Announcing the First #PowerArtists for Excellence in the Arts & Social Media

power artist excellence in art and social media

FineArtTips is pleased to announce the first of the #PowerArtists series of articles. This series is dedicated to acknowledging individuals for their excellence in the Arts and Social Media.

“#PowerArtists are the social media ‘rockstars’ of the art world! Not only are they talented creatives, but they understand how to harness the power of social media and use it to promote their art careers. #PowerArtists are inspiring and freely share their knowledge with others.”

Stay tuned: Each #PowerArtist will be featured in his or her own informative interview.

The artists listed below exemplify the qualities of #PowerArtists:


matt leblanc


Matt has a strong Twitter and Facebook following. Matt has taken his business skills and applies them toward his art career. He is an expert at marketing his art and fundraising for charities via social media.

  • Name: Matt LeBlanc
  • Location: Dieppe, Canada
  • Web: http://www.mattle…
  • Bio: Abstract Artist from Dieppe New Brunswick Canada

annie strack


Annie is one of the most influential artists on Twitter. She is an art instructor and uses her business background to share her art marketing knowledge.

  • Name: Annie Stack
  • 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

kelli bickman artist

Kelli Bickman

  • Kelli is brilliant at selling her artwork on Facebook. Don’t judge this gal by her following…she is a mighty might!
  • Name:  kelli bickman
  • Location: new york
  • Web: http://www.kellib…
  • Bio: 11:11 studio – painter, fine artist, muralist, community activist, youth art teacher, illustrator, vegetarian, mother, designer, and many other descriptives…

michael godfrey artist

  • Michael is a internationally recognized artist and one of the most talented fine artists on Facebook. His work is an inspiration to the many thousands of his loyal followers on Facebook. Michael knows how to keep his fans wanting more.
  • Name: Michael Godfrey
  • Web: Michael Godfrey Fine Art
  • Bio: “I want my paintings to reflect the wonder of God’s creation.”

alissa fereday


  • Alissa is a go-getter with a strong social media following. She manages two Twitter accounts and is the hostess of popular art webinars.
  • Name: AlissaFereday
  • Location: Houston
  • Web: http://www.fearle…
  • Bio: Fine Artist, Social Media, @itweetart host, Dog Rescue, Photoshop Junkie, Graphic Designer, EFT, LOA, Gratitude, Lifelong Learner, Pack leader of @ChiliconQueso

robin pedrero artistrobinpedrero

Robin is another popular artist who has a strong following on Twitter and Facebook. She is talented at marketing her art via social media and sells her work on

  • Name: Robin Maria Pedrero
  • Location: Orlando, FL, USA
  • Web:…
  • Bio: Creating Art makes me happy. Journey is such a good word. I like breezes, music, and tea. I sing the wrong words to songs.

artist tara reed


Tara, does it all! Not only is she a licensed working artist, but also a coach, instructor and keynote speaker. Tara is a strong presence in social media for the arts.

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

melody lamb artistMelodyLeaLamb

Melody is a working mom who juggles her professional miniature painting  and book illustration career. She is a favorite on Twitter.

  • Name: Melody Lea Lamb
  • Location: New England
  • Web: http://melodylamb…
  • Bio: Artist, award winning illustrator, & stay @ home working mom. I paint miniatures (ACEOs) of animals & fantasy, plus illustrate childrens books. I tweet A LOT!


Robert is a professional artist who’s important works are in private and public collections. He is a very popular artist on Twitter.

  • Name: RobertGirandola
  • Location: Pennsylvania
  • Web: http://robertgira…
  • Bio: Internationally acclaimed artist working in Paint, Sculpture and Mixed Media. Significant pieces in both public and private collections.

Sian Lindemann

Sian is a big promotor of the arts via social media. She is an artist and and art manager with over 30 years of experience and can be seen regularly of Twitter and Facebook.

  • Name: Sian Lindemann
  • Location: The World
  • Web: http://sian-linde…
  • Bio: Artist / Designer ~ Artist Management ~ Promotion ~ Events ~ Creative Business Development ~ and now Custom Floral Design

Please stay tuned for the upcoming #PowerArtists Interviews!

PS. Are YOU a #PowerArtist? If you think you are or know somebody who deserves recognition, please leave a comment for consideration! This is an ongoing series geared to inspire others….thank you, ~Lori 🙂

***The #PowerArtists series is inspired by the Huffington Post Twitter Powerhouses series of articles created by Sean Gardner aka @2morrowknight. Thank you Sean, for your blessing and inspiration!


Here are some great articles you might like:

#PowerArtists Interview with Annie Strack

Tips for Selling Art on Facebook: A Success Story

When Are You Ready to Call Yourself a Professional Artist?

Do Artists Need Commercial Gallery Representation?

7 Ways to Get Motivated in the Studio to Sell More Art

Learn the Two Biggest Mistakes Artists Make with Social Media

Top Paint Brush Tips from the Art Pros on Facebook


  1. Heather O'Cain February 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I think Grace from WieberArt needs some recognition; she is very supportive to artists and everyone else on Etsy!

    • Lori McNee February 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Heather,

      I will check out Grace’s information. I really appreciate the suggestion and support of this series.

      Thanks so much-

  2. Bill Werle February 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Lori,

    Fantastic! I am familiar with a few but love to hear about and get inspired by artists I’m unfamiliar with. You can never learn enough. Thanks for sharing this! I highly recommend any of Annie’s articles to learn from (her artwork is pretty amazing too) . Matt’s work as well as his giving make him a superstar on a special level. Thanks for sharing this.

    Might I suggest taking a look at John T. Unger for your next list. The man is an Artist to the core and a prime example of basic math for artists. Define your dream + work harder than anybody else to achieve that dream = living the life you want.

    Thanks so much Lori for all that you share.


    • Lori McNee February 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Bill,

      Yes, I know John and he is someone that will get profiled in the future. Thanks so much for taking time to share your thoughts and suggestions. I am happy to share these stories in hopes that it helps others.

      You are great Bill, thank you.
      Lori 🙂

    • Annie Strack February 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

      Hi Bill,
      Thank you for the wonderful comment and glowing endorsement! I’m proud to be your Twitter friend!

  3. sandhya February 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Wow….I can wait for the series and learn from all these successful people…Thank you Lori..

  4. Christine Kuhn February 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    It’s good that someone is paying attention to artists on line. However, the quality of most of the “artwork” speaks to the buying public’s low level of art education. The best of it is technically proficient, but not much more. Just because someone buys it, even for a high price, does not make it “good art”. It’s no feat to sell almost any landscape or abstract work. Basically, if the work looks derivative (i.e. looks like impressionism or a realist depiction of nature) or is completely content-less (i.e. abstract), than the lay man will buy it because he can be either 1) assured of his good taste (buying the Impressionist or realist work–Impressionism has been canonized and realism is easily understood–if it’s looks like a fish and it is a fish, then it must be good!) or 2) assured that no one will be offended (buying the “abstract” work since it is basically “contentless”.

  5. Susan Elcox May 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Lori, I love Rebecca Coleman. While her focus is theater arts, her posts are generic enough for us visual artists to receive tremendous benefit too.

    • Lori McNee May 27, 2011 at 4:56 am

      Hello Susan,

      Thanks for suggesting Rebecca…I enjoyed looking at her website and will dig into it further. Great tip!


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