Selling art in your studio, a conversation with Julia Hensley

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Hensley_headshot3I first met Julia on twitter last year and was tremendously impressed with both her art and her ability to write about art and ideas on her blog. Julia has a depth of education that informs her work and a passion for sharing that knowledge both through teaching classes and writing online.

At the end of last year, I noticed that Julia's studio sale seemed to be going remarkably well as she tweeted about work that was selling. When I asked her about it recently, she told me that she had sold quite a lot of paintings, more than often sell in a gallery show. And she had done even better the year before when the economy was having it's darkest hour. We'll discuss her strategies for successful self-produced shows, how teaching art can be an unexpected avenue for sales of art, and how to run an art school as an independent artist.

Julia Hensley received a BFA in painting from Boston University. She has taught drawing and painting to adults since 1999 at Kirkland Arts Center, North Seattle Community College, the Frye Art Museum, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and Julia's Studio, her private school. Julia has self-produced two shows and represents her work online at Her gallery history includes representation by the Sunne Savage Gallery in Boston, Foster White Gallery in Seattle, and Paul Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco.

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  3. Read Julia's blog

Further Resources:

  1. Julia's Studio: Art classes with Julia Hensley
  2. Julia's recommended reading list

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