Carrie's Blue-Sky Patronage Plans
Would you please help fund my dream?
I started painting in 2006, when I was 50.
Five years later, my dream launched itself. I was 55, and I left my journalism career to earn our family's living by painting full-time.
It's the best decision I ever made. It's scary to leave a steady paycheck and a known world, but in trade for security, I'm finding a life full of light and color and life and love, creativity and discovery, and time with family and friends, new and old.
Painting helped me cope with deep losses, including the death of my mother. Painting helped me heal. It brought me faith, new energy, and introduced me into a community I'd never know existed. One that includes you!
You've helped and supported me all along, and now, I'm asking for your help to fine-tune my career while I continue to grow as a painter.
I want to cut the number of shows I do, and instead, create events that are tailored to you, my supporters and collectors.
I'd like to cut down from 20 shows to six or eight, take two or three painting trips a year, and bring art, videos and painting events to you in person and online.
I will use my time away from shows to develop as a painter, to explore, to work on commissions and projects, and to build a gallery here at our home in Wachapreague.
I appreciate your help and support!
If the rewards I'm offering don't work for you, please know that I'm open to discussing what you'd like, and building a patronage plan to suit you.
If you would rather receive no gifts, and use your monthly payment as a pay-in-advance installment plan for buying paintings, that's fine, and will earn you a 20 percent discount on any painting over $100.
You may also direct me to give some or all of your rewards to friends or family.
And if you want to pay by check, that's fine - please contact me at
Here are the patronage levels and rewards I'm offering.
When you subscribe, you'll receive some perks, in addition to my deep appreciation.
Each level includes the rewards of all previous levels, except where specified.
In addition to my deep gratitude, you'll receive a painting of your choice, either a commission or a painting I've created in the studio or en plein air, delivered or shipped by me.
$100 / month
In addition to the previous rewards, you'll receive a a deep discount on an art-themed event at a time a place of your choosing, for you and your friends. The party or workshop or painting demonstration can be for fun, for entertainment or to raise money for a favorite charity of yours, if you like.
You'll receive a 10x10, the Fine Art America gift, and a discount on a mid-sized painting
You'll get one 10x10 of your choice, once a year.
You'll get one 10x10 of your choice, once a year, and a tote bag, pillow cover or something else that you choose, from Fine Art America
$12,000 to $30,000 PER YEAR
If you'd be delighted to fund my dreams to this level, I'm delighted to discuss a rewards program that will make you happy. This can be a combination of paintings, parties, visits, paintings trips, and any ideas you might have. We will work out payment arrangements that suit you.
And to my patrons at all levels, you will know that behind my deep gratitude is the knowledge that you are truly helping me achieve my dreams.