Confessions of THE Art Executor

This blog explains that when my sister Jenny died suddenly I became her Art Executor and had to learn what to do from scratch. I hope these posts explaining what I did (and didn’t) may help others in the same situation – and encourage artists to think ahead as well.

Making it up

Making it up

It was a lightbulb moment when I realised that sometimes you just have to make it up.

Learning to Look

Learning to Look

When I started cataloguing Jenny’s art I wasn’t looking in the right way or seeing what was important. I had to learn to look more deeply.

A Christmas Card

A Christmas Card

Every year Jenny would design a special card to send to friends and family.

Storage

Storage

We had had under two weeks to pack the contents of the studio. Now we have been storing them for three years. What have we learned?

Planning

Planning

We thought we knew where we were headed, because we had decided our goal was to put on an exhibition.

Clearing a studio

Clearing a studio

Clearing Jenny’s studio was a hard and painful experience.

Law and taxes

Law and taxes

Jenny had not made a will, that is, she died intestate.

First decisions, next mistakes

First decisions, next mistakes

About two years after we had agreed to be her Art Executors, Jenny died, unexpectedly. It was a huge shock: I had seen her a few days before and while she didn’t look well and was clearly tired this seemed like a usual winter cold.

We could have said No

We could have said No

My sister Jenny, and I and my husband James, were in her studio looking at her latest painting, which James had just framed. Then Jenny said that she was thinking of making a will and would like to name us as her Art Executors.