Portrait of Artists’ Representative: Alison West Brown
By Betsy Hecht Cramb
Alison West Brown is this month’s featured artists’ representative. Alison says what she likes most about being an artists’ representative is having the chance to work with so many talented artists and watching them work, seeing a blank canvas come to life.
Alison says that she happily represents artists while also allowing them to sell their work through another gallery or on their own. She says, “I love going to all the big art shows and seeing my artists set up and selling. I am always proud when they tell people ‘I am their agent’.”
Alison says that she found many people were intimidated by going into an art gallery and she knew that she wanted to present her artists’ work in a much different way. Since she lives in an amazing old orange grove in the heart of Clearwater, she has built her gallery overlooking a lake filled with bass, all the amazing Florida birds and a pair of Trumpeter Swans. “It makes the gallery visit more of an experience which ties in well with all the original art.”
Alison considers introducing her clients to original art work the best gift of this profession. She said she has had clients come to the gallery to acquire a new painting who have become very excited to show off their new piece of art. They’ve told her that “from now on they will only buy original art.”
When asked how she got started as an artist’s representative, Alison said that she has been an art collector since she was young and has always enjoyed the arts. She added, “I knew family and friends who were artists and I just felt like I wanted to show off their work.”
Alison said she feels extremely lucky to have the chance to work with some of the best artists around.
Alison has a degree in Fashion Merchandising from LSU and she thinks that fashion and art are a beautiful combination. Growing up, Alison said her parents’ house was decorated with Degas, Winslow Homer and Van Gogh hanging on the walls. Although they were not originals, they were very important images for her. Alison said, “I think that early exposure to art work has carried over into my love of representing artists and sharing their gifts with others.” You can contact Alison at: 727-510-8572 or e-mail her at email@example.com. Gallery hours are by appointment only.
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