Find an artist early in their career. Support them by purchasing their early work and helping to build their reputation. Supporting an artist early in the development of their career nurtures them, motivates them to create and become strong representatives of society. Who knows, your support could lead to you becoming a source of inspiration. The muse. The relationship of Isabella Stewart Gardner and John Singer Sargent is an excellent example of how a patron of the arts can grow with the artists. Upon seeing a previous work painted by Sargent, Isabella was swept away by his talents. In the following years Isabella and Sargent became friends. Isabella was a heavy influence on and patron of Sargent's work. I encourage you to seek out an artist whose work inspires you, makes you smile, think critically, and evokes emotion.