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BUYING ORIGINAL ART & CAROLE'S JOURNEY
 
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Buying Original Art

You have a space that needs a special painting or centrepiece...
• that means something special to you
• or that reflects who you are
• or is a real statement piece
• or maybe something to match your decor

Whatever your reason for buying a piece of artwork, I'd like to try and help you! First I want to tell you a bit about me and my story.

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How I turned professional...

Having painted all my life as a hobby, being an artist for a living was a dream. I never thought for one minute I was good enough or could possibly make enough money to live.

I started a recreational course in watercolours at Lichfield School of Art in 1999 and began to learn and experiment with lots of different techniques. My tutor saw some potential and encouraged me to start exhibiting and so I became a friend of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. I entered paintings into all of the friends and open exhibitions and most of the time they were selected. I also found a small space in Lichfield that I could hire and put on solo shows.

And my work started to sell. Not for very much money, it was pocket money; it bought my materials. But I was able to go to college for one day a week whilst I ran my design and marketing business which I had started in 1990.

I approached a few galleries and asked if they'd take my work and they did. So my 'wings' were beginning to spread.  Then in 2004 I entered a 'New Artist' competition sponsored by the NEC Autumn Fair and a national publisher. I was selected as one of the 10 finalists and my prize was a stand at the Autumn Fair that year. I gained a publishing contract and I had a queue of gallery managers waiting to talk to me. At this point, I had to be careful to keep my feet firmly on the ground, there was still a long long way to go.

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In 2007 I bit the bullet; I worked out my finances and decided to paint full time. It's my passion, I absolutely love to paint and I knew that if I could just make enough money to pay my bills, I would be happy... ecstatic in fact.

Now my painting is my life. I moved to a house in Shropshire in 2014 and had a large studio built overlooking the rolling Shrophire countryside. People visit from all over the country to my open weekends and exhibitions; visitors arrive and enjoy the incredible views we have and sometimes take hours browsing through the many many paintings. Some have even been known to get comfy in front of the wood burner and make themselves cups of tea! Perfect!

My Studio is also where I run a packed programmed of workshops for beginners through to exhibiting artists for small groups of 6 people. Again people come from all over the UK and abroad to paint with me.

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Of course, in addition to painting every day are the mundane but cruicial jobs like maintaining my website, social media, monthly/yearly accounts, advertising and marketing, general adminstration and getting to and from art fairs and selling. More and more sales are coming from social media - Facebook in particular where I have a following of almost 6000 people worldwide. I am also a guest writer for The Artist magazine and have had several feature length articles printed in International Artist magazine.

I am lucky to have been blessed with a gift and I truly believe that when an opportunity has presented itself, I have taken it, I have had belief and have worked very hard, sometimes through the night for weeks on end to achieve certain goals.

And the journey continues, I have by no means 'arrived' but what I am doing is living the dream right now.

             
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Credentials

I am a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. I became a friend in 2000, an Associate Member in 2003 and was nominated as an Elected Member in 2008. First time, I was turned down!! I was mortified... I had been a full time professional artist for a year, making a living from it and I didn't get the votes! I then learned that the then president had been turned down three times before they were accepted! I tried again and got it!

The RBSA is one of the oldest art societies in the country - founded in 1807 and I consider it a great honour to be a member of such a prestigious and well established organsation.

Testimonials

I have many collectors in the UK, USA, Ireland, Channel Isles and Europe. I think one of my collectors at the last count had purchased 28 original 'Carole Baker's!! Wow - what a huge compliment!

Here's what a few of them have to say.


"We have been collectors of artwork for the past 5 years and to be honest , it was our meeting with Carole Baker at the Reading Contemporary Art Fair that propelled us on our real journey. Carole is a very empathetic person who is incredibly talented. Her paintings are atmospheric and evocative and beautifully colourful. Over these past years we have amassed 13 ‘full-sized’ canvasses and 4 smaller (daily) paintings. Carole herself is easy to talk to and is understandably very enthusiastic about her work. She is not a hard sell and really wants you to have something that suits you as a person or couple. She is friendly and welcomes people to visit her studio to see where she works and what’s on offer and some of the views which have inspired her.

We are very happy with all of our purchases and have laughingly thought of moving to a bigger house so that we can buy more and more of her lovely work.
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S&B, Reading, Berkshire, UK

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"I was introduced to Carole's work by my friend and I was totally blown away. The original paintings "Sunshine Sparkles and Daisy Meadows" are just a couple of Carole's paintings that I have been lucky enough to purchase. I feel like Carole is now a friend, the customer care service she offers is amazing and I certainly look forward to acquiring more of her work."

DE, Essex, UK - all bought off Facebook

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"We were incredibly fortunate to meet Carole at an art fair a few years ago. We loved her art and started chatting with her. Carole is passionate about what she does and it shows.

We consider it a privilege to now have some of her beautiful paintings in our home.

If you are looking to purchase some stunning contemporary art, landscapes, seascapes etc, visit her at her studio or at one of the exhibitions she is involved in, you will not be disappointed.

Or if you want to get into painting, or are an artist looking to improve, book on to one of Carole’s workshops, she is an inspirational teacher.

H&B, Cheshire, UK

Below: 6 original 'Carole Baker's' in the collection in one room

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"Carole’s artwork is beautiful, colourful, expressive and inspirational - her paintings brighten up my life and reflect the warm hearted, creative person she is.

She is a brilliant tutor; patient, helpful and encouraging, all with a great sense of humour ensuring that those taking part in her workshops and holidays have a happy, relaxed and productive experience and come away wanting more.’

JV, North Yorkshire, UK

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Bespoke Service and 'Try-before-you-buy'

Sometimes it is difficult to visualise what a painting will look like in the room where you would like it to go. If you live local to my studio, I am more than happy to bring a selection of paintings round to your home to see how they look, try different options and combinations. This is a free-no-obligation service I offer. Ultimately I want you to be happy with your purchase - afterall you are giving one of my 'creations' a forever home! My paintings mean something to me and I want them to be loved so your satisfaction is very important to me.

If you live further afield, just let me know the painting (s) that have caught your eye; take a photo of the room / wall where you want it/them to hang together with an idea of dimensions and I will superimpose the images of the paintngs in place. Once again this is a free-no-obligation service.

 

Commissions

Have you a special person, memory, event or place that means something to you?
Is it a memory that is fading or a crystal clear image?
Wouldn't it be nice to immortalise the memory, the moment and the magic?
Better still, why not protect it and save it forever in a unique way for a unique memory...

I am always willing to consider commissions and would be happy discuss ideas for other projects with you to create inspirational images that could be used for yourself or for corporate projects.

Call Carole on 01952 691071 or 07930 545264 to discuss your ideas.

 

Stage Payments

I am committed to helping you own a piece of my original artwork. For any work over £500 you can pay in instalments and spread the cost over several months. Generally the cost is split into 3 or 4 payments and as soon as the final payment is made, your painting will be ready for collection / sending.

Give me a call or email me [email protected] and we can discuss options.

 

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