Visual Arts

Savvy Painter Podcast with Antrese Wood

Conversations about the business of art, inside the artist studio, and plein air oil painting

Savvy Painter is a weekly podcast for artists who mean business. Antrese Wood talks to expert painters about the business of art and how it gets created. Want to know how leaders in the fine art world of plein-air and landscape painting got their start? What habits do top artists have in common? Savvy Painter digs deep into the struggles and successes of contemporary painters. Artists spend enormous amounts of time alone in their studios. It's easy for them to believe their challenges are unique when in fact they are not. Fortunately, others have been there before, and by sharing our stories with other artists we all win. The collective intelligence of the artist community is infinitely greater than the individual. Here's how you can tap into it.

Episodes

Graffiti Art, Acrylic Painting, and more with Greg Simkins
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Graffiti Art, Acrylic Painting, and more with Greg Simkins

What does a creative journey that starts with graffiti art then moves to video game work and then ends up on a smaller scale working with acrylics look like? What lessons and tips can other artists learn from such a journey? My guest, Greg Simkins opens up about all these various transitions in his life and how he has been able to build a thriving art business with his wife. Greg’s story is fascinating and unique and I hope you can catch the lively and infectious passion that he exudes for his work. Don’t forget to catch some images of Greg’s artwork located at the end of this post!

Encouragement Along the way

How did you get started as an artist? Was it a gradual progression? Did you know from a young age? Or did you come to the realization later in life? Who helped you along your creative journey? Did you have mentors, friends, or family members who encouraged you along the way? My guest, Greg Simkins describes the wonderfully supportive relationship he shares with his father who was vital in encouraging and nurturing his creative impulses early in his journey. What can you learn from Greg’s story? Does the impact that other people have had on your journey as an artist inspire you to do the same for others?

Graffiti Art

How does a mild mannered and shy AP student find himself involved with the skating and punk rock crowd? How does this association and engagement translate to a career as a successful and respected artist? My guest Greg Simkins shares the story of how some students in high school noticed his drawings and introduced him to the world of graffiti art. From there, the encouragement of his friends and his father led to greater confidence in his artistic abilities. Greg’s story is an interesting and non-traditional one that will leave you intrigued and curious to how many other paths exist out there for artists to find their way.

Working With Acrylics

Do you remember the first piece you completed in a new medium? Can you remember what you learned through that process? Was it frustrating or rewarding? My guest, Greg Simkins described to me his first experience completing a piece of art using acrylics. This experience also happened to be Greg’s first foray into being commissioned for his artwork. Greg recalls the experience as being difficult and not absent of errors he had to correct along the way but ultimately, this encounter led Greg on a path to begin working with acrylics more and more. Now Greg works predominately with acrylics and looks back fondly on this moment as one of the first steps of his journey.

Struggling With Time Management

What do you do to structure your time as an artist? Do you try to spend some time each day in your creative flow or do you designate whole days that you can dedicate to projects? Artist Greg Simkins explained to me his struggles with navigating the complexities of raising a family and balancing his time in the studio working on his projects. At the end of the day, Greg had to get to a place where he could really learn to slow down and structure his time. He had taken his time for creative endeavors for granted when he had his father close by to assist him, but when his father moved away he found himself in a state of chaos. What lessons can you learn from Greg’s story? How will you ensure that you have time to complete the work you are passionate about?

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:35] I introduce my guest, Greg Simkins.
  • [3:30] Greg talks about how he got his start as an artist.
  • [13:00] The first time Greg painted with acrylics.
  • [18:00] Moving from big scale work to a smaller scale.
  • [20:30] Greg talks about working with acrylics.
  • [28:00] Experimenting with different mediums.
  • [36:00] Struggling with time management.
  • [43:00] Running the business as an artist.
  • [45:00] Greg’s advice for artists who run their own business.
  • [52:00] What is Greg working on right now?
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The Future of Painting, with Burton Silverman pt. 2
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The Future of Painting, with Burton Silverman pt. 2

What is the future of painting? How will the next decade of painting stack up given the current trends compared to what’s come before? Is the painting community on a positive trajectory? Or do we need to make some course corrections? My guest, Burton Silverman joins me for part two of our conversation. Burt opens up about the impact of past artists, how he chooses his subjects, the future of painting, and so much more! Burt has such a depth of experience and knowledge I know you will find his insights and perspectives as fascinating as I did!

The Future of Painting

Do you have an idea of where the painting sector of the art community is headed? Does it leave you troubled or optimistic? I put this question to artist Burton Silverman and he provided a helpful and nuanced response. Burt used the word hopefully to describe his outlook and I found that really encouraging. He was also quick to add that he wants to see the future of painting push the bounds and really challenge the concept of authenticity that has been proclaimed as of late. I loved Burt’s take on our corner of the art community and hope that you find the hope and challenge as welcome as I did.

The Difference Between Style and Voice

What is the difference between an artist’s style and their voice? Is there a difference in your mind? How would you explain it? What illustrations would you give to describe it? Artist Burt Silverman explained how he sees the difference between style and voice in our conversation. Burt says that your style is the language by which your voice may or may not come through. He goes on to explain that if you change your language or your style, then your “voice” shifts and gets expressed with a different sound or accent to it. Burt really has a wonderful way with words and describing these complicated topics in a helpful and imaginative way.

Advice to Young Artists

What does it take to succeed as an artist? I’ve had just as many answers to this question as I have had guests to interview! Consider this, what would you say to someone who is just starting out on their journey as an artist? What do you think would be helpful advice for them to follow? Artist Burt Silverman struggled to answer this question because he is sensitive to the unique journey and circumstance of each artist. Having said that, he did manage to explain the importance of really knowing yourself and why artists should spend the time to plumb the depths of their interior and let that experience inform their art.

Seeing Without Observing

What skills are necessary for an artist to create meaningful works of art? Does it all rely on talent or is there something beyond the technical ability that makes for compelling and captivating art? Going back to the question of the future of painting and pairing it with the question about advice to young artists, Burt Silverman explained that we need more artists who practice the skill of observation. He used a wonderful line from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that says, “You see but you do not observe.” Does that line resonate with you? I think that Burt hit the nail on the head and I hold out hope for the art world and for myself - may we observe more and more each day.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:50] I introduce my guest, Burton Silverman.
  • [4:00] Burton and I discuss the lasting impact of bygone artists.
  • [8:20] How Burton chooses his subjects.
  • [15:00] What is the future of painting?
  • [22:40] Is there a difference between your style and your voice?
  • [32:30] What advice would Burt give to young artists?
  • [38:30] The problem of seeing without observing.
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Components of “Good Art”, with Burton Silverman pt. 1
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Components of “Good Art”, with Burton Silverman pt. 1

What does it take to create “Good Art?” Who decides? What elements or components are necessary to deem something good? My guest today is the renowned artist, Burton Silverman. This is part one of our two part conversation where we discuss a wide range of topics from the components of “Good Art,” discovering your artistic voice, the role of setting and presentation in art, racism and the fear of “the other,” and so much more! Burt draws from his vast wealth of experience and thoughtfulness and I know artists like you will value his contributions as much as I have.

What makes for “Good Art?”

How would you describe “Good Art?” Have you thought about it? Do you have a definition of it? How did you arrive at that conclusion? Artist, Burt Silverman opened up to me about what he thinks are the components of good art. Burt says that it comes down to craftsmanship and the ability to record the world in an accurate way. He further elaborates on this idea by explaining that there is an element in good artwork that transcends technical ability and taps into something deeper. In our conversation, Burt didn’t explain this “deeper” aspect further but I appreciate that he was willing to welcome an element of mystery and the unknown.

The Artistic Voice

A common question I get when it comes to diving deeper into the life of an artist is, “How do you discover your artistic voice?” So what was it like for you? What was your journey like that led you to move more and more into creating the art that you are passionate about? My guest, Burton Silverman was kind enough to consider this question and provide his insights. Burt says that for him it comes down to tapping into an inner sense from your gut and out of that flows the feelings that you believe you are compelled to share with the world. There are so many angles to this topic I know there will be some of you that really resonate with what Burt shared and others who come from a different approach - the diversity of thought is wonderful!

Setting and Presentation

What role do context, setting, and presentation have to play when it comes to viewing art work? In your opinion, does it play a role at all? Is there any difference between art that is completed and admired in the studio and artwork that is presented and shown in a gallery? How does setting impact the viewing? These are all questions and lines of thought that Burton Silverman and I discussed in our recent conversation. Burt pointed out that there is some sort of transformation that takes place from the studio setting and context to when the artwork is displayed in an intentional and meaningful way.

Creating Room for Freedom and Expression

What is your relationship to the concept of freedom when it comes to the creative process? Do you feel free to express yourself and work in a place outside of the lines? Or do you find yourself shackled to rules and boxes that you can’t cross? In our conversation, Burton Silverman and I talk about the role of rules and school of thought. Of course, they have an important role to play but they can also get in the way of our ability to push the limits and think outside of preconceived norms and expectations. I hope you get a sense of the freedom of expression that Burt and I discussed and make sure to come back next week for part two of our conversation!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:50] I introduce my guest, Burton Silverman.
  • [4:30] Burt talks about attending Fiorello Laguardia School of the Arts.
  • [10:30] What is it that makes a work of art “good?”
  • [15:00] Discovering the artistic voice.
  • [24:00] The role of setting and presentation in art.
  • [39:00] Racism and fear of the “other”
  • [47:00] The role of rules and schools of thought.
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The Hard Work of An Artist, with Steve DaLuz
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The Hard Work of An Artist, with Steve DaLuz

Do you struggle with putting in the focused and hard work required of you as an artist? You aren’t alone! I’ve struggled with carving out the time and maintaining that focused attention to the craft that I love. All artists struggle at some point with staying focused. What has worked for you? How have you been able to push through the difficulty? My guest, Steve Da Luz opens up and shares how he has wrestled with this obstacle in his life. I value Steve’s transparency and honesty and I know that you’ll find it just as refreshing and inspiring as I did.

Misconceptions of the “Art World”

What does it mean to follow the guidelines of the “Art World?” Is that something that you are bound to as an artist? Who are the gatekeepers of the art world? My guest, artist Steve Da Luz discusses with me what it means to be an active participant of the art world. We come to the conclusion that there isn’t some abstract and amorphous art world “out there” somewhere, but that it’s creative individuals like you and me that make up this community of artists. I’d love to hear your thoughts on mine and Steve’s discussion and how you feel about the concept of the art world.

Moving to an “Off Site” Studio

What works best for you as an artist, working from a studio space at home or having an “off site” space that you can use as your creative space? Does it really matter where we end up creating our art? What role does space play in our motivations to create? Artist Steve Da Luz walks through his decision to create an “off site” studio where he can focus on his work away from his home life and all the distractions that can bring about. It was fascinating to hear from Steve as he explained why this separate location really motivated him and spurred on his creative process. I’m excited for you to hear from Steve’s intriguing insights and the unique story that he has to share.

Luck Favors the Prepared

I know, it’s a hot topic among many in the “Art World” but I went there again with my guest Steve Da Luz as we discussed the role of luck and talent in the career of an artist. Steve comes out strong with the opinion that if you are ever going to “make it” as an artist, you need to put in the work and as prepared as possible for that “lucky moment” if it ever arrives. He used the phrase “Luck favors the prepared” and I think that he made a lot of valid points in our discussion. Wherever you land on this topic, if it’s pure luck or if it’s solely based on talent or a combination of the two, I hope you take the time to hear from Steve’s experienced perspective.

Surviving Slings and Arrows

The hard work of an artist not only includes finding the time and space to practice your creative process but it also includes taking your share of ups and downs and surviving the slings and arrows tossed your way. These can be literal roadblocks and difficulties that arise in the form of finances and critics but it can also include your own demons that can trip up your artistic expression. How will you survive the slings and arrows that come your way? Take a moment and hear from Steve Da Luz as he shares his story and how he’s been able to overcome the difficulties that have come his way in his prolific career.

Outline of This Episode
  • [2:00] I introduce my guest, Steve Da Luz.
  • [4:00] How Steve decided to develop the focus of his work.
  • [9:30] Misconceptions of the “Art World.”
  • [15:00] Steve talks about his decision to move to a off site studio.
  • [19:00] The financial struggle to survive as an artist.
  • [22:00] The role of luck and preparedness regarding success as an artist.
  • [27:00] Not everyone is going to connect with your work.
  • [31:00] Surviving the slings and arrows.
  • [37:00] Facing setbacks.
  • [42:30] Steve talks about his process and technical aspects of his paintings.
  • [58:30] The common thread in Steve’s work.
  • [1:02:30] What painting would Steve LOVE to own?
  • [1:07:00] Projects that Steve is currently working on.
  • [1:11:00] Steve talks about paintings of his that he’ll always keep.
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Narrative Painting, with Nathan Lewis
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Narrative Painting, with Nathan Lewis

What comes to mind when you think of narrative painting? Do you think of a particular painting or a series of paintings? What is it about painting with a narrative that captures an audience? My guest, Nathan Lewis is an accomplished narrative painter. In our conversation, Nathan and I spoke about the language of painting, multi figure paintings, painting through frustration and doubt, and so much more! I know artists like you will enjoy hearing from his unique perspective. I am really excited for you to get a glimpse into the world of narrative painting by hearing Nathan’s fascinating story and insights.

The Draw to Narrative Painting

Do you remember what drew you to your style or type of painting? Was it an artist that captured your imagination, a teacher that opened it up to you, or was it more of a gradual revelation? For artist Nathan Lewis, he was drawn to narrative painting through his personal pursuit of finding meaning in life. Nathan describes his attraction to art as an attraction to live a life of meaning and to find some way to interact with the world. He goes on to explain how once he got a handle on his understanding of art forms, the narrative connection just started to fall into place. Make sure you take a minute to look over Nathan’s artwork at the end of this post.

Pushing Past Fear and Failure

What do you do with fear of failure as an artists? Does it over take you sometimes? Do you use it for fuel? What is a helpful perspective we can have on this subject? Nathan Lewis has struggled with fear, doubt, and failure as an artist. To get through those difficult and potentially self defeating emotions, Nathan commits himself to his artwork at hand. He has found pushing through (not ignoring) those emotions and engaging in his art to be a helpful solution. What has worked for you in the past? What is your plan for when those feelings creep back in? I hope that hearing from Nathan can help you start to wrestle with these emotions in a way that’s helpful for you.

The Role of Memory in Art

As an artist who also works from photography I was curious to get Nathan Lewis’ perspective on what role memory has in his artwork. The fact of the matter is, there are aspects that get lost, and some aspects that get captured when we utilize photography to assist us in our paintings. Nathan explains how he enjoys using photography to take his time with a subject. This allows him to avoid the need rush to capture something that he won’t be able to remember from the subject or scene later on if he were forced to rely on his memory. I really resonated with a lot of what Nathan had to share on this subject and I hope artists like you can connect with his unique perspective.

The Artist’s Social Life

As an artist it can be a struggle to engage with others on a social level. There are a few factors involved in this difficulty. One is that non-artists don’t really understand the demands that our craft has on our time and availability. Another struggle arises when we only socialize with fellow artists and lose that connection with other sectors of society and culture. Which one do you find yourself more drawn to? Have you taken the time to consider why that is? In my conversation with artist Nathan Lewis, we discuss our own experiences with each side of this coin. I hope you find our conversation encouraging and helpful as you navigate how this plays out in your life too.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:35] I introduce my guest, Nathan Lewis.
  • [3:15] Nathan describes his work and how he got started as an artist.
  • [8:30] What drew Nathan to the narrative style of painting?
  • [17:00] Pushing past the fear of failure.
  • [19:30] How Nathan chooses his motifs.
  • [30:00] What is the role of memory in Nathan’s work?
  • [42:30] Connecting with a non-artist social circle.
  • [46:30] What is Nathan currently working on?
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Oil Painting Questions and Answers, with Gamblin
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Oil Painting Questions and Answers, with Gamblin

Do you have questions about oil painting and the best materials to use? Look no further, it’s here! Robert Gamblin, Mary, and Pete Cole join me to answer your biggest questions about oil painting and more! I’m so excited for you to hear their helpful insights into some really great topics. You’ll hear them go over questions about pigments, stories about pigment sources, why some paints have more oil separation, some great information on oil paints and toxicity, and much more! This will serve as a great resource for artists like you to keep in your back pocket. Learn how you can connect with Gamblin and utilize their great resources!

A Dedicated Focus on Oil Painting

You’ve heard that old phrase, “Jack of all trades and master of none” right? That’s what comes to mind when I hear Robert Gablin talk about why his company solely focuses on oil painting instead of branching out to provide water colors, acrylic paints, and other materials. Instead of being a jack of all trades, Robert and his team have decided to focus on being a master of one, oil paint products. Their narrow focus has paid off, they have displayed an amazing passion for detail and improvement on their niche subject. Just hearing from Robert, Mary, and Pete I could tell that they really know their field - they are the experts when it comes to oil paint!

Is the New Blue Worth it?

If you follow news about pigments and breaking developments around that subject like I do, then you’ve heard of the new “YInMn Blue” that was discovered at Oregon State University. This new color was discovered in 2009 as a byproduct of an experimentation. Since this news has recently been making the rounds on social media again it led me to get Robert Gamblin’s take on the new color and if they’ve found it worth it to start producing the color themselves. Robert explained that they found that it is not effective to produce the color for a few reasons. Their primary reason is the enormous cost it requires to create the color. This is due to the fact that the color requires three compounds and two of them are rare earth minerals. Robert’s vast knowledge was on display during our conversation and I know that artists like you will find his insights very helpful.

Mitigating Toxicity Risks

Do you find yourself concerned about your health when it comes to your time in the studio? Are you nervous about how your lifestyle as an artist will impact your health in long run? What would it mean for you to have supplies that are responsible, not only for the environment but for artists like you? My guests from Gamblin are happy to share with artists like you that their line of high-quality products are free of toxins. They want to see more artists use products that are sustainable and health conscious. Don’t let your time in the studio get clouded by concern for your health. Hear from the Gamlin team and how their products could be the best fit for you!

What is FastMatte?

Don’t you hate it when you are in a creative flow and you have to make the decision to pause and let your paint dry before you can proceed? What if there was a way to avoid that pause and continue with your creative momentum? That’s where Gamblin’s helpful product, FastMatte come in. FastMatte colors are a unique type of oil colors, every color dries fast, every color dries matte. These qualities make them perfect for underpainting techniques. FastMatte also serves as an excellent way to come back to oil painting for those painters who have switched to acrylics

because of the need for a faster drying rate. I was seriously impressed with this helpful solution that Gamblin has developed and I hope you get the chance to find out for yourself!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:15] I introduce today’s special Q&A session with the Gamblin team.
  • [2:30] Robert Gamblin joins the podcast and shares how he started Gamblin.
  • [6:00] Why does Gamblin only provide oil paint?
  • [8:00] Robert shares some interesting pigment formulations.
  • [16:00] Dreaming about color combinations.
  • [17:30] Has Gamblin made custom colors for well known artists?
  • [23:00] What is the value of white in the painting process?
  • [32:30] Advice for artists who have never used oils before.
  • [38:30] Warm and cool objects.
  • [44:30] Explaining the reason behind oil separation.
  • [47:30] Does Gamblin have any plans to start making water mixable oil paints?
  • [52:30] Pigment history and toxic pigments.
  • [1:00:30] Advice for artists who work in small enclosed spaces.
  • [1:04:00] Avoiding toxins and working with a baby nearby.
  • [1:06:00] Should I use a retouch varnish? Why varnish in the first place?
  • [1:11:30] Is there a good alternative to cadmiums that are opaque?
  • [1:14:30] Working with the cold wax medium.
  • [1:17:00] Solvent free mediums.
  • [1:22:00] What is the shelf life of oil paint?
  • [1:24:00] Will Gamblin consider changing the size of their caps?
  • [1:26:00] What is FastMatte?
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Urban Paintings, with Ehsan Maleki
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Urban Paintings, with Ehsan Maleki

Have you ever wondered what urban paintings out of Tehran might look like? What about the status of the art community in Iran in general? My guest, Ehsan Maleki is an Iranian artist whose painting primarily focus on urban settings and nature. In our conversation, he describes “Iranian Miniature” paintings, the impact that artist Mahmoud Farshchian has had on him, why abstract art is so hard to talk about, the role of personality in artwork, and much more! Ehsan was very gracious with his time and really helped me climb into the perspective of the Iranian art community. I’m certain artists like you will get a lot of enjoyment from our conversation.

Iranian Miniature Art

What is Iranian miniature art? My guest, Ehsan Maleki launched into a very concise and helpful explanation of what this art form entails. Iranian miniature art has a long history stretching back to the 10th century. It was mainly used as the illustration for poetry books so it is traditionally very small in size. The paintings are usually of gardens, lovers, and other idyllic settings. The shapes and lines in Iranian miniature art usually have no angles and are depicted with more curves and wavy lines. Another aspect of these paintings is that these works of art are usually highly detailed. It was a joy to hear such a detailed and fascinating description of this pocket of art history and form, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Why is Abstract Art so Hard to talk about?

Have you ever had a difficult time discussing abstract art? Do you feel like you have a good handle on what abstract art is and the role it plays in the art community yet still have a hard time talking about it with confidence? You aren’t alone! Ehsan Maleki and I both spend some time in our conversation talking about abstract art and how it has left its impact on us. At the same time, we wrestle with discussing it because of its abstract and hard to grasp nature. Ehsan puts forth the thought that to a degree, all art is abstract - and I agree!

Rethinking Art

Sometimes the people closest to an industry or content need to rethink the way they approach the subject. This is something that the art community needs to consider as well. Have we lost sight of what’s really important? Is our collective understanding and perception of art due for a reimagining? My guest, Ehsan Maleki believes that just such a rethinking is necessary. In our conversation, he explains how he has perceived the focus sway too much toward money and other endeavors that the focus on creating and experimenting with art is falling by the wayside. Even if you don’t agree with Ehsan’s assessment, the questions he’s bringing up are important to consider.

Art and Personality

How much of your personality do you let shine through in your art? Is it something that you actively bring with you when you create or is just passively there leaving its faint trace on your work? I have had the great privilege of interviewing artists who have a wide range of opinions on this subject. My guest, Ehsan Maleki wants his art to be about more than just himself. He really wants to be able to step out of the way and enable his viewer to really connect with the vision that he had in his mind when he was creating the painting. Catch a glimpse of Ehsan’s paintings in the images at the bottom of this post!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] I introduce my guest, Ehsan Maleki.
  • [10:00] Ehsan describes the “Iranian Miniature” art.
  • [16:30] Ehsan talks about how he got his start with art.
  • [19:00] Why did Ehsan decide to focus on the “western” style of painting?
  • [22:00] Art and nature.
  • [28:00] Why is abstract art so hard to talk about?
  • [32:00] Ehsan talks about his subject material.
  • [42:00] Ehsan’s rituals when he approaches the canvas.
  • [47:30] Can you experiment too much?
  • [52:00] What are some common perceptions of Iran?
  • [54:00] Positive psychology and learned optimism.
  • [59:30] Parting thoughts from Ehsan.
  • [1:03:00] Art and personality.
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Abstract vs Figurative Art, with Mario Naves
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Abstract vs Figurative Art, with Mario Naves

Do you find yourself in the abstract or figurative art group? Most artists end up in one group or the other, but there some who start in one group and migrate to the other. My guest, Mario Naves is an accomplished painter, art critic, and teacher. In our conversation, Mario opens up about his journey from starting out as a figurative artist and moving more toward abstract art perspective. Mario also goes over reactions to seeing his old artwork, shedding perfectionism, his creative process, and much more! I know artists like you will enjoy hearing from such a talented voice like Mario.

Reflecting on Past Artwork

Have you ever taken a trip down memory lane with your artwork? Doesn’t it almost feel like it was someone else who made those pieces? Artist Mario Naves told me a story in our conversation about a time when he was reflecting on one of his paintings that hangs in one of his friend's homes. While some artists might cringe or feel uncomfortable looking back on work they produced years ago, Mario looks back on that work fondly. He describes that moment as one of recognition but also of separation. It was fascinating to hear Mario talk about this unique and almost out of body like experience that he had while looking at this old painting of his. Make sure to get a glimpse of Mario’s artwork in the images at the end of this post.

