Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Video: Trelawny native Deon Simone Green selling art as an investment

Deon Simone Green has exhibited 25 pieces, selling 10 from since starting her art work in 2015.

Deon Simone Green has exhibited 25 pieces, selling 10 from since starting her art work in 2015.

Deon Simone Green is hoping to make a name for herself in the visual arts space.

She specialises in portraiture, figurative and fine art through Deon Simone Art, a business she started in her final year at the University of Technology (UTech).

Since launching her business in 2015, Green has exhibited 25 pieces, selling 10 from her collection.

The Trelawny native is now looking to take her art off the canvas, and onto smaller items in a bid to diversify her revenue stream in an industry which doesn’t attract a wide-range of local buyers.

“I’m looking to start printing my art on merchant items such as tote bags, purses and souvenirs for example, to keep it sustainable,” Green told Young People in Business.

The artist has so far earned an income from showcasing her pieces at exhibits and from commissioned work.

“Art is such a good investment, every year, every minute, every second, the price goes up,” Green said, reiterating a sales pitch she uses on potential customers who are interested but may not have a strong appreciation for the fine arts.

She added: “I also tell them that art can serve as an excellent gift for a loved one.”

The artist also recently began showcasing her online art gallery, Saatchi Art, which she hopes will attract an international clientele.

In the meantime, Green continues to get her art showcased at local exhibits as a result of the strong networking and marketing skills she honed while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration at UTech.

Check out the video by Ramon Lindsay to see Green’s work and hear more about her journey.

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