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Dorchester Artist In The Frame For Record Sales

Light on Charmouth beach Colin Willey

10:03am 30th January 2014

A Dorchester artist is in the frame for his best ever year for sales.

Colin Willey sold more than 80 paintings in 2013 - that's more than 6 a month.

Colin gained customers from Scotland, France and America, who were on holiday in Dorset.

He sold 17 paintings alone at his last exhibition at Gallery on the Square in Poundbury.

"I have sold several paintings of the snow this year and always find them quite hard to part with as the opportunity to paint the snow doesn't come along very often," says Colin. "When we get snow I'm like an excited school boy and can't wait to get out and paint it."

He adds: "I think 2013 was so successful for me because when the recession hit I made a concerted effort to be more proactive, organised and business like. I was worried I may not be able to continue painting for a living if sales dropped off.
"By focusing on the business side and pushing my work more I have found that one opportunity has led onto others and by being more organised with my time I have been able to make the most of the opportunities that have come my way.

"I also think that by getting the business side sorted I have been able to concentrate more on the development of my painting. I am clearer about what needs to be done and the direction I'm going in. Of course I also hope that sales are improving because the more I paint the better I get!"

Colin is hopeful that this year will be better again as the snowball effect continues. "I have about 20 paintings going off to the Affordable Art Fair in New York City (April 3 to April 6) with Carina Haslam Fine Art, which is a first for me and very exciting. I am also in the Affordable Art Fairs in Battersea (March 13 to March 16) and Hampstead Heath (June 12 to June 15)."

Colin is a regular exhibitor at Dorset Art Weeks and will be opening his Dorchester studio again this year between May 24 and June 8.

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