You whizzed through that quiz! And it’s no surprise.

Based on your responses your personality results reveal that you’re a:

Compassionate Collector!

compassionate collector

You are guided by the desire to create a harmonious and comforting atmosphere through your art collection. 

You take your time and build relationships while you build your collection. 

Your empathetic and caring approach to art collecting is your innate advantage!

Your patient nature allows you to explore the art market thoughtfully, considering the emotional impact each piece will have. While others might rush to fill their walls, you collect work that resonates with you and your values.


Your thoughtful approach to art collecting ensures that every piece resonates with the comforting atmosphere you seek.


Whether you:

You’re driven by the desire to create a space that feels like a comforting sanctuary.

You take the time to understand the background, history, and cultural significance of artworks. Additionally, your strong focus on relationships allows you to support emerging artists, build long-term connections with galleries, and contribute to the nurturing of the art community.

The art world thrives with individuals like you: a compassionate collector with an affinity for emotional connection.

Your gentle networking skills create bonds within the art community, uncovering pieces that resonate with your vision.


By leveraging your strengths, you can enhance your art collecting experience, build meaningful connections, and create a collection that reflects your individuality and preferences.

Yet, for a compassionate visionary like yourself, there are a few things to keep in mind. 


Embrace “wabi-sabi”. In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view of embracing perfection in the imperfect. Realizing when you are anxious about making the “perfect” choice, and being fearful of making a mistake can lead to decision paralysis. When this happens, try to drop out the noise surrounding the decision and listen to your heart. Why are you holding back, and will waiting and buying later truly solve your collecting goals?

⭐ Be clear about your own needs. If you have a budget in mind, don’t shy away from letting the gallery know. Here’s how to do it in a way that won’t make your palms sweaty or insult the artist or the gallery with your request: simply start with “is there any flexibility in the price? I am looking for something in the {your budget} range.” There is no need to be uncomfortable in negotiating; galleries have typically arranged some flexibility into their agreement with the artist and will also be likely to discount more generously if more than one item is being purchased.

⭐ Explore more options. It may be challenging to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone when seeking out new art. Consider exploring new, lesser-known artists or styles, and doors will open to bring you options for more artwork that you never knew existed. This is a good thing, because it could be your new favorite!

Now that you understand your art collector advantage, here are 5 more things to consider when you’re buying art.


Finding the right piece of art can also be difficult, 

no matter how strong your vision is.

How many times have you struggled with questions like….


  • Is this a fair price?
  • Will I love it forever?
  • Will it fit in my space?
  • Will it match my aesthetic?
  • Is this really an original work?
  • Will I find something in my budget?

Sonya Sparks - Photo credit @createwithgusto

While it may take time to seek out artwork on your own and learn how to navigate the art world, imagine if you could….


…Be “in the know” and get first access to artwork by galleries and dealers, and quickly see the work in person or through online videos.


…Find galleries and art platforms where the pricing is transparent and reasonable at different price points, and where negotiating is welcomed!


…say all the right things to close the sale quickly and easily instead of wondering if there was something else that should have been said. 


…Feel completeness in your home because you finally have the perfect piece of art with a story that brings the space to life. 


…Be assured that you have purchased something that holds value for investment and comes with the proper documentation to confirm its authenticity.


…Discover a professional to handle, pack, or store artwork for so that you can free up space for your next acquisition. (Of course, no one wants to have art stored away when they would rather enjoy it, but it’s an option for serious investors!) 

Your Art Collector Advantage can get you there. 


By taking this quiz, you’ve already used your collector advantage and discovered another resource to get you closer to your next acquisition. 


Remember, one of your superpowers is your ability to connect deeply with others, allowing you to grow together.

Sonya Sparks - Photo credit @createwithgusto

Pause for a moment to paint me a picture of the creator behind this quiz…

I’m Sonya Sparks, owner and chief curator at Sparks Gallery in the vibrant heart of San Diego, CA. 


My mission is to pair clients with affordable, accessible, and thought-provoking artwork, so that their spaces weave compelling narratives.


Each year, I have the privilege of collaborating with hundreds of diverse clients who are on a quest to acquire original contemporary artwork. Collectors are welcomed to our gallery to enjoy artistic activations and art parties, as well as original contemporary art. 


For those outside of Southern California, we showcase and sell all of the artwork in our gallery on our website


If you live in Southern California, you may have seen my curated exhibitions for: the Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance, Allied Craftsmen of San Diego, Cannon Art Gallery (Carlsbad, CA), and the Escondido Arts Partnership.


Listen to me speak about how my curation style is both design-forward and purposeful, while supporting local artists.

Why trust me to guide you in your art-collecting journey?

Hear it from my community:

“I have known Sonya for many years and know her to be a focused person in pursuit of her goals, while at the same time exhibiting a zest for life. She always begins projects and events with the end result in mind, which always results in high quality and aesthetic brilliance. Her tenacity to stick with complex and difficult challenges through to completion of her goals has been most recently exhibited in the completion of the Sparks Gallery in San Diego.


Her vision has come to life in this new Gallery which displays a rare mastery of the balance of both technical complexity and artistic taste so typical of her character.

I can recommend Sonya as well for being well-connected with the San Diego contemporary arts community, which will be exhibiting in the Sparks Gallery.”     


-David Buell

Now let’s focus on what a Compassionate Collector
like you does next:


Browse our collections of available artwork from the Sparks Gallery catalog that we think are the perfect fit for your personality:

👉🏼 Book a 1:1 art consultation with me, Sonya Sparks, for your personal collection in your home (in-person within the Greater San Diego Area)


Whether you are just starting your collection, or have a large collection, I am here to support your personal curation project. I will meet in your space to provide guidance for your overall collection and provide visual recommendations to curate your space. Interested in full-circle support for your collection?

I provide guidance so you can have clarity on any needs for your collection, and you receive a support system from me personally.

We will discuss:

➡️ appraisals for insurance,
➡️ packaging pieces to store,
➡️ expert curation for physical display of the work,
➡️ cataloging the work in your collection along with documentation, and
➡️ legacy/estate planning.


This session is ideal for collectors who would like to feel confident that their collection is visually and/or thematically cohesive, presented appropriately, and would like guidance on what is recommended for the health of their collection.


You will receive:

  • Guidance based on your existing collection
  • Placement suggestions based on visual rhythm throughout the space
  • Recommendations for maintaining and servicing your collection
  • Your artwork may be curated digitally from photos of your space, and provided to you to help guide your visual planning. (This is an additional hourly rate; please inquire during our session.)
  • Recommendations for full-circle support for your collection.
Sonya Sparks - Photo credit @createwithgusto