Giving Yourself Permission to be YOU

Some artists thrive on the pressure and high expectations that they receive from others and also the person they see in the mirror. Do you find that to be helpful motivation in your creative journey? Artist Mario Naves told me that in his younger years he found himself wrapped up in his own expectations and the expectations that others had of him, lately, he’s been shedding expectations. Mario describes himself as a “recovering perfectionist” and attributes most of this change to his age. Now he feels the freedom and permission to really open up and do what he really wants to do deep down when he approaches the canvas.

From Figurative Art to Abstract Art

Every artist is on a journey. Some of us do a lot of “exploring” when we are younger and some find that impulse to branch out and “explore” later in their career. Mario Naves grew up focusing on figurative and representational art. Then there came a point where he started to branch out and move toward experimenting with abstract art. When I tried to pin down when and how Mario started to move toward abstract art, he wasn’t able to really point to a specific moment, it seems that it was more of a gradual change for him. I had a wonderful time exploring this change and evolution that Mario went through and I know that artists like you will enjoy our conversation.

Unpredictability and Structure

The beauty of the creative processes is that there is a large range of diversity in theory and practice in the art world. Much like the contrast and different approach that abstract and figurative art gives us, Mario Naves and I discussed unpredictability and structure in our conversation. It seems like these two thought processes and ways of art creation and viewing the world conflict with each other. In a way, these two approaches do contradict each other but they can also be housed in the same mind of an artist. This tension can seem like it’s impossible but Mario and I discuss how this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] I introduce my guest, Mario Naves.
  • [5:15] Mario talks about his work.
  • [10:30] What is Mario looking for when he goes to the canvas?
  • [13:30] Mario’s surprise when looking back at his old paintings.
  • [18:30] Shedding perfectionism.
  • [23:00] How does Mario spend his time in the studio?
  • [25:00] Mario’s artistic process.
  • [29:30] What made Mario get involved with abstract art?
  • [45:00] Unpredictability and structure.
  • [50:00] How teaching impacts Mario’s artwork.
  • [53:00] Advice Mario would give his younger self.
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Intuitive Painting, with Alan Feltus
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Intuitive Painting, with Alan Feltus

What is intuitive painting? How does the intuitive process work? It has been said that the goal of intuitive painting is to allow yourself the space to be inside color, paint, and process while locating the inner core of your creative self. My guest, Alan Feltus is an intuitive painter who has a rich depth of experience to share with our Savvy Painter audience. In our conversation, we discuss the impact Sari Dienes had on him growing up, his move to Italy, his creative process using mirrors, his advice for young artists, and so much more! I can’t wait for you hear from Alan and learn from his wonderful insights.

Growing up with Sari Dienes

Can you imagine growing with the unique opportunity to learn from an artist like Sari Dienes? What would it be like to watch her work? Artist Alan Feltus opened up to me about his childhood and how he learned from the talented Sari Dienes. Alan talks fondly of spending time with her and watching her creative process. No artist learns in isolation and without an influence, they can point back to. Some artists don’t get that influential person in their life until they are much older, Alan got to experience this time with Sari early in his life. Who is that person for you? Do they know the impact they’ve had on you?

The Freedom and Opportunity of an Artist

What drew you into the life of an artist? Were you captivated by the creative process? Did you have a hero that you looked up to and wanted to create like they did? Or was it the freedom and opportunity that the artist's lifestyle provides? When I sat down to talk with artist Alan Feltus, he described that one of his favorite aspects of being an artist is the freedom that he was able to exercise. Early in his career Alan and his wife Lani decided to move to Italy. They seized the opportunity because they both were represented by galleries at the time and they wanted to utilize their freedom to settle in a place that they could choose. You’ve got to hear Alan describe this time in his life, the passion and excitement that Alan exudes is infectious!

Intuitive Painting

The chance to climb into an artist’s brain and really get to understand what makes them tick is a privilege that I relish. I’ve always been enthralled by intuitive painting and artists like Alan Feltus. In our conversation, Alan described his process that includes the use of mirrors. He is constantly adapting and changing his process to get that unique angle that he’s never captured before. I found Alan’s process, including an on the spot description of how he would paint me in our interview, fascinating. To get a glimpse of Alan’s work, make sure to check out his images included at the end of this post!

YOU Make your Art Unique!

As we expand in this increasingly globalized world, it has become evident to many that there really isn’t a “new” way to make art, or so it seems. Everyone is influenced by someone else and that influenced can be traced back and so on. To break the monotony, artist Alan Feltus encourages younger artists to let their personality shine through in their work. He explains that some of the most captivating and unique art out there incorporates the artist's unique story. Don’t hide behind what’s easy, do the hard work of looking inward and using that as fuel to create something only you can!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] I introduce my guest, Alan Feltus.
  • [3:30] Alan talks about the impact that artist Sari Dienes had on him as a child.
  • [17:30] What led Alan to decide to study art and become an artist?
  • [21:00] Alan talks about studying in Rome on the Rome Prize Fellowship.
  • [25:30] Why did Alan and Lani decide to move to Italy?
  • [30:30] Alan’s process using mirrors.
  • [42:00] What is Alan working on right now?
  • [46:30] Alan’s advice for young artists starting out today.
  • [1:01:30] Finding your voice as an artist.
  • [1:05:00] Have artists lost their playfulness?
  • [1:16:00] Making art personal and developing over time.
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The Path of a Self Taught Artist, with Julian Merrow Smith
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The Path of a Self Taught Artist, with Julian Merrow Smith

Have you ever wondered how a self taught artist fares in today’s art scene? Do they have the same difficulties and opportunities as artists who have been through the traditional route? What unique lessons can we learn from this subset of creators who defy conventional expectations? My guest, Julian Merrow Smith is a self taught artist who has plenty of insight to share about his journey. In our conversation, we touched on his move to France, how he taught himself how to paint, why he decided to start teaching workshops, how he works through disappointment, and much more. I can’t wait for you to get to know the side of Julian that came out in our interview!

Creative Inspiration

What inspires you to create your artwork? Is it people, places, concepts, or something else? When I get the chance to peer into the mind of an artist I enjoy the wonderful opportunity to explore what inspires them, what really makes them come alive. It intrigues me to hear what inspires various artists as they approach their canvas. Artist Julian Merrow Smith shared with me that he likes to use what he sees around him each day at his home in the countryside of France. He draws inspiration from peaches at this point in the season when I spoke with him. Catch a glimpse of Julian’s work captured in the images section at the end of this post!

Discovering What NOT to do

It’s always a privilege when I get to sit down and talk to artists whose career path has been different than my own. I love hearing from artists who discovered their passion for art late in life and from others who found their way as a self taught artist. Julian Merrow Smith took the time to share with me his journey and the lessons he has taken away from the experience of teaching himself how to paint. One of the key insights that Julian shared with me is how he was able to discover his unique voice and creative path by putting in the long hard hours and by deciding after each completed work what aspect he did NOT want to continue to produce from that painting. Julian was kind enough to share many more insights and lessons from his art career - I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

From Self Taught Artist to Teacher

Can you imagine the pressure and stress that comes with teaching students to do what you’ve only discovered how to do on your own? Imagine you have no frame of reference to look back upon, no formal teaching in the subject matter in which you are being asked to teach. Self taught artist Julian Merrow Smith found himself in that very scenario. Students and established artists alike have been drawn to Julian’s work and want to learn from him. In proper response, Julian has begun offering workshops. The unique circumstance is not lost on Julian, in our conversation we discussed his feelings of serving as a teacher in a subject where he didn’t have one.

Momentum can be KEY

How do you keep the ball moving as an artist? What practices do you turn to that keep you coming back to the canvas over and over again to hone your craft? I’ve heard from artists over and over again that once they’ve stepped away from their work for a period of time, they find it very difficult to return. Yet, I also have heard from well-known artists that stepping away for a period of time has been essential for their mental and emotional capacity to continue to create. In my conversation with Julian Merrow Smith, we discussed how this topic has played out in his creative journey. There may not be a one size fits all solution, but the KEY is figuring out what works for YOU.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:40] I introduce my guest, Julian Merrow Smith.
  • [3:30] How Julian got his start as an artist.
  • [8:30] Why did Julian move to France?
  • [11:00] Julian talks about teaching himself how to paint.
  • [13:00] How do you find your voice as an artist?
  • [16:00] Julian’s process in the studio and what inspires his paintings.
  • [21:30] What led Julian to start teaching workshops?
  • [30:30] Julian talks about his approach to the canvas.
  • [35:30] Working through disappointment.
  • [42:30] The difficulty of stopping and starting.
  • [45:30] Sometimes you just need to go paint.
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Art and Play, with Jeremiah Palecek
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Art and Play, with Jeremiah Palecek

What comes to mind when you think of art and play? Do you consider art as a playful act? Imagine how this shift in mindset can bring forth a wide range of freedom and joy in the creative process. My guest, artist Jeremiah Palecek takes time in our conversation to detail how he appreciates the role of art and play. If you’ve been around the Savvy Painter community for very long, you know that this is one of my favorite subjects! I had a wonderful time discussing this topic and a wide range of other subjects in our conversation. Make sure to check out images of Jeremiah’s artwork at the end of this post!

A Family of Artists

Who helped shape your creative imagination as a child? Was it a parent or grandparent? Did it take longer for you to discover your creative spark? Maybe for you, it was a teacher that helped usher you in on your journey as an artist. For Jeremiah Palecek, it started at an early age surrounded by art in his grandmother's house. But it wasn’t just his grandmother, Jeremiah’s father also took an active role in helping to shape his exposure to various artists. On top of all these wonderful experiences and influences in his early years, Jeremiah also shared with me that he married a fellow artist. With all of these wonderful influences, it’s interesting to see how Jeremiah’s journey has led him to where he is today, creatively speaking. Don’t take for granted the influence you could have on the next generation of young artists!

Art as a Playful Act

Carl Jung once said, “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.” Does this perspective on art and play resonate with you? Do you find that your creative inspiration comes from a deep place of “inner necessity?” Artist Jeremiah Palecek describes his process saying, “I jump in before my ideas are fully formed.” During the course of our conversation, I got the sense from Jeremiah that this idea of following the “inner necessity” is something that he is very comfortable with as it influences his projects and the way he prepares for a new series of paintings. It was wonderful to get Jeremiah’s perspective on art and play and I know artists like you will enjoy it too!

Technology, Facial Recognition Software, and Art

One of my favorite things about the Savvy Painter community is the diverse symphony of perspectives and influences that we get to celebrate. The range of artists vary so vastly from landscape work to framework, from shapes to portraits, and on and on I could go. My guest, Jeremiah Palecek is no exception to the celebration of unique perspectives. Jeremiah is currently working on a fascinating project that draws inspiration from facial recognition technology and how computers view human faces. We spent some time in our conversation centered on this fascinating and peculiar angle on portraits and the human face, I know you will find it as interesting as I did!

Consistency and the Creative Process

Do you struggle with finding the right rhythm to create your artwork? Are you looking for a way to cut through all the noise and figure out what it will take to hone in on your creative process? One KEY way to stay on course and cut through the noise is to practice consistently. Imagine the ground you could cover if you could set aside a consistent slice of time each day to work on your art? Sure, there will always be time for excuses and give yourself the grace of the occasional exception - but don’t underestimate the power of consistency! Don’t just take my word for it - my guest, Jeremiah Palecek attests to the creative energy that is unlocked when you give yourself the permission to show up at the same place and time each day to allow your creative vision to unfold. So what are you waiting for? Try it out!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:22] I introduce my guest, Jeremiah Palecek.
  • [3:40] How Jeremiah’s grandmother influenced his decision to become an artist.
  • [8:30] Artists that have influenced Jeremiah.
  • [10:30] Jeremiah explains his artwork.
  • [16:00] The power of sight and perception.
  • [21:00] Technology, facial recognition, and artwork.
  • [23:30] Art as a playful act.
  • [28:30] The KEY is consistency.
  • [34:00] Jeremiah talks about his process.
  • [40:30] A moment of success and pride for Jeremiah.
  • [54:00] Jeremiah’s dream project.
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Art and the Impact of Social Media, with John Wentz
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Art and the Impact of Social Media, with John Wentz

With the impact of social media and the ability to get instant feedback from your audience and fanbase, an important question for artists to consider is “What are you willing to compromise?” If the majority of your followers don’t find your new experimental process or project interesting or if they go so far as giving you negative feedback, what do you do? Do you give in to popular opinion or do you follow your convictions? This problem is unique to the issue of having your artwork exposed to the public via social media. Artist John Wentz and I spent time going deep into this subject during our conversation. He has some great points to address when considering the level of engagement an artist should have with their digital audience given the difficulties that can arise.

Social Media and the inability to Slow Down

One of the drawbacks to living in such an increasingly modernized and advanced society is the impact of social media on our ability to slow down. Every spare moment can be filled by pulling out that smartphone and checking Facebook or Twitter. Can you imagine how this has impacted the way we think and process what should be quite moments in our lives? Consider the implications of not being able to slow down and be present, that can drastically change the creative and artistic process. My guest, John Wentz believes that the impact of social media has distracted us in more ways than we realize. He says that we need to be vigilant of this influence and work intentionally to create those spaces, especially as artists, to be present and at peace in mundanity and stillness.

Appropriation vs. Influence

What is the difference between appropriating art and being influenced by it? What does it mean to understand, appreciate, and respect someone's artwork and genuinely let it influence you without appropriating it? Artist John Wentz devoted some time in our conversation to this topic and how he sees it’s impact on the art world. He focused more on the meaning behind the use of an individual who sees work they resonate with and tries to incorporate that into what they are trying to create. John also posits the idea that maybe social media is the new art and we are more of a hive mind now rather than when we use to operate more as individuals. Our conversation was a fascinating one that I thoroughly enjoyed and I know you will too!

The benefit of stepping away

How do you take care of yourself creatively, emotionally, mentally, etc.? What is your plan to avoid burning out and getting turned off of the work that you do? If you don’t have one in place, it might be a good time to consider creating a plan to help you recharge. Artist John Wentz spoke with me about a recent period in his life where he was able to step away from painting and take a two-month break. John speaks of this break from the creative process as being extremely helpful and rejuvenating. He found that when he was able to step away for a period of time when he returned to his work at the easel, he was able to really reconnect to his inner place of motivation.

The Draw of New York

Many artists find themselves drawn to the city of New York. There are a number of factors involved with this draw, from the dense population to the history, and even the iconic nature of the city, what’s not to love? John Wentz devotes a large portion of his current work that is being shown in galleries to the city of New York. He tries not to be too “heady” with the concepts that he puts forth but you can tell in our conversation that his passion and fascination with city really shines through. I was able to really connect with John on this note because he mentioned that he enjoyed just sitting back in Union Square and watching people go by all day long.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:40] My introduction to this week’s guest, John Wentz.
  • [3:30] John talks about how he got started with art.
  • [14:00] Where has the time to slow down gone? How does that influence artists?
  • [19:00] Appropriating Art and the influence of Social Media.
  • [25:00] John talks about taking a break from art work how that helped.
  • [36:00] John’s process.
  • [42:30] John and I talk about his relationship with abstract art.
  • [48:00] What John is working on currently.
  • [58:00] Following your convictions and passions even if it’s not popular.
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Discover Your Passion in Life, with Deborah Paris
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Discover Your Passion in Life, with Deborah Paris

Have you discovered your passion in life? What is that one thing that lights you up like nothing in the world can? Imagine going through life without realizing or experiencing your passion in a consistent way. Deborah Paris realized one day that she wasn’t following her passion in life. From that moment on she set out to make a change in her career and focus on what really mattered to her. She went from a career practicing law to connecting with her desire to become an artist. Deborah’s message to people unsure of their future and career is to follow your passion. Don’t let another day go by without taking the steps to really engage in what matters to you.

A Reaction Beyond Words

Can you think of the most powerful response to your artwork that you’ve ever received? Some artists have a few of these interactions to choose from and others haven’t had any notable reactions at all. In my time interviewing artists, it really does vary - there doesn’t seem to be a pattern to how people respond. In my recent conversation with artist Deborah Paris, she shared with me a particularly notable reaction she received to someone who purchased her artwork. This reaction was so strong, the individual couldn’t even speak and put into words the emotion she was experiencing. To me, that is a beautiful story. There are times we experience beauty in this world that no words can do justice describing.

Easing into a Workflow

How do you approach your daily or weekly work patterns? Do you jump right in and find that the creative juices start flowing right away or do you find that you need some time to prepare and ease into your workflow? I had the great opportunity to sit down with artist, Deborah Paris as she opened up about how she approaches her workload each day. Deborah’s approach is to tackle the simple things first and then build up to the more challenging aspects of her day and the work that she is creating. To see the amazing products of Deborah’s workflow, make sure to catch images of her work at the end of this post!

Sharing Wisdom with Others

If you were to write a book, what would the subject be? What topic do you have the experience and wisdom on to share with the world? That seems like a very bold and out there question but like the life of an artist, a writer has to create from the core of their being. My guest, Deborah Paris is writing a book about her journey of discovering her passion in life. She told me that she doesn’t want to write another “How to Book” but maybe a “Why to Book…” Inviting others along that journey of discovering what they were meant to do in this life. I’m looking forward to Deborah’s book and think you will too!

Enjoying the Work

You’ve heard that old saying; “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Have you found this saying to be true in your life? Do really love what you do day in and day out? Artist, Deborah Paris is just now getting to experience this truth in her life. She started her professional career practicing law but then pivoted to her dedicating her focus to a career in art. The transition wasn’t a perfect one but it helped Deborah really understand what she was meant to do. If you are struggling in finding your path when it comes to a career as an artist, I know Deborah's story will resonate with you.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:20] My introduction to my guest, Deborah Paris.
  • [3:00] How Deborah got her start as an artist.
  • [7:00] Deborah talks about making the shift from a law career to an art career.
  • [9:30] Skills that helped from Deborah’s law career.
  • [17:00] Memorable responses to Deborah's work.
  • [22:50] What does Deborah look for in a subject for her paintings?
  • [31:00] Deborah’s process for painting.
  • [36:00] Does Deborah plan several steps ahead or just respond as inspiration comes?
  • [39:00] I talk about my obsession with Marble White.
  • [42:00] Deborah’s habits in the studio.
  • [50:00] Deborah talks about working on her book.
  • [56:00] The blurred line between work and play.
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Finding Your Artistic Voice, with Nancy Gruskin
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Finding Your Artistic Voice, with Nancy Gruskin

Often it can take an artist years to discover their “Artistic voice.” It comes to each artist in a different way, some find it by learning from mentors and instructors over years, others find it by teaching the nuances of art theory or art history. There are so many beautiful paths that different individuals take to discover their unique artistic voice. My guest, Nancy Gruskin had a fascinating story to tell as she spoke with me about her journey to discovering and sharing her artistic voice. She didn’t take the “Typical” route to her career as an artist but it makes total sense for Nancy and it's an inspiring one that I know you will enjoy!

Getting “Established” as an Artist

Part of the process of discovering your voice as an artist is getting to that place where you feel “Established.” Similar to finding your voice, getting established comes at different points for each artist. For Nancy Gruskin, her career as an art history instructor has played a significant role in her journey and arriving at that place of feeling established in her career. She talks about how teaching and bringing value to students even when her art isn’t selling is still validating for her. Nancy was very forthcoming in sharing her thoughts and feelings in our conversation and I know her story will have an impact on other artists that get the chance to hear from her.

Acrylic Wash and Finding What Works

How did you discover what medium or process works best for your creative expression? Have you stuck with that same method for years or have you adjusted and changed it over time? My guest, Nancy Gruskin shares how she had modified and stumbled upon different approaches in her paintings and artwork over the years. In our conversation, Nancy told me how she stumbled into working with acrylic wash and how working with acrylic works much better in her home studio than working with oils like she did in the past. It was great to hear from Nancy and how she has adjusted her approach over the years and is still finding her creative impulses shine through that adaptation.

Creative Inspiration

Some artists share that they find their creative inspiration in some of the most mundane aspects of their life, others still find that inspiration strikes through the abstract. There is no “Right way” to tap into that creative inspiration, each artist must find what it is that inspires them. My guest Nancy Gruskin shared a touching moment from her life that inspired one of her paintings. Nancy’s story just goes to show you that you can’t bottle the creative process! It was great to hear how yet another individual uses the flow and circumstance of their life to create something beautiful. Make sure to catch images of Nancy’s paintings at the end of this post!

Overcoming Self-Doubt

It takes a lot of courage to bare your soul and share with a large audience a glimpse into your inner thoughts and feelings. Is that something you can imagine doing? My guest, Nancy Gruskin felt bold enough to share that she struggles with self-doubt from time to time. In our conversation, Nancy told me that she felt like she wouldn't’ have anything noteworthy to share with a wider audience. This could not have been further from the truth! I had a wonderful time speaking with Nancy about her journey to become an artist and how she has tackled other challenges along the way. I know you will also enjoy hearing from such a transparent, unique and bold artistic voice!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:50] I introduce my guest, Nancy Gruskin.
  • [2:00] Nancy’s journey to becoming an artist.
  • [10:30] How has Nancy’s background with Art History influenced her artwork?
  • [13:00] Finding your voice.
  • [18:00] Nancy talks about being included in a group art show.
  • [22:00] Feeling “Established” as an artist.
  • [27:30] Nancy’s process in approaching her time in the studio.
  • [34:30] Technical aspects of Nancy’s artwork.
  • [47:30] Facing self doubt and challenges along the way.
  • [53:30] Healthy habits.
  • [56:30] What art would Nancy LOVE to own if money wasn’t an issue?
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The Art of Being Present, with Joseph Todorovitch
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The Art of Being Present, with Joseph Todorovitch

What does “Being present” mean to you? Do you find that it is easy or difficult to be present in your studio time? With the cacophony of noise and distractions in our world, to be is present and in the moment could be considered an act of defiance. Artist Joseph Todorovitch is dedicated to honing in on what it means to be present with his artwork and to center on that place of stillness and focus. In our conversation, Joseph was open and transparent about his journey and how he finally found himself at a place where he is comfortable but still challenged.

What does it take to be a good draftsman?

The work of a draftsman is full of focus and clarity. It’s not an easy process that should be taken casually. I was curious what Joseph Todorvitch’s take would be when I asked him about the qualities and skill sets necessary to succeed as a draftsman. Joseph shared that it takes a particular type of motivation that comes from a desire to represent something faithfully. He also shared the importance of engaging in exploration and dedicated practice in the process as well. The two aspects of that Joseph ultimately highlights in our conversation is how critical it is to continue with a robust and thriving curiosity as well as a drive to be present and in the moment.

Slowing Down and Being Present

It takes a lot of dedication and practice to succeed in any given field of study. Malcolm Gladwell is famous for having written that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become masterful at a particular discipline. In our conversation, Artist Joseph Todorovitch shares what he would like to impart to his students as he tries to convey what it means to be a dedicated artist. Ultimately it comes down to the ability of the student to be patient with the process and put in the time to get their work finished. In our society, we want to move things along at a breakneck pace but Joseph teaches the necessity of slowing down and being present.

Healthy body, Healthy mind

The connection between our physical healthiness and the state of our creative mind can sometimes get downplayed. But the truth is, there is a huge link between how healthy and active an artist is and how they feel creatively. Artist Joseph Todorovitch is convinced that his ability to push himself creatively in the studio is due to the fact that he starts his day working out and pushing himself physically. This practice is part of his effort to clear out all the noise, once he has had his workout Joseph is much more focused on being present in the studio. Because of the power he’s found in this practice, Joseph encourages his peers and those coming up in the art community to make sure they take the time to care for their physical health which can only help the creative process.

Advice for New Artists

A huge advantage for many artists starting out in today’s art scene is the ability to tap into the insight and advice from artists who have been on the scene longer. With many artist writing books, giving lectures, and interviews the opportunities are endless. Into this plethora of voices offering their advice is Joseph Todorovitch. Joseph wants to help new artists get a good head start in their career. He suggests that these artists starting off consider their work ethic, work habits, and the materials they work with day in and day out. You can tell that Joseph has given these subjects great thought from his vantage point in his career as an artist thus far.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:10] My introduction to today’s guest, Joseph Todorovitch.
  • [2:00] How Joseph started down the path to becoming an artist.
  • [5:00] Early influences from other artists.
  • [9:00] Joseph’s post-college path.
  • [16:30] What it takes to be a good draftsman.
  • [21:30] Concepts that Joseph would like to impart to his students.
  • [30:30] Facing challenges along the way.
  • [36:00] Paintings that Joseph is particularly proud of.
  • [40:00] How exercise has helped Joseph stay motivated.
  • [42:30] Advice Joseph would give to a younger artist.
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Embracing the Unknown, with Lani Irwin
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Embracing the Unknown, with Lani Irwin

Some artists love to tell a very intentional and direct story with their artwork, and some focus on embracing the unknown. Artist Lani Irwin has a fascinating relationship with her paintings and their seeming tension of embracing the known and embracing the unknown. Lani’s work is very focused when it comes to the shapes and figures she creates but the unknown comes in when you step back and look for an underlying narrative or dialogue in her work, it’s not there. Lani likes to revel in the fact that her work embraces this tension, you can’t pin it down, you can’t define exactly what she is trying to say. Sometimes Lani wishes she had a story to tell in her paintings, and sometimes she loves the fact that there is nothing to tell.

