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Artist Ann Rea
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[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignleft" width="550" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"]San Francisco based Artist & CEO[/caption] The demands of building a creative business can often leave me feeling pulled in two very different directions.  I must attend to the need to continue to build my business and to attract new collectors while I yearn to spend more time painting.  These two pursuits can’t be completed at the same time and each deserves and requires my undivided attention.  And it’s a complete understatement to say that each require a different gear in my head, the left brain to the right brain. It’s no secret to those who know me that I devote a lot of time to the marketing end of my enterprise.  Why?  So that my business can thrive and so that I can spend more and more uninterrupted time painting. And I genuinely enjoy the marketing side of things.  That’s why I started ArtistsWhoTHRIVE, where I conduct marketing seminars to artists and I offer individual coaching and consulting to artists across the globe two Mondays each month.  In fact, UC Berkeley phoned today to invite me to teach my artist marketing workshops. And today the head of the Small Businesses Development Center in Oakland informed me that he’s seeking funding for an ongoing series and that a reporter wants to interview me about the record breaking workshop I conducted last month. I’m excited and happy that I can now announce a number of strategic partnerships with Meadowood Resort, and Beautiful Places Luxury Villa Rentals and Epicurean Adventures.  And the good news is that more alliances are in the works.  As I align more strategic partnerships I’ll have my wish to spend much more time painting. By leveraging these relationships with strategic partners I can give their clients a completely unique and memorable experience with my new program “Savor the Colors of the Moment”, more to details to follow.  And I can reach my goal of being booked solid one to two years in advance with commissions and corporate and private sponsorships to fund new series and creative directions.  Then I'll be spending more time on the right side.
Who are Ann Rea's patrons?
[caption id="attachment_302" align="alignleft" width="287" caption="Artist Ann Rea"]Artist Ann Rea[/caption] Occasionally I’m asked, "Who are your art partons?"  I'm fortunate to say that I have a growing list of collectors and celebrities across the US, Canada, and Europe, including, Bob Proctor, host of the movie The Secret.  And I have an increasing number of art patrons in England.  Maybe they sense my dual citizenship? My list of patrons goes on but this describes a few; architects, interior and graphic designers, CEOs, wineries, winery and vineyard owners, entrepreneurs, attorneys, physicians, sales executives, stay at home mothers, and marketing folks.  Really my patrons come from all walks of life and socio-economic positions. One of my first steady collectors was a divorced mother of three; she did not have an art budget.  But she came from a highly aesthetically minded and accomplished family.  Her father was a respected landscape architect and she was an interior designer with a background in textile design and a recent degree in architecture from UC Berkeley. UC Berkeley has a rigorous and competitive architectural degree program. She saw a black and white image of my painting in the Davis Enterprise announcing one of my first art receptions hosted by the Davis Communicare Health Clinic.  She phoned Communicare so that she could contact me.  She asked if we could meet before my art reception so that she could preview the collection before anything was sold.  To my delight she purchased the painting featured in the Davis Enterprise before the reception.  She then went on to acquire seven or more of my paintings. This patron’s early enthusiastic support created a foundation of confidence that has led me in this direction.  Each time a new patron comes into my life I feel supported and grateful that they are helping me follow my bliss.