14 Art Business Tips from the Top Pros on Twitter

Twitter is a treasure trove filled with a bounty of knowledge from any niche including art – you just need to know where to find it and start digging!

I sent out a ‘tweet’  to some of the most respected art business stars on Twitter. This is what I asked, “will u share an art biz tip in 140 characters 4 an upcoming twitter art star post. u can add a link if u want & i’ll link 2 u”

  • I got a great response from the art business pros on Twitter, and more keep coming in…(so stay tuned!)
  • Below, in the order that I received them, you will find their top business tips within ‘140 characters or less’ for any creative person.
  • Be sure and check out their links, websites and consider following them on Twitter. Like I said above, there is a treasure trove of information to be discovered…enjoy.

Top Art Business Tips from the Pros on Twitter:

@ArtMktgMentor Art Mktg = series conversation btw you + your art + your audience. Purpose = credibility, visibility, desirability. http://bit.ly/feGRb

  • Name: Aletta de Wal
  • Location: Northern California
  • Web: http://www.artist…
  • Bio: TeleClasses, on-line programs, personal coaching for emerging, mid-career, established artists to master art marketing to build better art business and life.

@clintavo 1. Make Remarkable Art 2. Have Conversations with Fans 3. Send email newsletters 4. Repeat http://bit.ly/ayyiV4

  • Name: Clint Watson
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas
  • Web: http://clintavo.com
  • Bio Former art gallery owner, Software Craftsman and Art Fanatic – web apps and marketing ideas for artists

@AnnieStrack Always write your estimates! If u tell your clients your price range, they will only hear largest sizes & smallest prices.

  • Name: Annie Strack art
  • Location: Louisiana & Philadelphia
  • Web: http://www.AnnieS…
  • Bio: Professional Maritime Artist, Writer for Art Calendar Magazine, Artist Workshops Instructor, Official Authorized USCG Artist, Author and Art Business Consultant

@art2dot0 TIP Complete your product portofolio with fine art giclee prints It will drive new revenue streams and increase circulation of your artwork.

  • Name: Jean-Gérard Anfossi
  • Location: France
  • Web: http://art2dot0.com
  • Bio: Manager of Repro-tableaux.com and Art-Prints-On-Demand.com. And author of the blog Art2dot0.com – Art 2.0, art marketing & reproductions.

@ArtistTaraReed Use the same avatar online – soc media, website, etc – consistency = brand recognition http://ht.ly/39gEf

  • Name: Tara Reed
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Web: http://www.artlic…
  • Bio: Licensed Artist, Coach, Speaker, Author, Illustrator


@mariabrophy A successful art business is where you are bringing in more money than you are sending out. Profit = Income – Expenses. Simple, but vital.
  • Name: Maria Brophy
  • Location: Southern California USA
  • Web:  http://mariabroph…
  • Bio: Blogger, Manager of Artist Drew Brophy, Art marketing Queen & Artist Consultant, World Traveler and practicing yogi.

@Abstanfield Don’t wait to be discovered. Be proactive. Take action every day. http://on.fb.me/cQIvco

  • Name: Alyson B. Stanfield
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Web: http://www.artbiz…
  • Bio: Delivering astonishing art careers since 2002. Author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio!

@ArtsyShark Use existing customer base to drive business~solicit testimonials, ask for referrals, follow up, give excellent service http://bit.ly/9FwcSY

  • Name: Carolyn Edlund
  • Location; Maryland, USA
  • Web: http://www.artsys…
  • Bio: Blogger and author of ArtsyShark – a site for emerging artists.

@artmarketplan For social media & art websites fill out fully the profile section with profile image & always have an active link to your business website

  • Name: John Math of artmarketingstrategy
  • Location: Jupiter, FL
  • Web: http://www.artmar…
  • Bio: Helping Artists to Successfully Market Themselves & Their Artwork

@SianLindemann The MOST important things for your art career ~ Know your WHY ~ Care for your talent ~ http://bit.ly/ccjtt7 #siandesign

  • Name: SianLindemann
  • Location: The World
  • Web: http://SianDesign…
  • Bio: Sian Lindemann is an award winning artist and designer…and with 30 years in Artist Management, she has discovered artists and has made their artwork known.

