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Mike & Terri Akins
Motivating others through art
akinsartgallery.com


Welcome to Patreon and thank you for visiting our art page. American Sociologist, Charles Cooly stated, "An artist can not fail. It is a success just to be one." With Mr. Cooly's philosophy in mind, while we are on this art adventure, which apparently cannot fail, we might as well invite some people for the journey. Join us, hop on the art bus, the ride is going to be bumpy and I am pretty sure the brakes do not work.


Who are we? We met years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, when we were in the same university Graphic Design program. Mike was a toad and Terri a princess. As the fairytale story goes; we got married and have encouraged and supported each other with our numerous art adventures. What type of art do we produce? We have explored various types of art and plan to continue developing our skills. Mike carves fish and bird sculptures from wood, does various illustrations in a variety of styles, painting in various mediums and graphic design. While Terri enjoys painting florals, mosaics, and graphic design. We both have special art skills and corroborate to bring each project to life.

With our Patreon page, we will tempt you with various rewards and gratuitous art images so we can reach our art goals and your expectations. We hope you find a tier that fits your needs. We are offering the tiers with free US shipping,  so we will need to charge our international customers additional shipping. If you do not like the listed rewards and perhaps are looking for someone to paint your pet hairless mole rat in its birthday suit, then maybe we are your muse, just contact us and we will work something out.

What else do we do with our art skills? With our background in Graphic Design and a love of running, we saw a need for better designed finishing medals for running events. We created a crazy, successful, local run event called, Sage Rat Run, which raises money for charities and causes and provides an outlet for some monster finishing medals. After many successful years of being Run Directors, and seeing how our participants loved the art and design that we were creating, we started Virtual Run World, a website where we provide unique motivational medals to encourage others to reach their goals. More art and design for us. 



So our journey continues here in Patreon. While we are attempting to accomplish a new set of art goals, we will also continue producing paintings, sculptures and bronzes of various subject matter. To initiate our Patreon quest, we will be writing, illustrating and producing a magical, fantasy, monster-type picture book suitable for young and old. From the book art, we will giving our Patrons limited edition prints and bronze sculptures used in the story.




In addition, we would like to produce how-to podcasts, video tutorials of various artwork in progress and provide one-on-one mentoring. Producing art puts us in a continuous learning environment. Our learning never stops and we will share with our supporters via video, our success and failures as we explore color, design, painting, sculpture and digital techniques in art. What do you get in the video? Entertainment? Art Skills? Terri and I have years of college art education, plus numerous awards in graphic design, painting and sculpture. We also have been published in How magazine and Great Logo Design. We have lots of experience and knowledge on how to accomplish your art projects or art website with knowledge for publishing and manufacturing.



Do we know Podcasts? No, we know art, but we want to learn. Will these videos be awesome? We have not made podcast videos before, so there will be some funny bloopers. We have years of teaching art, but during the podcast you may see me spiting on the screen, making color mistakes, drinking paint water from my brush cup, talking gibberish - all good entertainment and part of the process of art.

Once we reach each art goal, we will share it with all our supporters and move on to the next great adventure with our Patreon family.



We have created an online art gallery, Akins Art Gallery, to feature our art and allow for us to showcase other artist's artwork. 



If you believe in and enjoy our art, we would appreciate your support by becoming a Patreon. With your encouragement, we will continue creating quality art and motivating others. Please help us to share our art.

Thank you for support,
Mike & Terri Akins


Lean and Mean TRex Bronze Sculpture by Mike Akins, 35" x 17"



Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
First, a big - drawing outside the lines, because we are so happy - art thank you. Every dollar counts towards producing and sharing art, which is the goal. Besides a big, sloppy, artistic thank you:
  • We will ensure that you receive some digital art from us at least once a quarter.
  • You will get access to our art podcasts.
  • You will get an opportunity to get special offers on art purchases. 
  • We will provide acknowledgement on a special page on our website, akinsartgallery.com
  • We will follow you on Twitter, because you are way cool and we love to connect with our Patrons for great feedback.
  • You will have access to our supporter activity feed where we will keep you posted on our current projects.
  • A chance for you to receive some art from us. We will randomly select one person from our all our Patrons to win something very nice.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Thank you, thank you. Besides the items listed above and being the gravy on our mashed potatoes, we will shower you with the following rewards:
  • We will mail you a small limited edition art print from us at least once a quarter.
  • On major projects, we will be providing numerous podcasts, art how-to videos and/or reviews. This will include our art and we will pick at least one selected person per month to be included in the podcast. We will select some questions to be answered in the podcast or through our Patron feed. What a color-cornucopia of an art feast.  
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
Stop it, you are going to make us cry. Besides the items listed above and being the whip on our Starbucks Java Chip Frappachino, we will smother you with the following rewards:

  • We will attempt to answer all your questions via our Patreon feed or Podcasts.
  • For artists, or those who are curious about art or design, once a month we will randomly select a few of our Patrons from our $10.00 category to have your choice of a one-on-one session with us to: review your art or design, help with painting or illustration, help with an art program like Procreate or Illustrator, help or just talk about anything related to art or websites. 
Pledge $14 or more per month
0 patrons
EXCLUSIVE MOTIVATIONAL MEDAL, ONE EVERY OTHER MONTH*

Art comes to us in various ways. Instead of fighting inspiration we embraced it and traveled down a running art path by creating Virtual Run World where we design motivational medals. This reward level is for our goal setting people who love art in medal form. Most people use these medals for motivation and rewards on their mileage goals. Due to the large and heavy size of the medals some use them for self defense. However, they also can be used as motivation for your weight loss or fitness goals or given as gifts to encourage others. Our Virtual Run World customers may be curious on how this works. The same as before but you receive BONUS medals and bigger discounts for being a Patron. There are two tiers for motivational medals. This one allows you to spread out the amount. The $28 tier listed below is for one medal each month.

For this $14 tier:
  • You choose one Virtual Run World medal every other month from selected styles based on inventory.
  • Receive a BONUS Virtual Run World medal for every 6 consecutive months of being a Patron in this tier level only.

Includes free US shipping. International customers will have additional shipping costs.

*This reward level is EXCLUSIVE and stands alone from the other tiers.

Pledge $25 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
You are not the "I'm having an art salad, dressing on the side" type of artist. No, you are not...and we thank you for it. We can tell, you are the "bring me the art buffet" type. You demand and deserve that gooey dessert with your multi-plated art smorgasbord. Besides the items listed above and a bib for your art buffet (because it's going to get messy) we offer the feast below. Bon appetit. 

  • Post your art with ours on Patreon.
  • You will be included in our Patreon feed and Podcasts.
  • For artists or those who are curious about art or design, once a month you will have your choice of a one-on-one session with us to: review your art or design, help with painting or illustration, help with an art program like Procreate or Illustrator, web help or just talk about anything related to art or websites.

Pledge $28 or more per month
0 patrons
EXCLUSIVE MOTIVATIONAL MEDAL TIER*

Art comes to us in various ways. Instead of fighting inspiration we embraced it and traveled down a running art path by creating Virtual Run World where we design motivational medals. This reward level is for our goal setting people who love art in medal form. Most people use these medals for motivation and rewards on their mileage goals. Due to the large and heavy size of the medals some use them for self defense. However, they also can be used as motivation for your weight loss or fitness goals or given as gifts to encourage others. Our Virtual Run World customers may be curious on how this works. The same as before but you receive BONUS medals and bigger discounts for being a Patron. There are two tiers for motivational medals. This one is for one medal each month. The $14 tier listed above allows you to spread out the monthly amount.

For this $28 tier:
  • You choose one Virtual Run World medal every month from selected styles based on inventory.
  • Receive 2 BONUS Virtual Run World medals for every 6 consecutive months of being a Patron in this tier level only.

Includes free US shipping. International customers will have additional shipping costs.

*This reward level is EXCLUSIVE and stands alone from the other tiers.
Pledge $60 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
Wow, you are like the person I saw at Starbucks the other day, no iPhone, no iPad, no computer. Just sitting there, drinking coffee, admiring the package design - like a psycho.

