Susan Fox is creating Contemporary Paintings and Drawings
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As you can see, I'm just getting started! You can be one of my first patrons and know that your support was what got me off the ground. As a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU, my first ten patrons at the $5 level or higher will receive a one-time gift of a small original drawing or pen and ink piece after they've been a patron for three months.

In return for your monetary support as one of my values patrons, I'm offering art tips and ongoing "workshops" in the creation, appreciation and marketing of art based on my forty years of experience as a professional artist. And I also enjoy sharing stories and images of my art adventures and travels over the years to Mongolia, Kenya, Europe and around the USA.

Having your support will make my lifelong art journey even more special.

I started to draw when I was a child, majored in art in college and, for the past forty years, have worked professionally in a number of art-related fields. What I’ve learned over the years as a sign painter, graphic designer, calligrapher, illustrator and, since 1997, as a fine artist, has now resulted a body of knowledge that I want to pass on. And Patreon is the perfect place to do that.

If you honor me by joining my Patreon community I’ll be sharing it all. If you want to become an artist, or already are one, and are looking for tried and true traditional knowledge and skills, you’ve come to the right place. If you simply love art but also want to learn about "the art life", how art is created and how to appreciate and evaluate a work of art, I welcome you. We’ll all be on this journey together. The really great thing about art is that there is no final destination. There’s always more to learn, more to discover, more to share.

And, beyond bringing you into my world of art, I also want to share images and stories of some of the many places I’ve been fortunate to travel to over the years, including my “second home” Mongolia. I specialize in subjects from the country also known as the “Land of Blue Skies” and am the only American artist currently doing so. But I’ve also traveled to Kenya (twice), England, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Romania and Japan. In the US, I’ve been to many states, national parks and wildlife refuges pursuing my fine art career as primarily a wildlife/animal artist. You can find lots of stories and images of my travels on my blog, but I’ve got plenty of good ones  that haven’t yet been told and many of those will be exclusively for you, my patrons. And who knows, maybe we can even take a trip together in the future. Or I might be able to come to your town for a workshop. But whatever we do, know that your support is greatly and sincerely appreciated, no matter what amount you pledge.

WHY I JOINED PATREON...
The predictable revenue stream provided by your pledges make it much easier to budget and plan ahead, which then lets me focus on my art more effectively. I've had fans, buyers and collectors of my work for many years, but I love the idea of having "patrons"...people who are enthusiastic about what I do, want to learn a variety of art skills and, especially, want to be a part of an on-going community and conversation centered on art and the art life. I've also recently moved in a new direction with my paintings, away from a traditional approach and towards a more personal, contemporary expression. Your support helps me to continue exploring and experimenting with new ways to communicate what I've seen.

MORE ABOUT ME:
I was one of those kids who always loved to draw and my subject was usually animals. My first real job, at age 22 in 1976, was working in a sign shop that also did graphic design. I taught myself calligraphy (including medieval illumination) and freelanced as a graphic designer/calligrapher for over fifteen years, pre-personal computer. In 1987 at age 35 I went back to school full-time at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and earned a BFA Illustration in 1989. In 1990 I moved home to Humboldt County, where I grew up, freelancing again as an illustrator and graphic designer doing work for an interesting variety of local businesses. But…my childhood dream had always been to “paint realistically in oils”. The opportunity finally came in 1995 when I saw an article in the local paper about someone who was teaching traditional oil painting skills. I studied with him privately for over two years, going to his studio three hours a week to copy master paintings from print reproductions. During this time I also discovered the field of wildlife art with the revelation that artists were actually paid to draw and paint animals! In 1997, I attended my first wildlife art workshop. I was accepted into my first juried exhibition in 2003 and have had a least one acceptance every year since then. Today, I'm a full-time fine artist, working both in the studio and out in the field.

