ArtistClerk: Business Software for Artists

The ArtistClerk Team

We know it’s a big decision to choose software to store your important business data in. You want to be able to depend on your software to streamline your administrative tasks and backup your data for years to come. And software is only as dependable as the people behind it. So let us introduce ourselves.

We Have A Track Record of Dependability

Although ArtistClerk is a new product, the company behind it has been operating for 13 years, with the same design and development team.

That company is Digital Dandelion Web Studio (formerly known as Usable Web Designs). We’re a small company located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. We’ve been responsible for building and maintaining web software that has been in use for over a decade. Our clients know that when we make a commitment, we’re in it for the long haul.

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The People Behind ArtistClerk

Alison Taylor, Lead Developer

Alongside my day job as a web developer, I’m an artist who paints abstracts and landscapes.

After selling a few dozen paintings, I got frustrated with using Excel spreadsheets to track inventory, sales and expenses. I wanted to know who my best clients were, which style and subject matter sold best, whether I was making any money after factoring in expenses for supplies and submission fees… and I didn’t have a lot of time to spend working that out.

Also, I wanted to work with something that was pretty and had a font that’s large enough that I wouldn’t go cross-eyed trying to read it. So I decided to build ArtistClerk.

Obviously I’m biased, but I’m really appreciating how ArtistClerk helps me track my success as an artist. My favourite part is how quickly I can get answers to questions about my art practice. I just visit the Reports page, click on the report I want, and ArtistClerk spits out the results on the screen.

So if I’m wondering “What sizes of artwork have I sold the most of?” I click a link and ArtistClerk prepares and displays a table showing how many sales I’ve made for each size of painting. This year, I used that information to decide what sizes of paintings to focus on for my first juried solo show.

I now spend much less time on admin work for my art practice than I used to, which means I have more free time to paint. Hurrah! And when I’m discouraged, I can look at the list of works that have sold and who’s purchased them to get myself motivated again.

I’ll be your ArtistClerk contact person if you need help or have suggestions for new features. I know the challenges we face as artists, and can help you solve those administrative problems. I love meeting other artists from around the world, seeing your work, and hearing your ideas.

Testing Team

To ensure that ArtistClerk works well for everyone – no matter how much or how little you enjoy working with computers – we have a testing team of three wonderful artists who use ArtistClerk for their own practices and provide feedback on how user-friendly it is, what features should be added, and whether they run into any bugs.

Our testers are:

Jen Drysdale

Photo by Ginny Vail

Jen has been a full-time painter for many years. She has created hundreds of paintings, taught art classes, and had her work featured in one-person and group shows. Currently working in acrylics, oil and cold wax medium, Jen paints landscapes, figures, and recently more abstract work. Jen would much rather be in the studio than on the computer.

Karen Goodfellow

Karen maintains both an art practice and a counselling practice. (She has also worked in marketing in the past.) This award-winning First Nations artist works in both 2D and 3D media, including paintings, gourds, tambourines and drums. Karen is committed to treating her art practice as a business.

Janice Rafael

Janice paints in acrylics, watercolour and mixed media, teaches art classes and has exhibited in B.C., Ontario and London, England. Her work has been represented by numerous galleries on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Janice likes to get things done quickly so she can spend more time on her art; she’s not interested in spending hours on admin tasks.