Marketing | Acrylic
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado in 1974, Straus grew up enjoying every opportunity to hike, ski, camp or otherwise spending time outdoors in nature.
He left to study at Syracuse University in New York receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997. His first career in directing documentary narrative films and advertising, took him to Los Angeles and later, New Zealand. His achievements in this medium included the appearance of his films numerous international film festivals.
In 2018, after a decade of professional filmmaking, Straus returned to Denver and shifted his focus. He began fervently working toward becoming a full-time fine artist, hosting his first solo show in 2019. His second solo show, The Parks, debuted at a Denver gallery and garnered attention for his modern approach to the depiction of iconic landscapes, solidifying his style, vision and emergence into the art scene. The exhibit was also featured later that year at the American Mountaineering Museum. His colorful and dynamic work has been exhibited in galleries, institutions, museums and private collections in California, New York and Colorado.
Straus is proud to have been recognized on a national level with the US National Park Service. Beginning in 2021 his “Tetons National Park” painting will be on permanent exhibit at the visitor’s center in the Grand Tetons National park in Wyoming.
Straus is an active, enthusiastic promoter of his own work and the art community as a whole. He currently lives and works above Denver in the foothills of Golden, Colorado surrounded by the wilderness that inspires him.
Sometimes you stumble into something amazing. Levelling Up is that “something amazing” for me as I began to explore a career path as an artist. It’s been supportive, educational, fun and the people/artists I’ve met are seriously awesome. It’s been an inspiring journey so far and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. 💙
~ Pam, Emerging Artist
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- Next Session May 26, 2022
- 5pm - 7pm MT (7pm - 9pm ET)
- Repeats on the 4th Thursday of the month
Listed below are this Master’s specialty skills. Join this Master’s group if you want to grow your skills in these areas.
In his Mastermind Group, Topher will be focusing on Marketing and Branding. He will support artists in developing their online presence with website design, artist statement & cv, social media, exhibits, approaching galleries, selling online, production, and more. Topher will not be teaching on his digital painting technique but translating his knowledge for artists in any medium.
Colour and Composition
Studio Setup for Art Production
MARKETING & BRANDING:
Artist Statement & CV
Shows and Exhibits
Running your art business the day-to-day
Studio Time Management
Products, Prints, & Reproductions
For Emerging Artists
Am I An Emerging Artist?
As an emerging artist, you have been painting regularly and feel fairly confident in your one unique style.
You've taken workshops/courses and have already been selling your work to friends, family, and in community shows, markets and beyond.
Now you're ready to take it to the next level!
YOU'RE INTERESTED IN:
- art critiques - getting expert feedback on your artwork
- selling - learn how to sell your artwork
- building your brand and marketing, leveraging social media well
- earning a steady income in an unsteady economy
- how to approach galleries and/or go solo successfully
- business skills - learn the mechanics of creating and sustaining a business as an artist
- production - studio set-up and time management to maximize production
- art licensing - what products to create, how to find a reputable producer
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