When buying from an artist/maker you are buying more than just an object/painting. You are buying hundreds of hours of failure and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and PURE JOY. You aren't just buying a thing, you are buying a piece of heart, a part of a soul, a moment of someone's life. Most importantly you are buying "more" time that allows the artist to do something amazing that they are passionate about.