Jeannie Maddox and her husband, Sam, are two of the Emerging Artists Program mentors. Jeannie paints realistic portraits, while Sam runs the sales side of things. The Alabama couple shared some tips for those trying to break into the art business.

Jeannie Maddox and her husband, Sam, are two of the Emerging Artists Program mentors. Jeannie paints realistic portraits, while Sam runs the sales side of things. The Alabama couple shared some tips for those trying to break into the art business.

Document all work: "The images, slides and CDs need to be professionally done, especially in the festival circuit," Sam said. "When it's in front of judges and jurors, your work has to pop in 10 seconds... You want them to focus on your work, no distractions."

Settle on a style : "You need to have a lot of pieces, and they need to be not real diverse but need to look like you're working in a direction," Jeannie said. "If they can see a personal style running through it, people will remember your work. That is important for getting shows."

Don't get discouraged: "Different art speaks to different people," Jeannie said. "One person will fall in love with it. Someone else won't care at all. Just have a nice presentation that looks professional."