My name is Aaron Nagel and I'm an oil painter from Oakland, California. Recently, I decided to uproot and move down to LA, in an attempt to switch things up, get out of my comfort zone, and paint in a new city. The morning after a day of loading a U-Haul with all the contents of my apartment and studio in Oakland, I awoke to find the U-Haul stolen. It was locked, and parked in a fancy neighborhood, but still...gone.
Aside from the loss of my furniture, clothes, and the usual contents of a person’s life, I lost all of my art supplies, studio gear, and everything else I need to make paintings. Ten years of brushes and paint, mediums, cameras and lights, panels, stretchers, reference material...the list goes on.
So at the behest of many close friends, family, and supporters, I've started this campaign in hopes that you can make a small donation toward getting me back on my feet – and painting again.
My cat Ty and I, are currently alive and well in our new apartment in LA. We have no furniture and sleep on a borrowed air mattress, but we have our health, and there's really not much else we absolutely need. While it will take years to replace all of my possessions, which totaled over $40K, right now I’m focused on raising enough money to begin work on paintings for my upcoming show.
Because I have the pleasure of belonging to a very supportive community of artists, patrons, and friends, I'm giving this campaign thing a shot. Your donation will go entirely toward the purchase of art supplies and equipment. I really cannot thank you enough for even considering a contribution. Or for even reading all of this. Sincerely, your support, be it by text message or with money, means everything during this difficult stretch.