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Inspiring Conversations with Drew Degen of Mile High Gallery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Drew Degen. 

Hi Drew, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
As a kid growing up, I’ve always had a passion for art! Posters covered every inch of wall space in my room. It’s interesting to see my taste in art develop and change over the years as I get older and more experienced with the art world. When I was a junior in high school I started collecting and selling glass art. This maintained my interest until my early 20s, which is when I started my gallery, and my interests for all different types of art bloomed. I then started collecting and selling hundreds of vinyl toys and figures which eventually turned into my interest for silver and bronze sculptures and also life-sized statues. While all of these were fun to collect and sell, I noticed that the walls in my gallery and in my house were looking pretty empty – that’s where my love for prints and paintings came into play today. Looking into the future, I know I’ll be focusing on high-end prints and paintings. There’s nothing I love more than filling up my walls with amazing artwork! It’s pretty simple to how I got to where I am – and that’s hard work, repetition, and motivation. Selling art has been a full-time job for me for about 6 years now. A job with no days off but it’s something I truly love doing! When I wake up, I think about art, when I go to sleep, I think about art… Art is my life! One of the earliest instances I can recall being intrigued with art, and also one of the most funny stories about me too – during a field trip in the 1st grade I was kicked out of the Art Institute of Chicago for touching the masterpieces… My school even gave me in-school suspension! So, I guess I can say I’ve had an eye for it all since elementary school. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There’s tons of challenges and struggles when selling art for a living. One of the biggest ones being the financial investment. Nothing is guaranteed, many times I’ve invested into things thinking that I could sell it for a profit, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. That’s why over time I’ve learned to focus on collecting certain artists, a lot of them being world-renowned. Another obstacle most people wouldn’t normally think about would be receiving broken art, countless times I’ve had to return artwork or get a refund because it arrives to me broken. I also buy a lot of art for my personal collection too and I’m often faced with the decision of selling things that I’d honestly want to keep for myself – although that isn’t the worst challenge to have! 

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Mile High Gallery is a collection filled with handpicked high-end artwork. I only collect artwork that I would personally own or be interested in from a buyer’s standpoint. A lot of these works are originals, meaning that they are unique and that only one of them exists in the world. Mile High Gallery offers a range in styles of artwork that I’ve yet to see from any other gallery. Mile High Gallery is a fairly new business in terms of this massive art world, but we are already making waves – selling thousands of pieces of art to people all around the world and going to many different shows and conventions across country every year. If we have a similar taste in art, MHG should be your go-to for filling up your home or office with beautiful masterpieces and relics. 

Who else deserves credit in your story?
There’s no way I could’ve done this by myself. My biggest thanks goes out to Blake Solo or @thecorkconnect on Instagram. He helped me get my business on my feet, I wouldn’t be where I am today without Blake! Blake helped me secure my gallery location, he helped me with setting it up, he designed my logos, really whenever I have trouble with something Blake is here to help in an instant and I’m very thankful for that! I would like to thank all the customers and everyone’s that supported MHG in any way, this business wouldn’t thrive without you! 

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