.
I can't consider my self expert of any medium for any art discipline, I am interested with so many things in life I can't be confine in one, or two, or three things. I have this feeling life is short that is why always need to move on, and do something.
Yet., I like to have a certain degree of mastery in things I am interested at, I may not achieve the full extent of things I try to learn, but I work on it until such time I can make use of what I've learn to make money, or at the very least I can use what I have learn to save money.
FOR ARTS --- I did ask around 3 personal trainers to teach me how to draw. Almost all the trainers I engage with, in different sessions, would start training me with nude sketching with me somehow ending up on the paper or on canvas.
It take me awhile before I realized,
the nude sketch is somewhat resembling me.
I discover I can create images using water color when I was 13 years old.
It was Mrs. Norma Lionggoren who in a way supported me in my earl venture in to art trading. She introduces me to her own best practices in the field of
art collection, art valuation and appreciation, preservation and cultural contribution.
Tita Norma gave me ideas who are the contemporary artists I can start leveraging with. I feel I have learn from the best.
Most of my art trading is done online through Dekada Arts Philippines. The world wide web provided me leads and opportunity to be part and bring Filipino artistd to California, San Francisco, New York and Singapore.
Eventually I started to produce my own exhibits, featuring local Filipino artists I have personally selected. The first art show I have produce is "BUHAY at BIYAYA" at Sining Kamalig Gateway Mall. It was attended by 300 guests composing of art collectors, critics, family and friends.
I have managed several artists eventually almost every one of them became successful and their artworks reach to a point their values became too expensive for my business. My art business may appear successful because of the many succeeding shows I am producing but as I go on to a certain extend the earnings compared to the efforts is not compensating.
So to augment initially my intention to paint again is have stocks of cheap paintings I can
sell on my online store.
A lot of my friends find that ironically funny, I too is
also laughing with that business strategy but through many of my experimentation,
using different mediums and materials to produce my own inventories, I find my self expressing my inner personal thoughts on canvass.
Working with so many surreal expressionist, listening to so many visual artist I know where they are getting their inspiration for their great images.
In my case it came very natural; my images speaks of how I feel and what is important to me. I enjoy creating these things and it gets very personal. Sometimes when my art work gets sold it is hard to let go.
I think I was able to produced around 30 paintings between 2010-2011 almost all are sold. A lot of which is in Singapore and US. A few are acquired in the Philippines and one in UK.
I have picture of them somewhere in my computer folder. I hope eventually I will catalog all of them in this page.
Eireen Diokno-Bernardo as Madam Sangre for Visual Arts.