How do these four Charlotte art collectors do what they do? Go inside their homes – and minds – to see.

Rule 1: It’s personal. Really personal. Rule 2: Yes, it can be about the money, but it often isn’t. Rule 3: Don’t assume “art collectors” buy pieces for the same reasons, using the same standards, through the same avenues. 

In fact, don’t assume they all buy pieces in the first place. (See Pickersgill, Eric.)

To get a peek at art collecting here, writer Mark Leach and photographer Mitchell Kearney asked four Charlotteans to let us into their homes and talk about what they collect, why, how they got started, where they put it all, and what’s been most successful for them – plus what advice they’d offer to people who’d like to get started.