Patron Programme

leslie@lesliesart.ca

The patron programme offers you something special.
This plan allows you to acquire art from these pages with an affordable payment plan.
Here is an opportunity for you to start or expand your own collection of fine art,
Art which will increase in value over time,
Art which will bring you pleasure for years to come,
Art which can be a legacy for your families.
Here also, is an opportunity to ensure that I, as an artist, can continue to create new work that you, and others, can enjoy.
If you love quality art and you wish to support art at a fundamental level,
then the patron programme could be exactly what you need.

Definition:

A patron in this context is someone who will commit to purchasing art work from me regularly for a five year term.
There are many advantages to this plan.  A patron can choose from three levels of patronage each with special privileges:

Tiers of Patronage
Advocate - $300 yearly commitment
* Pay in installments for purchases valued greater than the designated yearly amount.
   Note: For purchases greater than 5x the annual commitment for the tier, special arrangements can be made.
* Receive item(s) purchased after the first annual payment has been received.
* Receive two-month advance notice of new work via e-mail.
* Access to password protected patron web page for more images, previews and special offers.
* A yearly newsletter.
Supporter - $500 yearly commitment
* All the benefits of tier 1, plus:
* Option to have personalized designation as part of the signature line on all prints purchased.
* 8% of the amount of your most recent completed purchase applied as a credit towards your next purchase.
Collector - $750 yearly commitment
* All the benefits of tier 1, plus:
* Option to have personalized designation as part of the signature line on all prints purchased.
* 10% discount on all purchases.

If you have a question, please e-mail me at leslie@lesliesart.ca.
If you would like to join, please complete the Patron Programme Contract and send your first payment.
To pay via PayPal, credit or debit card (no PayPal account necessary), please click here.  

Historic Precedence:

Historically, much of the great art we revere was created because patrons supported artists.  In Renaissance times, for instance, a wealthy person (eg. the Gonzaga family) or the Pope or royalty, provided an artist with a place to live and a place to work and usually a work to achieve.  The artist then supplied the patron with paintings or sculpture.  Leonardo de Vinci, Michelangelo and Vermeer are just a few artists who worked and became well-known through the help of patrons.

The tradition of patronage was echoed in many forms over many ages in many cultures.  Japanese patronage was originally a function of the Imperial Palace where artists worked in collaboration under the authority of a head artist.  In Northwest Coast traditions one house would commission the artist of another house to create art for pivotal events such as the passing on of chief names.  In USA, families like the Guggenheims selected artists to support, in the end leaving a legacy of fine art available for all.

A sensitive and courageous patron can do much more than simply provide financial and emotional support for the artist.   Patrons educate public taste, refresh the roots of culture, and often serve as the first biographers and critics on the scene.  In turn, artists continue to enrich the cultural context of our lives and create work that has the power to evoke change and growth.

I invite you to become part of my creative process and to witness the development of my art by becoming a patron.  Your support will allow me the freedom to stretch my creative wings, and more than this, you will play an integral part in bringing innovative work to the community and larger society.  Your support as a patron will mean artwork will be made that would not otherwise exist.  I welcome the honour and opportunity of sharing my artwork with you in an artist-patron relationship.

Questions and Answers:

