Recently a commissioned work I did for an elementary school auctioned for $3,500 at their spring gala! I can’t tell you how elated I was to help raise that much money. Also, I felt validated as an artist. While people might tell you you’re talented or that they enjoy your work, somehow putting a dollar amount to how much they like it makes it real. I feel a bit materialistic reading that, but I know that the time I’ve put into my work over the years is because of the joy I get from creating.