In the mid-1900s, a man named Jack Russell found that the most important ingredient in his life was eating. He and his wife shared a home in the Jacksonville, Florida fishing town, but he was never a fisherman. By the 1920s, he was selling food from a truck and was considered a successful entrepreneur. He was also a member of the prestigious Society of Arts and Crafts, which was the brainchild of artist Albert C. Cohan.
In the late 1920s, the Cohan’s began organizing the Society of Arts and Crafts, a group of talented artists who wanted to promote the arts of the country. They had two main ideas: promote the arts and encourage tourism in the area. The idea of promoting the arts in general was a big hit, and by the 1930s the Society of Arts and Crafts was thriving.
And it was that same year that a young Jackson, Florida native named Josephine Pugh got her start as a member of the Society of Arts and Crafts. The Society was a small group of art enthusiasts who met every Wednesday at the Art Gallery at Lake Jackson to discuss various art subjects and have art demonstrations.
Pugh was a member of the Society for at least 30 years, and she was a real force in the local arts scene, but it wasn’t until she moved away from the area in the 1980s that she began to really make a name for herself. But she made her name as a successful art-seller and auctioneer. In fact, over the years she has sold nearly every American painting from the late 1800s to the 1930s.
Pugh was a successful art-seller for over 30 years and a real force in the local art scene, but it wasn’t until she moved away from the area in the 1980s that she began to really make a name for herself.
Pugh has always been an art collector, but her home is a museum, and the most frequently asked questions about her are why she sold so many American paintings. She says it was a matter of necessity. “The art market was very hard on me the first few years I was in business, back in the 1970s. I was always trying to sell all the paintings I could for the same prices as the originals. But in the 1980s the market was really tough.
Pugh says that, like many artists, she was more comfortable making a living selling paintings than making a living selling art. She says this is because art was more difficult to sell. Like, she says, it was harder to explain. There were more rules and restrictions to it. But it was more fun doing it.
The same could be said for my other business, which is more or less the same thing. I was more comfortable selling paintings. I was more comfortable selling paintings than I was selling art. But selling art is more fun, and that’s exactly what painting is. It’s more art than work.
Painting is more fun because painting is more art. It’s not just painting. You can make a really good painting, but if you don’t have the right tools you can’t paint the way that you want. You can’t make the paintings I do without the right tools. So I think that selling paintings is more art than selling art. It’s more art than what I do. But I don’t really know what that means.
To me painting is more fun because I can make and sell beautiful, unique, and original paintings that are also unique. When I sell my paintings I also offer custom prints, custom framed art, acrylics, watercolor paintings, oil paintings, and anything else that I can think of.