Who and where are you?
Claudia Goodell Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seven years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), or Myalgic Encephalomyopathy (ME) as it’s called elsewhere. May 12th is the international awareness day for ME/CFS, and there is a blue ribbon campaign the entire month of May to increase awareness for this disabling illness that effects 1-4 million Americans. There is still no known cause, no approved treatment and no cure. To increase awareness and to raise research funds I will be donating a portion of proceeds from sales of my art during the month of May, to The CFIDS Association of America.
How were you introduced to Facebook?
I do my best to stay current with digital means for promoting art, fundraising, and other personal interests, and Facebook has provided an excellent platform for disseminating information to the masses.
Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?
Review as many other Facebook pages representing businesses similar to yours to gather information and ideas on what you think works. Make sure you think carefully about the name of your page because once you reach 500 subscribers Facebook will not allow a name change. Also, be sure the name clearly states what the page is, and possibly your name or the name of your business because the name you select becomes the URL. If you want people to find your FB page when they do a web search by your name, then include that in the name of your FB page.
What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?
I think having the ability to share useful information and images is the best feature on FB. This is how things go viral.
What’s coming next from your studio?
Currently I am taking private lessons from Ricardo Chavez-Mendez, a local seasoned artist, and we are working to develop my own style based on Curvismo, a style Ricardo has developed and mastered. This new style is somewhat of a departure from my previous work as it incorporates realism, surrealism, abstractionism, and Curvismo or curvism. Eventually I will exhibit these pieces.
We are also working to finish some oil paintings created by my late son-in-law, who inspired me to start painting. These pieces were left in various states of completion at the time of his death. The goal of this project is to exhibit these works in a future show, demonstrating how they were created through a combined effort, allowing me to tell his story and mine through the art.