Do any of these describe you?
- You are you an artist successfully selling at shows or from your studio, and you want to sell more online to increase your revenue or your time freedom
- You are you an artist with a successful online business that you want to double or triple in revenue
- You are an artist whose sales have hit a plateau for several months or even years
- You are an artist who has been selling consistently part-time and are ready to launch your business full-time.
If any of these descriptions fit you, then we need to talk.
It’s one thing to sell a few pieces of art. It’s another thing to build a long term, sustainable art business that supports your desire to make better, more fulfilling art that gives you the financial resources and time freedom to live the life you want.
If you would like to have a coaching relationship with someone who understands how art businesses are built, that’s us--Cory and Sarah. Most business coaches don’t understand the realities of making art every day. Material expenses, shipping (who knew shipping costs so much, right?), packaging, taxes, building collector relationships,and that doesn’t even begin to touch on the desire to make art that is meaningful, challenging, and fun for you.
Of course it’s great to be getting more inquiries and more potential collectors - but if you don’t have the capacity to make more work or spend time in the studio, what’s the point? You got into this so that you could express yourself and make more art, right?
We want to tell you this: it’s going to be ok. You’re totally normal. This happens to every artist.
The key to making the transition from where you’re at now to where you want to be is not a secret. You’re probably already doing all of the things you need to be doing. In fact, there’s a good chance you might be doing too much and you need to cut some things out.
And that’s what we help artists do.
I’m Cory Huff, and I’m a business coach for artists. I’ve been helping artists sell art online since 2009, and I’ve helped hundreds of artists just like you figure out how to navigate the hidden path of the fine art career.
I literally wrote the book on selling art online. Harper Collins published my book, How to Sell Art Online: Live a Creative Life on Your Own Terms, in the Summer of 2016. I’ve done guest lectures on marketing at schools like Southern Methodist University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
I’m Sarah Guthrie, and I’m a professional artist and business coach for artists. Since 2018, I’ve been coaching artists in growing their business through The Abundant Artist, helping artists launch and grow their businesses—even through tough economic times.
I’m an alumna of The Abundant Artist courses, which helped me take my 20+ years of marketing and communications experience and apply that knowledge to my own business as an artist. Since 2019, I’ve been a full-time artist, earning the majority of my income from art sales. I coach artists with TAA because I ardently believe in our mission and love seeing artists grow and thrive in their practice and business.
At TAA, our mission is not only to teach talented artists to sell their art online, but to dispel the “starving artist myth” forever. It is possible to make the art you want, live the creative life you want to lead, and make good money doing it.
There is no reason artists need to take a vow of a poverty in order to create their art – it is possible to be an artist who makes regular, consistent sales. There are a lot of ways to sell art from using the Web to sell directly to your fans, selling through galleries, licensing your work, creating commissions, selling prints, teaching online or in person. We’ve coached artists to consistent sales success in each of these ways.
Want to know how big you can go, with this approach? Just to give you a little taste:
Some of our artist clients have sold their work online for $20,000 or more.
Here’s some feedback from a couple of artists that We’ve worked with:
"I’m busy with custom work, t-shirt sales are steady and automated, and my limited edition prints are selling consistently. Between that and original drawings I’m running to the post office every single day to ship art. In addition I used the knowledge you gave me and took my email marketing plan a step further. I receive between 10-25 signups consistently now each day. I really have a lot to thank you for. Unknowingly what you have done for me is changed my pattern of thinking which has inspired me to create new ideas and fuel for my business. I see a bright future in store now and I’m steadily doing it!!"Chuck Black
"Cory understands how to talk to the both the artist and business owner in you. I was able to develop a plan that allowed me to live from my work in less than a year even making $1200 for a single 16×20 piece by my 5th month as a full time artist. Through following our plan I finally feel seen and capable to make this career happen at 25 with no formal art training."Luz Donahue
What is coaching?
- a dedicated coach, either Cory or Sarah - depending on availability and the focus of your coaching needs
- monthly strategy sessions (phone or Zoom), up to one hour long
- weekly accountability emails where we ask you what worked, what didn't work, and what you need help with, you respond, and we provide any guidance necessary
- email, text, and telephone access to your dedicated coach between sessions for help/questions
- access to all of our course materials at TAA ($1200+ value)
Sometimes people ask us if that means we have a curriculum that we follow.
There are general principles that make for good, consistent art sales that we cover in our How to Sell Your Art Online courses, which outline the Hidden Path of the Artist Career. This curriculum has been developed and we continue to refine it based on our work from artists all over the world. We know what works.
Having the curricula is a good foundation, but in our one on one coaching programs, we take that foundation and tailor the assignments to fit you, your business, and your art practice. We’re not going to give you the same assignments we give to every artist. Once you start picking up some momentum, each artist really needs personalized guidance. That’s what we do in coaching.
Together, we will come up with the right next steps for your art business.
We can cover any of the following:
Zeroing in on your marketing position w/ worksheets, research and discussion.
Press & Media Outreach
We'll develop a PR strategy together.
Website not doing what you need? Let's figure it out.
Fix Your Systems
Let's talk through your sales and show systems to ensure the most success.
Social Media Strategy & Tactics
Stop wasting time and make social work for you.
Whatever aspect of your art sales you want to cover.
As you implement these plans, we’ll be there to help. As a coaching student you get access to us via email between sessions, and we can also schedule catch-up sessions if you get stuck. We're here to take as many obstacles out of the way as possible.
Julia TaylorI did get a mention in Adventure Cycling Association's newsletter with 55,000 subscribers! I have sold 4 originals and 5 prints, have gotten about a dozen newsletter sign-ups, an inquiry about a commission, an inquiry about editorial artwork for ACA, an inquiry about book cover art, and an inquiry about featuring my work on a blog that connects people with nature. My mind is reeling! I also sold an additional $1200 a week later.
Natasha KohliMy average size canvases go for about $5000 each right now.
- you’ve never sold art before, or haven’t sold for a long time - we have courses for artists who just getting started or re-started
- if you have to put coaching on a credit card and have no clear way of paying it off - please don’t put yourself in a bad place financially just to work with us
- if you are the kind of person who tends to blame others for your lack of success then we should not work together
- if you spend more time arguing about assignments then doing them, then we will not be a good fit
What happens next?
Fill out our intake form
We'll ask you some questions about your art business so that we're ready to go as soon as we start talking.
Schedule your appointments
You will receive a link from your coach to schedule your monthly sessions.
You take charge
We'll work with you to build a strategic plan for more sales and support you as you begin to implement it.
Coaching Plain English Terms:
- Coaching is not a guarantee of success. You agree to do the work on the ideas we come up with together, and you should get good results, but we can't promise any specific outcome.
- 3 months means 3 months. You're signing up for 3 months of coaching. We'll help you all we can within that 3 months. After 3 months, if you need additional help, that will be an additional cost.