“When beginning to collect art, it's important to go for what speaks to you, and buy what you love,” said Stelin.
Spend a little time figuring out your style and preferences by visiting museum exhibitions, art galleries and art shows, and then simply trust your gut — because when you see certain pieces of art, you’ll likely feel some sort of emotion that signals your interest, curiosity or appreciation.
Rely on that versus only picking up art that’s popular or “supposed” to be valuable.
“While it might be tempting to pick up the latest toast of the town, look for pieces that you love and ignore the hype,” said Thornton. “Good artwork is not defined by a price tag.”