Art supplies company Paint Supply Co. has released a new website that is designed to help people who are experiencing art shortages or have had to make difficult decisions.
“Art is the answer to many of the struggles we face today,” the company says.
“We have seen that art is more than just a product of the marketplace; it is a living, breathing, breathing community.”
The website is the brainchild of Art Supply Co co-founder and CEO, David Miller, who has worked as an art supply specialist for more than two decades.
“It is a very personal experience and it’s about finding your own voice,” Mr Miller said.
“If you want to be able to paint, and have the freedom to paint as you please, then it’s a great way to start.”
Mr Miller has previously worked for the company’s main competitor, Cine-Serve, and has worked on a number of other sites including The New York Times, ABC News and NBC.
The company says it was inspired by a post by the late Mark Twain on the subject of art supply, saying it is not just the products of art but also the people who supply them.
“In the end, art supplies and their supply chains are like people’s families,” Mr Brown said.
The site includes advice for those looking to start their own business, as well as a directory of supplies and products that are popular with art enthusiasts.
“People who work in the arts can be a bit of an eclectic bunch,” Mr Jones said.
He said many of his clients were people who were starting a business, and the website had helped them get a head start.
“One of the reasons I like the art supply business is because it gives people the confidence that they can be creative, to make their own decisions, and to take risks,” he said.
While there are many ways to support art supplies, Mr Jones suggested that the best place to start would be with a friend.
“They have this really wonderful connection with the art and the community and that is what really helps,” he told ABC Radio Perth.
“And then they’re able to go to their friends and friends and family and they can go and get a bit more art supplies to make themselves feel good about their art.”
The company said the website would go live on Tuesday.