Earlier in the week I presented “It’s Elementary: Art and Designers” to interior design students at the Art Institute of Raleigh- Durham. What a great space! The school is located in the repurposed American Tobacco Warehouses in Durham. And, what great students!
Everyone enjoyed looking at the art slides: van Gogh, Dali, Hockney and Warhol. Questions following the presentation were mostly about the practicalities of offering art to design clients. We talked about the oil portrait market, children’s oil portraits, executive oil portraits and pet oil portraits. Several of the students are eager to begin marketing art, particularly pet oil portraits.. All were in agreement that pet oil paintings is good place for the students to start. Why? The students have pets themselves and know lots of folks with pets, a big universe of potential clients. The pet oil portrait is an easy concept and a well-established need. The Art Institute students like that they have a source for pet oil portraits, Art Gallery Originals, which is exclusive to designers. Everyone was impressed with the quality of our children’s, executive and pet oil portraits. And, pricing is affordable even with a mark up. Next step is a session on the a,b and c’s of marketing pet oil portraits. The designers in training at the Art Institute are motivated, creative and talented. We will keep you posted as they have their first design/art clients. We are in business! Woof, woof!