Let me explain...
My parents (along with many "grown up" people I know) collect art from a particular artist. I've sort of always thought that collecting art, sculpture, photography, etc is a rite of passage into adulthood. It's such a "grown up" thing to do...realizing the potential value in something and investing in it. For many people, they choose to invest in the stock market or maybe even a risky CD account. I, however, choose to use my money to invest in something a bit more...um..pretty. And I'm not looking to make money or to gain value, persay, but to start to invest in something more than clothes and shoes.
Am I nesting? Eh.
Anywho, I discovered this awesome local artist when I was on vacation in Charleston, SC. He does a unique combination of photography, digital manipulation and actual painting and achieves quite an interesting result. His name is Paul Silva. You can visit his website here. (I linked you to the Charleston Gallery...but he has others, too.)
My first purchase? It's simply called "Shem Creek".
Among the top contenders for my next purchase are:
Charleston Blue Crabs