Letting the Painting Speak

Many artists come to the canvas with an idea in mind and let it evolve over time or they just bring to life that original idea that existed in their head. Lani Irwin doesn’t go to the canvas with an idea in mind, rather she starts with a gesture or an object, or even a series of objects and she lets them speak to her. From that point, inspiration ebbs and flows as she listens to what the painting wants. The way Lani describes her process is fascinating and almost like a whirlwind because things will change very quickly as she listens to and adapts her approach to the painting. As she described her process, I was instantly transported to her studio and I could image this process unfolding and I hope you get that sense too. Make sure to catch images of her artwork included at the end of this post!

Every Step Revealing the Artist

Sometimes we can get so keyed into figuring out what that one moment or that one inspiration is that led someone down the path they chose. To be fair, there are many artists and other professionals that can clearly point to a moment of inspiration that acted as a catalyst for them on their career trajectory. Then there are artists like Lani Irwin who look back and find that it wasn’t just one moment that led to her decision to become an artist. For Lani, it's a compilation of events, ideas, and impulses that have guided her journey, she looks back at every step and sees it as an arrival.

Quality over Quantity

Even though her advice for younger artists might be geared around encouraging them to spend a lot of time in the studio, Lani Irwin has found that her time is now better spent with intense focus and precision. She finds that in order to maximize her time in the studio she needs to build up to it, honing all of her creative inspirations into that moment. One way Lani does this is by simply folding a paper crane before she goes into the studio, she does this as a meditative practice that centers her and brings her inspiration and focus.

Work Hard and Know Your Voice

There are many pressures placed on art students in the current industry climate. They tend to feel a very acute pressure to build a body of work and make a big splash in the art world. But for many, that seems hopelessly out of reach and a massive burden to bear. Artist Lani Irwin encourages young artists to put in the hard work and long hours, not only to produce a large body of work but to refine and master their craft. She also stresses the need for young artists to really understand who they are and what their artistic “Voice” will be.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:45] My introduction to today’s guest, Lani Irwin.
  • [2:30] Lani talks about how she started to become an artist.
  • [7:00] The impact that moving from place to place had on Lani.
  • [12:00] Why did Lani decide to settle in Italy?
  • [15:00] Lani talks about her artwork.
  • [27:00] What narrative or dialogue exists in Lani’s work?
  • [33:00] Knowing and Unknowing in Lani’s paintings.
  • [38:30] Lani’s time in the studio.
  • [48:30] The thread that runs through Lani’s work and how she’s changed over the years.
  • [59:30] Advice Lani would give artists just starting out.
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Art Writer: John Seed
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Art Writer: John Seed

John Seed is an art writer, art and art history professor, and an artist in his own right. In our conversation we discuss his formative experience learning under Nathan Oliveira, his time working in galleries, what it was like hanging paintings by renowned artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Eric Fischl, and so much more. It was an honor to speak with such a gracious and talented artist and writer, I know you will have a great time learning about his progression from art teacher to art writer as well as all the great insights and lessons he has to share from his years in the art world.

From Art Teacher to Art Writer

It’s been said that every step we take in life is one of arrival. To hear John Seed explain how he found his way from being captivated with art at a young age, to working in art galleries, then teaching art and finally to writing about the subject is an engrossing story. Though each step along the way you really get the sense that John was meant to tell the story of artists because of his deep respect and genuine fascination with the creative process. If you are anything like me, spending time with John’s story will help fan the flames of creativity and passion for the art that you were meant to create.

John’s First Assignment as an Art Writer

Have you ever had on of those moments where it seems that the stars aligned to set you on a particular course? When I heard John Seed describe his first assignment as an art writer it seemed like a date with destiny type of encounter. John shares how he found a painting at a thrift store that grabbed his attention, he purchased the painting and proceeded to sell it on Ebay for a modest profit. It turns out that the buyer on Ebay was a private art dealer - John and this individual struck up a friendship. Soon after, this art dealer paid John $1000 to write an article about a well known artist in Hawaii who committed suicide at a young age. Over the course of the next year, John wrote an in depth article that ended up winning the Society of Professional Journalists Award for the best art article published in Hawaii that year.

Leaving a Legacy as an Art Writer

We all want to leave some sort of mark on the world. Most of us want the world to have been a better place because of the art we’ve created and the way we’ve treated others. Each one of us has to find that unique legacy that we want to leave behind. John Seed’s legacy rests primarily but not exclusively in his work as an art writer and an art teacher. He relishes in the fact that he has been able to have an impact on his art students in a similar manner that teachers like Nathan Oliveira had on him as a young student. But when John thinks of his legacy, he goes to his writing. He wants his impact to revolve around the public understanding and appreciating representational painters and other artists he knows who aren’t getting the type of exposure to the general public that he’d like to see.

Tips for Artists who want to tell their story

Many artists love to express their personal story through their artwork. As beautiful and symbolic as that expression can be, more and more artists are seeking to share their personal story through the written word. Art writer John Seed wants to help artists express themselves through the exercise of writing their story. John suggests that artists start by sharing their story on their websites. This can be done in big ways and in subtle ways depending on the comfort level of the artist. John also encourages artists to spend time with other artists and interview them to hear other artists tell their stories in their own words.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:15] My introduction to today’s guest, John Seed.
  • [1:30] John shares how he started getting involved with art.
  • [8:30] Lessons John learned studying under Nathan Oliveira.
  • [18:00] John’s journey to start writing about art.
  • [26:30] From teaching art history to writing about art.
  • [32:00] John’s first writing assignment and facing cancer.
  • [37:30] John’s legacy in writing.
  • [41:30] Advice for artists who want to tell their story.
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Layered Paintings, with Chris Liberti
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Layered Paintings, with Chris Liberti

I’ve always been intrigued by layered paintings. I don’t know if you’ve had that same draw but there is something about the textures and the grooves that draw you in and makes you wonder why the artist added that piece or that mark in a way that is unique in its own right. My guest, Chris Liberti has a similar draw and fascination with layered paintings. In our conversation, Chris describes why the layered effect has such an influence in his work. I also share how it connects to a personal story in my life.

Connecting artwork to a personal space

Do you have a favorite place you like to work on your art besides the studio environment? What is it about that place that resonates with you in a way no other place does? Artist Chris Liberti shared with me that one of his favorite places to go and paint is in his parent's basement. Didn’t see that coming did you? The way Chris describes this space and why he likes to go back and paint a particular utility sink is really touching. As he describes what that artwork and that space meant to him, I was instantly transported to that location. I have a feeling that Chris’ story and the way he looks at his artwork will resonate with artist like you.

Preparing for a Gallery Show

I’m sure many artists like you wonder if your habits and processes for preparing for a gallery show are similar to other artists or if YOU are the weird one. Luckily, I caught my guest Chris Liberti in the middle of his process preparing for an upcoming gallery show. Chris was kind enough to indulge my questions about how he prepares and what he likes to do to get his work and himself personally ready for the sometimes herculean feat of showing his work. I found it fascinating to get a peek into Chris’ process and I know you will enjoy it too!

Working through the artistic process

I know many artists will resonate with that famous line from a U2 song “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…” That seems to be an accurate description when discussing the artistic process and understanding what an artist is trying to connect with or convey with their artwork. Chris Liberti discussed with me how he focuses on the colors he uses and how he lets them sort of “Speak” to him along the way as he is creating his artwork. You’ve got to hear how Chris talks about his process, it’s fascinating and unique, also don’t miss examples of Chris’ fabulous work at the end of this post below.

Parenting as an Artist

There are many different aspects of an artist that gets drawn out when they become a parent. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to both mothers and father who are artists and each brings a very unique and fascinating perspective on how parenting has influenced and even changed their approach to their artwork. Chris Liberti has two little girls and in our conversation, he touches on their influence in his artwork as well as how being a parent has shaped his time and his perspective. It was intriguing to hear from yet another parent who incorporates their artwork and their time with their children work in a balanced way.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to today’s guest, Chris Liberti.
  • [4:00] What inspires and drives Chris as an artist?
  • [7:30] Chris talks about working in his studio and how he starts a project.
  • [12:00] Artwork that Chris is particularly attached to.
  • [15:00] Chris talks about the layered effect of his paintings.
  • [20:00] Mediums Chris uses.
  • [24:00] Projects Chris is currently working on.
  • [27:30] How Chris prepares for a gallery showing.
  • [34:30] Artists that have influenced Chris.
  • [37:20] What is Chris trying to convey or connect with in his work?
  • [44:00] How being a parent has influenced Chris’ work.
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Art and Spirituality, with Dozier Bell
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Art and Spirituality, with Dozier Bell

When most people think of art and spirituality, they think of religious art. But what if there was a more subtle approach to art and spirituality that subverts the more common public expectations? Dozier Bell creates wonderful works of art that often convey a sense of “Presence.” She doesn’t feel the need to overtly draw the viewer's attention to the concept of God, rather she creates in a way that resonates with her spiritual experience and the way she sees the world. Once you get the chance to see Dozier’s artwork you will get a feel for the concept that she tries to convey, make sure to view some selections of her work at the end of this post.

Fitting into a new environment

Have you ever wanted to travel to a new location and get rooted into a new culture? Imagine the impact that would have on your worldview and artistic development. Dozier Bell had always wanted to spend time abroad expanding her skills and knowledge along with her creative pursuits. She finally got the chance when she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to Germany in the mid 90’s. This experience had a profound impact on Dozier. She spoke at length with me about what it was like fitting into a new environment and gaining new creative inspirations along the way. This also happened to be the time in Dozier’s life where she taped into an exploration of art and spirituality.

Missing the Mystery in Art

The most beautiful aspect of art can be described as expressing through images what cannot be expressed through words. This is the wonderful and mysterious space of creative expression. Artist Dozier Bell revels in this sense of wonder and mystery. In fact, she believes these aspects of mystery and wonder are fading in an art world that increasingly trains students to have an articulated answer to what they’ve created. Dozier encourages artists to connect or reconnect to that sense of mystery, to truly explore it and resist the urge to define and quantify it.

Finding Your Voice as an Artist

One of the most difficult things to do as an artist is to find your “Voice.” You can learn many different techniques and find yourself influenced by other artists, but at the end of the day, you need to discover your unique artistic voice. Dozier Bell recounts an episode from her time in graduate school where she struggled to clarify what her voice would become. She talks about how grateful she is to a mentor who helped her see that she was spending time going in the wrong direction creatively. Dozier’s thoughts and insights into what it means to find your voice as an artist are very authentic and relatable, it was a pleasure to have such a candid conversation with her.

Facing “Painter’s Block”

Just as many writers tackle “Writer’s block” in different ways, various painters have their own methods to deal with “Painter’s block.” Some find it helpful to get an external perspective, while others find it helpful to plot away and stay faithful to the process, and others still consume a lot of chocolate. Artist Dozier Bell recently faced her own episode of painter’s block and she took the time to discuss that experience with me in our conversation. If you’ve struggled with this experience in the past, you might find our conversation encouraging and helpful.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] My introduction to today’s guest, Dozier Bell.
  • [2:00] Dozier talks about the beginning of her art career.
  • [3:40] How Dozier’s time in Germany impacted her.
  • [19:30] Dozier talks about her spiritual journey and how it impacts her art.
  • [28:00] Losing a sense of mystery.
  • [33:00] How Dozier develops a motif.
  • [36:30] Dozier talks about finding her “voice.”
  • [43:30] Dealing with getting “stuck.”
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Experiencing Artist’s Block, with Jason Cytacki
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Experiencing Artist’s Block, with Jason Cytacki

Have you ever struggled with “Artist’s block?” We’ve all heard about how difficult and frustrating “Writer’s block” can be for an author who is used to having the words flow out on the page, but do artists ever face a similar difficulty? Jason Cytacki is a talented artist and educator who bravely opens up about his difficulty facing artist’s block at a particular chapter in his career. Jason’s transparency, honesty, and ultimately hopeful perspective are a breath of fresh air. I had a wonderful time discussing his work, personal journey, and everything in between.

Art Inspired by the American West

Often many artists are inspired by things that impacted them as children or early in their life. For some artists it’s the ocean, for others it’s human faces, other still it’s landscapes, and on and on we could go. For Jason Cytacki one aspect of his childhood that has inspired his artwork is the entertainment genre of westerns. This inspiration has led to Jason creating some amazing pieces of art that incorporate that tv and movie genre and even comment on it. The way Jason describes his relationship to the American West and the western genre is intriguing and I know you will appreciate his unique and creative perspective. Make sure to catch images of his work at the end of this post!

Exploring Artist’s block

Have you ever been stuck? Whether it’s getting stuck relationally, geographically, or professionally, it really sucks. What lessons have you learned from those occurrences in your life? Jason Cytacki goes right to the heart of this difficult and personal subject for many creative individuals. He talks about a chapter in his career when he faced a professional crossroads and he really couldn’t figure out which way to go. Jason goes on to describe this feeling of being in a new setting and almost having to rediscover his creative inspiration. Eventually what helped Jason work through this experience of artist’s block was getting an external perspective from people he trusted like his wife. If you’ve ever faced this frustrating experience, I think that you will find Jason’s story encouraging.

Compound Growth as an Artist

You’ve heard of the financial concept of “compound interest” but what about the artistic concept of “compound growth?” Do skill and creativity grow over time in steady increments in a similar fashion that interest grows in an investment account? In our conversation, my guest Jason Cytacki and I discuss the role of technical and creative growth and development over the course of an artist’s career. We both look back and chart how we’ve grown and how the concept of compound growth is one that rarely gets discussed in many artist circles.

Hard work and Persistence that pays off

There are a lot of opinions out there that go back and forth on the topic of “success” and the artist. Whether you land more on the “luck” side of the debate or on the “hard work” side of the debate, it’s helpful to hear from artists themselves and how they describe their journey. Getting their perspective on the subject grants unique insight into how they view their work and their place in the art community. My guest, Jason Cytacki spent time in our conversation to explain how he views the role of hard work and persistence in relation to his journey toward success.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] My introduction to today’s guest, Jason Cytacki.
  • [2:20] Jason talks about how he got his start as an artist.
  • [10:00] Challenges when approaching the canvas.
  • [15:00] Jason talks about his work inspired by the American West.
  • [23:40] Memorable responses to Jason’s art work.
  • [29:00] Facing “Artist's block.”
  • [37:00] Compound growth and getting an external perspective.
  • [41:00] Art work from a living artist that Jason would love to own.
  • [42:00] Hardwork and persistence are key to Jason’s success.
  • [44:00] The perfect day in the life of artist, Jason Cytacki.
  • [47:00] Navigating the work and life divide as an artist.
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Women Painting Women, with Alia El-Bermani
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Women Painting Women, with Alia El-Bermani

Why don’t we see more women painting women? The subject of some of the best paintings and sculptures throughout history has been the female form. However, the majority of those works of art have been created by men. This has led to a distinct bias in how women are portrayed in an artistic fashion. My guest, Alia El-Bermani hopes to change that portrayal and give the power of female representation back to women artists! "Women Painting Women" explores how contemporary women painters are handling women as subjects. The blog was founded by artists Alia El-Bermani, Diane Feissel and Sadie Valeri. Check out the link to the blog in the “Resources” section at the end of this post!

Lessons learned as an artist working in a gallery

You’ve heard the perspective of gallery owners on this website before. I’ve had the fortune of interviewing some AMAZING gallery owners. In this conversation, there is a little bit of a twist on the gallery perspective. My guest, Alia El-Bermani spent some time early in her career working in an art gallery. Given this unique perspective as an artist having worked in an art gallery, Alia shared with me some key lessons she learned from her time working there. One lesson that she shares is the realization that it truly is a two-sided relationship between the artist and the gallery. Too often the perception is that of a one sided relationship but that wasn’t what Alia observed. She generously shares more insights from her time in the gallery over our wide-ranging conversation.

Unique Challenges Faced by Women

Women have a uniquely different experience in the workplace than men. They have to fight and claw their way to earn the same type of recognition and respect that their male counterparts enjoy. My guest, Alia El-Bermani and I discuss the different treatment that we’ve experienced in the art world because of our gender. Our goal was, to be honest, and open with how we’ve been treated and to shed a light on the uniquely difficult career trajectory that women face in the art industry. It’s not always easy to be so open and transparent but my hope is that it will be beneficial and informative for followers like you!

Following the path of artistic inspiration

What do origami, snowflakes, and painting have in common? Strange combination right? For my guest, Alia El-Bermani the answer is; inspiration. All three of these creations ended up influencing Alia one day to embark on a new art project. She followed her creative impulse and asked for artists in her community to mail her paper snowflakes, like the ones you made in school as a kid. This idea came to her after playing with an origami kit that one of her children had laying around the house. The product of Alia’s experiment is fascinating, I have been blown away and inspired by her story and I hope you will be too!

Personal Value and Art Value

One of the common missteps that younger artists can tend to make is to shy away from putting a value on their artwork. The other side of that is usually falling for the comparison trap by seeing if they measure up to successful artists that they admire. My guest, Alia El-Bermani faced these difficulties early on in her art career. As she looks back, she wants to encourage artists of all walks to really own and appreciate their story. Alia also stresses the need for artists to feel free to confidently make a living by selling their art.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:45] My introduction to today’s guest, Alia El-Bermani.
  • [2:50] Alia’s decision to become an artist.
  • [6:40] The post-college career path.
  • [10:00] Lessons learned working in an art gallery.
  • [15:00] Women painting women.
  • [22:30] Unique challenges faced by women.
  • [31:50] Alia’s studio schedule.
  • [35:30] Incorporating paper into the painting process.
  • [46:00] Advice Alia would give to her younger self.
  • [53:00] One piece of art from a living artist Alia would like to own.
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Personal Art, with Julyan Davis
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Personal Art, with Julyan Davis

You know that art that you love to make, that personal art that you know won’t sell in galleries? Don’t be discouraged, you aren’t alone! My guest Julyan Davis has a personal collection of art that he makes for himself. This is his way of separating his personal art from what he knows will sell on the marketplace. In our conversation we talk about creating art that no one will ever see, making deep personal connections, professional habits, personal promotion and much more. Julyan also tells the fascinating story of how he made his way from growing up in England to establishing himself as an artist in the American South that you won’t want to miss!

Art that no one will ever see

Would you still make art if no one could ever see it? That’s a difficult and fascinating question. Julyan Davis and I discuss our own answers to this question. It raises an important point, especially with the way that Julyan separates his art. Because of his style and the way that he likes to experiment, Julyan has created two different categories for his art, the personal art, and the public art. He describes two reasons for this separation. One reason is financial because he knows that a lot of his personal art won’t fit with what many collectors are looking for. The second reason for the separation is that the artwork is personal, he makes it for himself.

Making deep connections

In our hyperconnected world, one thing that can get easily left behind is deep and meaningful connections with those around us. The internet with all its wonderful social media brilliance can give us a false sense of personal connection. As artists, we can tend to suffer from this a bit more acutely than others because of our private and at times isolating creative process. Artist Julyan Davis discusses this tendency with me and how he’s taken steps to ensure that he connects relationally with people around him. If you’ve struggled with your sometimes isolating life as an artist, I know this conversation with Julyan will be helpful.

1 key to success and growth as an artist; Habit

There is no one right way or formula for success that will work for every artist. You have to find what works for you. Often one of the best ways to find your own path is to hear how others have found theirs. Julyan Davis goes through his typical day in the studio and explains that regularly practiced habits have contributed to his own growth and success. He has also created self-imposed deadlines that help him stay focused and on schedule. The last piece of insight that Julyan shares is how he pushes himself to learn about subjects that challenge him. Hearing how Julyan has grown as an artist over the years inspired me and I hope it has that same effect on you too!

Promote Your Art

With so many “Done for you” solutions out there in the marketplace for small business owners, one key aspect can get left behind, self-promotion. As an artist, you’ve got to promote yourself and your artwork. You can’t rely on “Being discovered.” You have to get out there and be your best advocate. This doesn’t mean you have to be egotistical and self-centered about it. If you’ve created something from your heart, a part of your story you want to share with the world then go for it! Artist Julyan Davis is a huge fan of this direct approach and he encourages as many artists as he can to adopt it.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:45] My introduction today’s guest, Julyan Davis.
  • [2:30] Julyan’s start in his art career.
  • [4:20] Early artistic influences for Julyan.
  • [7:00] Julyan talks about visiting the American South in the 80’s.
  • [14:00] The decision to stay and put down roots in America.
  • [16:00] How Julyan established himself as an artist in a new country.
  • [19:00] Making art to show but not necessarily to sell.
  • [24:30] Why did Julyan land in the South? How important is location to the artist?
  • [26:00] The importance of making deep connections with others.
  • [33:30] Julyan’s typical day in the studio.
  • [35:30] Would you continue to paint if no could ever see it?
  • [44:30] Julyan talks about the “Murder Ballads”
  • [47:00] What living artist’s painting would Julyan like to own?
  • [52:00] One habit that contributes to Julyan’s growth and success as an artist.
  • [55:50] An important piece of advice from Julyan.
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Becoming An Artist, with Kami Mendlik
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Becoming An Artist, with Kami Mendlik

The public perception of a person's journey toward becoming an artist is usually an ethereal and happy go lucky one. As many of you know, that’s not the case. In my conversation with artist Kami Mendlik, we discuss her journey of becoming an artist. Kami emphasis that luck had nothing to do with her skill, talent, and success as an artist. She isn’t shy talking about the stubbornness, difficulty, and perseverance that is required to have a thriving art career. In our conversation we also touch on the impact of a mentor, finding the time to paint, her life raising children and much more.

The impact of a mentor

Can you think back to a time when someone helped you on your career path in vital ways? Everyone doesn’t get such a special person in their life. Usually, a mentoring relationship doesn’t just fall into your lap. Kami Mendlik had to hunt down and pursue her mentor Mary Pettis. Kami was relentless because she knew she had to learn from one of the best in her field. Mary was a huge hero and mentor to Kami and only asked for one thing in return for the time and insight she gave, that one day Kami would do the same for another young artist. Kami has fulfilled that promise and delights in the joy of passing down what she has learned on her journey to up and coming artists.

Finding the time to paint

One of the most common refrains among aspiring artist is “I’ve got to find the time to paint.” The struggle to carve out the time to focus on something so important and intimate can be difficult. Artist Kami Mendlik empathizes with this struggle but is a strong advocate of helping artists push through this difficulty. In order to succeed as an artist and a single mother, Kami had to get creative with her time. In our conversation, she tells me a few beautiful stories of her children growing up around her painting habits. If you’ve ever struggled to find the time to paint this conversation will be a huge encouragement to you.

Don’t wait until you’ve “Arrived”

The difficulty of navigating a career toward becoming an artist is fighting off the mindset that everything will come together once you’ve “Arrived.” My guest, Kami Mendlik strongly urges that artists fight that impulse. Kami describes her career as a journey. In fact, she couldn’t pick a particular moment in her career where she “Felt like an artist.” Rather, Kami describes her path as a series of stepping stones along the way. She encourages budding artists to avoid the trap of comparison and focus on discovering their own journey and finding their “Voice” in the process.

