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Art World Insiders Interview with Robert Patrick
Chuck Redux
Have you ever wondered how art professionals see artists and the art world? Get The Inside Story of Marketing the Art of Chuck Jones with Robert Patrick.

With his background in French, English Literature and studies at the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago, it seemed only natural that a career in the arts would suit Robert Patrick's creative temperament.  

Living in the arts community of Pilsen East on Chicago's near south side gave Patrick his first opportunity to work closely with young artists, bringing their work to the art marketplace through gallery, showroom and collector placement.  During this time he managed the showroom of famed Chicago interior designer, Hudson Brown, where he cut his teeth merchandising and designing window displays for this noted Chicago celebrity decorator.

Patrick lives along the southern coast of Orange County with his life-partner of 29 years and two dogs, Billy and Joey, where he can be found indulging his passions for photography, writing and gardening.

I met Robert through LinkedIn and contacted him because of his compelling profile. Robert's career is a study in art marketing from many angles. Then I discovered the connection with Chuck Jones and my Saturday mornings watching the Roadrunner came right back to me.

Note: We had such a wonderfully wide-ranging conversation that we talked for 90 minutes. Here is Part One and Part Two.


A.C.T.: How do you feel artists can benefit from the types of programs, services and products we offer at Artist Career Training and The Art Business Library? 

Robert: Listen up, artists!  You can't have enough help. Let someone help you become the sales person you need to be. Aletta knows her stuff and she is that person.  And I'm not just saying that to curry favor with her.  

What if I told you that you could have a successful career as an artist, but you'd have to give me your first-born?  In most cases, you'd refuse, wouldn't you?  What I'm saying is: there are no trade-offs on the way to success, you cannot wait for luck or fate or fortune to fall into your lap; you have to make it happen for yourself.

You're going to have to work for it and if that's the case then you should find the most efficient approach to that success.  

Aletta can help you create a plan so that you can focus more of your attention on creating.  Who wouldn't want that?  Her approach is simple, but not juvenile.  Her programs play to your strengths, but do not ignore your weaknesses.  Her plan, well, the fact is Aletta has a plan and there's no one I know who can't benefit from a well thought-out life/career plan

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Thank you very much for sharing this article, I've been a huge fan of his work as an interior designer.

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