I still have the first piece of original art that I bought. I was in my mid-20s and it spoiled me for anything else. From then on, I could only buy original pieces. Now every wall in my home showcases artists from all over the world, and each painting brings me great joy.
You've often heard the stereotype about buying your art to match your couch. I'm a person who chooses a piece based on how it makes me feel. It has to 'speak' to me. Art is all about feeling. It's an expression of how the artist was feeling when they made it, and when you see art in someone's home, it also says something about how they see the world. Most of the time artists paint out of a compulsive need to create; to get their joy out. Even when the process is painful, the sense of joy, relief and accomplishment is tremendous.
How do you buy art? Is it a calculated decision based on your home decor needs, or a haphazard choice based purely on what you like?
For those who'd like some direction on choosing art, there's a great article on Curbed.
Check it out here. My tactic has always been to find emerging artists, and I've been lucky enough to find some whose work has tripled in value!
Happy buying! Us artists appreciate you.