Incorporating children into life as an artist

Many professionals and even some artists are tempted to compartmentalize their work life from their life as a parent. To some degree, this has to be done to carve out that time where you can get “In the zone” and focus on your work. But because much of an artist’s process bleeds into the rest of their life you have to find a way to incorporate family life into the artistic journey. My guest, Kami Mendlik shares her experiences raising her children and navigating her path toward becoming an artist. Kami is delightfully transparent and honest as she explains the joys and difficulties that have come along the way. I know you will benefit greatly from our candid and in-depth conversation.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:55] My introduction to today’s guest; Kami Mendlik
  • [2:30] Kami’s journey to become an artist.
  • [5:20] Every step an arrival.
  • [11:00] Not luck, hard work.
  • [20:30] The difficulty of finding your way after art school.
  • [23:00] Determination and making your way.
  • [29:00] The impact of a mentor.
  • [34:00] Raising children and pursuing an art career.
  • [40:00] Fighting the impulse to make “Perfect art”
  • [45:40] Pushing through fear.
  • [51:00] Don’t wait until you’ve “Arrived”
  • [54:45] Incorporating children into life as an artist.
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Tips for Artists (From a Gallery’s Perspective), with Jennifer Farris
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Tips for Artists (From a Gallery’s Perspective), with Jennifer Farris

Wouldn’t it be great to hear inside tips for artists from a gallery’s perspective? Most of my interviews are with artists but I jump at the chance when I get to connect with a gallery owner. They provide such a helpful and unique perspective! My guest Jennifer Farris is the owner of Studio Gallery. Jennifer and Rab opened the gallery in 2003 to showcase the work of Bay Area artists. Jennifer and I discuss the role of social media in the art world, the story behind the artwork, setting the right prices, helpful tips for artist engaging with galleries and much more!

Leveraging Social Media to Promote Art

With the interconnectedness the internet age gives us, it can seem like brick and mortar stores are becoming increasingly irrelevant. You might be tempted to think that social media promotion threatens the role of galleries in the art world. Gallery owner Jennifer Farris doesn’t see social media promotion as an obstacle but rather as a platform she can leverage alongside the artists her gallery works with. In our conversation, Jennifer paints a helpful picture of the relationship between social media, artists, and galleries. If you are interested in hearing her inside tips for artists, make sure to catch this interview.

The Story Behind the Artwork

Don’t forget that one of the most powerful tools you have is your story! It doesn’t matter what type of medium you are engaged in, people want to hear the story behind the artwork. What inspired you, what moved you, what were you going through when you created your art? This is what resonates with people. I know it can be scary to put yourself out there, and not every artist is ready to do that - that’s OK. When you are ready, share your story. In most cases, it’s the story that enhances the artwork in a similar way a quality frame helps it pop. If I haven’t convinced you, my guest and gallery owner Jennifer Farris will. She has seen the power a story can have in appreciating and selling a work of art.

Setting the Right Price for Artwork

Figuring out the right price point for their artwork is something that many artists, especially inexperienced artists struggle with. How do you determine the right price range for your work? What is the best process and approach? My guest, Jennifer Farris is happy to shed some light and share some tips for artists on this otherwise difficult process. Jennifer is the owner of Studio Gallery and regularly walks new artists through the process of pricing and showing their work for the first time. Her helpful perspective will help you get an inside look at the art world from the gallery angle.

Do’s and Don’t’s of Approaching a Gallery

As an artist, have you ever wondered what would be the best way to approach a gallery you want to go into business with? You are in luck! Gallery owner Jennifer Farris is eager to share some tips for artists who want to start off on the right foot with galleries.

  1. Visit the gallery if possible. Get to know the feel for the type of work they show. Is it a fit?
  2. Understand the right timing. Don’t ambush a gallery owner, make an appointment.
  3. Respect the process. Don’t expect special treatment. Work with the gallery’s process.

Jennifer has some wonderful insights that will help artists navigate the gallery landscape. I had a wonderful time learning about her gallery’s process and I know you will too!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to this episode.
  • [2:00] Jennifer shares the story behind Studio Gallery.
  • [4:20] The difficulty Jennifer and Rab faced opening their gallery.
  • [7:40] How does Jennifer help an artist decide which artwork to show?
  • [10:45] What criteria is used to determine if an artist is ready for a solo show?
  • [12:20] How can artists work with galleries in a harmonious way?
  • [15:00] The story behind the artwork.
  • [21:00] Social Media’s influence on galleries.
  • [25:00] Setting prices for artwork.
  • [32:40] Do’s and Don'ts of approaching a gallery as an artist.
  • [39:20] Jennifer’s plans for her gallery’s future.
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Artistic Motivation, with Scott Conary
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Artistic Motivation, with Scott Conary

What is your artistic motivation? Has it always been the same, or has it changed? Artist Scott Conary would say that it has changed over the years. He describes a time when his artwork and his career came from a different place of motivation, that was before his daughter was born. Once she came into the world, Scott’s life, including his artwork took a new direction. In our conversation, Scott shares about his struggle with perfectionism, why every question doesn’t need an answer, the health difficulties that his daughter has faced from birth, and so much more.

The illusion of perfectionism

As a creative individual, you want your art to resemble the vision you have for it in your mind as much as possible. This can be both frustrating and exciting. When it comes together just right and looks exactly how you envisioned it - satisfying. On the rare occasion that it exceeds your expectations and imagination - ecstasy. My guest Scott Conary and I spent some time in our conversation around the subject of perfectionism. Scott explained how much the illusion of getting everything just right can derail the creative process. Scott will be the first to tell you that most of his artwork can’t be described as perfect. But because of the lessons he has learned, he would call them complete.

Every question doesn’t have an answer

Do you ever have a hard time silencing the noise in your head? Does your mind race with what feels like hundreds of questions or ideas? What do you do with those thoughts? My guest, Scott Conary spoke with me about this struggle. He told me about his battle to fight through all that noise and focus on what really matters. We both arrived at a consensus that not all questions need to be answered. You don’t have to follow every thought or idea down the rabbit hole. As difficult as it can be to resist that urge, it can be very freeing to just say “No” and bring your focus back to a singular goal or objective. When you are able to find this type of clarity, your artwork will benefit.

The experience that colored everything

Have you had a moment that changed the course of your life? Scott Conary’s daughter was born with “Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.” He talked to me about her birth, and how that moment is the “Experience that colored everything.” As you can imagine, Scott and his wife had their world turned upside down with the diagnosis that came shortly after their daughter’s delivery. Scott was very gracious and transparent in our conversation. He shared about how the art he creates now holds a different meaning for him, it really shifted his artistic motivation. In what sounds like a contradiction, Scott says that his work has less significance but at the same time holds a new kind of meaning. The way Scott described it to me made perfect sense. As serious as his daughter’s condition is, Scott was quick to tell me how much joy she brings their family - at the time of this writing, she is seven years old and thriving.

Art as an avenue for healing

In light of the diagnosis that Scott and his wife received for their daughter, I wanted to ask Scott if creating art has contributed to healing on his journey. As you can imagine this was a difficult question to answer. Scott was gracious enough to give me an extended answer and discussion on this topic. Initially, Scott said that he didn’t necessarily see his creative pursuits as contributing to his healing process. However, the question resonated with Scott so much that he wanted to take another shot at answering it. On the second pass, Scott shared that he has experienced a sense of healing as he has taken his emotional trauma with him into the studio. Scott’s transparency and vulnerability were on full display and I was honored that he felt like he could trust me with such raw and honest responses.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to this episode.
  • [2:40] How did Scott get started with his art career?
  • [4:20] Scott talks about family and career struggles.
  • [9:30] What Scott tells prospective art students and those starting their art career.
  • [12:40] Scott’s “Why”
  • [17:50] Is painting “Fun?”
  • [28:10] What is Scott’s daily routine?
  • [33:00] The illusion of perfectionism.
  • [37:30] Do all questions need answers?
  • [41:50] Scott’s current projects and obsessions.
  • [49:20] Scott talks about continuing his artwork and
  • [56:20] The story behind Scott’s daughter’s health difficulties.
  • [1:02:00] Has art contributed to healing in Scott’s life?
  • [1:05:30] Scott gives another answer to art’s healing in his life.
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Inspired Art Framework, with Holly Lane
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Inspired Art Framework, with Holly Lane

Most people don’t stop to consider the artistry involved with the framework that houses paintings. In many cases this is done on purpose, too elaborate or extravagant framework might detract from the detail and message that the artist is trying to convey. But artist Holly Lane has a different approach. She combines both aspects in a harmonious creative endeavor. The result is breathtaking. Holly carefully and litigiously plans how her work with carving and designing her frames will complement and enhance her painting as if they were one unified piece of art. Words don’t do Holly’s work justice, you have to see this brilliant and gifted approach - make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the images she provided.

Early affirmations in carving out a creative path

Not all artists receive the encouragement and enthusiasm for their early work as much as they’d like. Many artists use this adversity and challenge to fuel their creativity drive to succeed and make a name for themselves. Artist Holly Lane was fortunate enough to receive some early affirmations from her professors partly because of the unique nature of her work. In art school, Holly really discovered her passion, not only for painting but also for crafting and cultivating a skill for creating intricate frames that enhance her paintings. Holly’s journey wasn’t easy, she has faced her fair share of challenges but it’s refreshing to hear such a positive and encouraging start to an illustrious career.

Art Inspired by Animals and Mythology

It is an absolute joy to get the chance to hear from so many artists about what motivates and inspires their creative process. I asked my guest Holly Lane about her creative journey and how she conceptualizes her work. Holly explained that she gets a lot of her inspiration from “Interspecies compassion” - philosophical proofs that animals can think. She also delves into the imaginative journey and contemplates the backstory and implications of myths like the Roman goddess Fortuna. Holly has a vibrant and infectious energy that really comes alive when she opens up about her passion for her work. It's always wonderful to hear from such a talented and gracious artist.

What is the Stendhal Syndrome?

Have you ever heard of the Stendhal Syndrome? Neither had I until my conversation with Holly Lane. Once you hear what it is, it will sound familiar to you. The Stendhal Syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes strong physical reactions and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art. Holly and I discussed our experiences with this phenomena and she told me about a meaningful moment someone had encountering her work. For an artist to see someone react so viscerally to their work is a powerful and meaningful moment and that certainly comes through when Holly tells the story.

Keeping the artist's dream alive

What is your dream project? Where would you go? What would you take with you? Artist Holly Lane was kind enough to indulge this question that I posed to her over the course of our conversation. Given the inspiration and type of work Holly engages in, her answer shouldn’t be too surprising. She said that she would like to travel to the great castles and cathedrals of Europe. There she would draw and take pictures, then compose a body of work to be exhibited either in a church or in a forest. Holly didn’t miss a beat when I asked her this question so you can tell this is something that is near the surface and that she's been dreaming about. I hope she gets to follow her dream and I hope you have one just below the surface that you will follow too!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to today’s guest, Holly Lane.
  • [2:15] Holly talks about her work with frames.
  • [5:40] Does Holly carve all her frames herself?
  • [9:15] How does Holly conceptualize her work?
  • [17:20] Holly talks about finding her path after school.
  • [26:00] Working with grants.
  • [29:00] Memorable responses to Holly’s work.
  • [36:30] What does Holly do when she gets stuck?
  • [38:40] Surprising artists that influence and inspire Holly.
  • [42:30] What is Holly working on right now?
  • [43:50] Holly talks about how she sets up her studio.
  • [45:30] What is Holly’s dream project?
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The Impact of an Art Mentor, with Joe Gyurcsak
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The Impact of an Art Mentor, with Joe Gyurcsak

Do you realize the power an art mentor has? They have the ability to guide and shape the next generation of artist. Unfortunately, this relationship is often underutilized. My guest Joe Gyurcsak believes strongly in the mentoring relationship. He has experienced the impact that older artist have had on his life AND he has had the opportunity to act as a mentor to the generation of artists coming up behind him. In our conversation, we cover the impact of having a mentor, his transition from illustration to fine art, how creative writing enhanced his artwork, and much more.

The transition from illustration to fine art

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to junk your current career path and make an abrupt change? That is exactly what my guest Joe Gyurcsak did. One night after a frustrating project as an illustrator, Joe decided that he was done. He made the decision and walked away. It wasn’t really a decision to turn from one thing and begin another at that point. But before long, Joe began producing paintings for fine art galleries. He quickly found himself swept up into a new direction for his work in the art world. It didn’t go completely smoothly for Joe from that point on, he had some ups and downs but he was confident that he had made the right decision and he was creating the art that he wanted to make.

Reading and Writing as fuel to the artist's creative process

What impact can reading and writing have in your creative process as an artist? I’ve had the privilege to interview many artists recently who have discovered the enormous impact that reading and more specifically writing has had on their creative process. My guest this week Joe Gyurcsak, tells me that reading and writing had a HUGE impact on him during a period of his life where he had to work in a field unrelated to his abilities as an artist. It was fascinating to hear as Joe described how creative writing helped clarify his thought process and really enhanced his approach to his artwork.

Advice for artists early in their career

What lessons can artists early in their career learn from more experienced artists? Joe Gyurcsak has some great insights that he’d love for some of his less experienced peers to learn from. He starts by encouraging them to put their work out there - boldly and consistently. Joe empathizes with the fear, insecurity, and nervousness that haunts many artists just starting off. But he is convinced that it is absolutely critical that artists take as many opportunities that come their way to show their art and sell their art. In Joe’s experience, the more an artist’s work is circulated and viewed, the chances increase for the artist to learn and grow from those encounters.

Do artists need mentors?

What would it be like to have a mentor? Someone who can point out and identify things that you can’t see in your own work and life? Artist Joe Gyurcsak has enjoyed some wonderful mentoring relationships over his career. He’s been able to get advice and outside perspective on his work, technique, and how to navigate the art world. If you haven’t been convinced of the importance of having a mentoring relationship, hearing from Joe will change your mind. He is convinced that the success and growth he has experienced is due in large part to the generous investment he has received from talented artists.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to this episode.
  • [1:45] Joe Gyurcsak joins the podcast.
  • [2:20] Joe talks about getting started with art.
  • [3:30] Artists that inspired Joe.
  • [4:10] Transitioning from student to working artist.
  • [5:30] Personal success.
  • [6:30] The decision to leave illustration behind.
  • [7:40] Difficulty transitioning to fine art.
  • [9:40] What advice would Joe give his younger self?
  • [11:30] What is Joe involved with right now?
  • [13:50] Joe’s process in the studio.
  • [24:00] Joe’s biggest setback in his career.
  • [27:50] What did Joe do to fuel the fire while he wasn’t employed as an artist?
  • [34:30] What is on Joe’s list right now?
  • [35:30] How do you establish a relationship with a gallery?
  • [40:00] What advice does Joe have for artists early in their career?
  • [43:00] How do you stay motivated when facing rejection?
  • [45:30] The significance of having mentors.
  • [49:00] How do you approach these mentors?
  • [51:00] How has working as a resident artist affected Joe’s art?
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Passion for Art, with Rey Bustos
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Passion for Art, with Rey Bustos

When you meet someone who is passionate about a subject it can be contagious, whether you like the subject or not. But it takes a unique individual to really transfer and ignite that passion into someone else. It was a joy to sit down with my guest, Rey Bustos. Rey is a talented artist and an experienced educator. Our conversation covers the influence that Burne Hogarth had on both of us, his journey toward teaching art, and the role of passion and gratitude. We had a wonderful time discussing all these subjects and so much more.

Influence from a giant in the art world

When I went to school at Art Center I had the privilege to study under renowned illustrator Burne Hogarth. My guest, Rey Bustos also studied under Burne and ended up teaching his class soon after his passing. Rey and I had a wonderful time discussing the impact Burne had on both of us. He truly was a giant in the art and illustration world. Rey talked about how Burne’s passion and deep knowledge of illustration and anatomy ignited a passion in him that lasts to this day. It’s inspiring to reflect on the legacy and passion that one person can have over a generation of artists.

The journey toward teaching art

I have been fortunate to speak to quite a few artists recently who have also become educators. My guest, Rey Bustos also fits into that category. Rey tells the story that led him on the journey to becoming a teacher. He had taken a summer off from his time at Art Center to care for his first wife who would soon pass away. It was her words of encouragement that led Rey to move more and more toward teaching. She recognized his dreams of becoming a famous illustrator but she was convinced that Rey’s future and impact rested firmly in the teaching route. Eventually, Rey took more and more teaching opportunities and he’s never looked back.

An infectious passion for art

How do you pass on your joy and passion for art to others? Can it even be done? I asked this question to my guest, Rey Bustos who teaches art and illustration. He explained that for the most part, the students he gets in his classes these days sign up intentionally to take his class, it isn’t a course requirement. But Rey was kind enough to share what he does when he gets the odd student who didn’t quite know what they were getting into with taking his class. Simply put, Rey “Passions people to death.” That may sound strange but talk with Rey, and you can feel the energy and passion just radiate out from him.

Gratitude that fuels creativity

Learning from various talented artists over the years has been a joy and a privilege. Every artist has something that drives them, a creative impulse. My guest, Rey Bustos has many inspirations and motivations that he draws from. One of the key aspects that Rey points out in our conversation is his desire to highlight gratitude. He says “It is your choice to be happy or not.” Rey draws much of his artistic energy and inspiration from focusing on positive thoughts and the good things he has in his life. He has found this to be a better place for him to draw from then the things that aren’t going well in his life or about the things that he lacks.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] My introduction to today’s guest, Rey Bustos.
  • [2:30] Rey talks about what drew him to art.
  • [9:00] Rey and I talk about our time at Art Center studying under Burne Hogarth.
  • [12:15] What was Rey’s biggest takeaway from studying under Burne?
  • [17:40] Rey talks about mastering figure drawing.
  • [19:20] Rey talks about teaching analytical figure drawing.
  • [23:00] How does Rey energize students who aren’t passionate about his topics?
  • [34:10] Rey talks about a moment of personal success.
  • [36:40] The importance of family.
  • [43:30] Rey talks about learning from the example of his father.
  • [49:30] Overcoming fear.
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Breaking the Mold, with Robert Chiarito
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Breaking the Mold, with Robert Chiarito

Sometimes you just need to shake things up. Routine and patterns can foster complacency and stifle creativity. My guest Robert Chiarito lives to change things up when it comes to his artwork. Much of our conversation centered around the theme of “Breaking the mold.” Our conversation spanned some great topics like walking away from gallery representation, to being critical of work that “Comes easy,” and cultivating a flavor of unpredictability in his work. Robert was exceedingly gracious with his time and with his level of honesty. Make sure to catch the images of his inspiring work at the end of this post!

Walking away from gallery representation

In an ever-changing art world, is it realistic to expect to make a living by showing your work in art galleries? Robert Chiarito resolved early on in his career to creating the art he wanted to make regardless of what galleries or art collectors wanted to see. This decision has afforded him the freedom to cultivate an unpredictable flavor to the artwork he produces. Robert’s work as an educator has contributed to the independence he is able to enjoy. Even though he hasn’t depended on the income from the sales of his paintings, Robert has had his work in galleries over the years. Each artist's path is going to be different. Find what works for you and above all, be authentic to the work you were made to create.

What’s behind the “Drive” to paint?

The beautiful thing about interviewing a wide range of artists is getting to hear what motivates and drives each one of them. There might be some common threads but each person gives their explanation in a unique way. Artist Robert Chiarito describes the reason why he paints as, “Discovering what will happen and to see where things go.” Robert is fascinated by the basic interaction of positives and negatives in any painting technique. He has an intriguing perspective that really made me see things from a different angle, I loved hearing him explain his motivations.

Skepticism for art that “Comes easy”

You’ve heard the saying “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Does that saying apply to art? Should you be skeptical when things come to you easily? My guest is artist Robert Chiarito and he is convinced that any work that he produces that comes easily should be scrutinized. This doesn’t mean that Robert never produces his art that just comes upon him in a rush of inspiration. At the end of the day, he has learned that if a painting comes easily it to him it usually lacks the depth and nuance he tries to cultivate.

Avoiding predictability in art

After practicing your craft over many years, there is a temptation to go into “Autopilot” mode. It happens to some of the best and talented artists out there. So how do you avoid this trap? How do you “Break the mold?” Artist Robert Chiarito has dedicated his efforts to continually change things up with his art for this very purpose. He looks for ways big and small to deviate from patterns and predictability in his work. Some challenges have arisen from this intense focus to stand out and do things differently. My conversation with Robert was fascinating as we explored his efforts and the insights he has gained along the way.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] I introduce today’s guest Robert Chiarito.
  • [2:00] Robert talks about what drove him to pursue art.
  • [7:30] What type of work is Robert involved in now?
  • [12:00] Finding your voice as an artist.
  • [14:20] Growth as an artist.
  • [16:30] Responses to Robert’s work.
  • [23:00] How does Robert deal with his changing interests and galleries?
  • [29:30] Why does Robert paint?
  • [33:30] What is Robert obsessed with right now?
  • [39:30] Why doesn’t Robert trust himself with a painting that doesn’t come quickly?
  • [44:00] How does Robert keep things fresh and avoiding autopilot?
  • [48:55] Which artist’s work would Robert love to own?
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Observational Art and Invented Imagery, with Langdon Quin
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Observational Art and Invented Imagery, with Langdon Quin

I had the wonderful privilege of sitting down with renowned artist and educator Langdon Quin. We discussed his work with observational art and invented imagery. Langdon was gracious enough to provide some images of his work that you can see at the end of this post. He shared how he started working with invented imagery and how his work as an observational painter has influenced his growth and evolution. Langdon’s passion for art is infectious, we discussed some of his influences over the years and how his role and educator has also impacted his life and work.

Invented Imagery Art

What is “Invented Imagery?” Invented imagery in the term artist Langdon Quin puts it is creating paintings of objects or scenes that he has created in his mind. This can also include a memory of a place the artist has seen but the art is created solely on that memory. Another fascinating example that Langdon shared was a painting he did of a landscape that he often travels by, but instead of painting that scene from the angle he had seen it in passing, he painted it from an aerial viewpoint. Langdon has taken an intriguing journey combining his skills as an observational painter and allowing it to evolve into his work with invented imagery.

Growing as an artist - Incremental change.

When you are in the middle of your career or a particular fast paced phase of life you lose track of your own growth and development. In the hustle and bustle, introspection and personal growth can take a backseat to the pressures of daily life. It was such an honor to sit down with artist Langdon Quin as he draws from his 35 years of experience in the art world. One of the most prominent topics we discussed was his growth as an artist. Langdon looks back on his growth as incremental - bit by bit he adapted and developed as an artist over time. He has never been in a hurry to make huge leaps and changes and he cautions other artists to heed this wisdom.

Keeping your creative spark alive as an artist.

Competition, innovation, and success are the idols that American culture worships in the marketplace. How does an artist fit into that ecosystem? Can an artist survive when competition and success reign supreme? Most artists won’t have a problem with innovation, the art world is built upon this idea. What about competition and success? To keep the creative spark alive, a good artist will resist the urge to let success define their passion. Competition can be helpful but often leads to comparison and envy. Artist Langdon Quin talks about his struggle to keep his work at the forefront. Langdon decided to focus on what matters, his work. Success will come and go and competition isn’t on his radar. He creates because he can’t image doing anything else.

Don’t expect things to be sequential in the art world.

Society often communicates to young people that you just need to get qualified in your field, work hard, and success will follow. Is that accurate advice for people pursuing their passion in the art world? Artist Langdon Quin doesn’t think it’s helpful to look at success in the art world in such a sequential way. Looking back on his 35 years as an artist, Langdon notes that the landscape is ever changing and a wise artist will learn to adapt to those changes. Success may come and go, sometimes it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Langdon advises artists to keep at it, don’t give up and don’t be discouraged. Success shouldn’t validate or invalidate your work.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] I introduce today’s guest: Langdon Quin.
  • [3:00] What caused Langdon to pursue art?
  • [5:50] How has teaching influenced Langdon’s life and work?
  • [8:00] What has been the common thread in Langdon’s work over 35 years?
  • [11:00] Langdon talks about his with invented imagery.
  • [19:00] Why do artists need “Permission” to do something new with their art?
  • [23:00] Langdon talks about his growth and change as an artist.
  • [26:20] Working with a model.
  • [34:00] Langdon talks about what he does with his time in Italy.
  • [39:20] How does Langdon spend his time in the studio? What is his process?
  • [40:15] Artists that have influenced Langdon.
  • [48:40] How does Langdon keep his creative spark?
  • [50:00] The changing landscape of the art world.
  • [1:02:00] What would you advise the artist you were ten years ago?
  • [1:05:00] What does the future hold for the art world?
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Painting in Gouache, with Phyllis Shafer
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Painting in Gouache, with Phyllis Shafer

My guest today is Phyllis Schafer. You might remember her being mentioned from the interview I conducted with Parker Stremmel. Phyllis is represented by the Stremmel Gallery in Reno, NV. We had a wonderful and wide-ranging conversation where we discussed her work painting in gouache, her journey as an artist through her undergrad work in the 70’s, and some of the difficulties she faced in her graduate work in the 80’s. Phyllis has a unique perspective as both an artist and an educator. She currently lives and works in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area and her paintings reflect her stunning surroundings.

