Artisan Depot Welcomes New Artist, Rachel Thompson Schiff

New works by Rachel Thompson Schiff are now showing at the Artisan Depot in Cowan. Rachel opened her own studio/gallery, I am Art/Rachel & Friends, in Palm Coast, Florida where she currently resides. Her gallery has featured the expressionistic work of local icon JJ Graham and Petra Iston from Hollingsworth Gallery and is currently featuring her own work. The Artisan Depot is pleased to have several of her original works, two of which are of local Plein Air Franklin County scenes. She has recently studied under Mini Schiff of Lewiston, NY. She has been a part of the “New Nabis” painting group at Hollingsworth Gallery. Her work is has been exhibited at a number of notable galleries throughout Florida and around the country. We are excited to have her work in the gallery. Stop by and see it!

Collecting Original Art

Deco Perc by James Neil Hollingsworth, oil on primed hardboard, 6x6"


Hello, my name is Jennifer and I am addicted to collecting original art. Yes, I know, it is probably better than being an alcoholic and cheaper than buying drugs (ok, maybe not cheaper than THAT, but still…) I absolutely love buying art, when I can. Sometimes if I find something I fall in love with, I save up for it, and if it is still available, I grab it with my greedy hands! At other times, I buy smaller original art because it is more affordable and sometimes smaller is better (because you can by more? ;-) ) I try to buy art from my friends because not only does it support them, lets face it, my friends are GOOD artists! Seriously! They are each growing and flourishing in their own rights and one day people, they will shine and hit the high road and guess what, I have one of their originals! Ok, I do buy art because I love the individual pieces, yes. But I also buy art for future investments, too. I once collected comic books because I figured that one day they would help put my son Jake thorough at least one semester in college (but at the rate tuition is going up, I will be lucky that they will help him buy a semester of BOOKS!). I will hold on to those comics because one day, they will increase in value and be worth Something! One can only hope.

You can never go wrong with artwork. I recently bought a new house of my very own, one that I am completely in love with. I have just now realized how much artwork I have collected over the years, and even in this big house I have, I STILL cannot hang it all! The painting above is just a sample from an artist that I TRULY admire and of whom I own an original from. James Neil Hollingsworth is an amazing master of oil painting. I bought an original from him in 2007, one like this one (coffee themed) and the price has skyrocketed since I purchased it. Neil has become so well known and respected in his field, his paintings sell for hundreds of dollars now, even for his 6×6″ paintings (like this one). See more of his work on his Website

Another artist friend of mine, Maggie Steifvater, of whom I own 2 original paintings, is now a famous book author. She wrote Shiver, which is now surpassing the Twilight series and is being made into a movie. I will be holding on to these paintings, not only because I LOVE them, but because they have now quadrupled in value and will continue to do so because Maggie is now internationally famous. (she is also a fantastically funny and wonderfully kindhearted girl!!).

I have countless numbers of these kind of situations, countless numbers of paintings that are dear to my heart and I continue to fall in love with countless more daily… but my pocket book keeps me reigned in ;-). I stay away from prints, I only buy original. Even if they are signed and numbered. I want to see the paint, see the brush strokes, feel the paint, know that the artist was there and have the sense of the experience that was there when it was created. A print just doesn’t do that for me. That is my personal choice.

If you are interested in being a serious art investor, collector, (hoarder) check out what your friends are doing (seriously) and maybe buy a piece or two. You never know where their paths will take them! If that piece of art that you have been longing for seems out of reach, maybe it really isn’t impossible to get. Find a way to make it possible. Art makes us happy, it satisfies in a way I cannot explain. It seems to last forever. Not only can you buy it for personal satisfaction, you can buy it knowing you have made an investment for your future. I tell my kids all the time, “babies, when I die, you will be RICH because all my painting will be worth a fortune!” They have already picked out their race cars :-).

collect away people.