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I love featuring locals that some of you probably know or at least recognize. Today’s feature is Eric Johnson. He’s a wonderful artist who lives right here in the Red River Valley. ‘I’m a printmaker specializing in reduction relief prints, but also work in screen print, intaglio, and monotype.‘
Eric’s work is available on Etsy and I highly suggest investing in a print or two. Owning work from local artists speaks of sophistication, knowledge and overall support of the arts.
Please describe the handmade product you sell.
Johnson: They are prints, common themes of my work are imagined cityscapes and trees, but I also work abstract and non-objectively.
How did you get started making and selling your product?
Johnson: I started in printmaking when I took a class in 1995 at NDSU in Fargo, ND. I was an art major at the time, but was focusing on sculpture. Something about the process clicked with me and it’s stuck. I didn’t really start selling until 2001 when I finished graduate school.
What do you like most about selling online?
Johnson: I like the fact that I can reach just about anyone in the world with my artwork!
What do you like least?
Johnson: What I like the least is not getting the face to face contact and the chance to actually show the person how I make my prints.
What word of advice do you have for our readers interested in selling their products online?
Johnson: I would say my best advice would be to be persistent and be willing to find something in your art that will connect with other people.
I think what Eric says is true of all arts and crafts. You’ll find your connection eventually and persistence is the key. Now, it is true that you may not find a ton of buyers for every product and some products are more popular than others, but you’ll never know your success quotient unless you try!
The art featured at the top of the page is Johnson’s Tree 24 (a reductive relief print).
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