Discovering painting in gouache

Through her artistic journey, Phyllis Shafer has come to love and utilize painting in gouache. Gouache is a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a glue-like substance. Phyllis was drawn to gouache partly because of the prolific use of acrylics in painting at the time she was in undergraduate school in the 70’s. As she started using oils and started branching out more in different techniques, she fell in love with painting in gouache.

Growing up Artistically in the Bay area

Every artist has that moment in their career where they “Come alive.” This can happen early in life or later in life, there really isn’t a set pattern to how this comes about, it's unique for each artist. Phyllis Shafer speaks of growing up artistically in the Bay area. She had moved there after spending years in New York. This was the place where she really got to work establishing herself and building her resume as an artist. To hear Phyllis talk about her journey both literally and artistically that took her to San Francisco and then to Lake Tahoe is riveting.

Facing disillusionment with the art world

How do you succeed in your field of study when it seems like the whole system is broken or not working for you? Do you give up or do you push through? Phyllis Shafer struggled with these thoughts as she navigated graduate school and the art scene at UC Berkeley in the 80’s. She faced some difficult decisions at this time in her life. Phyllis had dabbled in dance performance and had considered taking that route to fulfill her need for creative output. Ultimately, Phyllis came to terms with the fact that making images was so deeply ingrained in her that she could never give it up. Though her journey was difficult, Phyllis persevered.

Urban compared to Rural life as an artist

Does it matter where you live as an artist? Is it better to be in an urban setting or a more rural setting? My guest Phyllis Shafer has experienced both. She spent her early career in San Francisco, and then later moved to the Lake Tahoe area. Phyllis sees the benefits of both experiences and speaks to the unique opportunities she has enjoyed as an established artist moving from an urban to a smaller community. Phyllis’ insight is fascinating and provides a helpful perspective for artists both young and experienced.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] I introduce today’s guest; Phyllis Shafer.
  • [2:20] How did Phyllis get started with painting?
  • [4:30] Phyllis’ growth as an artist when she was in her 20’s.
  • [9:50] How did the move to San Francisco influence Phyllis as an artist?
  • [11:30] Phyllis and I talk about using gouache, oil, and water colors.
  • [15:30] Artists that have influenced Phyllis’ work.
  • [20:00] Phyllis and talk about making difficult decisions.
  • [24:20] Navigating politics and frustrations in the art world during graduate school.
  • [30:20] The differences of Rural compared to Urban art scenes.
  • [39:00] What has Phyllis been working on lately?
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Mathematics and Art, with Michael Schultheis
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Mathematics and Art, with Michael Schultheis

If you are anything like me, you might find math to be an intimidating subject. But math and art have had a harmonious relationship for hundreds of years. There is a rich history between the two subjects that I find fascinating. It is a huge honor to have artist Michael Schultheis as my guest on the podcast this week. Michael didn’t start his career as an artist, but he has always been captivated by the beauty of mathematics. After starting a successful career working at Microsoft in Seattle, Michael was struck with the inspiration to teach himself how to become an artist. The catalyst for this change occurred while Michael was listening to Terry Gross interview an artist who encouraged people to make art from what they knew. That set things off for Michael and his journey of bringing the two worlds of mathematics and art together with his own spin.

Exciting ways art is being seen and felt

When an artist can connect with their audience on a level beyond the visual, something truly special has occurred. For many observers, this level beyond the visual is usually an emotional connection that resonates deeply. However, when I asked artist Michael Schultheis about his experience with audience engagement, I received a surprising response. He told me about two different but fascinating reactions he has received from his artwork. The first was a blind woman who requested to feel his work with her hands so she could “See” his painting. The second was a young boy who focused on the numbers and equations in the painting. Both individuals “Saw” Michael’s art on a level beyond most viewers.

How do you know when a painting is finished?

It’s always interesting to hear from various artists about how they can tell when they have completed their artwork. For Michael Schultheis, having spent so much of his career dealing with algorithms and equations, he wasn’t sure when to “Finish” his artwork. That all changed one day when he had a conversation with the talented artist and storyteller, Jacob Lawrence. Michael learned from Jacob and his wife Gwendolyn to approach each painting as an experiment. They encouraged him to; “Do his experiment and then let it go.” That advice resonated deeply with Michael and influenced how he approached his artwork.

Art and mathematics as storytelling

I’ll be honest and admit that when I think of mathematics, I don’t think of storytelling. My guest, Michael Schultheis has opened my eyes and has given me a new appreciation for the beautiful way that math and art intersect to tell a moving story. As an example, Michael tells the story of his parents. He describes how they met, their relationship’s ups and downs, and ultimately how they grew closer than ever toward the end of his father’s life. Michael tells their story and intersects mathematical and artistic concepts throughout. It is absolutely stunning how he is able to bring these concepts together in an engaging and relatable way.

Artistic Inspiration from Galileo to Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso and more!

A lot of the artist I get to interview have a great list of individuals who have influenced or inspired their work over the years. As I sat down with Michael Schultheis, I quickly found that it wasn’t just fellow artist that inspired him but also many notable mathematicians and great historical figures from long ago. He draws inspiration from the likes of Galileo to Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso and many others! Michael’s fascination with these figures is infectious, our conversation had me on the edge of my seat as he talked about these artists and mathematicians as mentors.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Michael Schultheis.
  • [2:30] How did Michael get started as an artist?
  • [3:29] Finding beauty in mathematical equations.
  • [7:40] Michael’s journey as a self taught artist.
  • [9:00] Each painting as an experiment.
  • [11:40] The correlation between math and art.
  • [17:20] Analytical Expressionism.
  • [20:00] The stories Michael is telling with his art.
  • [37:45] Michael talks about his parents.
  • [41:00] What responses has Michael received about his painting?
  • [43:15] What role does color play in Michael’s thought process?
  • [44:00] Artist and Mathematicians who’ve influenced Michael.
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Incremental Change, with Deborah Zlotsky
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Incremental Change, with Deborah Zlotsky

Incremental change isn’t sexy. Big changes and bold moves get all the attention and headlines. But most of the world revolves around this slow but steady persistent and forward progress of incremental change. This has been the case for artist Deborah Zlotsky. She would be the first to tell you that she’s not someone who has many “Aha moments” but that’s ok, she loves the small changes she has piled up in her life. To hear Deborah talk about her creative process and the journey she has taken to become the artist she is today is awe inspiring.

Working hard to avoid being overwhelmed

It can be so difficult to drown out all the noise of life and focus on the work at hand and the things you enjoy doing. How do you avoid becoming overwhelmed? What brings the most focus and clarity? Artist Deborah Zlotsky struggled with distraction and an unsatisfying amount of productivity. Through trial and error, Deborah found her way to focus and clarity was through compartmentalizing her work into short bursts of creativity. These bursts of creativity ended up being highly productive for Deborah and have allowed her to avoid the trap of becoming overwhelmed. What’s worked for you? Have you tried this practice of short bursts of creativity?

The little things that make a huge impact

Many of us will go through life not noticing the impact we have on others. But especially for teachers, the little things, that moment of encouragement or one on one engagement can make all the difference. Artist Deborah Zlotsky remembers a moment she had in art school where one teacher made that big impact on her life. She had been enjoying and thriving in her art history classes yet not finding as much engagement in her studio art classes. Then one day an instructor took the time to engage with her artwork. It meant the world to Deborah, so much so that she thinks back to that moment even today. It goes to show you that we all have the ability, however, big or small to have an impact on others. It’s a lesson we can all take to heart.

Tracing creative output through different life stages

You’ve heard the phrase “Art imitates life.” For artist Deborah Zlotsky, that saying rang true for her during a particular period of her life. In our conversation, Deborah tells me about a time in her life where her paintings were dark and somber in a way. This also happened to be the time in her life where she was going through a divorce. Once she came out on the other side of this stage in life, she noticed that she wanted to make paintings that were lighter. Deborah was bold and unflinching in our interview and it goes to show how much of a graceful and exciting artist she truly is.

Writing that enhances the creative process

Sometimes in order to truly understand what is going on inside us, we have to work it out. Many artists know this to be true as their paintings can be the very expression of what thoughts or emotions they have running around inside. Another practice that can help this process is writing. My guest Deborah Zlotsky has found that the discipline of writing enhances her drawing. On this episode, we sit down and discuss the impact writing has on her creative process. Have you found writing or journaling to be helpful in your creative process? Deborah was kind enough to let me in on her process and I hope her experience is an inspiration to you!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Deborah Zlotsky.
  • [2:02] I introduce Deborah Zlotsky.
  • [2:20] How did Deborah get started as an artist?
  • [7:29] Incremental growth and self discovery.
  • [11:34] What moves and motivates Deborah as she paints?
  • [16:45] How does Deborah manage her time and structure her creativity?
  • [23:36] Deborah talks about a personal success.
  • [28:46] Deborah discuss setbacks she has experienced as an artist.
  • [34:20] The impact writing and journaling has had for Deborah.
  • [36:07] Is there an art piece that Deborah would never part with?
  • [37:46] What one habit has contributed to Deborah’s success?
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Artistic Inspiration, with Ginnie Gardiner
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Artistic Inspiration, with Ginnie Gardiner

There are a multitude of factors that contribute to crafting your personality. The familiar debate of nature versus nurture comes to mind. Just as there are various pieces involved in crafting a personality, so are there in finding artistic inspiration. What inspires one person would never inspire the next and so on. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I have the pleasure of interviewing artist Ginnie Gardiner. In our conversation, we discuss her work as an MTV music video producer, what art books inspire her, her creative process, and much more! I can’t wait for you to hear from this gracious and talented artist - make sure to listen in!

An artist inspired by her work with MTV

You wouldn’t think there was much correlation between working on MTV music videos and developing as a painter. However, that is exactly artist Ginnie Gardiner’s story. She worked as a producer for a video company to take “Flat art” and animate it for videos and television. This job working with digital art and music videos served as her early work experience right out of college from Cornell. On this episode of Savvy Painter, Ginnie shares how this experience influenced her significantly as an artist and later as a painter. Don’t miss out on our fascinating conversation!

Painting inspired by reading

Inspiration can be a difficult thing to come by for many creative people. Once you find what inspires you, it can unleash a flood of productivity. What have you found that inspires you? Is it always the same thing or does it change through different seasons of life? Artist Ginnie Gardiner finds inspiration for her paintings and collage work from reading various books. She loves to read books about artists and by artists. Reading these works have had a huge impact on her creative process. Ginnie has even added reading into her daily routine as she prepares and paints her canvases. To hear more about what motivates and inspires Ginnie, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Finding the right routine and rituals to fuel creativity

When you have done things a certain way for so long, it becomes second nature. You don’t even realize you are practicing particular habits because it’s become part of who you are. These habits and rituals can be extremely helpful in fueling your creative impulses. Some people’s creativity thrives while they are listening to music, some need complete silence. I am always intrigued to find out what makes each artist I get to interview succeed. Artist Ginnie Gardiner has a number of these routines that she practices when she approaches her canvas. I know you will find her habits and rituals as fascinating as I did. Don’t miss my interview with Ginnie on this episode of Savvy Painter.

The magic of viewing art in person

Can you think back to a time when you were truly awe inspired? When was that last time your heart started racing and your jaw dropped? For artist Ginnie Gardiner it's whenever she gets to view world renowned paintings in person. On this episode of Savvy Painter, Ginnie and I discuss the powerful impact art has had on our lives. My hope is that our conversation resonates with you. Ginnie’s awe and wonder of the art world is contagious and had me planning my next trip to Madrid. Listen to this episode of Savvy Painter to hear more from Ginnie!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Ginnie Gardiner.
  • [2:13] I introduce Ginnie Gardiner.
  • [2:41] Why did Ginnie become an artist?
  • [11:03] How working with music videos influenced Ginnie’s painting.
  • [16:38] Ginnie talks about the influence of Josef Albers and the use of colors in her art.
  • [23:18] The influence of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo on Ginnie’s work.
  • [27:19] The use of thumbnail drawings.
  • [31:42] Reading good books as inspiration.
  • [37:23] Routine and rituals that help Ginnie’s creativity.
  • [41:35] Ginnie and I talk shop - materials, methods, etc.
  • [49:20] The impact of viewing paintings in person.
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Thriving as a Self Taught Artist, with Kirstine Reiner Hansen
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Thriving as a Self Taught Artist, with Kirstine Reiner Hansen

Kirstine Reiner Hansen is an artist with a vibrant story. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I have the pleasure of sitting down with Kirstine to discuss her successful and thriving career as a “Self taught artist.” Our discussion ranges from the pros and cons of getting a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA), her experience as a self taught painter, keeping her audience updated, and making a substantial shift in her method and style of painting. Kirstine is a generous and gracious guest and I believe you will learn a lot from her wealth of knowledge and insight. Make sure to listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Is it important to keep your audience invested and interested in your work?

In the social media age, how important is it to keep your audience interested? I get the wonderful opportunity to sit down with artist Kirstine Reiner Hansen to discuss the importance of updating and including your audience on your journey. Much of our thinking around this idea is just reminding our audience that we are still around and working out our creative process. This can take the form of snapping a picture of a paint brush and posting it Instagram or giving them an exclusive “Peek” on our upcoming project. In this new global and interconnect society, artists need to think about the steps they can take to ensure their audience is engaged. Learn more from our in depth conversation on this episode of Savvy Painter!  

What is it like being a “Self taught artist”

Discovering your vocation doesn’t usually come easy most people. For those who find their “calling” easily, even that can be fraught with uncertainty. Kirstine Reiner Hansen discovered her passion and calling as an artist. As she has developed and grown as an artist and has experienced different art communities, Kirstine has struggled with the fact that she never procured her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. This is a hotly debated issue among many artists, is the MFA really necessary to have a credible and successful career as an artist? Kirstine came to the conclusion that for her, even though it would be nice, the MFA is not necessary. To hear more about Kirstine’s journey as a “Self taught artist”, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter.

Making the shift from observational to photo reference.

Leaving a style or way of doing things for so long can be difficult. Not many people enjoy and embrace change. One of the keys to moving from a place of comfort to a new and possibly better place is understanding that your current location is unacceptable. Kirstine Reiner Hansen understood this truth. She had been practicing an observational form of painting for many years but soon realized that she need to make a change. It wasn’t easy and it took a lot of courage and boldness to push into a new realm of painting. She now uses photo references in her painting and she is thrilled that she made the change. To hear more about Kirstine’s process and what it took for her make that leap, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

An unconventional method of painting  

Every artist has their own unique way of preparing themselves before they approach the canvas. I found Kirstine Reiner Hansen’s approach to her projects rather unconventional. As she prepares her canvas and other items (she uses collage work as well), Kirstine closes her eyes and picks objects at random and then figures out how to incorporate them into her work. She feels that it is the only way she can be fresh and present her work as surprising. The most exciting aspect for Kirstine about working this way is that she sees her work as a sort of intuitive puzzle. She has to stay very alert to figure out what step to take next. To hear more about Kirstine’s fascinating process, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Kirstine Reiner Hansen.
  • [2:01] I introduce Emily Leonard.
  • [2:25] Early inspirations in art.
  • [5:10] Self-promotion as an artist.
  • [7:18] Kirstine talks about a personal success.   
  • [10:54] A shift in technique and style.   
  • [22:31] Does Kirstine struggle with insecurity being a “Self taught” artist?   
  • [28:32] Keeping your audience updated.    
  • [31:52] Why was the shift from using observational to photo reference difficult?    
  • [36:50] What is Kirstine’s process for painting?     
  • [46:33] What is Kirstine working on right now?    
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Good Habits Maximize Creativity, with Emily Leonard
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Good Habits Maximize Creativity, with Emily Leonard

No one has a perfect story. Light and dark, day and night, there seems to be a constant opposite element to contrast our experiences in life. We all have our moments of glory and times of difficulty. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I have the privilege to sit down with artist Emily Leonard. Emily’s journey is a fascinating one. We discuss her successes, her battle with depression, the creative process, the benefits of good habits, and much more! If you love to hear how artists have navigated their creative journey as much as I do, you don’t want to miss this episode!

That magical moment when everything “Clicks”

Have you ever had one of those magical moments when everything you are working on just “Clicks?” Artist Emily Leonard had one of those moments in her career that left a lasting impression on her process. She was working on a big solo show at a gallery in Seattle when she started a painting in which every brush stroke “Felt right.” She didn’t finish this painting in time for the gallery opening which was unusual for Emily. Usually, in those moments, she rushes the project to have it ready for the show but this one was different. This experience left a strong impression on Emily and has shaped the way she approaches painting projects and deadlines. To hear more from my exciting interview with Emily, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Battling depression and refusing to use art as a coping mechanism.

Mental illness can be difficult to understand let alone cope with. There is a wide range of strategies and methods that have helped people who suffer from mental illnesses like depression. In some instances using art has acted as a helpful coping mechanism. Artist Emily Leonard discovered that in her case, she was using art as a coping mechanism but not talking about or talking through her difficulties. She had to make a clear distinction so she distanced herself from painting for a period of time. This decision made a huge impact on the way she navigated her mental health. To hear more about Emily’s story, don’t miss this episode of Savvy Painter!

Good habits and routines that maximize creativity

Everyone is looking for that one book, quote, or piece of advice that will help them maximize their creativity or productivity. Since everyone is created uniquely, it takes a variety of methods to find that personal inspiration and drive. What works for one person may not work for the next. That is why hearing from others who have found what works for them is so helpful. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I sit down with artist Emily Leonard. We talk about habits she has formed over the years that have helped maximize her creative process. Make sure to catch Emily’s inspiring story!

Can you balance work and family life?

Many men and women in the workplace today are asking an important question. How do you balance work life and family life? Emily Leonard is an artist and a mother so I asked her how she keeps it all balanced, does she have any tips? Emily was quick to explain that she doesn't have any tips, she is just doing the best she can to make it all work. At one point when her daughter was still an infant, her time in the studio was suffering and it forced her to ask herself this question; “How can my process and work adapt to fit my new lifestyle as a mother?” Since she asked herself that question, Emily has been able to adapt and streamline her process and time in the studio. I loved hearing from Emily’s unique story and I know you will enjoy it too. Hear more from Emily on this episode of Savvy Painter!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:34] Background of guest: Emily Leonard.
  • [1:35] I introduce Emily Leonard.
  • [2:00] Early inspirations in art.
  • [4:55] The beginning of Emily’s art career.
  • [6:27] How to get started as an artist.
  • [9:13] Emily shares a successful moment in her career.
  • [15:29] How painting has helped Emily work through her depression.
  • [19:06] What habits or routines work well for Emily?
  • [24:00] Emily’s process for starting a painting.
  • [27:03] Unexpected reactions to Emily’s art.
  • [29:27] What is Emily working on right now?
  • [33:36] How do you balance work and family life?
  • [40:34] If you could have a piece of art from one living artist who would it be?
  • [41:38] What advice would you give a younger you?
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Mixed Media Art, with Caren Canier
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Mixed Media Art, with Caren Canier

Mixed media art refers to a work of art where more than one medium has been employed. "Mixed media" tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a "mixed media" work. I had the privilege of sitting down with premier mixed media artist, Caren Canier on this episode of Savvy Painter. Caren brings years of experience and profound insight to our conversation about the art world. Hear about her experience as an artist, Rome Prize Fellowship recipient, and much more!

Establishing a “Commitment” to art

As an artist, you have to decide who you are making art for. If you are constantly looking for approval and checking “Which way the wind blows” your career is going to be very difficult. Caren Canier is an artist and teacher. She emphasizes the need to connect with your motivation for art. She believes that every artist needs to establish a commitment that comes from the inside out. In our fascinating discussion on this episode of Savvy Painter, Caren expands on these thoughts and shares about her journey. Don’t miss it!

The artist’s role in American society

What is the artist’s role in 21st century American society? In today’s context artists are largely divorced from culture. There seems to be a tension between commercial art and the “Art world.” Some believe the true role of an artist is to reflect back to people ideas about living and what it’s like to be human. Caren Canier shares this view, she also believes that the artist’s role is to express through art what it’s like to live in the times we live in and make sense out of things. It's a rarified form of communication that is extremely important. To hear more from Caren, don’t miss this episode of Savvy Painter!

Mixed media art and the creative process

Each artist’s journey is unique. Just as each piece of art reflects something that connected deep within the artist that created it. In hearing someone share their story and their heart, you get to discover a piece of your own. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I ask artist Caren Canier about her creative process and how she found her way using mixed media art. Caren’s story is fascinating and elaborate. You’ll love hearing about her experimentations with collage work and figure painting. Our conversation is wide ranging and fun, make sure to catch this episode!

Finding value in setbacks and challenges

How do you respond when you encounter setbacks or failures? Is it even possible to rise from those experiences and grow from it? Accomplished artist Caren Canier encourages artists to remain patient. It has been her experience that even though you can’t see the way forward in times of difficulty, clarity will come. From her vantage point as an experienced artist, she has learned to take a longer view of setbacks and failures. Nothing she has experienced in her career has defeated her. She has remained true to her “Commitment to art” and she advises others going to through difficulty to do the same. Learn more from Caren’s wealth of wisdom on this episode of Savvy Painter.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:38] Background of guest: Caren Canier.
  • [2:21] I introduce Caren Canier.
  • [3:02] How Caren started her journey as an artist.
  • [8:20] Caren’s definition of a “Commitment to art.”
  • [11:15] The artist's role in American society.
  • [14:25] What connections does Caren see between painting and “New media?”
  • [20:35] Caren’s creative process. How she chooses her motifs.
  • [25:41] Technical questions about preparing a collage.
  • [33:30] Caren talks about a powerful moment in her early art career.
  • [43:02] A time when Caren faced a setback.
  • [47:47] The value of setbacks and challenges.
  • [50:23] Caren talks about what it was like to work with Philip Guston
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Finding Your Creative Inspiration, with Jennifer Pochinski
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Finding Your Creative Inspiration, with Jennifer Pochinski

How do artists find their creative inspiration? The answer to this question is as unique as each person who asks it. Every artist finds their inspiration differently and that inspiration varies widely. But with each exploration of this question, you get a peek into each artist's journey. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I sit down with artist Jennifer Pochinski. We have a wonderful and wide ranging conversation about creative inspiration, painting techniques, and raising a family as an artist. Jennifer brings some fascinating insights on this episode, don’t miss it!

Using Instagram for Artistic Inspiration

Some artists retreat to the beauty of nature to find that creative spark called inspiration, some look to literature or the human anatomy. Then there are some artists who find inspiration from Instagram. In the 21st century, some artists are finding new avenues of motivation. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I get to explore this subject with artist Jennifer Pochinski. Jennifer likes to “travel around the world” by surfing the social media application, Instagram. She knows it's an unconventional method to find inspiration, but it works great for her. Make sure to catch this episode to hear more from Jennifer!

Disappointment as fuel for success

As you grow and develop your skills as an artist over time, you find yourself holding to higher standards. This may cause you to look at your older work unfavorably. How do you respond when you are disappointed with art you've produced? Do you allow it to discourage and disappoint you? Artist Jennifer Pochinski and I discuss how you can use your disappointment as fuel for success. As an experienced painter, Jennifer has years of expertise to draw from. Be prepared for powerful insight and inspiration on this episode of Savvy Painter!

How to respond when you get “Stuck” creatively

In every creative endeavor you eventually run up against a “wall.” Writers suffer from writer's block, ballerinas struggle to master a particular move, and musicians can struggle with hitting a certain note. Everyone deals with adversity and challenges differently. Jennifer Pochinski is a painter who has run up against this wall before. She found herself “In the zone” creatively when all of a sudden the well dried up. Life has a brutal way of treating every creative type to this struggle at some point. Either you have experienced this difficulty, you are in the middle of one right now, or you will be in one eventually. It is crucial to hear from others like Jennifer who have found their way through the other side of a creative block. Make sure to catch this episode of Savvy Painter and hear more of Jennifer’s story!

Pursuing your passion and raising a family. It can be done!