Traveling to see my subjects in their native habitats is a very important part of my work. Over the years I've journeyed to England, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Romania (where I visited two bear hides and photographed European brown bears). In the US I've visited many national parks and wildlife refuges, including Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Glacier national parks and Okefenokee Swamp, Chincoteague and Assateague National Wildlife Refuges. In January of 1999, I took my first trip to Kenya as an Earthwatch Institute volunteer on a lake ecology project based at Lake Naivasha and my second in 2004, on an art workshop/safari, thereby attaining another childhood dream of getting to go on a real mobile safari, tent camping in the bush. The following year I went to Mongolia for the first time, once again thanks to Earthwatch and an argali mountain sheep study. In 2009 I was awarded a $5000 grant by Artists for Conservation to visit three locations with argali and also assist in setting up a women’s felt craft collective at the same location where I did the Earthwatch project, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve. In the succeeding years I’ve traveled widely in the Mongolian countryside, twelve trips so far, tent camping for up to three weeks at a time, keeping an illustrated journal and painting on location in watercolor, also bringing home an increasing number of photos, 7,000+ from my last trip.

WHAT’S PATREON AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Patreon is the 21st century revival of a very old and honorable way to support artists and their art….by becoming their patron, as Pope Julius was the patron of Michaelangelo and Philip IV of Spain supported Velasquez. The Medici of Florence are largely famous today because of their patronage of artists and fine craftsmen. What’s great about Patreon is that you don’t have to be a Pope, king or fabulously wealthy to become a patron of an artist or creative person you admire. For as little as five dollars per month my patrons will receive special rewards to go along with my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for their support. They will also have the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped make possible the art I create.
I invite you to share my art and travel adventures. Please consider becoming one of my valued Patrons!
Tiers
Pika
$1 or more per month
Access to some of my “Patron Only" posts, which will include art tips


Two high-resolution wallpaper downloads of my paintings


Your support is much appreciated! Thank you!  


Hedgehog
$5 or more per month
Access to many of my "Patron Only” posts 


Access to a selection of art tips/techniques and see some works-in-progress 


Four high-resolution downloads of my paintings


Occasional behind the scenes studio visits via Lens on your mobile phone

 

First six patrons at this level will receive an art bookmark from Mongolia


I greatly appreciate your support! Thank you so much! 

Argali
$10 or more per month
Immediate access to all of my “Patron Only” posts


Six high-resolution downloads of my paintings

  

Access to a selection of my art tips and techniques; see my work-in-progress

 

Behind the scenes studio visits via Lens on your mobile phone


First twenty-four patrons at this level will receive a handmade felt camel from Mongolia


My most sincere thanks and appreciation for your support! Thank you so very much! 


Takhi
$20 or more per month
Immediate access to all of my “Patron Only” posts; request topics


Eight high-resolution downloads of my paintings 

 

Access to all my art tips and techniques and more; see my works-in-progress 

 

Behind the scenes studio visits via Lens on your mobile phone and livestreams


One critique on request a year


Patron-only offers of prints and drawings at special prices

 

The first three patrons at this level will receive a special handmade felt gift from Mongolia


I am deeply touched by your patronage and support. Thank you from my heart!

Irbis (Snow Leopard)
$30 or more per month
Access to all of my “Patron Only” posts; opportunities to ask questions and request topics 


Ten high-resolution downloads of my paintings

 

Access to  all my art tips and techniques and more; see my works-in-progress


Previews of new tutorials on art and art appreciation

  

Behind the scenes studio visits through Lens and livestreams


Two critiques a year on request


Patron-only offers of drawings and small original oil paintings (up to 8x10”) at special prices

 

The first three patrons at this level will receive a special handmade felt gift from Mongolia


My deepest gratitude and appreciation for your support. You are a most special patron of the arts. Thank you from my heart! 

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Patreon funding provides a predictable revenue stream...very important for self-employed artists like myself. Sales are always wonderful, but not predictable.
With your support I can:
 1. Buy the supplies I need for creating my art…paint, brushes, canvas panels. paper, pens, pencils, etc.

