A Springfield Muralist Explains Art and NFTs
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A local artist has entered the world of NFTs and is sharing her experience with others.
Andrea Ehrhardt is a popular muralist around the Ozarks. As the artist behind Art by Andrea, she has done large scale canvas paintings, line prints and wall murals for clients including Bass Pro Shops, Discovery Center and YMCA Downtown for the past eight years.
She has also created online courses to teach students how to make money as an artist. His final lessons were to dive into the world of non-fungible tokens or NFTs.
“Non-fungible just means it’s very difficult to replicate. And so what it is, it’s just another extension of my art business, and you can make it as complicated as you want, or it can be as simple as you want,” says Ehrhardt. She uses it in a way to create a unique work of art that can be verified as one of a kind.
Ehrhardt says that traditionally she can create an actual painting, take a photo of it, and the customer can have the print after it’s paid for and shipped. She can keep doing it for as long as she wants, and the customer knows that’s probably not the only copy.
But through the NFT route, she could recreate her actual painting, add whatever she wanted to it like animation to make it unique, and a customer could have it instantly and know that she’s one of a kind thanks to the blockchain.
Blockchain is a system of recording information in a way that makes it difficult or impossible to modify, hack, or cheat the system. A blockchain is essentially a digital record of transactions that is duplicated and distributed across the entire network of computer systems on the blockchain.
“Since everything is online and everything is recorded, you know for sure that this is an Andrea painting,” says Ehrhardt. “It’s kind of a mix between trading baseball cards and stocks.”
Her first NFT sold for around $300 and since then she has had great success selling around 15 NFTs so far.
“I have this thing called the Academy of Artists. I help artists make money with their creativity. And so I’m attaching artist academy scholarships to my NFT for where if you’re an artist and you buy one you automatically get three months, six months, however long at the interior of the academy. said Ehrhardt. She says resellers will also have access to the course.
Only time will tell whether or not NFTs will become the next big thing. NFTs can be anything digital like art, music, or even real estate. The Twitter founder sold the very first tweet for less than $3 million.
“It’s the same with art in real life, though. You know, for example, what makes art in real life worth anything? Some people like this painting, and they hate this other painting. But many people like this other painting, and therefore it is worth more. Like art in real life, there is not so much separation with digital art in the NFT space. If you think about it, it’s just a few more hurdles to jump through. said Ehrhardt.