I've recently started to swap my art with other artists. I think its a great way to expand my collection and also get to know some artists better that might only otherwise be acquaintances. Some artists don't do this at all and obviously it has to be beneficial and equitable to both and the work is based on price and credibility of the artist.
I caught the collecting bug some years ago and I have purchased works by James Gleeson, Stewart McFarlane, Gary Baseman, Patricia Piccinini, Sharon Green, John Coburn, Rick Amor, Tom Alberts, Marcus Wills, Mark Ryden and many others but see the idea of a swap as something that also makes sense. All artists should try and do it!
I've always struggled to purchase art and have pleaded with dealers to let me pay things off, most of whom have been more than generous with time payments. There was the Peter Booth I missed out on because Chris Deutscher wouldn't let me pay it off! I still regret not having a Booth to this day.
I absolutely love Patricia Piccinini's work and particularly this image that I have of hers, "Waiting for Jennifer" it combines my love of cars, strange creatures and the bonus of a not too bad a looking male starring lead in the drivers seat. I met Patricia once and she explained to me who the person was in the car and how the photo came about...its great to know the history behind an artwork sometimes.