My conviction is that exploring our creativity is the world's best hope for peace, cooperation, and constructive communication. Creativity is also a major force in contributing to happiness. My focus now is to support these aims at Art Lover VIP.
I developed and ran an online directory of creative professionals between 2000 and 2004 that also encouraged and supported creativity by hosting over five hundred free resources, articles, and online creative activities. The site enjoyed many millions of visits.
The directory was provided without charge and required a lot of manual intervention, and this eventually led to the closure of its doors to accept new members.
In 2014 a secure, highly scalable, and far more powerful directory emerged. Members enjoyed a free professional company listing including the ability to present photos and images of their work, and unlike many creative directories, they could link directly to their website and social media networks improving their website's SEO footprint. Again, I developed this single-handedly, and the service was offered free of charge.
Those who completed their profile enjoyed membership options that provided the ability to upload a CV/Brochure/Artist Statement, Video, Article & Blog Postings, and a lot more.
The directory did not act as an agency. Commissions were not received on any work generated as a result of the directory, and it did not represent Client's interests to creative professionals with the exception of allowing them to contact members. This ensured Clients and Members enjoyed the benefits of an introductory service without being tied into an agency levy.
My hope was that a community of creatives would support their opportunity of free exposure by contributing a little effort by spreading the word.
Despite the opportunities and potential of the directory and a solid listing on Google, the service was sadly underused. Without devoting a further significant amount of my time and resources, the service would have little lasting impact to engage creatives in large numbers.
I therefore decided to close the directory at the end of November 2019, and I am now wholly focused on creating music, art, and poetry which you can enjoy on this site, at 100 Artworks, and elsewhere. My work on this and other projects is supported by Art Lover VIP.
I hope those who used the directory found it valuable, and that their ongoing creative journeying is as satisfying as mine.