Ann Rea is a business and marketing strategist for an array of artists, including; painters, jewelers, mixed media artists, photographers, musicians, and designers.
She has worked as an innovation consultant for E & J Gallo Winery, Small Business Development Centers, and General Motors. Rea initiated the concept of selling the same car for the same price removing dreaded haggling from the car buying experience for GM’s Saturn Corp. Rea’s challenge to the auto industry altered their sales practices.
With the encouragement of renowned painters Gregory Kondos, and American art icon Wayne Thiebaud, Rea became determined to make a living as a painter. In 2005 she made a bold move. Rea quit her job and moved to the beach in San Francisco. With no contacts, or experience running a small business, she crafted a business strategy to build her own fine art enterprise and set a goal to sell over $100,000 in fine art by the end of the year.
Ann Rea exceeded her sales goal and began receiving national press recognition. Artists began approaching her for help so Rea launched Artists Who THRIVE with a mission to empower other artists to claim their creative freedom through business savvy.
By sharing her experiences and insights she guides a growing following of artists from across the globe.
Rea’s oil paintings, and her inspired business approach, have been featured on the HGTV and the Good Life Project, in “Fortune” and The Wine Enthusiast magazines, and profiled in the book “Career Renegade.” Her artistic talent is commended by American art icon Wayne Thiebaud, and she has a growing list of collectors across North America and Europe.