Besides all the cool stuff listed above*, we will add a double shot of caffeine goodness with the following;

  • A small limited edition art print once a month.
  • You have the option of showing your art work with your own page, to our online art gallery at akinsartgallery.com. 
  • Do you have art you need printed? We can print one giclee print on archival paper of your art (up to 11x14) once a month, shipped to you or your customer. 

*Excluding Motivational Medal Tier
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
For this reward level we are going to walk through fire for you. Well, maybe not fire, that's dangerous, someone might get burned. But we can definitely promise to walk through a super humid environment for you, perhaps like Florida in the summer. Due to the humidity, we may not be wearing pants for this reward, but a lot of sweaty art is coming your way. 

So you get all the above* and.......
  • One art print of your choice, up to a 16x20 from us to you.
  • Your art included in our upcoming children's book. (To ensure a consistent feel and look to the book, the artist must follow our art direction.)
  • Do you have art you need printed? We can print one giclee print on archival paper of your art (up to 16x20) once a month, shipped to you or your customer.

*Excluding Motivational Medal Tier
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 of 2 patrons
At this level, we work for you, because you understand artists - you are a patron of the arts. You are aware artists live in a fantasy world with unrealistic exceptions and delusions of grandeur and need your support. We thank you.  

We offer all of the above* and....

  • One commissioned piece of art of your request. Depending on the subject matter and the request - the art we make for you may be watercolor, acrylic, digital art or bronze. We live in a fantasy world, however we will work with you to fulfill some realistic art expectation.

*Excluding Motivational Medal Tier
Goals
$0 of $500 per month
Terri and I would like to concentrate on a few major projects. First we want to write, illustrate and produce a fantasy, magic, monster-type book suitable for entertaining young and old. From the book, we will offer limited edition prints used in the book, as well as bronze sculptures.

In addition, we would like to produce how-to podcasts, produce video tutorials of various art work in progress and provide one-on-one mentoring. Producing art puts us in a continuous learning environment. Our learning never stops and we will share with our supporters via video our success and failures as we explore color, design, painting and digital techniques in art. What do you get in the video? Terri and I have a combined 12 years of college which included art and design, plus numerous awards in graphic design, painting and sculpture. We also have been published in How magazine and a book on Great Logo Design. We have lots of experience and knowledge on how to accomplish your art projects with some followup publishing or manufacturing.  

Do we know Podcasts? No, we know art. Will these videos be awesome? We have not made podcast videos before so there will be some funny bloopers. We have years of teaching art, but during the podcast you may see me spiting on the screen, making color mistakes, drinking paint water from my brush cup, talking gibberish - all good entertainment and part of the process of art.

Once we reach the this goal level we will share it with all our supporters and move on to the next one.
1 of 1



Mike & Terri Akins
Motivating others through art
akinsartgallery.com


Welcome to Patreon and thank you for visiting our art page. American Sociologist, Charles Cooly stated, "An artist can not fail. It is a success just to be one." With Mr. Cooly's philosophy in mind, while we are on this art adventure, which apparently cannot fail, we might as well invite some people for the journey. Join us, hop on the art bus, the ride is going to be bumpy and I am pretty sure the brakes do not work.


Who are we? We met years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, when we were in the same university Graphic Design program. Mike was a toad and Terri a princess. As the fairytale story goes; we got married and have encouraged and supported each other with our numerous art adventures. What type of art do we produce? We have explored various types of art and plan to continue developing our skills. Mike carves fish and bird sculptures from wood, does various illustrations in a variety of styles, painting in various mediums and graphic design. While Terri enjoys painting florals, mosaics, and graphic design. We both have special art skills and corroborate to bring each project to life.

With our Patreon page, we will tempt you with various rewards and gratuitous art images so we can reach our art goals and your expectations. We hope you find a tier that fits your needs. We are offering the tiers with free US shipping,  so we will need to charge our international customers additional shipping. If you do not like the listed rewards and perhaps are looking for someone to paint your pet hairless mole rat in its birthday suit, then maybe we are your muse, just contact us and we will work something out.

