Featured in the MATS newsletter

You might know that I have taken loads of online art courses over the past couple of years. In fact, that is how I got back into making art after finding a course called Make Art That Sells. The title stopped me in my tracks. What? I can actually make money from doing what I love? The answer is a definite yes, but, it does take a lot of work and commitment. 

Anyway, I have now taken most of the wonderful MATS classes taught by the incomparable Lilla Rogers, who is herself an experienced artist and art agent. The last last I took was the MATS Home Decor in the Autumn of last year. It was an intense 5 week class focussing on all the different substrates (posh designy term for 'surfaces', e.g. metal, wood, etc) that you can put art onto for the home decor market. 

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The latest MATS newsletter is ramping up the marketing for the new Home Decor class and they  featured the work of two alumni artists - Asa Gilland (who's work I absolutely adore) and ............ me!!

Here is a slightly fuzzy screen shot of the newsletter. 

I couldn't be more honoured to be considered worthy of being in at MATS marketing Newsletter. Happy days :) 

 

 

 

 

Here's a clearer image of my final work for the MATS Home Decor course. So many hours went into this, but I'm really proud of the final result. 

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I have an art agent!

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I'm so excited to tell you that I am now represented by Brenda Manley Designs.

Brenda contacted me a few weeks ago after seeing my art on Instagram to ask me if I had representation. After a few emails about mutual expectations and a Skype chat to get to know each other (Brenda is sooo lovely), I signed on the dotted line. 

I was beyond excited as having an agent was something I really wanted and on my wish list for this year. Marketing and business is often the tricky part for artists and I knew that reaching out to companies and negotiating contracts is not something I'm at all comfortable with. So, now I can focus on making art and let someone else do the rest for me. At least, that's what I'm hoping.

 

Here is a photo of the lovely Brenda herself at one of the six trade shows she attends each year on behalf of her artists. She is based in Indiana, USA - a looong way from me on Vancouver island - but I hope to meet her in person one day.  

I am so honoured to be one of her few selected artists. 

So, for all budding artists, illustrators and surface pattern designers out there; Instagram is the place to be to get your art noticed. Just get it out there. 

What a great way to end 2017!!