2. Pay my professional organization membership fees

3. Pay juried show fees, catalog fees, packing and shipping costs for accepted work
 
4. Cover at least some of the costs of my Mongolia trips and one or two other professional art-related trips each year

5. Create a fun and supportive community of artists and art lovers through which I'll share what I've learned over the past forty years of working in art and art-related fields

6. Use my art to help support conservation in Mongolia through the following organizations: Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve, the Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project and the Altai Institute

I deeply appreciate whatever level of support you are generous enough to offer!





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As you can see, I'm just getting started! You can be one of my first patrons and know that your support was what got me off the ground. As a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU, my first ten patrons at the $5 level or higher will receive a one-time gift of a small original drawing or pen and ink piece after they've been a patron for three months.

In return for your monetary support as one of my values patrons, I'm offering art tips and ongoing "workshops" in the creation, appreciation and marketing of art based on my forty years of experience as a professional artist. And I also enjoy sharing stories and images of my art adventures and travels over the years to Mongolia, Kenya, Europe and around the USA.

Having your support will make my lifelong art journey even more special.

I started to draw when I was a child, majored in art in college and, for the past forty years, have worked professionally in a number of art-related fields. What I’ve learned over the years as a sign painter, graphic designer, calligrapher, illustrator and, since 1997, as a fine artist, has now resulted a body of knowledge that I want to pass on. And Patreon is the perfect place to do that.

If you honor me by joining my Patreon community I’ll be sharing it all. If you want to become an artist, or already are one, and are looking for tried and true traditional knowledge and skills, you’ve come to the right place. If you simply love art but also want to learn about "the art life", how art is created and how to appreciate and evaluate a work of art, I welcome you. We’ll all be on this journey together. The really great thing about art is that there is no final destination. There’s always more to learn, more to discover, more to share.

And, beyond bringing you into my world of art, I also want to share images and stories of some of the many places I’ve been fortunate to travel to over the years, including my “second home” Mongolia. I specialize in subjects from the country also known as the “Land of Blue Skies” and am the only American artist currently doing so. But I’ve also traveled to Kenya (twice), England, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Romania and Japan. In the US, I’ve been to many states, national parks and wildlife refuges pursuing my fine art career as primarily a wildlife/animal artist. You can find lots of stories and images of my travels on my blog, but I’ve got plenty of good ones  that haven’t yet been told and many of those will be exclusively for you, my patrons. And who knows, maybe we can even take a trip together in the future. Or I might be able to come to your town for a workshop. But whatever we do, know that your support is greatly and sincerely appreciated, no matter what amount you pledge.

WHY I JOINED PATREON...
The predictable revenue stream provided by your pledges make it much easier to budget and plan ahead, which then lets me focus on my art more effectively. I've had fans, buyers and collectors of my work for many years, but I love the idea of having "patrons"...people who are enthusiastic about what I do, want to learn a variety of art skills and, especially, want to be a part of an on-going community and conversation centered on art and the art life. I've also recently moved in a new direction with my paintings, away from a traditional approach and towards a more personal, contemporary expression. Your support helps me to continue exploring and experimenting with new ways to communicate what I've seen.

MORE ABOUT ME:
I was one of those kids who always loved to draw and my subject was usually animals. My first real job, at age 22 in 1976, was working in a sign shop that also did graphic design. I taught myself calligraphy (including medieval illumination) and freelanced as a graphic designer/calligrapher for over fifteen years, pre-personal computer. In 1987 at age 35 I went back to school full-time at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and earned a BFA Illustration in 1989. In 1990 I moved home to Humboldt County, where I grew up, freelancing again as an illustrator and graphic designer doing work for an interesting variety of local businesses. But…my childhood dream had always been to “paint realistically in oils”. The opportunity finally came in 1995 when I saw an article in the local paper about someone who was teaching traditional oil painting skills. I studied with him privately for over two years, going to his studio three hours a week to copy master paintings from print reproductions. During this time I also discovered the field of wildlife art with the revelation that artists were actually paid to draw and paint animals! In 1997, I attended my first wildlife art workshop. I was accepted into my first juried exhibition in 2003 and have had a least one acceptance every year since then. Today, I'm a full-time fine artist, working both in the studio and out in the field.