What else do we do with our art skills? With our background in Graphic Design and a love of running, we saw a need for better designed finishing medals for running events. We created a crazy, successful, local run event called, Sage Rat Run, which raises money for charities and causes and provides an outlet for some monster finishing medals. After many successful years of being Run Directors, and seeing how our participants loved the art and design that we were creating, we started Virtual Run World, a website where we provide unique motivational medals to encourage others to reach their goals. More art and design for us. 



So our journey continues here in Patreon. While we are attempting to accomplish a new set of art goals, we will also continue producing paintings, sculptures and bronzes of various subject matter. To initiate our Patreon quest, we will be writing, illustrating and producing a magical, fantasy, monster-type picture book suitable for young and old. From the book art, we will giving our Patrons limited edition prints and bronze sculptures used in the story.




In addition, we would like to produce how-to podcasts, video tutorials of various artwork in progress and provide one-on-one mentoring. Producing art puts us in a continuous learning environment. Our learning never stops and we will share with our supporters via video, our success and failures as we explore color, design, painting, sculpture and digital techniques in art. What do you get in the video? Entertainment? Art Skills? Terri and I have years of college art education, plus numerous awards in graphic design, painting and sculpture. We also have been published in How magazine and Great Logo Design. We have lots of experience and knowledge on how to accomplish your art projects or art website with knowledge for publishing and manufacturing.



Do we know Podcasts? No, we know art, but we want to learn. Will these videos be awesome? We have not made podcast videos before, so there will be some funny bloopers. We have years of teaching art, but during the podcast you may see me spiting on the screen, making color mistakes, drinking paint water from my brush cup, talking gibberish - all good entertainment and part of the process of art.

Once we reach each art goal, we will share it with all our supporters and move on to the next great adventure with our Patreon family.



We have created an online art gallery, Akins Art Gallery, to feature our art and allow for us to showcase other artist's artwork. 



If you believe in and enjoy our art, we would appreciate your support by becoming a Patreon. With your encouragement, we will continue creating quality art and motivating others. Please help us to share our art.

Thank you for support,
Mike & Terri Akins


Lean and Mean TRex Bronze Sculpture by Mike Akins, 35" x 17"



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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
First, a big - drawing outside the lines, because we are so happy - art thank you. Every dollar counts towards producing and sharing art, which is the goal. Besides a big, sloppy, artistic thank you:
  • We will ensure that you receive some digital art from us at least once a quarter.
  • You will get access to our art podcasts.
  • You will get an opportunity to get special offers on art purchases. 
  • We will provide acknowledgement on a special page on our website, akinsartgallery.com
  • We will follow you on Twitter, because you are way cool and we love to connect with our Patrons for great feedback.
  • You will have access to our supporter activity feed where we will keep you posted on our current projects.
  • A chance for you to receive some art from us. We will randomly select one person from our all our Patrons to win something very nice.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Thank you, thank you. Besides the items listed above and being the gravy on our mashed potatoes, we will shower you with the following rewards:
  • We will mail you a small limited edition art print from us at least once a quarter.
  • On major projects, we will be providing numerous podcasts, art how-to videos and/or reviews. This will include our art and we will pick at least one selected person per month to be included in the podcast. We will select some questions to be answered in the podcast or through our Patron feed. What a color-cornucopia of an art feast.  
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
Stop it, you are going to make us cry. Besides the items listed above and being the whip on our Starbucks Java Chip Frappachino, we will smother you with the following rewards:

  • We will attempt to answer all your questions via our Patreon feed or Podcasts.
  • For artists, or those who are curious about art or design, once a month we will randomly select a few of our Patrons from our $10.00 category to have your choice of a one-on-one session with us to: review your art or design, help with painting or illustration, help with an art program like Procreate or Illustrator, help or just talk about anything related to art or websites. 
Pledge $14 or more per month
0 patrons
EXCLUSIVE MOTIVATIONAL MEDAL, ONE EVERY OTHER MONTH*

Art comes to us in various ways. Instead of fighting inspiration we embraced it and traveled down a running art path by creating Virtual Run World where we design motivational medals. This reward level is for our goal setting people who love art in medal form. Most people use these medals for motivation and rewards on their mileage goals. Due to the large and heavy size of the medals some use them for self defense. However, they also can be used as motivation for your weight loss or fitness goals or given as gifts to encourage others. Our Virtual Run World customers may be curious on how this works. The same as before but you receive BONUS medals and bigger discounts for being a Patron. There are two tiers for motivational medals. This one allows you to spread out the amount. The $28 tier listed below is for one medal each month.

