Todd Thomas Brown

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Knowing that many of the people in my community are also artists, or involved in nonprofit work (i.e. receive less compensation than the for-profit sector), and face extra challenges by the economy, I wanted to have a way for those of you to cast your 'vote' of support by signing on with a symbolic amount. This could be $1-$5 per month. It feels wonderful to have this connection, and I'll be better able to keep you tuned-in to my developments in Southern Italy. 
Sustainer - I want to make sure you keep on the path
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Apart from celebrity-level achievement in the arts, the vast majority of artists and arts organizations struggle continually to merely just get by. The arts simply do not work in the way that our commercial market economy functions, because one-of-a-kind objects and experiences can be mass produced without losing the very quality that makes them so unique and transformative. While we, as a culture, have yet to find a model of support in which artists can thrive, we still can take direct action by supporting individual artists. A small handful people contributing $10 - $20 per month can make an enormous impact on the sustainability of an individual artists work. For myself, it can cover basic materials and smaller monthly expenses. 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).
I've always wanted an original TTBrown painting. . .
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This is an especially good option for those of you that would really like to buy a piece but always feel strapped for funds. $25-$50, this is where you can begin to build credit for the purchase of one of my smaller original artworks (12 months x $25 is $300, enough for a small paintings). Think of it as putting something on layaway and paying over time. I will track your monthly payment, and you can choose at any time to cash it in on a painting of your choice. 


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).

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For 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
Patreon is an online platform designed to facilitate support for artists by individuals that believe in their work. Rather than asking for money for a one-time project, Patreon is about supporters joining as members to make a regularly occurring contribution, effectively becoming a "patron" of a specific artist, and receiving something in return. It builds on the idea of artists in past centuries who had wealthy patrons that supported/commissioned their work. With Patreon, the support is from a wealth divided and shared among many. (They have a great little video clip that explains it here: https://www.patreon.com/about). In my case, however, it enables you to build a monthly deposit that will go towards a future purchase of one of my paintings (of your choice). It turns the “pay over time” model around and into a “build a deposit” model, where patrons essentially prepay for works they choose later at their leisure. 


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

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