You’ve heard it said that “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” This saying pokes at the very idea of possessing something and enjoying it at the same time. Many in our society believe you can’t do something like raise a family and find success pursuing your passion at the same time. While it sounds complicated, difficult, and messy - it is a real possibility! Artist Jennifer Pochinski has raised her two girls all the while pursuing her passion as a painter. She will be the first person to tell you that it isn’t easy but it is rewarding! On this episode of Savvy Painter, Jennifer and I discuss the early years of raising children as an artist and how her kids are doing today!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:40] Background of guest: Jennifer Pochinski.
  • [2:21] I introduce Jennifer Pochinski.
  • [3:19] Early inspirations in art.
  • [4:36] How Jennifer chooses what she is going to paint.
  • [7:20] How Jennifer uses Instagram for inspiration.
  • [12:11] What are some memorable responses to Jennifer's work?
  • [16:20] How Jennifer’s view of her paintings change over time.
  • [18:35] Have unsatisfying paintings challenged Jennifer?
  • [20:48] Jennifer’s ritual for preparing to paint.
  • [22:41] How does Jennifer prepare her paint technically?
  • [27:19] What Jennifer does when she gets “stuck” on a painting?
  • [31:17] How Jennifer keeps her creative spark.
  • [33:59] Pursuing your passion while raising a family.
  • [41:24] If Jennifer could own one piece of art she’d own…
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Synesthesia Art, with Krista Harris
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Synesthesia Art, with Krista Harris

Synesthesia is a sensation that some people have when one sense is being interpreted by a different one. Some people see a color when a number is mentioned. Others smell a lemon when they see a particular shade of green. Artist Krista Harris has incorporated this sensory phenomenon into her abstract art. She lives in rural Colorado which creates a perfect backdrop for inspiration through all five senses. For example, when she hears a blackbird singing she attempts to paint that sound. Krista’s art and her way of approaching the senses and the world around her is fascinating. Check out my exciting interview with her on this episode of Savvy Painter!

How do you approach your goals?

With the New Year fast approaching, many people are setting goals for 2017. How do you approach goal setting? Do you grab what was leftover from 2016 that you didn’t get accomplished? What strategy works best? Artist Krista Harris found a few methods that worked for her. To start off, she focuses on a clear, specific goal. Once she identifies the goal she works her way back from there. She asks herself, “What will it take to accomplish this?” Krista finds that a common mistake most artists make is having vague goals or aspirations. She encourages artists to be ruthlessly specific in what they want to accomplish. To hear more of my conversation with Krista, catch this episode of Savvy Painter!

Seeing challenges as opportunities for growth.

How you face obstacles and challenges in life says a lot about who you are. Do you allow setbacks to knock you down or do you see them as lessons to strengthen you? Krista Harris learned that when life gives you hurdles to jump over, don’t get discouraged - leap! It has been her experience as an artist that adversity and challenges make you stronger. It is all part of the process. When one door closes another opens. Learn more about Krista’s story and the struggles she has overcome on this episode of Savvy Painter.

Do you say “No” enough?

In our culture “business” is a virtue. But the truth of the matter is, a frantic and busy lifestyle can quickly lead to burnout. We are hardwired to accept every offer and seize every opportunity that saying “No” sounds strange. It even seems counterintuitive. Yet, artist Krista Harris told me it is one of the smartest decisions she’s ever made. She learned that saying “No” can be empowering. It forces you to evaluate what matters to YOU and not allow other people to drive your schedule. Don’t miss more of Krista’s valuable insight on this episode of Savvy Painter.

Painting from an “Empty place”

Most artists approach the canvas with some inspiration. Maybe it’s a word, color, emotion, etc. It seems very “out of the box” to produce art that has no inspiration. But for Krista Harris, it's all about coming to the canvas with nothing in her mind. This method takes serious focus and discipline. As she prepares the colors and the canvas Krista empties her mind as much as possible. She explains that this approach allows her to let inspiration strike in a unique way. To hear Krista talk about her method and results is fascinating. I enjoyed our conversation and I’m sure you will too!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:39] Background of guest: Krista Harris.
  • [2:33] I introduce Krista Harris.
  • [2:52] Early inspirations in art.
  • [5:15] Krista’s journey to becoming an artist.
  • [13:55] The necessity of goals.
  • [22:24] Is it ever too late to become an artist?
  • [26:00] Krista talks about on of her biggest challenges.
  • [29:51] The necessity of saying “No.”
  • [41:32] What goes through Krista’s mind while painting?
  • [49:01] Krista’s work with synesthesia and art.
  • [55:01] What is Krista currently working on?
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Controversial Art and Sending a Message, with Hannah Yata
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Controversial Art and Sending a Message, with Hannah Yata

Controversial art is often provocative. The artist wants to make you feel something on a visceral level or they want to challenge the way you think. If you haven’t ever thought of art as a medium to send a message, then this episode for you! I had the wonderful privilege to sit down with a provocative and sometimes controversial artist, Hannah Yata. In this episode we discuss her journey of becoming an artist, finding her voice, and challenging the culture. Hannah has some powerful messages to convey through her work. She has evoked strong responses from audiences of all types. You won’t want to miss hearing from this talented artist!

Getting Started as an Artist

Plotting your way down a career path can be very difficult. Some professions have a very clear cut route, and others don’t. Hannah Yata found herself struggling through the process of getting started as an artist. As she was finishing up her time in art school, she wondered what the next step would be. An offhand comment from one of her teachers sent Hannah in the right direction toward her goal of becoming an artist. An email sent things into motion and Hannah was given a great opportunity to spend the summer working with artists Martin Wittfooth and Adam Miller. That summer was valuable and formative for Hanna. Her time there allowed Hannah to gather insight and skills she needed for the next phase of her development as an artist. To hear more about Hanna’s journey listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Sending a Message with Controversial Art

“There are only two things that pierce the human heart. One is beauty. The other is affliction.”

~ Simone Weil

The idea of beauty or affliction is front and center with most controversial art. The artist is trying to evoke something within the viewer. They want their art to resonate deep within. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I get to sit down with artist Hannah Yata. Listen as we discuss one of her most recent pieces of provocative art. Hannah describes the message she wants to convey through the piece and her motivation behind it. Don’t miss this fascinating story from Hana!

Living in a Productivity Obsessed Culture

An ancient proverb asks, “What good does it profit someone to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul?” As a society, we can become blind to the damage that seemingly “good” things can cause. We live in a productivity obsessed culture. On the surface, productivity is good. However, when set on a pedestal it can cause men and women to sacrifice their well-being on its altar. On this episode of Savvy Painter, Hannah Yata and I discuss how productivity can become detrimental. We discuss the necessity of “turning off” and finding ways to refresh and remind ourselves that we are more than what we produce!

Keys to Success

Have you ever wondered what makes certain artists successful? On this episode of Savvy Painter, I sit down with Hannah Yata to find out the keys to her success. Hannah emphasizes two habits that have enabled her to thrive. One of the habits that helped her was establishing a routine. This is a common theme with many artists. Her other key to success is maintaining an appetite for reading. Hannah is convinced that a mind engaged with ideas and stories will produce thoughtful and engaging art. To hear more of our conversation around success as an artist, check out this episode!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:31] Background of Guest: Hannah Yata.
  • [1:59] I introduce Hannah on today’s show.
  • [2:19] Hannah talk’s about her very first painting.
  • [3:13] What made Hannah consider painting as a viable career path?
  • [13:52] How did Hannah feel after her first gallery showing?
  • [16:15] Hannah describes her work.
  • [18:59] Hannah discusses her most recent controversial piece of art.
  • [22:50] How do people respond to Hanna’s work?
  • [27:37] What is Hannah obsessed with right now?
  • [32:50] Living in a productivity obsessed culture.
  • [41:52] What habits contribute to Hanna’s success?
  • [44:24] What book does Hannah recommend to listeners?
Other artists mentioned on this episode Resources Mentioned on this episode Connect With Antrese

The Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility, with John Brosio
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The Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility, with John Brosio

The creative process works differently for everyone. If you are an artist you know that. It’s even possible that what works for you for some time, in terms of how you go about preparing to create your art, stops working later in your career. In this fascinating conversation with John Brosio, I had the privilege to chat about those changes and what to do when they happen. We also tried to dive deeply into what goes into the creative process and why artists are responsible to connect their work to things the viewer already knows in order to communicate with significance and power. It’s a great conversation with a fun guy, so I hope you take the time to listen.

What goes into YOUR creative process and what will you do when it doesn’t work?

During this conversation with John Brosio, I asked what his creative process looks like - I wanted to know the basics of how he sets up his studio and prepares himself to create. What I got was a quick lesson in dealing with distractions and the necessity of remaining flexible. That’s because lately John’s found that his old routines and rituals don’t work and he’s had to pivot in order to keep creating. But in time we did get to the extremely practical, talking about the kind of music or sound he needs in the room while he’s painting and how he is carving out more time for concentrated effort in the studio. I found it very helpful and definitely a part of the creative process that I could relate to.

Why John Brosio can’t keep creating the same things all the time.

It’s a place every artist reaches eventually. You’ve created something that people respond to. Galleries ask for more of the same. And you may be able to crank out a few more pieces along that line but is it something you can do indefinitely. Is it something you SHOULD do repeatedly? John Brosio says he can’t keep creating the same things over and over. He finds himself in a certain creative space for a season and then has to move on. Maybe it’s part of how his personal creativity ebbs and flows. Maybe it’s an expression of his keen mind and the many interests he has. Whatever it is I believe we’re all better off for it. You can hear John talk about this and many more issues he’s experienced throughout his career, on this episode of Savvy Painter.

He got his dream job working for George Lucas and it wasn’t for him.

One of the things John Brosio thought he wanted to do as he worked his way through school was to work with George Lucas on the Star Wars films. His keen interest in the unusual, the epic, the fantastic caused him to feel like it was an ideal fit. But as he got into the work - creating sculptures of monsters and alien worlds - he discovered that it’s very different to create someone else’s dream than it is to create what’s in your own mind and heart. When his internship was over he decided that he needed to do something else. And he has certainly done that! You can hear John’s artistic journey on this episode.

Why making art is a privilege artists can never take for granted.

Art is one of the finer things of life. To have the privilege to express beauty or communicate truth through a work of your own creativity is a humbling thing. But it’s essential that in the pursuit of our art we keep in mind that the price has already been paid for us to have the privilege to be artists. Someone has done the hard work of preparing the way, creating a culture that allows us the luxury of painting, drawing, sculpting, and more. A quote from President John Adams prompted John Brosio and me to chat about the importance of this issue - and a whole lot more - on this episode.

Outline of This Episode
  • John’s background: how he got started in the creative industry.
  • Artists that John was inspired by when he was young.
  • The journey through school and how John navigated his education.
  • How John sometimes remains “there” in a painting or season of painting.
  • Why an artist needs to be responsible for the relationships viewers know already.
  • How John coalesces his view of responsibility into his own paintings.
  • Steps toward selling his own paintings and how his career progressed.
  • John’s studio work and process for starting paintings.
  • The recent changes to John’s painting process because things weren’t working.
  • The piece of art by a living artist John would own if he could.
  • Connect with John Brosio: http://www.johnbrosio.com/
Other artists mentioned on this episode Connect With Antrese

Stremmel Gallery Manager, Parker Stremmel
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Stremmel Gallery Manager, Parker Stremmel

Parker Stremmel is the Gallery Manager at Stremmel gallery in Reno, Nevada. The gallery opened in 1969 with an outdoor and wildlife emphasis, but by 2003, it evolved to reflect a modern focus. Today Stremmel gallery specializes in contemporary paintings, drawings, and sculptures by mid-career and established American and European artists.

In this episode, Parker and Antrese Wood talk about why galleries have limits with the number of artists they work with, the benefits of standing by artists as they experiment and grow, and how Stremmel talks to collectors. They also talk about the cornerstone of a healthy

They also talk about the cornerstone of a healthy artist-gallery relationship: honesty, communication, and why Stremmel Gallery employs some counter-intuitive tactics to help their artists grow and succeed.

Parker tells the harrowing story of when a visitor slammed his fist into a Trompe L’Oeil piece to see if it was real- luckily the piece was undamaged.

This episode is sponsored by Trekell Art Supplies. Go to Trekell.com and use promo code SAVVY16 to get 15% off your next order.

Figurative Artist Jennifer Balkan
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Figurative Artist Jennifer Balkan

Jennifer Balkan didn’t start out to be an artist. She earned a Ph.D in anthropological sociology, but after seeing master paintings in France, Italy, and Spain, she knew she had to switch gears and study art.

Jennifer shares about how she transitioned into full-time painting, her experiences with galleries, social media, looking out for yourself, and balancing painting life with family life. Jennifer offers tips on pushing yourself to be your best, determining which galleries to work with, and working through grief.

She stresses the importance of both working hard to learn the language of painting, and of playful riffs and exploration.

Chris Leib
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Chris Leib

Realist painter Chris Leib’s artistic journey began by way of anthropology and a near-miss with a career in real estate. An apprenticeship with Roberto Lupetti provided a foundation from which his talent could organically grow. Leib discusses overcoming setbacks, including an explosion that forced him from his home and studio, life with a fellow artist as your spouse, and the habits and mindset that contribute to productive creativity.

An Interview with Gillian Pedersen-Krag
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An Interview with Gillian Pedersen-Krag

Gillian Pederson-Krag paints still-lifes and figurative work from her home in New York. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1961 and her MFA from Cornell University shortly after.

As a child, Gillian visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York often. She was particularly fascinated by the Egyptian mummies and the concept of death. Later, she had a pivotal experience of being moved by the Egyptian artwork, and that experience of being moved, of connecting on a human level through visual language became a cornerstone of her work, something she continually returns to and strives for.

Gillian believes that part of a painters discipline lies in the act of daydreaming - spending a certain amount of time being a host to whatever images and feelings visit, and then allowing those to incubate until they from a painting.

Abstract Painter Brian Rutenberg
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Abstract Painter Brian Rutenberg

Brian Rutenberg is originally from South Carolina. He received his BFA from the College of Charleston, and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

I think you will really enjoy this conversation- Brian talks about his idea that in the big picture, art fails us, it is lifeless and incomplete. Wait— what?? When I heard Brian say that, I’ll admit I had a split second of judgment, you know, like someone had just insulted the love of my life and I needed to defend my love. But what Brian goes on to say is quite beautiful, and illustrates the role of the artist in this dance with our canvas.

Brian also shares his idea that art is part skill and part insanity. I loved diving down that rabbit hole- it brought us into skill, spontaneity and the difference between making and creating.

Then we talk about Brian’s painting rituals, his family life, and how that inspires his work.

Figurative Painter Zoey Frank
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Figurative Painter Zoey Frank

Zoey Frank is a figurative painter from Colorado. She studied at the Juliette Aristides Atelier in Seattle and then went on to get her MFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design.

Zoey is in love with the figure. She shares her process, and her experiments freely in this episode. I really enjoyed talking with her about her current work, in which she is playing with observation, imagination, and photography.

We also talk about the instability of this career choice we’ve made and how that can really affect our mood. Zoey shares the tactics she uses to deal with uncertainty- tactics that focus on reconnecting with the joy of making things and creating.

An Interview with Susan Jane Walp
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An Interview with Susan Jane Walp

Susan Jane Walp paints still lifes from her home in Vermont. Her compositions expertly balance silent spaces with a powerful geometry that pulls you in and holds you. Her influences range from Piero de la Francesca to Lennart Anderson whom she met and studied with at a summer program run by Boston University during her undergrad years.

Susan and I talk about how she constructs her paintings, and how she balances precision with those spontaneous a-ha moments. We dive pretty deep into how she sets up her subjects. She has the patience to leave things open enough for change and for something larger than herself to manifest. Susan also shares how painting phases coincide with the phases of the moon.

Billyo O'Donnell
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Billyo O'Donnell

Like many artists, Billyo O'Donnell struggled with the decision to pursue art as a vocation. But standing in his boss's office at a Missouri saw mill, Billyo came to a life changing realization.

He saw that there are no safe paths, and decided he might as well take his own chances.

So he carved his own path in the world of corporate illustration, negotiating a brilliant deal with his employer that got his paintings into corporate collections across the U.S.

After being rejected from multiple galleries in his home state of Missouri, a painting trip to California inspired Billyo to start his own painting ventures.

We talk about the uncertainty and dedication in multi-year projects, how the NEA contacted Billyo and expanded on his project, plus the book that followed: “Painting Missouri.”

We also talk about the plein-air events and what Billyo looks for when judging painting competitions plus how he sees the art world changing in the next few years.

Kathleen Speranza: Dancing On The Third Rail
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Kathleen Speranza: Dancing On The Third Rail

Kathleen Speranza is a painter from Massachusetts. She earned her BFA from Boston University and her MFA from Yale. She teaches painting and drawing at Rhode Island School of Design.

Her current obsession is portraits. Portraits of flowers. And according to Kathleen, flower paintings are sometimes akin to stepping on the third rail. There are so many stereotypes that go along with this subject that tackling it can be dangerous. Particularly for a female painter.

But Kathleen, I think, is fluent in the language of color. She understands their subtleties and arranges them masterfully on her canvas. Allowing each its place so that the subject sings.

I am completely fascinated by, the topic of color so I grill Kathleen on her palette organization, her interest in the Munsell Palette and when she chooses to use it.

We talk about life, and yes, having one informs our art. As much as we’d like to lock ourselves in an ivory tower and paint 24/7, it just doesn’t work. We circle back to this topic a few times - as it relates to taking a break so that we have the opportunity to distil the stimulus into a painting. Maintaining an art practice after having a child, and how that actually makes you a better painter. We get into a little aside on artists who have more than one kid and how bad ass we think they are.

This episode is just chock full of wonderful bits of wisdom. I don’t want to list them all; I just want you to hear it from Kathleen herself, but one last jewel I want you to keep an ear out for: Kathleen’s insights on asking for help and how she became comfortable with frustration when she paints.

Trici Venola, Drawing Istanbul
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Trici Venola, Drawing Istanbul

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In the early eighties, Trici Venola was an early adopter and jumped into the digital art scene. She created fonts for Zap Comix artists including Robert Crumb. She got to know the comic artists she adored and was in the very first issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.

I was introduced to Trici by good friends of mine, Rachel and Dan DiPaola, back when I was a young punk, fresh out of college working at Disney. Rachel was the project manager, I needed some help, so Rachel brought in Trici.

Years later, Trici abandoned everything and moved to Istanbul, Turkey to draw the architecture and the people there. As she will tell you, it was a very bumpy road. She has many colorful stories of the experiences she has had in Istanbul. She candidly describes her mistakes and the consequences she and the people she loved suffered because of her decisions.

It has been 17 years since she fell in love with Istanbul. She has published two books: Drawing on Istanbul 1 and 2. Her obsession with documenting the culture and architecture continues unabated, despite the many obstacles in her way.

Abstract Painter Rebecca Crowell
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Abstract Painter Rebecca Crowell

Rebecca Crowell creates luscious abstract paintings which are inspired by her travels and memories of places.

In this episode, Rebecca and I talk about working with cold wax, and how playing with the medium encouraged her to switch from representational to abstract painting.

We also discuss the discomfort artists feel when they transition from a style they are known for into something completely new.

We dig a little into her process of both a painting and a body of work she might create after experiencing a place through her travels.

Because I know artists do have lives outside of the studio, I asked Rebecca to share what it was like when she and her husband started their family. She talks candidly about her challenges with raising her sons while keeping up with her painting.

I really appreciate Rebecca’s curiosity and love of creating. Although she might be most known for her cold wax paintings, she also makes mono-prints and is learning about carborundum printing, a technique I was unfamiliar with so I asked her all about it.

Rebecca is currently in the middle of a crowdsourcing campaign for Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations, a book she co-authored with artist Jerry McLaughlin. The fundraising campaign reached its goal quickly, which is not a small feat, and they still have a few weeks to go. The campaign ends on August 17th, 2016

An Interview with Zaria Forman
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An Interview with Zaria Forman

Zaria Forman makes pastel drawings of glaciers and icebergs and the changing landscapes of places like Antarctica, Greenland, and the Maldives. She does this to bring attention to climate change and to honor her mother who started it all.

Zaria shares how taking risks and having the courage to grow has been an essential part of her journey. We get into the nitty-gritty of how she works: from curating thousands of photographs, getting just the right shades of blue for her pastel drawings, and even a bit on how she runs her studio.

Zaria’s work has been featured in National Geographic, she recently gave a TED talk and she was invited by Sven Lindblad as an artist aboard Lindblad expeditions. We talk about how all that came about.

Anyway, as you’ll hear, we geek out a little bit, and I loved every second of it. There is a moment in this interview when Zaria tells me about what she is doing with some noises she recorded in Antarctica.

My geeky little heart skipped a beat when she told me who is helping her and who stopped by her studio. I kind of had fan girl moment. You’re going to have to listen to find out who that is.

Symbolist Painter Greg Decker
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Symbolist Painter Greg Decker

Greg Decker is a symbolist painter, living in southern New Mexico. He holds two MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degrees, from Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI) and from the New York Academy of Art (NYC).  He’s studied with renowned painters such as Leland Bell, Fairfield Porter, John Moore, Vincent Desiderio and Martha Erlebacher.

I never thought I would hear Beethoven and the Ramones mentioned in the same sentence, but that’s what Greg does, he weaves together ideas from history, literature, philosophy and diverse sources to create his work. Thank you to Julyan Davis for bringing Greg and his luscious paintings to my attention.

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Timothy Horn
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Timothy Horn

Timothy Horn paints rural landscapes around Marin and Sonoma counties in northern California.

He fell in love with painting after a chance encounter with another artist who has been on this show- Stanley Goldstein. Just a few years later, Tim shut down his graphic design business to focus entirely on his painting and he hasn’t looked back.

In this episode, Tim shares how he got started, what he needed to learn about painting before he was ready to get his work out, and how he made the transition to a full time painter.

Tim and Antrese also talk about how Tim chooses painting events to participate in, how he managed his time starting out, and also the conflict that comes with being 100% dependent on the sales of your art, while having a family and making the time to paint.

An Interview with Ann Gale
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An Interview with Ann Gale

Ann is a figurative painter based in Seattle. If you are not familiar with her work, you definitely want to spend some time to really look at what she is doing in her painting. On the surface you’ll note her distinctive brushwork, how she weaves ribbons of color through figure and background, and plays with edges. But as she will tell you herself, she is constantly setting up challenges for herself to push her painting further.

 

She’s a painter’s painter, which is probably why during these interviews when I ask an artist if you would like to own a painting by any living artist, whose would it be, Ann’s name comes up often.

She received her bachelor of fine arts from Rhode Island College and her MFA from Yale University.  

Ann has been the recipient of several prestigious awards for her painting - including a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has had solo shows at the Portland Art Museum  and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, in North Carolina. Ann’s work can be seen in person at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco and at Prographica Drawings in Seattle.

I met Ann last summer at the JSS program in Civita Italy where she was the guest of honor. I don’t think there are enough superlatives to adequately describe what a great painter and human being Ann is.  She asks the right questions to understand where her students are and then drops these knowledge bombs that tweak your perspective making it impossible to see your  painting in the same way again. I’m a little jealous of the students at the University of Washington School of Art, where Ann is a professor.

While in Italy, we went on weekly excursions to visit museums. Sometimes that meant a 3 hour bus ride. Several times I sat with Ann and we talked about art, life, and the unbearable heatwave that just wouldn’t die down. In Naples, we stood in awe in front of Caravaggio’s the Flagellation of Christ and dissected the composition, seeing nuances you just can’t get in a book.

On those trips and during Ann’s critiques, I often wished I could record the conversations. So I’m excited to have the opportunity again to chat with her and share the conversation with you.

 

Celia Reisman
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Celia Reisman

Celia Reisman paints suburban landscapes - specifically the neighborhood she has been living in for over 30 years. 

 

In this interview discusses her process of creating these paintings and how she adapted her work methods to fit her personality. 

 

Observational drawings are integral to her work method. While she does paint plein air, it is her field sketches that feed her large scale studio paintings. 

 

She talks about memory, instinct and how she constructs her large scale works -not being satisfied with traditional proportions for example. Early on, Celia played with an extremely limited palette, which is probably why she has such a sensitive eye for color.

 

This episode is a lot about Celia’s process of making a painting: the shifting balance between planning and having control while letting the painting evolve throughout the process.

 

SPP Skip Whitcomb
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SPP Skip Whitcomb

Skip Whitcomb grew up on a Ranch in Colorado, without much encouragement to pursue art as a vocation. Following his parents advice, he enrolled in college to study business, but quickly realized his heart was somewhere else.

Skip has been painting landscapes of the western United States for over forty years now.

In this conversation, Skip and I talk about learning the craft and then taking every opportunity to flex your wings, to test them and see if you can fly. We talk about artist communities, their natural cycles and how having a sympathetic ear from time to time is crucial. 

 

Skip shares the frustration of pushing through dissatisfaction, or plateaus in his paintings. I think - or hope- we all go through this at some point as we master certain skills and go on to explore new concepts. How one deals with these issues greatly impacts our growth as artists. Eventually, technique becomes less important than why you are using it. “Why?”, not “how?” is the question we would be better off  asking.

