mentorship with ali

I offer one on one mentoring sessions to artists. If you would like private and confidential advice pertaining to the development of your work or your art career planning please feel free to send me an email. I specialize in helping emerging and mid-career artists overcome obstacles and find success and happiness with their work. The mentoring sessions are done over the phone. Email me and I will review your work/website. At that time we will set up a date and time to talk. I charge $150/hr billed through Paypal before our session.

feedback from artists that I have mentored:

“Knowing Ali from her amazing paintings, I was happy to learn that she also offers mentoring to artists on an hourly basis. It is rare to find guidance and direction from a successful artist, but it is so needed. We artists tend to forge our careers with a lot of trial and error. Being able to tap in and learn from Ali’s experience and expertise is a real gift. She offered me several new ways to approach my painting and the marketing of my work and I am very grateful to her.”    -Kerry Schroeder


 “As an emerging artist, the art world looks murky and confusing. Talking to Ali gave me a much better understanding of how to navigate things in a practical way, without losing any joy in my work. I feel much more in control of my career. She’s encouraging, experienced, and easy to talk to, and I think any bewildered (or otherwise frustrated) artist would find her mentorship to be a wonderful resource.”  -Janie Stapleton

I had a wonderful mentoring session with Ali. Her way of speaking is very warm and welcoming. She gave me a lot to think about in regards to where I should head next with my work. She connects with what being a mother, wife and artist is all about. With all our obligations and duties, we must still find a way to create, not despite of it all but in unison. She is very generous with her insight and experience in all aspects of her life and business. She shared information on how some galleries work and her experiences. We talked  about commissions and teaching as ways to support an artist career. Best of all, I got to ask her about my work. What she thought about it and her suggestions about where to proceed next. She was very honest and reassuring with her review and suggestions. I am grateful for her taking the time to mentor. Having such an inspirational artist that holds the same values give me permission to follow my joy is invaluable.  Thank you Ali!    - Nancy Cuevas

"Ali Cavanaugh is not only a talented and successful artist, she is also an articulate, knowledgeable, kind, and enthusiastic motivator. She is eager to help other artists in different stages of their careers, sharing the knowledge she has gained from growing her own business. Despite twenty years in advertising (before I started painting full-time five years ago) I still needed Ali’s advice. Her counsel on social marketing has expanded my marketing reach to a new audience.  No matter what age, or what stage we are in our careers, we all need mentors. Thank you Ali." -Jan Heaton

"Ali is a seasoned professional who gives solid advice for navigating the art business world. She shares her experiences in a way that helps take the guess work out of planning your own career. I came away from our conversation feeling inspired and invigorated to continue with my work and a belief and trust that I will get to where I want to go. Ali is a wonderful mentor and I'm so very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her. "  -Beth Sistrunk