After I join the programme
when do I pay?
Your first payment marks your entry into the programme.  This date becomes the first day of your first year of your 5 year term.  After this you will pay on the anniversary of your entry date.  Therefore, if you join on your next payment will be and all your first year transactions happen between those two dates.
How can I pay?You can pay with the PayPal option I have available on the website.  If you would prefer to pay by certified cheque or money order those options are acceptable as well.
How fast is shipping?It depends where you live and what time of the year we are looking at.
I will begin the process of shipping as soon as I learn from you which piece you would like.  I will pack it very well to prevent damage.  I will insure the work according to its value and include the tracing feature.  I will send it regular post unless we discuss this and you wish to pay extra for faster service.
Once the work is in the mail I will e-mail you (or phone) to let you know the post office's estimated time of arrival.  If there is some glitch on my end that will postpone the shipping I will let you know.
Can I use my patron commitment
to pay for framing the work?
The short answer is yes.  This would be particualrly to your advantage if you were in the area and picked up your piece in person (which would also reduce some of the other costs).
However, considering the additional shipping expenses and the increased risk of damage, (particularly with larger items), I believe your most satisfactory choice is to frame the work at home.
You will have complete control over mat and frame if you do so.
If you really want me to frame the work we can discuss the details, options and extra costs.
Can I switch tiers (up or down)
within the 5 year term?
Yes, depending upon what is outstanding in your account at the time.
What if I start the programme but
canít continue for the full term?
Perhaps payment intallments will make the commitment easier.  If not, this is something we can discuss on an individual basis as the need arises.
What if there is no painting I want
right now?
The money you have sent is credit for work you choose whenever you find what you want.  I hope and expect that you will see something special within the first year you start the programme.
If I have money left over at the end
of my commitment, am I forced to
spend it before the 5th year is over?
No, I will extend your credit according to mutual agreement so you may choose a work you enjoy or hopefully you will want to continue in the programme and carry the amount forward for as long as you are a patron.
Can I return the painting (exchange
or refund) if it arrives and isnít what
I expected?
Yes, for exchange, if you do so within two weeks of receiving the piece.
You will be responsible for shipping costs, both the return of the first piece and the arrival of the new piece in exchange.  In my experience, if you like the painting on the site, you will like it better "in person".
What if I want a painting costing more than 5x the programme amount?There are options here depending upon the price of the piece you would like:
a) pay the difference up front and spread the rest over the five years.
b) for very expensive pieces we can discuss a suitable arrangement.
Can I commission a painting?I have learned over the years that I am not a commission sort of painter.  Some people are very talented at interpreting the vision of another person.  It is not my greatest strength.  I believe that the work I do is varied enough to meet the tastes of many people.  I hope you will find what you like among the paintings I offer on the site and the patron page.
What happens after my 5 year term
is completed?
After five years your commitment is over.  If you are interested in continuing with the programme you can do so.  At this time you can recommit for as many years as you choose.  You can take it a year at a time or go for a longer period.

General Definitions:

printThere are many methods used to create prints.  Some examples are lithography, giclee, serigraphy, etching, block work.
In the art world a print is the result of any of these methods.  In my work I use primarily block prints and giclee prints.
A print may be an original print or a reproduction of an original work of art.
original printAn original print is one that is created directly from the print medium.  For example, I carve an image out of the material from a rubber, wood or linolium block.  I then apply ink or paint to this block and transfer the image to paper.  The image on the paper is considered the original print.
reproductions of original art workI have chosen to create limited edition reproductions of a number of my paintings.  This sustains the value of the work, both the original and the print, and it allows me to offer images to more people at an affordable price.
I use the giclee print method to produce my reproductive prints.
giclee printGiclee prints begin with high resolution digital images.  The images are then colour tested with the assistance of a skilled technician.  When the colour is satisfactory prints are created using archival inks and artist quality rag paper or canvas.
Giclee prints can be original prints if the first image is created on the computer itself.  They are reproductions if the first image was created by another method such as painting.
I create both reproductions and original work using the giclee process.
limited editionPrints, original or otherwise can be produced in large or small numbers.
Large editions might be designated unlimited, which clearly means there is no end to the possible numbers.  Such editions can be signed or unsigned, numbered or not, dated or not.
A limited edition has an end number after which the artist commits to stop creation.
print valueThe value of prints, whether original or reproductive, is determined by a number of criteria:
The skill of the artist
The reputation of the artist
The quality of the print
Whether the print is limited or not. (limited editions are of greater value)
The number of the edition (the smaller the number the greater the value)
Special edition status or special designations.