For this $14 tier:
  • You choose one Virtual Run World medal every other month from selected styles based on inventory.
  • Receive a BONUS Virtual Run World medal for every 6 consecutive months of being a Patron in this tier level only.

Includes free US shipping. International customers will have additional shipping costs.

*This reward level is EXCLUSIVE and stands alone from the other tiers.

Pledge $25 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
You are not the "I'm having an art salad, dressing on the side" type of artist. No, you are not...and we thank you for it. We can tell, you are the "bring me the art buffet" type. You demand and deserve that gooey dessert with your multi-plated art smorgasbord. Besides the items listed above and a bib for your art buffet (because it's going to get messy) we offer the feast below. Bon appetit. 

  • Post your art with ours on Patreon.
  • You will be included in our Patreon feed and Podcasts.
  • For artists or those who are curious about art or design, once a month you will have your choice of a one-on-one session with us to: review your art or design, help with painting or illustration, help with an art program like Procreate or Illustrator, web help or just talk about anything related to art or websites.

Pledge $28 or more per month
0 patrons
EXCLUSIVE MOTIVATIONAL MEDAL TIER*

Art comes to us in various ways. Instead of fighting inspiration we embraced it and traveled down a running art path by creating Virtual Run World where we design motivational medals. This reward level is for our goal setting people who love art in medal form. Most people use these medals for motivation and rewards on their mileage goals. Due to the large and heavy size of the medals some use them for self defense. However, they also can be used as motivation for your weight loss or fitness goals or given as gifts to encourage others. Our Virtual Run World customers may be curious on how this works. The same as before but you receive BONUS medals and bigger discounts for being a Patron. There are two tiers for motivational medals. This one is for one medal each month. The $14 tier listed above allows you to spread out the monthly amount.

For this $28 tier:
  • You choose one Virtual Run World medal every month from selected styles based on inventory.
  • Receive 2 BONUS Virtual Run World medals for every 6 consecutive months of being a Patron in this tier level only.

Includes free US shipping. International customers will have additional shipping costs.

*This reward level is EXCLUSIVE and stands alone from the other tiers.
Pledge $60 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
Wow, you are like the person I saw at Starbucks the other day, no iPhone, no iPad, no computer. Just sitting there, drinking coffee, admiring the package design - like a psycho.

Besides all the cool stuff listed above*, we will add a double shot of caffeine goodness with the following;

  • A small limited edition art print once a month.
  • You have the option of showing your art work with your own page, to our online art gallery at akinsartgallery.com. 
  • Do you have art you need printed? We can print one giclee print on archival paper of your art (up to 11x14) once a month, shipped to you or your customer. 

*Excluding Motivational Medal Tier
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
For this reward level we are going to walk through fire for you. Well, maybe not fire, that's dangerous, someone might get burned. But we can definitely promise to walk through a super humid environment for you, perhaps like Florida in the summer. Due to the humidity, we may not be wearing pants for this reward, but a lot of sweaty art is coming your way. 

So you get all the above* and.......
  • One art print of your choice, up to a 16x20 from us to you.
  • Your art included in our upcoming children's book. (To ensure a consistent feel and look to the book, the artist must follow our art direction.)
  • Do you have art you need printed? We can print one giclee print on archival paper of your art (up to 16x20) once a month, shipped to you or your customer.

*Excluding Motivational Medal Tier
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 of 2 patrons
At this level, we work for you, because you understand artists - you are a patron of the arts. You are aware artists live in a fantasy world with unrealistic exceptions and delusions of grandeur and need your support. We thank you.  

We offer all of the above* and....

  • One commissioned piece of art of your request. Depending on the subject matter and the request - the art we make for you may be watercolor, acrylic, digital art or bronze. We live in a fantasy world, however we will work with you to fulfill some realistic art expectation.

*Excluding Motivational Medal Tier