What Do Laureen’s Clients Say?

From Clients:

When I came to Laureen for help, I had lost my direction and confidence. I tend to be quite hard on myself and my work, and had a couple of brutal critiques which left me thinking I should give up painting altogether. With Laureen’s help I was able to sort things out and get myself back on track. She helped me see the strengths and value in my work, and rephrase the internal dialogue to look at what works and is worthy before being too critical. She guided me back on the path I had originally wanted to take so I feel like I’m not spinning my wheels and throwing a million ideas to the wind hoping for one to stick. Gentle prompts and thought provoking questions make you really think about your direction and what you are doing. Now it’s just up to me to do the work and continue on. – Roberta Murray

I thoroughly enjoyed the art mentor sessions with Laureen. It has helped me a great deal in knowing how the art world works and how to approach many issues with it. Laureen has a very gentle and comfortable way of communicating which makes you feel relaxed and able to talk freely. I would highly recommend her sessions!Shelley Hudson

I had the privilege of working with Laureen as my art business mentor for four months. In that time I moved from being very confused about my direction, to being more confident about my work and how to market it.  Laureen uses a practical approach to break big goals down into small steps. She grasped the scope and depth of what I needed. Her in-depth expertise provided the knowledge I needed, when I needed it. She helped solidify my Internet presence, gave me a lot of ideas on networking, enlightened me about galleries (having been a gallery owner her insight was invaluable), and encouraged me in the creation and marketing of my artwork. I was able to line up several exhibits for the year using her suggestions. She also helped me develop my portfolio. She opened my eyes to education opportunities around me – both online and off – to help me grow as an artist and to network with other artists. These are just a few areas we covered.  Laureen is also quick to admit when she is outside her comfort zone or area of expertise. I found this particularly helpful because she didn’t waste my time or hers on areas better left to others. I have no hesitation in recommending her as an art business mentor. – Jean Ottosen

I was rather cautious about working with a mentor because it is hard not only to find a guide one trusts but also to expose one’s ego. Laureen’s mentoring skills have dispelled my hesitations. She offers the honest, focused discussions an artist needs to have with an objective, articulate, and positive guide. Her professional attitude is insightful and empathetic because she has experience with almost any art-related topic. With Laureen as an adviser I now gratefully understand how mentoring can help an artist advance their career. Certainly she nudged me along appropriately and probably will again. – Jane A Evans

I had some questions about a specific situation with my art practice and Laureen in her clear thoughtful way put my concerns into perspective. It is wonderful to be able to consult with an artist of Laureen’s reputation and caliber providing such an invaluable service. I began our consultation somewhat overwhelmed by my issue, feeling much clearer, and much more confident when our consultation finished. Not only did she paint a bigger picture for me to consider, her witty easy going manner made the whole experience enjoyable, as well as very informative. I would highly recommend any artist to consult with Laureen, whose depth of  knowledge and experience holds great benefits for the entire arts community. – Kent Tate

Artist Coach Laureen Marchand provided me with the information and guidance I needed to begin a professional art practice. Laureen brings extensive experience, a tremendous amount of knowledge and a truly insightful perspective to the coaching relationship. She empowers you to grow as a professional artist. She skillfully diminishes the daunting task of preparing artist statements, biographies, CV’s and gallery submissions.  After four hours of intensive and productive examination of my portfolio, I felt equipped with the necessary skills to present my art confidently. I now have a better understanding of myself as an art maker. – Bonnie A. Conly