Free-lance artists often rely on public support and donations to keep their businesses afloat.
But when those contributions are not made from their own pocketbooks, the artists often find themselves forced to find other sources of funding, even if they can’t afford to buy goods or services from traditional publishers.
“I’m not an artist, but if someone comes to my studio and they want to donate something to my gallery, I would love it,” said the 29-year-old painter and illustrator Shree Bhandari.
“They can’t buy the paintings, they can donate the money, they buy the artwork and I can do the artwork.”
Free-lance art has become increasingly popular in recent years, as the internet and social media has become a major source of sharing and collaboration among artists.
The artist has created a number of collages to share with the public.
A recent one titled “Pumpkin” was created with an artist using his own art as a canvas.
“I’m very proud of this,” said Bhandaris, adding that he wanted to use his art to fund his art.
“Art is a powerful force for social change,” he said.
“If you want to change the world, you need to start with art.
If you want the world to change, you have to start painting.”
Bhandaris and his friends used the hashtag #PumpkinsforTheKids to share the image of the collage, which was posted on Facebook and Twitter.
“We need to stop the cycle of poverty, racism, violence, war and poverty, so that the next generation can make a better future for themselves and their children,” the caption reads.
“Make sure to help us reach our goal!”
The artist said that his collages were not meant to make money, but instead to make art and show the world that the world is not so bad.
“When I started collaging, I thought it would be like painting.
I thought people would love my collages,” he added.
“But I think most people don’t.”