@craftedweb Building a website for your artwork is only the beginning. Don’t wait for your site to work, make it work- http://bit.ly/ac843k

  • Name: Nicolette Tallmadge
  • Location: Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Web: http://www.crafte…
  • Bio: I’m a handmade jeweler and run a blog about internet marketing for artists and crafters

@Loriwords Magnificent artwork translates into less time spent on marketing it. http://bit.ly/9E4OwF

@barneydavey SEO tips: Use keywords in the title of your website pages, put the most important keywords at the start of the title.

  • Name: Barney Davey
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ
  • Web: http://www.artpri…
  • Bio: Art marketing mind plays well with visual artists, photographer, designer, gallery and creative arts business types. Entrepreneur blogger digging social media.

…and I guess I will throw my hat in the ring!

@lorimcneeartist “Social Media is the quickest way to build brand recognition for you and your business.” http://bit.ly/aZGrZR

  • Name: Lori McNee
  • Location: central mountains, idaho
  • Web: http://FineArtTip…
  • Bio: artist/blogger,#arttip, social media, poetic painter,quote junkie, novice photog, friend to birds & animals, busy mom living a healthy mountain life!


Thanks to all my Twitter friends who shared their art business knowledge with my readers and me! I really appreciate it. More interesting Twitter and Facebook inspired posts will be coming your way soon… ~Lori

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About Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of FineArtTips.com, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses. Lori is also a member of the CBS Entertainment Tonight & The Insider Tweet Team.


  1. These are great little tidbits – thanks for including mine in with these elite experts!

    “Don’t wait to be discovered. Be proactive. Take action every day.” Is a great place to start for many, and then taking that onto “Building a website for your artwork is only the beginning. Don’t wait for your site to work, make it work” and building upon that into “Social Media is the quickest way to build brand recognition for you and your business.” All the rest go in between, and all of these tips are extremely useful.

    Thanks, Lori!

  2. Thank you for these great tips. I just keep doing what I love and sharing it.

  3. Thanks for mentioning my advice. Best and see you anytime in France :-)

  4. Wow! Great tips from great people :)

  5. To this I would add streamline your administrative stuff. Artists usually hate to invoice, bookkeep, send out press releases, all of that detail. They would rather do their work. the best thing I’ve ever done was to streamline and try to keep consistent. I’m still not there all of the time, but I can pinpoint making money directly connected with good admin and marketing skills.

    • Hi David…thanks for sharing your art business tip. You are right, many creative people overlook the importance of the administrative ‘stuff’…it is my least favorite part of being an artist – but, really important! Thanks for the reminder ;-)

      Lori :-)


  7. Thanks again Lori, I found a few more cool people to follow!

  8. Great post Lori. Now my head hurts and I have to go soak it. Too much to do…so little time.

    • Hi Rusty-

      I just saw your comment here. I am glad that post got you thinking! Yes, it is a lot to digest, but the posibilites are exciting. Oh, and I will get your guest post up soon…I’ll let you know!


  9. Thanks for sharing these useful tips, i like your blog and bookmark this blog for further use thanks again…

  10. Thanks for the excellent post…as an artist these are vital and extremely useful tidbits!

    • Hi Brian-

      Yes, good things come in small packages! There is a lot of valuable info packed in this lively post.

      Thanks for the visit and comment-
      Lori :)

  11. Shalon Sims says:

    Thanks for this Lori, these are great. I’m featuring them today on @EmFems Alllll day long.

  12. I have been spending more time with twitter lately… at first I was apprehensive. I saw it as a lot of extra work I didn’t want to do. But now I find I am enjoying it! Twitter is -who would have guessed – fun! :)

    I’m @oilpastelartist if anyone wants to connect!

    • Hi there, Oil Pastels Artist! I just followed you back on Twitter. Thanks for sharing your Twitter handle here so we can find you. Yes, Twitter is a lot of fun. However, it really helps put artists ‘out-there’ and you will make great connections. Thanks for stopping by.

      Lori :)

  13. This is a great post Lori! Will keep it bookmarked for reference. :)

  14. Next time, i hope participate to your next “Art request” ;)

  15. Great to have all this valuable input on one page. Even if one’s aware of these pointers, being reminded over and over again, is beneficial.

  16. Thanks for the wonderful reminders! :)

  17. Nice comments and suggestions for success .. Thanks for letting me visit .

  18. Yes, I have follow these tips on twitter it is really helpful..

  19. Thanks for the RTs and for participating!

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