One of the biggest challenges of being a painter is connecting your stunning works of art with those who have the appreciation and budget to purchase them. There are several ways to do this, ranging from hosting exhibitions to auctioning your artwork, but arguably the easiest way to get your artwork out there is by using a website builder to create your own painter’s website.
In this article, we explore 12 fantastic examples of painters’ websites to give you inspiration for your own site. We will also take the opportunity to highlight the website builders that have been used to create them and some of the helpful features they include.
Built on the Wix website builder platform, Karen J Revis’ website uses a striking design to draw you in right from the moment you first visit the page.
Artists’ websites like this will often go counter to the usual advice of leaning heavily on white space. Instead, they opt to represent their artistic style through the websites’ design. When done well, this can have a considerable impact.
Karen also uses videos throughout her website. This is a highly engaging form of content and helps communicate Karen’s personality – which is often essential to potential art buyers. You, too, may want to use videos on your website to help communicate your personality and values.
Built on Shopify, this colorful website by Amira Rahim really stands out from the page.
One important lesson we can learn from this website is how Amira uses the header image space to promote the most exciting and important information. At the time of writing, this is for Amira’s upcoming ‘Paint to Prosper’ course.
Shopify’s advanced ecommerce features also allow Amira to diversify her offerings. Not only does this allow Amira to sell her art directly to customers online, but she is also able to offer specific training that can help others become paid full-time artists.
This simple, yet beautiful website offers a great example for those looking to build a strong online presence without committing to a vast financial investment
Built on GoDaddy, this site makes good use of white space, which helps Jule’s beautiful pieces of art stand out. The menu section of this website has been well considered, helping visitors easily navigate artwork based on subject or style. It also includes contact details, making it easy for potential customers to get in touch.
Built on Weebly, this striking website by Debra Lanning uses examples of her artwork to immediately draw visitors into the site and get them intrigued by what she has to offer.
Although using creative expression and advanced functionality can really help you get the most from your website, in reality, a basic but attractive site like this which includes information about the artist, examples of artwork, and an easy way to get in touch is often all you need.
This sleek website by artist Ellen Von Wiegand has been built using Wix and uses some smart functionality that could be a great addition to your own site.
The first thing you notice when you visit this site is the pop-up. Although these should be used cautiously, when done correctly they can be a great way to grab attention and get people to take a valuable action – in this case, it’s to sign up to her mailing list.
The site also features a blog. This can be a great way to communicate important or interesting information whilst developing your position as a leader within your niche. It also helps with your SEO too!
Created using the Shopify platform, the artist behind this website, Marta, leverages it in order to help build her mailing list. To do this, the site includes a powerful call to action that highlights precisely what people get when they join the ‘Collectors Club’ – a free downloadable card, early access to art, and special news.
The site also takes advantage of Shopify’s advanced ecommerce tools, offering a range of prints with easy options to buy.
Irina Pandeva’s website offers us a great example of how an artist can diversify the purpose of their platform.
This website helps Irina generate income in three different ways. This first is by promoting artwork directly, with a focus on generating inquiries for their sale. Secondly, the artist offers a rental service, which again focuses on creating incoming inquiries. Finally, the site features an online store where customers can buy items such as socks and greeting cards with art prints on them.
Built on Squarespace, this stunning website by Samantha Keely Smith offers a different layout that may help you make a big impact with your own painter’s website.
By moving the menu to the left-hand side (these are typically at the top of the page), this site forces your eye to scan the entire page, taking in some beautiful examples of her artwork in the process.
This site also puts the art at the heart of the homepage, with a simple navigation at the bottom allowing you to view full pieces one at a time. Finally, Samantha offers insight into where her work can be seen in person with a list of shows and exhibitions.
A little different from other examples we offer in this guide, Jay Adan specializes in painting miniature figurines. By building his website on Squarespace, Jay provides potential customers with detailed insight into his abilities by showcasing past work.
One thing that’s so great about this website is the transparency Jay offers on how much working with him will cost. Although this only gives potential customers a ballpark figure, it helps them to immediately understand whether one of his pieces is affordable to them.
Matt LeBlanc’s website has been built on Shopify and offers insight into how an artist’s website can grow over time.
Not only does this website display information about Matt and his art portfolio, but it also offers several other functions such as an extensive online store (clothing and accessories), details on how designers and realtors can work with him, and even highlights charity work he has done.
Lili Arnold’s website perfectly represents her personal brand online. Leaning heavily on natural colors and themes, there is a clear match between her artwork and the look and feel of this site.
One great feature is the inclusion of a member’s zone where people can sign in to create comments. Doing similar on your own site could help you create a community around your artwork, helping potential customers find others like them and keeping them up to date with all the latest news.
Best known for his children’s books, this website is owned by Dr. Seuss Enterprises and represents the late Dr. Seuss’ artwork.
This artist site has been beautifully put together on Squarespace and offers key information for those who are interested in Dr. Seuss’ work. The site is easy to navigate and is filled with useful information such as the history of the famous artists and details on how best to purchase his artwork.
When building your own website it is important to ask “what information do my customers need?” and then seek to provide that information on your site.
Having an effective painter’s website is an invaluable tool. It acts as a central place online that can represent your artistic talents, showcase your work, and even tap into ecommerce functionality, allowing you to sell your artwork online.
In this guide, we have offered you some inspiration for your own website. We have also pulled out some of the very best features on these websites that will help you develop a seamless user experience and drive more sales.
So, what are you waiting for? Are you ready to build your own painter’s website?