THE 2014 INSPIRATION TOUR
For the past few years, I’ve taken my art on the road in order to meet new people and showcase my work to my growing fan base across Canada.
Through my “INSPIRATION Tour”, I’ve created a unique form of evening by going into people's homes and treating the host's neighbours, friends and fellow lovers of art to a close and personal experience of my creativity.
The Spring 2014 tour is taking place at the end of May. I’m currently looking for people to host an art party in their home.
The tour will start in my hometown of Dieppe New Brunswick, and will probably take me all the way to Toronto. If you live between those two cities and would like to host an evening with my art, please contact me.
Hosting an art party in your home can be a fun way to connect with friends and family. You’ll laugh, catch up with friends and even receive a FREE PAINTING just for opening your home.
The idea is simple. We setup a date and time. You invite your friends and contacts that would like to view my art. I will setup a special page on my site where people can get more details about the event and confirm their presence. I bring over up to thirty different pieces of art of all shapes and sizes. We then gather around finger food and wine and have a good time! You get a free painting just for hosting the event.
As most of you know, FUSION was a few weeks ago and the Foundation got a big boost from the show's popularity. I had spent some time with a bunch of kids prior to the show and they were able to produce over 100 little Mado's Artwork along with 4 collective pieces. Those items along with donations from the red carpet photo booth, helped bring in over $4,000 to the cause.
Most people wouldn’t think that I create special collections. In fact, I’ve been doing many projects over the years for corporate clients where I actually create a special collection for a special occasion.
The special collection is typically for an annual event or a specific milestone for an employee or the company itself. I even had some done for employee’s Christmas gifts. Regardless of the reason, it’s a nice touch to get some custom pieces done for your employees or clients.
A special collection can vary in quantity but the size is usually between 8 inches x 8 inches to 12 inches x 12 inches. That size makes for the perfect gift. I can provide the most appropriate size for your budget as well.
Is it better to strive for success as a self-representing artist or try to get your feet wet in the gallery world?
That is such a common question these days among artists. I truly believe that most artists will come to a cross road where they will have to decide on which route to take as it’s extremely hard to be successful in both worlds.
About six years ago, before starting my art career, I made sure to research the art market and ask myself that very same hard question. It was very apparent to me back then that the self-representing route was my true calling. After selling over 2,500 works worldwide and amassing a fan base of more then 25,000 fans in less than 6 years, I can definitely say that it was the best decision of my life. The past six years weren’t easy but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
I’m often asked why my work is not in galleries. For me it was really about being able to do my own things. I have nothing against galleries. I’m just a true entrepreneur at heart. I want to create my own strategies and my own marketing campaigns. I want to create my own destiny. I like to be my own boss.
I get almost daily emails from other artists asking for tips and strategies on how to be a successful self-representing artist. Before I get into a list of my top strategies to achieve success, you have to really ask yourself if your personality is right. Be really honest with yourself. Could you walk in a room full of business people and start at least four conversations? Can you sell yourself in 3-4 sentences by saying more then “I’m just an artist”? To be a self-representing artist, you have to be
a rocking entrepreneur.