BLOG*July 10, 2014


Looking for feedback on your website? Peek is a user tester platform that allows random internet users to give you feedback on your site. It is a great way to learn how your site is communicating from someone who comes across your site for the first time.

Peek is in BETA format at the moment so it is free! I highly recommend that you take advantage of this offer.

You can see the results of a critique of Roxana Illuminated Perfume, here. It is fascinating to watch and learn from.

BLOG*June 27, 2014

In case you missed these pics on Facebook here is the amazing group that participated in the Denver Artist As Brand Workshop. Jon Schindehette, Tom Samo, Keith Goble, Cayce Goldberg, Crystal Sully, Tawny Fritz, Elliot Lang, Michelle Barnes, Kayla Edgar, Charlotte Ricker rocked their art empires at the Helikon Gallery.

Cayce is the brainchild behind this amazing forward thinking gallery. Go and see Helikon now and see what the future of a gallery can be. Check out each of these professional artists and the amazing Jon Schindehette, who is also a mentor to artists everywhere.

Lastly, I spoke at the Denver Comic Con about my career and moderated an art career sustainability panel with Jon Schindehette, Daniel Davis, Dave Rapoza, and Michael C. Hayes. I will be back in Denver next year!

BLOG*June 7, 2014


Join me at the Denver Comic Con, Friday, June 13th, 2014 – 5:15 PM – Room 203 for a panel discussion on art career sustainability.

Artist As Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur

Learn strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms.

On the panel will be Jon Schindehette (Award-winning Creative Director for Wizards of the Coast, Treehouse Brand Stores, Founder of The ArtOrder community, mentor), Daniel Davis (Artist/Designer of Steam Crow, publishers of monster books, serigraphs, and other art products), David Rapoza (Illustrator, creator of Skull and Shark! Bethesda, Hasbro, Blizzard, Universal, Lionsgate, MTV, Riot Games), Michael C. Hayes (Award winning oil painter and illustrator, Magic the Gathering, Blizzard Entertainment, LucasArts and numerous book covers).

Don’t miss it!

BLOG*May 22, 2014

June 11-12 10:00 – 8:00 $195

Register now at Helikon Gallery

3675 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80216



BLOG*May 20, 2014

I was surrounded  by a powerhouse of talented Goddesses at the Kansas City Artist As Brand workshop. The workshop was sponsored  by the Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Artist thanks to Vania Soto (behind to right) and president of the chapter, Carlos Gomez. This group of women (from left) Eva Maria Toker, Eugenia Ortiz, Vania and Pavina Tonsavanh are going to ROCK! I see amazing success in their futures.

To present a workshop, and man a booth at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live all in one week is a lot of work but also very fulfilling. You can see my booth set up here. I was projecting images on fabric at the back of the booth. A few highlights of interesting booth design are below. Click on the images to see larger.

Awesome gallery look with lights.

Black on Black works nicely here.

A tad messy but nice use of tiering the art upward to get more real estate out of the booth.

 David Frizell was in my AAB workshop two years ago and has embraced the convention circuit by building a system that goes up and comes down in a short period of time. He also has his family there as an amazing crew to help with the set up and break down. Go David!

If you come across cool booth designs please let me know and I will share them here on the blog.


BLOG*April 22, 2014

In the past I recommended Facebook as being one of the fantastic four social media venues to use when it came to promoting your work. Your Website, Blog and Twitter are the other three. Of course that list keeps changing, but in general these four working together create a powerful synergy.

I am beginning to rethink Facebook. Recently it appears there is a reduced return on investment for using this service. There are many articles out there on the decreasing reach Facebook posts actually have.

HERE is a great piece on why this is happening, and why it may be a good time to start checking out other venues like Google+.


BLOG*April 22, 2014

The Artist As Brand Workshop is returning to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in Kansas City
for a two day class, Wed. & Thurs. May 7 & 8.

All participants receive a free 3 day pass to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (May 9-11). 

This is a great opportunity for all artists to learn the Artist As Brand principles and then see how they can apply at an event like SFAL. The Artist As Brand workshop is the only course that aligns the purpose of your vision with entrepreneurial principles for long term prosperity. Get ready to pump up your professional art career in a brand new way. 10:00AM-8:00PM both days. Will be held at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Building, 2001 Grand Blvd Ste 700, Kansas City (one half mile from the convention center).

Registration is $195 and ends April 27.

Learn more about Artist As Brand HERE.

“I needed help getting my own personal art and business off the ground and running. That is where the Artist As Brand Workshop came to my rescue. It allowed me to plan for my success while still having time to create! It even made me a better artist in general, because it gave me the confidence to KNOW that I can succeed with my art. Knowing I could succeed with my own art made me want to BECOME a better artist!”
-Alex Ruiz

“Setting out on a career in art is like walking a tightrope. For many the way will prove to be too narrow, the tensions will change, or the wire will take an unexpected turn. But what if you could turn the tightrope into a road? The Artist As Brand Workshop contains all the tools you need to build the road to success in art: tools, motivation, and personal insight. It is invaluable. I highly recommend it.”
-Todd Lockwood

See what other art professors, professionals, and college students are saying HERE.

Please read the Artist As Brand policies HERE.

BLOG*April 8, 2014

I am an advocate of DIY publishing. Save yourself the time of looking for another company to do it for you and self publish. Just get it done. It may sound like I am making light of this process which I am not– it will be hard work and take some cash to self publish even if the end result is an e-book. Bottom line is get the product made.

This post is about what to do after that product is living and breathing. Promotion comes next and one component of that is the book tour. The book tour usually consists of traveling from place to place to read and share your creation, but that is only part of it.

Here is a great post that offers some strategies.

BLOG*April 2, 2014


Joan Stewart is a master at online visibility and print and broadcast publicity.

I interviewed her last year and she shared all sorts of great promotional tips HERE.

She is offering a free download of “The Best of the Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week of 2013.” This is a compilation of the best tips from her popular ezine of last year. To download go HERE.

I also encourage you to sign up for her newsletter HERE.

BLOG*March 25, 2014

What are the important shopping dates throughout the year and why should you care? Keeping these dates in mind will help you strategically plan out sales and marketing campaigns and make sure that you’re able to optimize for seasonal traffic spikes and create content that is timely and effective.

Great article and calendar HERE