 

Skip is a wealth of information, and a brilliant creative thinker.

 

An Interview with Plein Air Painter Ray Roberts
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An Interview with Plein Air Painter Ray Roberts

Ray Roberts is a California painter, who paints landscapes and figures both in studio and en plein air. He is best known for his seascapes, figurative work, and landscapes of California and the Southwest.

Ray has won numerous awards for his paintings including Gold Medal for "Best Painting" at the California Art Club and the Artists' Choice Award, the highest accolade from fellow artists, at several major Southwest art events. Several times in this interview, we mention Peggi- Peggi is Ray’s wife - the other half of the Kroll Roberts Studio- You may remember Peggi from an earlier interview on this podcast but if you have not had a chance to listen, check the show notes for a link to my interview with Peggi Kroll Roberts - she and Ray form a unique partnership and often host workshops together.

 

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Kurt Moyer
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Kurt Moyer

Kurt Moyer is a landscape painter living in upstate New York. He pulls inspiration from nature, and from studying the master paintings that came before us.

As Kurt will tell you, some mysteries in painting don’t need to be solved in order to have a full,  rich experience with them. Kurt is content to let some of that be so that he can focus on light, color, and the thread that weaves through his work and ties  all the way back  to Cezzane, Balthus, George Sorrell, and many other artists.

In this episode Kurt and I talk about seeing. About getting that authentic impression of color and light and not being a slave to your own eyes. We also talk about how new experiences or simply time can completely change the way you look at paintings that maybe you have seen many times before.

 

Mark Daniel Nelson
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Mark Daniel Nelson

After a successful career in illustration, Mark Daniel Nelson decided he would be more fulfilled working on his own art. He took his business acumen from the illustration world and applied it to fine arts. Through some smart decisions and ‘being in the right place at the right time.’ Mark created his own path to artistic freedom.

In this episode, Mark describes the calculated moves he made to build his career. And how he learned that those calculations will only get you so far. To sustain an art career, the artist ultimately must discover their authentic voice, that thing that keeps him fascinated and engaged with his art.

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Martin Campos
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Martin Campos

Figurative oil painter Martin Campos describes himself as a late bloomer. He began painting in earnest in his late 20s and didn't go to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) where he teaches now until his 30’s. Martin describes a pivotal moment at PAFA when an instructor with a Cheshire Cat grin made a suggestion that ended up changing everything about Martins paintings.

Martin also talks about the domino effect in his work, how his paintings are almost premonitions of what his life will be, and why its so important to paint something that truly scares you.

Bobbie Burgers - Capturing Past, Present, and Future All In One Moment.
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Bobbie Burgers - Capturing Past, Present, and Future All In One Moment.

Bobbie Burgers is an artist living in Vancouver, Canada. She paints large scale portraits of flowers, but as Bobbie will tell you, these paintings are actually not about the flowers at all.

Bobbie and I talk about her inspiration, where it comes from and how changing studios gave her the luxury of seeing the progression of her body of work. We also talk about Bobbie’s reaction to having her work copied in Chinese art factories. I have to say, I love how Bobbie ultimately responded to this experience and how it has affected experimentation and her painting process.

We also talk about art residencies - Bobbie recently ran an Instagram contest where the winner gets to come hang out and work in her studio for a day - That lead to us talking about how changing things up a bit enables you to explore freely without expectations.

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Debra Huse – Plein Air Painting and the Debra Huse Gallery
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Debra Huse – Plein Air Painting and the Debra Huse Gallery

Debra is a plein air painter from Southern California. She lives in Orange County where she has a studio and a gallery on Balboa Island.

She has been featured in Art of the West, and Plein Air magazine, this year, her paintings will be exhibited in Maui Plein Air, and at the California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition at the Autry Museum.

Debra and I talk about….

  • What she teaches her students about simplification and avoiding the overwhelm of complicated subjects.
  • How she started her own gallery - admitting what you’re good at and delegating the rest.
  • Mistakes artists make when dealing with a gallery.
  • The many plein air events she participates in, and how she uses that consistency to move her work.

Felicia Forte
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Felicia Forte

Felicia is a representational artist who paints Alla Prima portraits from her studio in Detroit. Her self portrait ‘Melting Point’ was accepted into he BP Portrait awards show in 2015.

After 15 years of waitressing, Felicia took a leap and decided to focus exclusively on her painting. It’s an inspiring story of faith in her abilities and pushing past the “oh my god, what did I just do” moments to become the artist she is today.

Antrese Wood and Felicia talk about the importance of human connection for artists, how connecting with artists in the real world as well as the virtual world creates a safety net and community. I especially appreciated Felicia’s candor in talking about a difficult period in her life and how the apathy she felt turned out to be the thing that allowed her to grow as an artist.

John Cosby on Plein AIr Painting and When to Show your Work
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John Cosby on Plein AIr Painting and When to Show your Work

Plein Air painter John Cosby began his art career at sea. Like so many people in their 20's he had the urge to travel and see what else is out there. Other sailors noticed him drawing, John needed to eat, so he sold his drawings or bartered for gear.

In this episode, John describes how what started as a necessity morphed into a 35 year adventure in painting.

When John began to focus exclusively on his art, there was not much going on in the New Port Beach area of California, in terms of art, so he started his own gallery. Just a little farther down the coast of California though, in Laguna Beach, there was a mecca, John give us the back story on how that came to be and how he, and a group of friends formed their own community of plein air painters with the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

John has been working on a project called Rust and Roadsides with Joe Paquet. They are painting what is known as the 'Rust Belt' - after many factories and manufacturing shut down across the United States, towns and entire cites were abandoned and left blighted. John tells some colorful stories about staying safe while plein air painting.

And of course, as you probably expect by now, we talk about the issues artists wrestle with almost daily: Managing your painting practice, staying authentic despite real or perceived expectations from others, and when to share your work, and the pressures of social media.

Classical Realist Painter David Gray
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Classical Realist Painter David Gray

David Gray is a classical realist painter. His work has appeared in Southwest Art, Art of the West, and American Art Collector.

David talks with Antrese Wood about how being an artist is being an entrepreneur in this episode. David shares how he accidentally discovered the power of social media to connect with both students and collectors.

David and Antrese also talk about the pressure of supporting a family and making a living as an artist while creating meaningful art.

An Interview with Sean Cheetham
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An Interview with Sean Cheetham

Sean Cheetham grew up surrounded by artists and encouraged to create. He studied illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and quickly began teaching and showing his art.

Sean and Antrese Wood talk about his portraits of friends, and how painting became sort of a diary of his life. Sean talks about entering art contests, his experience with the BP Portrait contest. On the one hand these contests can be great opportunities for exposure, on the other hand- they can get expensive quickly.

Tunnel vision with your art career often leads to burnout. Sean shares his other creative outlets that help him stay on track, and why these creative outlets are categorically not for sale. They allow him to get back to the place where he is creating for himself first.

Sean Cheetham is a portrait artist, originally from San Francisco. He now splits his time between San Francisco and L.A.

An Interview With the Artist Christopher Gallego
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An Interview With the Artist Christopher Gallego

Christopher Gallego talks about mastery, the artist mindset, why a painting might 'fail', and his new drawings of the streets of New York City.

Paint what makes your heart hurt- Chelsea Bentley James
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Paint what makes your heart hurt- Chelsea Bentley James

Chelsea Bentley James studied art at the University of Utah and shows her work at Dolby Chadwick in San Francisco.

After some early success with still life paintings, Chelsea was advised to “Paint what makes your heart hurt.” Although those early still lifes were necessary to her technical growth and she loved painting them, Chelsea felt they might become somewhat formulaic. So she looked for a motif that was uniquely hers and found the vulnerability and openness of the desert.

This conversation echoes a recurring theme here on the Savvy Painter podcast: which is to trust yourself first. As Chelsea will tell you, you can’t fool anyone, and when you paint from your heart and trust your intuition, your authenticity is rewarded. People notice.

Chelsea and Antrese also talk about her painting process, allowing a series to grow, avoiding preciousness and even painting with toddlers in the house.

Creativity without limits, an interview with Katy Schneider
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Creativity without limits, an interview with Katy Schneider

Artist Katy Schneider paints intimate domestic scenes, mostly from her 6 foot by 8 foot studio in her basement. She plays with questions like, how do you fit all of THIS in such a small space? When you see her paintings, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Katy includes all disciplines in her creative life. She consistently challenges the beginner mindset by doing things like taking up pedal steel guitar, composing music and even taking up ballet. Katy reflects on navigating the guilt artists feel when they are not in the studio and giving herself permission to be creative in other ways. Katy paints from her home in New York, teaches painting at Smith college, and she has won numerous awards for her children’s books.

Figurative Artist Andrew Salgado
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Figurative Artist Andrew Salgado

Andrew Salgado paints large colorful portraits and abstract figurative work. He is originally from Canada but after attending graduate school at Chelsea he made London his home.

In this interview, Andrew and Antrese talk about living in a different country and how immersing yourself in an artistic culture different from your own presents challenges and opportunities for growth. Those opportunities are central to this discussion - Andrew finds opportunities for growth all around him- from fears we have as artists about our work, to competitive rivalries. How these issues affect our work is entirely dependent on mindset, as Andrew says “What happens in the studio is just a microcosmic example of what happens in life.”

 

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A Conversation with Laurie Lipton
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A Conversation with Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton creates massive, intricate drawings using her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting.

Laurie and I talk about how she developed her own method of working- she calls it giving birth to an elephant, her need to say something about what is going on in this world.She lived in Europe for 36 years, immersed in master art from Michelangelo to Van Eyck when conceptual art and installations were en vogue.Throughout her journey as an artist Laurie was constantly told “you can’t do that”, but her relentless pursuit and belief in herself eventually paid off.

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Yael Scalia
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Yael Scalia

I met Yael in Italy last summer at the JSS in Civita program. And If you have never seen her work, do yourself a favor: soak it in. 

Her paintings are exquisite jewels, and like the artist herself, the paintings are eloquent and understated. 

In this episode, Yael and I talk about her early years at college and why studying with someone who knows something about artistic tradition is so important. Yael shares how she used small format gouache sketches to develop her vision and to formulate pictorial ideas. She gives advice on how to learn to compose a motif. Of course, we  talk about Civita Castellana and how her time there every summer with the JSS program serves as preparation for Yael’s painting in Jerusalem.

Yael Scalia is represented by Rothschild Fine Art, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Building a Dream Studio With Determination And Sweat Equity.
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 47:34
Building a Dream Studio With Determination And Sweat Equity.

Artist Dean Fisher lives with his wife Jo in a beautifully remodeled barn house in Connecticut. As it turns out, there is a story behind this barn house. In this episode, Dean shares a fascinating story of how determination, good luck, and a lot of sweat equity went into building their dream studio.

 

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Tony Peters Part 2
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Tony Peters Part 2

Part two of a conversation with the artist Tony Peters. We continue our conversation on focus. Tony and I also discuss coming up with a style for your work and how that is very different from doing the hard work of finding your voice. Tony and I have both recently moved, we explore how to find or create an artist community when you are new in town. We look at what happens when you allow yourself to be uncomfortable in your work, or rather actively pursue something you’re “not good at”. And we even talk about what working out has to do with painting.

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Tony Peters: Looking Inward for Growth & Meaning
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Tony Peters: Looking Inward for Growth & Meaning

Part one of a two part interview with the artist Tony Peters.

In this episode, Tony and I talk about his formative years at the Art Center College of Design, and what he learned by assisting and being mentored by several influential artists there. We talk about “The Church of Art”, a term we made up ( I think) while talking about making observational drawing sacred. It’s a sort of life blood of artists and in figure drawing studios, a community we often take for granted.

By now you may be expecting this, or at least not find it surprising, but we also dig into psychology, focus, and even brain science – yes- we mention neuro-plasticity during an art conversation. Tony and I talk about meditation, how that impacts our work and even how to optimize your practice by being selective about the environment and people you spend your time with.

JSS in Civita
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JSS in Civita

This past summer, I made a trip to Italy to participate in the JSS master program in Civita Castellana with Israel Hershberg and guest of honor Ann Gale.

The master program is an intense six week immersion into painting. It’s unlike any other workshop or program I’ve ever been to.

You’ve been asking for an episode about my experience there, but rather than paint kind of a ‘what I did on my summer break’ picture, I wanted to create something more useful for you.

Im going to talk about my experience in the context of how to get the most out of a program or workshop.

I cover in depth, a few concepts that are critical to doing this -  and these concepts, by the way, apply to any learning experience. Afterwards, I’ll describe what the JSS program is like, because I’ve been getting a lot of questions about that.

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Landscapes, Collages & Designing Your Art Career with Harry Stooshinoff
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Landscapes, Collages & Designing Your Art Career with Harry Stooshinoff

Harry Stooshinoff realized pretty quickly after grad school that in order to sustain his career, he needed to make some tough choices. He took matters into his own hands and designed his life so that he could create freely. In this episode, Harry Stooshinoff and Antrese Wood talk about creative process, painting and collage work, the inherent issues in the artist-gallery relationship, finding blocks of time to create, and how Harry built his base of art collectors. **Support the podcast** Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

James Gurney on Dinotopia, Creativity, and Technology in the Arts.
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James Gurney on Dinotopia, Creativity, and Technology in the Arts.

  • James Gurney talks about: 
  • How John Steinbeck, Charles Kuralt, and a hobo named Bud inspired James to spend three months traveling across the U.S.
  • The lasting impression of James' art on young minds and how one fan grew up to be a paleontologist and named a dinosaur after James: Torvosaurus gurneyi
  • The criteria James uses to decide what projects to work on: "Find the work I have the most fun doing, work with the people I really enjoy hanging with and then figure out how to make a business out of that."
  • Why James thinks right now is the best time to be an artist and how he uses new technology to reach current fans and create new ones.
  • Why reading every day is important to James' work.
  • How his artist blog, Gurney Journey sparks James' creativity.
  • James' advice on how to develop an original vision.

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Part 2: Cameron Schmitz on Pricing Work, Studio Time and Collectors
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Part 2: Cameron Schmitz on Pricing Work, Studio Time and Collectors

Part 2 with Cameron Schmitz. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to part one, you may want to go back so that it all makes sense.In this episode, Cameron and Antrese talk about the biggest mistake artists make in pricing their work, we talk about some of the misconceptions artists have about collectors, and dig into what drives people to collect art. Cameron also shares how she balances her studio, her toddler, her teaching schedule and how it has impacted her creativity. With everything she has going on, Im wondering if she secretly wears a cape to manage all that.**Support the podcast** Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

Part 1: Cameron Schmitz on Galleries & Collectors
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Part 1: Cameron Schmitz on Galleries & Collectors

Cameron Schmitz in the first of a two part interview. In this segment, we talk about what it means to be a professional artist, how the audience plays a critical role, and how her roles of artist, teacher, and curator combine into a balanced 'trifecta'. We talk about why many artists stop making art and common threads Cameron has noticed from supporting so many other artists. There is a lot of great information in this episode, like some of the events Cameron holds at the Drawing room to get collectors and artists excited about the art.**Support the podcast** Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

Looking Up with JD Wissler
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 01:14:59
Looking Up with JD Wissler

JD Wissler has been having a decades long love affair with clouds. He is fascinated with the nuances, the fleeting moments, the way the light bounces off of them. It’s an obsession, really, but one I can understand.In this episode, we talk about his fascination with a single topic, overcoming perfectionism, when a painting is finished, curating your own work, how the art world is changing and his habit of finding learning experiences in everything weaves in and out of the conversation.** Support the podcast **Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

How to sell your art online with Karin Jurick
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How to sell your art online with Karin Jurick

Karin Jurick's framing business took a dive after 9/11. In a desperate attempt to save the shop and to keep from having to layoff her employees, she began to paint. Karin kept the framing business going for another 7 years by subsidizing the shop with sales from her oil paintings. Eventually painting became more lucrative than her framing business.Karin sells the majority of her work online using eBay. In this episode, Karin and I talk about building a fanbase, trust, getting payments and how she navigates the sometimes choppy waters of selling art online.Support the podcast- Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

Let them come to you- Stanka Kordic on galleries and collectors.
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Let them come to you- Stanka Kordic on galleries and collectors.

Stanka Kordic graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with an illustration degree and quickly discovered she needed to adapt and reinvent herself.

In this episode, Stanka shares how she found collectors initially and what happened later when she pivoted to social media and to find collectors and galleries that interested her. She shares how she used the artist community to guide her choices and help her avoid gallery pitfalls. We also talk about her techniques and thought processes for creating her paintings.

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How a late start, a health scare and an abandoned powerplant shaped Janne Kearney's creativity.
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How a late start, a health scare and an abandoned powerplant shaped Janne Kearney's creativity.

Janne Kearney started painting in her 40’s. She struggled through her own feelings of not being a “real artist” or that her work was not valid. After a health scare shifted her perspective and she was selected as a semi-finalist for the BP portrait awards, Janne is feeling a lot more comfortable in her role as an artist. Which is great for us, for her students, and for the people who enjoy her paintings because with those distractions gone, Janne is focused on what actually matters: her art. This show is for you if you are wondering if you started painting too late. It’s for you if you have ever thought, "why bother entering that competition?', or wondered if you’re wasting time. If that’s you, Janne has a few stories for you and a few pieces of advice you might want to take to heart.Support the podcast- Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: Click here to donate.

A look into the self, with painter Karen Kaapcke
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 56:34
A look into the self, with painter Karen Kaapcke

Karen Kaapke talks about her ongoing series of self portraits, why she started this series and how it helps her examine the experience of growing older. There is a certain age at which women - in US culture at least - become almost invisible. This leads us into a conversation about how we view our own bodies and how a quick glance in the mirror can sometimes be surprising. Karen uses portraiture to examine both her own transitions and her family’s. We also discuss memory and how it informs her painting, how she shifts between pieces and lets them play off each other plus a whole lot more.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Persistence and Excellence- Pastel and Watercolor artist Mario Robinson
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 52:23
Persistence and Excellence- Pastel and Watercolor artist Mario Robinson

Mario Robinson talks about how remarkable teachers guided him towards his art. After two years in the U.S. Army he attended Pratt, the combined experiences shaped his drive and lead him to a quest for excellence in watercolor and pastel portraiture. Mario describes why he gifted a portrait to Spike Lee and what he thinks of the experience now.Mario's paintings contain few references to modern life which gives them a timeless and universal quality. The subjects he chooses refer to a bygone era where solitude and reflection were abundant, also provoke frequent allusions to the watercolors of Winslow Homer.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

How an inspired idea turned into a 10 year project with Connie Hayes
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How an inspired idea turned into a 10 year project with Connie Hayes

Connie Hayes created a project called Borrowed Views when her warehouse studio didn't inspire. Listen to her solution and how she turned a one time show into a 10 year project.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Letting Go of the Inner Critic- Rick Stevens Part 2
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 38:22
Letting Go of the Inner Critic- Rick Stevens Part 2

Part 2 with the artist Rick Stevens. Rick and Antrese get a little more philosophical and talk about how a trip to Brazil helped Rick learn to let go of the ego, the inner critic and fear. They also play around with the almost unanswerable Zen Koan questions.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Rick Stevens: Straddling the line between abstract and representational painting.
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Rick Stevens: Straddling the line between abstract and representational painting.

As Rick will tell you in this interview, straddling the line between abstract and representational painting is exactly where he wants to be: in the grey area slipping in and out of both labels.Rick Stevens and Antrese Wood talk abut how a year of solitude focused his work. We talk about accepting the generosity of patrons, how Tai Chi has informed his perception of painting and we even get into a discussion on impulse versus intuition and what that can mean for your painting.Part one of a two part interview.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com.

Israel Hershberg - Part 2
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 44:13
Israel Hershberg - Part 2

Part 2 of a multipart interview with renowned landscape oil painter Israel Hershberg. 

 

Antrese Wood and Israel Hershberg talk about originality vs. Individuality, and what Johnny Carson can teach us about that. Israel also gives us a glimpse into his process and how he maintains the experience of the subject in his paintings. At a certain point we talk about the joy of maturing as an artist and getting older- some things just don’t matter anymore. Also Israel paints a picture of what his summer painting programs are like.

 

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Lori Putnam, Plein Air Painter
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 01:02:06
Lori Putnam, Plein Air Painter

Lori Putnam is an award winning Plein Air Painter. She has been featured in numerous magazines - including American Art Collector Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Art of the West. Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Israel Hershberg- Part 1
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 37:58
Israel Hershberg- Part 1

This is part one of a two part interview with renowned painter Israel Hershberg. He talks about his childhood, his training, the "art world" and a host of other topics.

Textile Artist Karin Olah on Materials, and How to Build a Solid Artist Network From Scratch
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 44:33
Textile Artist Karin Olah on Materials, and How to Build a Solid Artist Network From Scratch

Karin Olah got her start in the fabric industry. Part of her job was to create a dye to perfectly match an object to a fabric.Today, Karin uses her extensive knowledge of color and fabrics to create layered images using fabric, paint, and mixed media.Karin talks about her process for creating art plus how she built up an amazing support group of artists when she moved to a new community.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Plein Air Painter & Art Ambassador Kevin Macpherson
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 56:28
Plein Air Painter & Art Ambassador Kevin Macpherson

Kevin Macpherson has won numerous awards for his plein air paintings.In this episode, Antrese and Kevin talk about: • The development of his career• How Kevin chooses to take risks and live without regret• The surprising origin of Kevin's extremely limited palette.• Travels in China and what Kevin does to make children smile.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

David Kassan - giving back to the arts with the Kassan Foundation
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 01:05:27
David Kassan - giving back to the arts with the Kassan Foundation

David Kassan would be labeled as a realist painter. You can practically see the blood pulsing through the veins of his subjects. But David describes his paintings more as documentaries, and as a way to spend time with his family who are often his subjects.David talks about his work, his transition from a graphic designer to a full time painter, and why he started the Kassan Foundation - a non profit that awards a yearly grant to one artist and one musician (http://kassanfoundation.com). Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Realist Painter Stanley Goldstein
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 01:06:36
Realist Painter Stanley Goldstein

Stanley Goldstein is a realist painter, representing large and small-scale scenes of everyday life as well as city scenes, interiors, and landscapes. Stanley shares how he uses video and photography as reference materials. How he distances himself from the photo with sketches and then what his theater experience contributes to his composition.We talk about how the birth of his son directly and indirectly influenced his work and studio practices. He also generously walks me through how he transitioned from waiting tables to full time gallery work.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

The Secret Notebooks of Walt Morton
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2017-09-21 04:56:40 UTC 52:18
The Secret Notebooks of Walt Morton

Walt Morton gives a mindblowing talk on the contents of his notebooks:

  • The allure of the Poison Chalice.
  • Backwards Engineering the work of other artists.
  • Understanding what draws you to art and other artists.
  • The Familiar and the Unfamiliar.

Former ad creative exec Walt Morton gave himself a challenge: 10 years to dedicate himself entirely to his art. He keeps copious detailed notes on his thinking, and dissects the work of other artists to clarify exactly what he likes about their work. Walt is like an extraordinarily disciplined mad scientist in the studio.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

The Process of Artistic Development, with Sally Strand
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The Process of Artistic Development, with Sally Strand

What really goes on behind the scenes when it comes to artistic development? Is it a straight path or are there a number of twists and turns along the way? What part of the process is active and what part of it is passive? My guest, Sally Strand opens up in our conversation about her journey and the process that led to her development as an artist over the last thirty years. Sally is open and transparent about the difficulties along the way but she is also quick to relish in the joy and beauty of the process as well. I know artists like you will get some helpful encouragement from Sally’s unique perspective.

Evolving As An Artist

How have you evolved as an artist over time? Has your artistic development been incremental or have you had specific moments that have shaped you along the way? There is no right answer to this question! Some artists make intentional shifts and some take the more gradual route. My guest, Sally Strand describes her development as more of a gradual process. The way she describes her past and how it slowly opened up to who she is as an artist today is fascinating! What will Sally’s story stir up in you? Let her story encourage and inspire you as you push forward on your journey!

Overcoming Challenges Along the Way

How do you react in difficult situations? What impact has that left on you as an artist? There are helpful lessons to be learned as we encounter difficulty and adversity on our creative journey. Sally Strand has learned that the best way to handle difficulty is to push forward and don’t let it bog you down or change you in a negative way. She also recounts a particularly difficult episode in her life where she struggled to understand what was happening in the world around her and how it would come to impact her artwork. I hope you find Sally’s perspective as captivating as I did!

