I’m an artist who made $50,000 from a piece of toast. AMA!


My story:

6 years ago I quit my job at a high-end design firm and started painting full time. My boyfriend (now husband) suggested I paint food portraits on stark white backgrounds because I love food, and I had trained in photorealism.

A few months in, I painted toast on a 4×4 canvas. I loved the simplicity and quirkiness of the subject matter.

I sold the original, I started a series of limited edition (100) prints of the original (which is nearly sold out), and I sold a few toast commissions based on the first.

I’ve painted many different foods over the last 6 years, but I am proud of the toast and all it has accomplished (sounds weird when I say it like that, but you get the idea).

Ask me anything!

Proof: [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/p/Baj1M-Uj-ZG/?hl=en&taken-by=erinrothstein)

EDIT: [Here’s the video of me painting the toast] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTk_YOLDMmE)



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  • I’ll ask the question that all Redditors are wondering.

    Where’s the avocado?

  • How do you find so many people with more money than sense? Who buys paintings of toast for 100’s or 1000’s of dollars?

    I don’t mean this as an attack on your skill or success. I just can’t ever imagine myself spending so much money on a (admittedly good) painting.

  • It’s a great painting, was a bit suspicious until magnified. How long does it take to do a piece like this?

  • But why is it burnt?

  • What inspired you to put a clock into your video? It’s a brilliant addition.

  • What foods do you plan to paint next?

  • awesome! And awesome score on the sale! Just looking at it give me a ‘ratatouille’ moment- I can smell the slight burn and hear the knife sliding across it… Can I suggest a future print that has a variety of different foods (smaller than original)? I love presentation of the ‘drinks’ on your Instagram.

  • What did you do with the money?

  • Anyway, how’s your sex life?

  • Are all the toasts the same?

  • are you in contact with the artist who specializes in pancakes?

  • what is the most difficult part of capturing the essence of toast in a way that a photograph wouldn’t?

  • What’s your favorite food that you’ve painted to actually eat?

  • How did you decide which Toronto coffees you’d use? Also, the marshmallow was displayed in the window of the Beauchamps gallery on King Street, and EVERY person that walked by it stopped to get a better look. Incredible thing to see and made me a fan, well done.

  • Would you buy your work for the same price you sold it for? Assume you had enough money, not millions but enough money.

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