Photo courtesy of Jim RogersListen to this voice crying in the wilderness. Yes it has been dry and fruitless, for a long time; a veritable drought in retail sales, especially in art. I think perhaps the hugely successful Plein Air show out in San Angelo (see below!) signified the beginning of a significant change in the winds of the American art market. As the economic and political scene settles down, I foresee a remarkable recovery in the art market, at least in areas where it used to be good, and some of those places are the oil rich regions of Texas.
When the oil field is booming, it trickles down to every community in Texas. So if you are an artist, get to work, in a few months you will wish you had some whoppers on hand, as the wheels of commerce begin to grind again.