Todd Thomas Brownis creating new work all the time
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I'll send you updates as my work projects progress in Naples. You can also look forward to special annual gathering in San Francisco that I am planning as a way to celebrate everyone that joins my patron base of support. (I will plan a smaller one in Vermont for those of you on the east coast).
WELCOMEFor those of you that are new to Patreon platform, I've provided a simple explanation at the bottom of this page. I also explain the unique manner in which I use Patreon, which difers from most other artists. I am not asking for money or support, rather, I use Patreon to help facilitate purchases of my artwork wherein patrons are able to make monthly payments over longer periods of time. This enables me to budget my spending throughout the year while allowing patrons a friendly payment plan.
From San Francisco to the Mountains of Central Italy - A Quick Summary
In the spring 2018 I relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to Naples, Italy, where I was based for a majority of the year, returning to my home town in Vermont for four months in 2019. I returned to Italy, in the spring 2019 to prepare for a June solo exhibition at Saverio Ammendola's gallery Mediterranea, the oldest running gallery in Naples, and one of the 10 oldest in all of Italy. That May I also traveled to Ibiza for a 20 day period to complete a commissioned large-format exterior piece for Las Dalias. In June I was invited to travel to L'Aquila region of Abruzzo in central Italy, to meet with the mayor of the beautiful medeival mountain village of Fontecchio. The mayor, Sabrina Ciancone, I was told, was a very progressive mayor with a vision to bring contemporary artists to Fontecchio as a means of reviving the cultural life of the village. She was also the only female mayor in all of Abruzzo. It turned out to be a fortunate encounter, as Signora Ciancone was as progressive and creative-minded as I had been told. We immediately hit it off and she invited me to begin working with the commune to develop a cultural initiative for Fontecchio. I have since relocated to this beautiful village and am now based among the stone dwellings of its historic center.
General principle behind Patreon
The real difference for me in this arrangement is the relationship between work and money. Rather than having the sale of my work be reduced to what is essentially a consumer purchase of a product (artwork), patronage via Patreon moves to a deeper and far more impactful level of supporting the process, that of research and experimentation, from which new and compelling work is sprung. This is to say, the difference is not merely financial but philosophical.