I love art, and majored in art in college. But I didn’t pursue my art career then, choosing instead to work full-time, then to start a family. Life moved forward, sweeping me along until I realized that years had passed. I had to stop working due to a couple of health issues that put me on disability. My daughter turned seventeen and will graduate from high school next year. These things, combined with some other big challenges over the past year, have made it clear that now is a good time to do something positive for myself.

Last September, I decided to change the course of my life and finally pursue my dream of becoming a professional artist. With the full support of my family, I purchased painting supplies and started creating. I have not looked back since. I love painting. It gives me a creative outlet, relaxes the stress away and makes me happy.

As a professional artist, I would like to sell my paintings and prints of my art to the public. This requires that I keep creating on a regular basis and remain well stocked in art supplies, etc.  Art supplies can be expensive, and I am on a limited income. This is a challenge that I’m facing on a daily basis.

I decided to join Patreon. What is Patreon? It’s a website built for creators (artists, musicians, film makers, etc) to post information about themselves and their projects. Creators then look for “patrons” to pledge a monthly payment toward supporting their work and the expenses it may bring. Pledges, however small or large, help these creators continue to pay for supplies, pay bills, buy postage to mail purchases to clients, etc.  In return for their monthly pledge, the creator rewards patrons with things like access to looks at works in progress, chats with the artist and special patron only gift items.

Following are examples of my smaller patron levels and the rewards earned for pledges:

Pledge Level 1
Welcome to my support team!!
At the $1 per month level, you become one of my official patrons!  This will allow you to follow my progress through special “patron only” blog posts and special chat sessions. Get updates, see works in progress, and be the first to see new finished paintings! Plus, you’ll receive my undying gratitude for your support!

Pledge Level 3
$3 or more per month
Great!! Thanks for joining my patron support team!
At the $3 per month level my patrons will receive an 9 x 12 inch unframed print of one of my paintings, plus all previous rewards!

Pledge Level 5
$5 or more per month
Thanks so much!! At the $5 per month level, all you $5+ patrons will receive two 9 x 12 inch prints, plus all previous rewards.

Pledge Level 10
$10 or more per month
I’m so excited that you decided to support me in such an awesome way! At the $10 per month level, all you $10+ patrons will receive a set of 10 blank greeting cards featuring one of my original paintings, plus all previous rewards!

I’m so excited that you decided to support me in such an awesome way! At the $10 per month level, all you $10+ patrons will receive a set of 10 blank greeting cards featuring one of my original paintings, plus all previous rewards!

Belinda Wood
https://belindajensenwood.com