It is not often that a person really gets the chance to develop a passion with the idea of enriching others and call it work. For me this all came about in the 1990s when I was in the picture framing business. I was introduced to some very high end art by a client that was an art dealer/collector. He offered me the opportunity to begin offering fine art to collectors on Hilton Head. Shortly thereafter, Jack Morris, an experienced museum director/curator turned art dealer, and I decided to start our own art gallery.
25 years later, Jack has since retired from the day to day operations of running the gallery and moved over to the auction side of our business. My wife Lyn and I take care of our gallery, The Red Piano, and I continue to work with Jack with the auctions. The Red Piano has the great fortune to represent American painters and sculptors such as Andrew Wyeth, Glenna Goodacre, Stephen Scott Young, Dan McCaw and some talented local artists as well.
Along the way, I have had the opportunity to share my love for American art with countless clients and really help them to cultivate their own passions. Which in turn has led to my discovery of my Greater Purpose! When advising clients I always say the first rule for buying art is to buy what you love. If the piece you discover speaks to you, gives you pleasure, then that piece is what you should buy! This same principle has shown me how I can turn a real passion into a successful business.