[caption id="attachment_302" align="alignleft" width="287" caption="Artist Ann Rea"][/caption] Occasionally I’m asked, "Who are your art partons?" I'm fortunate to say that I have a growing list of collectors and celebrities across the US, Canada, and Europe, including, Bob Proctor, host of the movie The Secret. And I have an increasing number of art patrons in England. Maybe they sense my dual citizenship? My list of patrons goes on but this describes a few; architects, interior and graphic designers, CEOs, wineries, winery and vineyard owners, entrepreneurs, attorneys, physicians, sales executives, stay at home mothers, and marketing folks. Really my patrons come from all walks of life and socio-economic positions. One of my first steady collectors was a divorced mother of three; she did not have an art budget. But she came from a highly aesthetically minded and accomplished family. Her father was a respected landscape architect and she was an interior designer with a background in textile design and a recent degree in architecture from UC Berkeley. UC Berkeley has a rigorous and competitive architectural degree program. She saw a black and white image of my painting in the Davis Enterprise announcing one of my first art receptions hosted by the Davis Communicare Health Clinic. She phoned Communicare so that she could contact me. She asked if we could meet before my art reception so that she could preview the collection before anything was sold. To my delight she purchased the painting featured in the Davis Enterprise before the reception. She then went on to acquire seven or more of my paintings. This patron’s early enthusiastic support created a foundation of confidence that has led me in this direction. Each time a new patron comes into my life I feel supported and grateful that they are helping me follow my bliss.