I've heard it said numerous times, "(My city) has a terrible art market. No one buys paintings." Perhaps you've heard it, or even said it.
I can relate. It's come out of my mouth more times than I care to count.
Ultimately, I had to look in the mirror on this one. I never buy paintings. Yet, this is precisely what I expect of others. So I've decided to turn that around. My wife and I made our first painting purchase Feb. 28, 2014. We are now owners of a Brian Hinkle original. We love it.