[caption id="attachment_1610" align="alignnone" width="450" caption=""Home" Ann Rea ©, 16" x 20", oil on canvas, private collection of Kelly and Shirly Neil"][/caption] Today I’m off to present the Neil Homestead collection to Mr. and Mrs. Neil, an Experience of Art to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They live just over the Golden Gate Bridge in the rolling hills of Marin, California, a few miles away from The Presidio. I’m bringing them 15 oil painting studies. Each painting is precious inventory and it first must be photographed, uploaded to annrea.com, labeled, registered with the Library of Congress, and carefully packed for the trek over the Golden Gate Bridge. Typically my patrons live in distant cities so they preview the collections of oil painting studies on annrea.com. But the Neils are just a hop, skip, and a jump away. I wanted them to see the works in the context of where they may be living, on the walls of the beautiful custom home that Mr. Neil designed. I know it will also help the Neils decide which oil painting study will best serve as the basis for the large custom interpretation that will be sized to fit perfectly over their stone mantel place. So much of my time is spent alone in my studio so I look forward to the times when I finally get to share my efforts with my patrons and witness their responses. It’s the best. Unlike a working relationship with an art gallery or representative, I actually get to know my collectors. Making these connections, having personal relationships with my collectors, this is the most rewarding part of being an artist.