Traveling to see my subjects in their native habitats is a very important part of my work. Over the years I've journeyed to England, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Romania (where I visited two bear hides and photographed European brown bears). In the US I've visited many national parks and wildlife refuges, including Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Glacier national parks and Okefenokee Swamp, Chincoteague and Assateague National Wildlife Refuges. In January of 1999, I took my first trip to Kenya as an Earthwatch Institute volunteer on a lake ecology project based at Lake Naivasha and my second in 2004, on an art workshop/safari, thereby attaining another childhood dream of getting to go on a real mobile safari, tent camping in the bush. The following year I went to Mongolia for the first time, once again thanks to Earthwatch and an argali mountain sheep study. In 2009 I was awarded a $5000 grant by Artists for Conservation to visit three locations with argali and also assist in setting up a women’s felt craft collective at the same location where I did the Earthwatch project, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve. In the succeeding years I’ve traveled widely in the Mongolian countryside, twelve trips so far, tent camping for up to three weeks at a time, keeping an illustrated journal and painting on location in watercolor, also bringing home an increasing number of photos, 7,000+ from my last trip.

WHAT’S PATREON AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Patreon is the 21st century revival of a very old and honorable way to support artists and their art….by becoming their patron, as Pope Julius was the patron of Michaelangelo and Philip IV of Spain supported Velasquez. The Medici of Florence are largely famous today because of their patronage of artists and fine craftsmen. What’s great about Patreon is that you don’t have to be a Pope, king or fabulously wealthy to become a patron of an artist or creative person you admire. For as little as five dollars per month my patrons will receive special rewards to go along with my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for their support. They will also have the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped make possible the art I create.
I invite you to share my art and travel adventures. Please consider becoming one of my valued Patrons!

Recent posts by Susan Fox

Tiers
Pika
$1 or more per month
Access to some of my “Patron Only" posts, which will include art tips


Two high-resolution wallpaper downloads of my paintings


Your support is much appreciated! Thank you!  


Hedgehog
$5 or more per month
Access to many of my "Patron Only” posts 


Access to a selection of art tips/techniques and see some works-in-progress 


Four high-resolution downloads of my paintings


Occasional behind the scenes studio visits via Lens on your mobile phone

 

First six patrons at this level will receive an art bookmark from Mongolia


I greatly appreciate your support! Thank you so much! 

Argali
$10 or more per month
Immediate access to all of my “Patron Only” posts


Six high-resolution downloads of my paintings

  

Access to a selection of my art tips and techniques; see my work-in-progress

 

Behind the scenes studio visits via Lens on your mobile phone


First twenty-four patrons at this level will receive a handmade felt camel from Mongolia


My most sincere thanks and appreciation for your support! Thank you so very much! 


Takhi
$20 or more per month
Immediate access to all of my “Patron Only” posts; request topics


Eight high-resolution downloads of my paintings 

 

Access to all my art tips and techniques and more; see my works-in-progress 

 

Behind the scenes studio visits via Lens on your mobile phone and livestreams


One critique on request a year


Patron-only offers of prints and drawings at special prices

 

The first three patrons at this level will receive a special handmade felt gift from Mongolia


I am deeply touched by your patronage and support. Thank you from my heart!

Irbis (Snow Leopard)
$30 or more per month
Access to all of my “Patron Only” posts; opportunities to ask questions and request topics 


Ten high-resolution downloads of my paintings

 

Access to  all my art tips and techniques and more; see my works-in-progress


Previews of new tutorials on art and art appreciation

  

Behind the scenes studio visits through Lens and livestreams


Two critiques a year on request


Patron-only offers of drawings and small original oil paintings (up to 8x10”) at special prices

 

The first three patrons at this level will receive a special handmade felt gift from Mongolia


My deepest gratitude and appreciation for your support. You are a most special patron of the arts. Thank you from my heart!