Since it's conception, most of us have heard our girlfriend's story (and dozens more) about the diamond in the rough on eBay. But finding it is much more trying. The online auction site is a labyrinth when trying to validate authenticity and evaluate quality. Undoubtedly, one of the most challenging categories to navigate is art.
To make it easy, self-taught Impressionist painter and art aficionado Sarah Kadlic, who has been selling her art on eBay for seven years, has given us a guide. She's identified star talent in her genre of oil paintings, whose work is highly-collectible and selling on eBay for reasonable prices.
They have celebrity clients, movie set commissions and individual pieces yielding thousand-dollar price tags, but it's conceivable to find their work priced in $100-range.
1) Osnat Tzadok's paintings (sample pictured below) are large, modern and crisp fetching into the thousands in a non-recessionary market. Featured in Fox's television series, "CSI," and the movie, "Cash," currently Tzadok has pieces going for $100 or less on eBay.
2) Chicago-area gallery owner Paula Nizamas (sample pictured below) bridges the gap between abstract art and traditional undertones. Given the state of the retail industry, you might be able to stumble upon one of her works and pay in the $100-150 range.
3) He may have Hollywood celebrities, former Senator John Edwards and trial lawyer Barry Cohen on his roster of clients, but that doesn't mean you can't have a William Hawkins original. (One is pictured below). Most are vibrant, inspirational depictions of nature and outdoor settings.
4) Sesillie Girelli, whose pen name and alter-ego is Michelle D'oyley, uses a colorful, strong palette of colors for her commonly-used subjects of sunflowers and poppies. (Sample pictured below). If you can't find one around $100, your next best bet is buying a giclee copy.
5) Sarah Kadlic, of the eponymous Sarah Kadlic Impressionist Art Gallery and our gracious art steward, paints Tuscan scenes and still life portraits. She's known for her textured impasto and the lighthearted, joyous feel of her canvas. (Sample pictured below).
The art of it? For about $100, you have something valuable. One day there's no telling what it will be worth.