Why I Cherish Your Honest Feedback

A perfect corner, tight and low profile. Important to me, but unlikely that most will ever notice.

A perfect corner, tight and low profile. Important to me, but unlikely that most will ever notice.

As an artist, I put myself into each piece that I create throughout the entire creation process; from planning the photography trip all the way to signing my name on the canvas. This ties me closely to my work as I tend to focus on the details and it can be difficult, if not impossible, to take a step back and see things from your perspective.

I am a very self-critical person, but I still believe that you can see things about my photography, craftsmanship, marketing, and customer service that I cannot. That is why I absolutely cherish any and all feedback from you, whether positive or negative. I receive an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on my work at shows, but it’s the honesty of that one critical comment on a particular photograph that I will never forget.

Shorts hiked up while trying to get the best angle on a submerged log.

Shorts hiked up while trying to get the best angle on a submerged log at Glacier National Park.

I recall speaking with a collector at an art show last year. He and his wife had purchased a few photographs from me the year prior and I was showing him one of my large canvas photographs. He liked the piece overall, except for one specific area that he felt made it appear unnatural due to the way I had processed it. Now that he had brought it to my attention, I agreed with him that it could be improved and decided to change it on future prints. It has also changed the way I have treated that situation in similar photographs since. I am absolutely grateful that he was honest and straightforward enough to bring it to my attention.

Prints that didn't make the cut.

Some prints that didn’t make the cut. “Okay” isn’t good enough for me.

My purpose in writing this is not to invite you to become my harshest critic, although you are welcome to. I also greatly appreciate honest positive feedback as well. The more specific, the better. This tells me to keep doing that thing that way, because it’s what you like.

I am nothing without satisfied collectors. I am always looking for ways to improve my compositions, construction, and marketing. And most of all, I want my collectors to be completely happy with their purchases and feel that they are getting a great value for their money. But because it’s difficult for me to see certain things from an outside-looking-in perspective, I truly value honest feedback, both positive and negative, that brings things to light that I may not be able to recognize.

 

“I don’t want to hurt your feelings!” you may think; but I want to serve you better. I want to exceed your desires. I want to always be improving.  I want my artwork to blow your mind and impress people who visit your home or your office. I want you to be completely satisified. If you come to me with a concern or input, you will not be bothering me or hurting my feelings.

Thank you all so much for being my greatest supporters!