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    certificate of authenticity original oil paintings leanne wildermuth On December 11, 2002, I printed my first Certificate of Authenticity. It belongs to Doc Shnurman, a monochromatic chalk portrait of my family physician. Although I had completed several paintings and portaits prior to that date, that was the first one that received official documentation and began my professional endeavor and record keeping. Today I printed #200. And it belongs to Elsie.

    I knew starting out that I wanted my work to be worth something – not just at the time of purchase, but to increase in value over time. I know that I’ll be dead when it happens, but I do want to make someone giddy with excitement when their appraisal from the folks on Antique Roadshow exceeds their expectations. I know. I’m wierd. But I want that. I want that for my clients, and I want that for my kids.

    I also wanted my work to be worth something emotionally. That’s a big deal, and that carries more weight than the financial gain to me – that’s what keeps me going.

    I haven’t done a CoA on every single painting – just on every one that has been sent off to a new home. So this isn’t a record of how many paintings I’ve completed, but how many people are in possession of an original work by yours truly. Two hundred.

    That’s an incredible figure to me, two hundred. That’s about 4 full years, about 50 a year. That my work has reached out and affected that many people enough to want to own it is overwhelming, really.

    I get to do what I love. I get to use the gifts that God blessed me with, and I’m humbled to know that what I do has meaning.

    To those of you who have allowed me and my artwork into your homes, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, it wouldn’t be two hundred without you.


    Tommi said,

    I’ll have to see what my number is!!! Oh boy, I can’t wait to go home and see!! Hopefully pretty soon I’ll have another one to add to my collection. :yes:

    1.29.2007 @ 12:17 pm
    Lindsey said,

    Congratulations – that’s awesome!!!

    1.29.2007 @ 2:04 pm
    pamibe said,

    Congrats!! That’s whatcha call a ‘body of work’, right? Cool… :good:

    1.29.2007 @ 2:29 pm
    Paige said,

    Woohoo! I can’t believe these four years have flown by so fast. Your work was stellar from the beginning, Leanne, even in HS art class. I am amazed at your talent and perserverence (sp?).

    200 coA’s. Whew! You’ve come a long way baby! Kudos to you for following your dreams! :beret: :cheerful:

    1.29.2007 @ 11:20 pm

    wow, that’s wonderful!!!
    you are fortunate to be able to do something that you love so much that also means so much to many.

    1.30.2007 @ 9:22 pm
    Friglet said,

    That is really amazing! You should be proud of how hard you’ve worked. 200 is a lot!

    1.31.2007 @ 1:06 am
    Nancy said,

    CONGRATS! I always like to see what you do. ANd, to be able to do what you love it do is AWESOME! We should all be so lucky!

    1.31.2007 @ 8:42 am

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