Do your research –- Open yourself to new things and figure out what type of art you like, and the best way to do this is to see a lot of art. Visit every gallery in the District
Set a budget, and be prepared to spend a little more. The things that I regret most are the works that I did not buy, and for years still could not stop thinking about how much I loved the piece.
Buy what you love. Trust your heart and be confident in your purchase. Always remember it’s important to try to see the piece you are considering in person. Things look different in a photograph or jpeg.
Keep everything — the receipt, invoice and documentation. Don’t throw anything away, as this is what is used to authenticate and value a piece.