Since opening my business door 7 years ago, I knew I wanted to design for artists and galleries. There is a difference between designing for a commercial concern such as a bank or an e-commerce site and a designing websites for artists and galleries.
I knew it would be a challenge. I knew there were going to be special considerations that would have to be taken into account during the course of my work. Artists who spend hours (maybe even days) choosing just the right hue and saturation, or create sculpture for just the right light, need their work to be displayed on a RGB screen as accurately as possible. The quality of the image onscreen must be high quality and clean. Navigation must be intuitive. The design can be edgy, or sometimes not. Portfolios are a professional tool. But the website is primarily all about the art and the website designer needs to understand both the artist and the art world.
Galleries have the same concerns and wish to display their artists in the best light, of course, but galleries are also a business. Here there are additional concerns. There is a great deal of maintenance involved in a site for a gallery. Frequent updates are necessary. Communication, community and marketing are key.