For us at EC Galleries it is all about pursuing our passion, excellence, or at least striving towards it. The approach we have taken from the beginning in operating fine art galleries is to commit fully to artistic excellence. Over the years we have continuously sought out great talent, those artists who are like minded. We have embraced those artists that like us have a shared vision for conducting ourselves with passion and a pursuit of excellence.
When I started working at a professional gallery in 1988, I had no idea where the road would take me. I was hired by Images International of Hawaii, and from my first day in the gallery I knew my world would be changed forever- art was coming alive in a way I never thought possible - it was all consuming and still is!
Images philosophy was to bring the art to the people in a elegant but non intimidating forum. To create a backdrop (the gallery) for art appreciation and to allow the collector to decide what was right for them. I was fortunate to be exposed to this philosophy on the art appreciating process. Because I had never worked in a gallery before, I had nothing with which to compare Image’s approach however, in my heart it felt right. Their aloha spirit of placing the collector above their own agenda(s) was not only the best way of purveying art, it was the only way.
Since then, I along with my husband/business partner have worked with many fine art galleries and have read many, many books on the fine art of selling art, painting techniques, art philosophy and art history. We have also traveled to the many art destinations throughout this fabulous country, throughout Asia and parts of Europe. All of these experiences have influenced our approach to purveying fine art and operating fine art galleries.
Fulfilling a dream, we opened our own EC Gallery in 1995. It was then as it is now, our desire to bring collectors the very best art in various genres. We wanted to develop the gallery concept into a group of exclusive artists with the lofty goal that their works would stand the test of time; yes, go down in history.
Although we have always believed artists should have classical training, masterful technique and a profound message, what has been even more important is their commitment to creating art that impacts the collector. What good was the creation if there was no visceral response? Further we wanted the candid reaction from real people, not art critics. We believe that there is far too much art being sold much like the "emperors clothes" with hype and critical acclaim. Of course the ideals of bringing art to the people are not met with applause by most art critics. Sophisticated art lovers of which we have many are bonuses but, the foundation of our galleries is based upon the premise that the art that w have chosen to purvey is for anyone who loves art.
Art is only about creating a visual and emotional response. That may seem obvious however, really it's not. Too many over analyze the work of art rather than like fine cuisine, simply allowing their palette to decide what they enjoy without apology. Artists have been trained to believe that the art critic is important to gain complete credibility. We on the other hand believe the collector should decide thus validating great art by becoming a patron. Our galleries are not created for only viewing art but, experiencing art. This can only be achieved if our patrons become involved in the art itself. We encourage this by creating venues such as "Masterpiece Monday's" where collectors can explore hands on painting opportunities with a featured artist. This is but just one of many gallery events created for the art lover. As the gallery principals, we take seriously the artists we purvey and those art consultants who represent our galleries, our vision and serve you.
Each member of the gallery is passionate about the role art plays in the individual human experience. Each member’s role is to understand the artists work, understand the collector’s response and facilitate a union between the two if it is an appropriate match. Our vision is articulated in such a way to inspire, guide and keep our team focused to maintain our goal of excellence and moreover, keep and the collector’s interests above ours.
Our ultimate quest is that you, the art patron, can experience art in a pristine, comfortable, luxurious environment with ease of decision, lack of pressure and fullness of joy. That the art you decide is right for you is supported by a kind, sincere, knowledgeable, caring consultant and fellow art appreciator. The true excellence of our vision will only be realized over time and it's to this end that we work. Too see your art collection and ours surpass us. Excellence found in “Art that stands the test of time.”