Art gallery proprietor Karen Sherwood is celebrating her best Christmas since 2007.
Karen, who runs Cupola gallery in Hillsborough, says people seemed to prefer spending more on a single piece of art, rather than buying two or three lower priced items.
“Most people think art is a luxury purchase, but I’ve always said its passion that leads someone to buy a work of art, not money,” says Karen.
She also thinks the recession and poor interest rates encouraged people to spend.
“When people are stressed they come to the gallery for a bit of ‘me time.’ Maybe they justify a purchase on the grounds that it is a potential investment, but I think that is more of an excuse than a reason,” says Karen.
When it comes to the type of art, Karen says she has sold more sculpture during the last 12 months, while paintings and three dimensional works designed to hang on a wall have also been popular.
However, people were buying less jewellery. Karen also sold her most expensive work of art during the year – a painting that cost £6,280.
“A lot of people came in and went way over their budget – but that’s usually because I am here. I regularly get told I am an evil woman by customers who spend more than they planned!” jokes the woman who is now planning to write a book about her 22 years as a gallery owner.