Deciding What to Say “Yes” To

One of the most difficult aspects of the life of an artist is navigating your time as a friend or family member. You can feel like you are constantly torn between two worlds that you love deeply but you can’t inhabit simultaneously. How do you decide where to draw your lines? My guest, Sally Strand was kind enough to open up and explain how she works her way through this complicated and difficult area that all artists face at some point in their life. Sally’s method of dealing with this conflict is taking a moment to ask herself, “What can I not repeat?” This question allowed Sally to decide what moments in her life needed her attention and which ones could be accomplished at a later date.

Habits of a Successful Artist

What are the habits that have contributed to your success as an artist? Each one of us has a different spin on the answer to this question. As we continue to explore our artistic development, it can be immensely helpful to get the perspective of other artists, especially ones as experienced as Sally Strand. When it comes down to it, Sally says that scheduling her studio time and sticking to it has been a huge part of her journey of success as an artist. She doesn’t paint it as an easy task, but she does believe strongly that if you can commit to an appointed time and stick to it, creativity and inspiration have a high probability of making an appearance.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:35] I introduce my guest, Sally Strand.
  • [3:00] Sally talks about her start as an artist.
  • [7:00] The struggle for meaning and purpose as an artist.
  • [9:00] The impact of travel on Sally’s development as an artist.
  • [14:00] Everyday life as a theme in art.
  • [17:00] Sally talks about her decision to go back to school.
  • [21:00] Evolving as an artist.
  • [27:30] Overcoming challenges as an artist.
  • [29:30] Deciding what to say “Yes” to.
  • [31:30] What does it mean to be a “Successful Artist?”
  • [36:30] Habits of a successful artist.
  • [45:00] Sally talks about her studio routine in light of caring for her mother.
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Graffiti Art, Acrylic Painting, and more with Greg Simkins
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2017-09-21 13:58:27 UTC 01:02:02
Graffiti Art, Acrylic Painting, and more with Greg Simkins

What does a creative journey that starts with graffiti art then moves to video game work and then ends up on a smaller scale working with acrylics look like? What lessons and tips can other artists learn from such a journey? My guest, Greg Simkins opens up about all these various transitions in his life and how he has been able to build a thriving art business with his wife. Greg’s story is fascinating and unique and I hope you can catch the lively and infectious passion that he exudes for his work. Don’t forget to catch some images of Greg’s artwork located at the end of this post!

Encouragement Along the way

How did you get started as an artist? Was it a gradual progression? Did you know from a young age? Or did you come to the realization later in life? Who helped you along your creative journey? Did you have mentors, friends, or family members who encouraged you along the way? My guest, Greg Simkins describes the wonderfully supportive relationship he shares with his father who was vital in encouraging and nurturing his creative impulses early in his journey. What can you learn from Greg’s story? Does the impact that other people have had on your journey as an artist inspire you to do the same for others?

Graffiti Art

How does a mild mannered and shy AP student find himself involved with the skating and punk rock crowd? How does this association and engagement translate to a career as a successful and respected artist? My guest Greg Simkins shares the story of how some students in high school noticed his drawings and introduced him to the world of graffiti art. From there, the encouragement of his friends and his father led to greater confidence in his artistic abilities. Greg’s story is an interesting and non-traditional one that will leave you intrigued and curious to how many other paths exist out there for artists to find their way.

Working With Acrylics

Do you remember the first piece you completed in a new medium? Can you remember what you learned through that process? Was it frustrating or rewarding? My guest, Greg Simkins described to me his first experience completing a piece of art using acrylics. This experience also happened to be Greg’s first foray into being commissioned for his artwork. Greg recalls the experience as being difficult and not absent of errors he had to correct along the way but ultimately, this encounter led Greg on a path to begin working with acrylics more and more. Now Greg works predominately with acrylics and looks back fondly on this moment as one of the first steps of his journey.

Struggling With Time Management

What do you do to structure your time as an artist? Do you try to spend some time each day in your creative flow or do you designate whole days that you can dedicate to projects? Artist Greg Simkins explained to me his struggles with navigating the complexities of raising a family and balancing his time in the studio working on his projects. At the end of the day, Greg had to get to a place where he could really learn to slow down and structure his time. He had taken his time for creative endeavors for granted when he had his father close by to assist him, but when his father moved away he found himself in a state of chaos. What lessons can you learn from Greg’s story? How will you ensure that you have time to complete the work you are passionate about?

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:35] I introduce my guest, Greg Simkins.
  • [3:30] Greg talks about how he got his start as an artist.
  • [13:00] The first time Greg painted with acrylics.
  • [18:00] Moving from big scale work to a smaller scale.
  • [20:30] Greg talks about working with acrylics.
  • [28:00] Experimenting with different mediums.
  • [36:00] Struggling with time management.
  • [43:00] Running the business as an artist.
  • [45:00] Greg’s advice for artists who run their own business.
  • [52:00] What is Greg working on right now?
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The Future of Painting, with Burton Silverman pt. 2
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The Future of Painting, with Burton Silverman pt. 2

What is the future of painting? How will the next decade of painting stack up given the current trends compared to what’s come before? Is the painting community on a positive trajectory? Or do we need to make some course corrections? My guest, Burton Silverman joins me for part two of our conversation. Burt opens up about the impact of past artists, how he chooses his subjects, the future of painting, and so much more! Burt has such a depth of experience and knowledge I know you will find his insights and perspectives as fascinating as I did!

The Future of Painting

Do you have an idea of where the painting sector of the art community is headed? Does it leave you troubled or optimistic? I put this question to artist Burton Silverman and he provided a helpful and nuanced response. Burt used the word hopefully to describe his outlook and I found that really encouraging. He was also quick to add that he wants to see the future of painting push the bounds and really challenge the concept of authenticity that has been proclaimed as of late. I loved Burt’s take on our corner of the art community and hope that you find the hope and challenge as welcome as I did.

The Difference Between Style and Voice

What is the difference between an artist’s style and their voice? Is there a difference in your mind? How would you explain it? What illustrations would you give to describe it? Artist Burt Silverman explained how he sees the difference between style and voice in our conversation. Burt says that your style is the language by which your voice may or may not come through. He goes on to explain that if you change your language or your style, then your “voice” shifts and gets expressed with a different sound or accent to it. Burt really has a wonderful way with words and describing these complicated topics in a helpful and imaginative way.

Advice to Young Artists

What does it take to succeed as an artist? I’ve had just as many answers to this question as I have had guests to interview! Consider this, what would you say to someone who is just starting out on their journey as an artist? What do you think would be helpful advice for them to follow? Artist Burt Silverman struggled to answer this question because he is sensitive to the unique journey and circumstance of each artist. Having said that, he did manage to explain the importance of really knowing yourself and why artists should spend the time to plumb the depths of their interior and let that experience inform their art.

Seeing Without Observing

What skills are necessary for an artist to create meaningful works of art? Does it all rely on talent or is there something beyond the technical ability that makes for compelling and captivating art? Going back to the question of the future of painting and pairing it with the question about advice to young artists, Burt Silverman explained that we need more artists who practice the skill of observation. He used a wonderful line from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that says, “You see but you do not observe.” Does that line resonate with you? I think that Burt hit the nail on the head and I hold out hope for the art world and for myself - may we observe more and more each day.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:50] I introduce my guest, Burton Silverman.
  • [4:00] Burton and I discuss the lasting impact of bygone artists.
  • [8:20] How Burton chooses his subjects.
  • [15:00] What is the future of painting?
  • [22:40] Is there a difference between your style and your voice?
  • [32:30] What advice would Burt give to young artists?
  • [38:30] The problem of seeing without observing.
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Components of “Good Art”, with Burton Silverman pt. 1
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Components of “Good Art”, with Burton Silverman pt. 1

What does it take to create “Good Art?” Who decides? What elements or components are necessary to deem something good? My guest today is the renowned artist, Burton Silverman. This is part one of our two part conversation where we discuss a wide range of topics from the components of “Good Art,” discovering your artistic voice, the role of setting and presentation in art, racism and the fear of “the other,” and so much more! Burt draws from his vast wealth of experience and thoughtfulness and I know artists like you will value his contributions as much as I have.

What makes for “Good Art?”

How would you describe “Good Art?” Have you thought about it? Do you have a definition of it? How did you arrive at that conclusion? Artist, Burt Silverman opened up to me about what he thinks are the components of good art. Burt says that it comes down to craftsmanship and the ability to record the world in an accurate way. He further elaborates on this idea by explaining that there is an element in good artwork that transcends technical ability and taps into something deeper. In our conversation, Burt didn’t explain this “deeper” aspect further but I appreciate that he was willing to welcome an element of mystery and the unknown.

The Artistic Voice

A common question I get when it comes to diving deeper into the life of an artist is, “How do you discover your artistic voice?” So what was it like for you? What was your journey like that led you to move more and more into creating the art that you are passionate about? My guest, Burton Silverman was kind enough to consider this question and provide his insights. Burt says that for him it comes down to tapping into an inner sense from your gut and out of that flows the feelings that you believe you are compelled to share with the world. There are so many angles to this topic I know there will be some of you that really resonate with what Burt shared and others who come from a different approach - the diversity of thought is wonderful!

Setting and Presentation

What role do context, setting, and presentation have to play when it comes to viewing art work? In your opinion, does it play a role at all? Is there any difference between art that is completed and admired in the studio and artwork that is presented and shown in a gallery? How does setting impact the viewing? These are all questions and lines of thought that Burton Silverman and I discussed in our recent conversation. Burt pointed out that there is some sort of transformation that takes place from the studio setting and context to when the artwork is displayed in an intentional and meaningful way.

Creating Room for Freedom and Expression

What is your relationship to the concept of freedom when it comes to the creative process? Do you feel free to express yourself and work in a place outside of the lines? Or do you find yourself shackled to rules and boxes that you can’t cross? In our conversation, Burton Silverman and I talk about the role of rules and school of thought. Of course, they have an important role to play but they can also get in the way of our ability to push the limits and think outside of preconceived norms and expectations. I hope you get a sense of the freedom of expression that Burt and I discussed and make sure to come back next week for part two of our conversation!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:50] I introduce my guest, Burton Silverman.
  • [4:30] Burt talks about attending Fiorello Laguardia School of the Arts.
  • [10:30] What is it that makes a work of art “good?”
  • [15:00] Discovering the artistic voice.
  • [24:00] The role of setting and presentation in art.
  • [39:00] Racism and fear of the “other”
  • [47:00] The role of rules and schools of thought.
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The Hard Work of An Artist, with Steve DaLuz
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The Hard Work of An Artist, with Steve DaLuz

Do you struggle with putting in the focused and hard work required of you as an artist? You aren’t alone! I’ve struggled with carving out the time and maintaining that focused attention to the craft that I love. All artists struggle at some point with staying focused. What has worked for you? How have you been able to push through the difficulty? My guest, Steve Da Luz opens up and shares how he has wrestled with this obstacle in his life. I value Steve’s transparency and honesty and I know that you’ll find it just as refreshing and inspiring as I did.

Misconceptions of the “Art World”

What does it mean to follow the guidelines of the “Art World?” Is that something that you are bound to as an artist? Who are the gatekeepers of the art world? My guest, artist Steve Da Luz discusses with me what it means to be an active participant of the art world. We come to the conclusion that there isn’t some abstract and amorphous art world “out there” somewhere, but that it’s creative individuals like you and me that make up this community of artists. I’d love to hear your thoughts on mine and Steve’s discussion and how you feel about the concept of the art world.

Moving to an “Off Site” Studio

What works best for you as an artist, working from a studio space at home or having an “off site” space that you can use as your creative space? Does it really matter where we end up creating our art? What role does space play in our motivations to create? Artist Steve Da Luz walks through his decision to create an “off site” studio where he can focus on his work away from his home life and all the distractions that can bring about. It was fascinating to hear from Steve as he explained why this separate location really motivated him and spurred on his creative process. I’m excited for you to hear from Steve’s intriguing insights and the unique story that he has to share.

Luck Favors the Prepared

I know, it’s a hot topic among many in the “Art World” but I went there again with my guest Steve Da Luz as we discussed the role of luck and talent in the career of an artist. Steve comes out strong with the opinion that if you are ever going to “make it” as an artist, you need to put in the work and as prepared as possible for that “lucky moment” if it ever arrives. He used the phrase “Luck favors the prepared” and I think that he made a lot of valid points in our discussion. Wherever you land on this topic, if it’s pure luck or if it’s solely based on talent or a combination of the two, I hope you take the time to hear from Steve’s experienced perspective.

Surviving Slings and Arrows

The hard work of an artist not only includes finding the time and space to practice your creative process but it also includes taking your share of ups and downs and surviving the slings and arrows tossed your way. These can be literal roadblocks and difficulties that arise in the form of finances and critics but it can also include your own demons that can trip up your artistic expression. How will you survive the slings and arrows that come your way? Take a moment and hear from Steve Da Luz as he shares his story and how he’s been able to overcome the difficulties that have come his way in his prolific career.

Outline of This Episode
  • [2:00] I introduce my guest, Steve Da Luz.
  • [4:00] How Steve decided to develop the focus of his work.
  • [9:30] Misconceptions of the “Art World.”
  • [15:00] Steve talks about his decision to move to a off site studio.
  • [19:00] The financial struggle to survive as an artist.
  • [22:00] The role of luck and preparedness regarding success as an artist.
  • [27:00] Not everyone is going to connect with your work.
  • [31:00] Surviving the slings and arrows.
  • [37:00] Facing setbacks.
  • [42:30] Steve talks about his process and technical aspects of his paintings.
  • [58:30] The common thread in Steve’s work.
  • [1:02:30] What painting would Steve LOVE to own?
  • [1:07:00] Projects that Steve is currently working on.
  • [1:11:00] Steve talks about paintings of his that he’ll always keep.
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Narrative Painting, with Nathan Lewis
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Narrative Painting, with Nathan Lewis

What comes to mind when you think of narrative painting? Do you think of a particular painting or a series of paintings? What is it about painting with a narrative that captures an audience? My guest, Nathan Lewis is an accomplished narrative painter. In our conversation, Nathan and I spoke about the language of painting, multi figure paintings, painting through frustration and doubt, and so much more! I know artists like you will enjoy hearing from his unique perspective. I am really excited for you to get a glimpse into the world of narrative painting by hearing Nathan’s fascinating story and insights.

The Draw to Narrative Painting

Do you remember what drew you to your style or type of painting? Was it an artist that captured your imagination, a teacher that opened it up to you, or was it more of a gradual revelation? For artist Nathan Lewis, he was drawn to narrative painting through his personal pursuit of finding meaning in life. Nathan describes his attraction to art as an attraction to live a life of meaning and to find some way to interact with the world. He goes on to explain how once he got a handle on his understanding of art forms, the narrative connection just started to fall into place. Make sure you take a minute to look over Nathan’s artwork at the end of this post.

Pushing Past Fear and Failure

What do you do with fear of failure as an artists? Does it over take you sometimes? Do you use it for fuel? What is a helpful perspective we can have on this subject? Nathan Lewis has struggled with fear, doubt, and failure as an artist. To get through those difficult and potentially self defeating emotions, Nathan commits himself to his artwork at hand. He has found pushing through (not ignoring) those emotions and engaging in his art to be a helpful solution. What has worked for you in the past? What is your plan for when those feelings creep back in? I hope that hearing from Nathan can help you start to wrestle with these emotions in a way that’s helpful for you.

The Role of Memory in Art

As an artist who also works from photography I was curious to get Nathan Lewis’ perspective on what role memory has in his artwork. The fact of the matter is, there are aspects that get lost, and some aspects that get captured when we utilize photography to assist us in our paintings. Nathan explains how he enjoys using photography to take his time with a subject. This allows him to avoid the need rush to capture something that he won’t be able to remember from the subject or scene later on if he were forced to rely on his memory. I really resonated with a lot of what Nathan had to share on this subject and I hope artists like you can connect with his unique perspective.

The Artist’s Social Life

As an artist it can be a struggle to engage with others on a social level. There are a few factors involved in this difficulty. One is that non-artists don’t really understand the demands that our craft has on our time and availability. Another struggle arises when we only socialize with fellow artists and lose that connection with other sectors of society and culture. Which one do you find yourself more drawn to? Have you taken the time to consider why that is? In my conversation with artist Nathan Lewis, we discuss our own experiences with each side of this coin. I hope you find our conversation encouraging and helpful as you navigate how this plays out in your life too.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:35] I introduce my guest, Nathan Lewis.
  • [3:15] Nathan describes his work and how he got started as an artist.
  • [8:30] What drew Nathan to the narrative style of painting?
  • [17:00] Pushing past the fear of failure.
  • [19:30] How Nathan chooses his motifs.
  • [30:00] What is the role of memory in Nathan’s work?
  • [42:30] Connecting with a non-artist social circle.
  • [46:30] What is Nathan currently working on?
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Oil Painting Questions and Answers, with Gamblin
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Oil Painting Questions and Answers, with Gamblin

Do you have questions about oil painting and the best materials to use? Look no further, it’s here! Robert Gamblin, Mary, and Pete Cole join me to answer your biggest questions about oil painting and more! I’m so excited for you to hear their helpful insights into some really great topics. You’ll hear them go over questions about pigments, stories about pigment sources, why some paints have more oil separation, some great information on oil paints and toxicity, and much more! This will serve as a great resource for artists like you to keep in your back pocket. Learn how you can connect with Gamblin and utilize their great resources!

A Dedicated Focus on Oil Painting

You’ve heard that old phrase, “Jack of all trades and master of none” right? That’s what comes to mind when I hear Robert Gablin talk about why his company solely focuses on oil painting instead of branching out to provide water colors, acrylic paints, and other materials. Instead of being a jack of all trades, Robert and his team have decided to focus on being a master of one, oil paint products. Their narrow focus has paid off, they have displayed an amazing passion for detail and improvement on their niche subject. Just hearing from Robert, Mary, and Pete I could tell that they really know their field - they are the experts when it comes to oil paint!

Is the New Blue Worth it?

If you follow news about pigments and breaking developments around that subject like I do, then you’ve heard of the new “YInMn Blue” that was discovered at Oregon State University. This new color was discovered in 2009 as a byproduct of an experimentation. Since this news has recently been making the rounds on social media again it led me to get Robert Gamblin’s take on the new color and if they’ve found it worth it to start producing the color themselves. Robert explained that they found that it is not effective to produce the color for a few reasons. Their primary reason is the enormous cost it requires to create the color. This is due to the fact that the color requires three compounds and two of them are rare earth minerals. Robert’s vast knowledge was on display during our conversation and I know that artists like you will find his insights very helpful.

Mitigating Toxicity Risks

Do you find yourself concerned about your health when it comes to your time in the studio? Are you nervous about how your lifestyle as an artist will impact your health in long run? What would it mean for you to have supplies that are responsible, not only for the environment but for artists like you? My guests from Gamblin are happy to share with artists like you that their line of high-quality products are free of toxins. They want to see more artists use products that are sustainable and health conscious. Don’t let your time in the studio get clouded by concern for your health. Hear from the Gamlin team and how their products could be the best fit for you!

What is FastMatte?

Don’t you hate it when you are in a creative flow and you have to make the decision to pause and let your paint dry before you can proceed? What if there was a way to avoid that pause and continue with your creative momentum? That’s where Gamblin’s helpful product, FastMatte come in. FastMatte colors are a unique type of oil colors, every color dries fast, every color dries matte. These qualities make them perfect for underpainting techniques. FastMatte also serves as an excellent way to come back to oil painting for those painters who have switched to acrylics

because of the need for a faster drying rate. I was seriously impressed with this helpful solution that Gamblin has developed and I hope you get the chance to find out for yourself!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:15] I introduce today’s special Q&A session with the Gamblin team.
  • [2:30] Robert Gamblin joins the podcast and shares how he started Gamblin.
  • [6:00] Why does Gamblin only provide oil paint?
  • [8:00] Robert shares some interesting pigment formulations.
  • [16:00] Dreaming about color combinations.
  • [17:30] Has Gamblin made custom colors for well known artists?
  • [23:00] What is the value of white in the painting process?
  • [32:30] Advice for artists who have never used oils before.
  • [38:30] Warm and cool objects.
  • [44:30] Explaining the reason behind oil separation.
  • [47:30] Does Gamblin have any plans to start making water mixable oil paints?
  • [52:30] Pigment history and toxic pigments.
  • [1:00:30] Advice for artists who work in small enclosed spaces.
  • [1:04:00] Avoiding toxins and working with a baby nearby.
  • [1:06:00] Should I use a retouch varnish? Why varnish in the first place?
  • [1:11:30] Is there a good alternative to cadmiums that are opaque?
  • [1:14:30] Working with the cold wax medium.
  • [1:17:00] Solvent free mediums.
  • [1:22:00] What is the shelf life of oil paint?
  • [1:24:00] Will Gamblin consider changing the size of their caps?
  • [1:26:00] What is FastMatte?
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Urban Paintings, with Ehsan Maleki
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Urban Paintings, with Ehsan Maleki

Have you ever wondered what urban paintings out of Tehran might look like? What about the status of the art community in Iran in general? My guest, Ehsan Maleki is an Iranian artist whose painting primarily focus on urban settings and nature. In our conversation, he describes “Iranian Miniature” paintings, the impact that artist Mahmoud Farshchian has had on him, why abstract art is so hard to talk about, the role of personality in artwork, and much more! Ehsan was very gracious with his time and really helped me climb into the perspective of the Iranian art community. I’m certain artists like you will get a lot of enjoyment from our conversation.

Iranian Miniature Art

What is Iranian miniature art? My guest, Ehsan Maleki launched into a very concise and helpful explanation of what this art form entails. Iranian miniature art has a long history stretching back to the 10th century. It was mainly used as the illustration for poetry books so it is traditionally very small in size. The paintings are usually of gardens, lovers, and other idyllic settings. The shapes and lines in Iranian miniature art usually have no angles and are depicted with more curves and wavy lines. Another aspect of these paintings is that these works of art are usually highly detailed. It was a joy to hear such a detailed and fascinating description of this pocket of art history and form, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Why is Abstract Art so Hard to talk about?

Have you ever had a difficult time discussing abstract art? Do you feel like you have a good handle on what abstract art is and the role it plays in the art community yet still have a hard time talking about it with confidence? You aren’t alone! Ehsan Maleki and I both spend some time in our conversation talking about abstract art and how it has left its impact on us. At the same time, we wrestle with discussing it because of its abstract and hard to grasp nature. Ehsan puts forth the thought that to a degree, all art is abstract - and I agree!

Rethinking Art

Sometimes the people closest to an industry or content need to rethink the way they approach the subject. This is something that the art community needs to consider as well. Have we lost sight of what’s really important? Is our collective understanding and perception of art due for a reimagining? My guest, Ehsan Maleki believes that just such a rethinking is necessary. In our conversation, he explains how he has perceived the focus sway too much toward money and other endeavors that the focus on creating and experimenting with art is falling by the wayside. Even if you don’t agree with Ehsan’s assessment, the questions he’s bringing up are important to consider.

Art and Personality

How much of your personality do you let shine through in your art? Is it something that you actively bring with you when you create or is just passively there leaving its faint trace on your work? I have had the great privilege of interviewing artists who have a wide range of opinions on this subject. My guest, Ehsan Maleki wants his art to be about more than just himself. He really wants to be able to step out of the way and enable his viewer to really connect with the vision that he had in his mind when he was creating the painting. Catch a glimpse of Ehsan’s paintings in the images at the bottom of this post!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] I introduce my guest, Ehsan Maleki.
  • [10:00] Ehsan describes the “Iranian Miniature” art.
  • [16:30] Ehsan talks about how he got his start with art.
  • [19:00] Why did Ehsan decide to focus on the “western” style of painting?
  • [22:00] Art and nature.
  • [28:00] Why is abstract art so hard to talk about?
  • [32:00] Ehsan talks about his subject material.
  • [42:00] Ehsan’s rituals when he approaches the canvas.
  • [47:30] Can you experiment too much?
  • [52:00] What are some common perceptions of Iran?
  • [54:00] Positive psychology and learned optimism.
  • [59:30] Parting thoughts from Ehsan.
  • [1:03:00] Art and personality.
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Abstract vs Figurative Art, with Mario Naves
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Abstract vs Figurative Art, with Mario Naves

Do you find yourself in the abstract or figurative art group? Most artists end up in one group or the other, but there some who start in one group and migrate to the other. My guest, Mario Naves is an accomplished painter, art critic, and teacher. In our conversation, Mario opens up about his journey from starting out as a figurative artist and moving more toward abstract art perspective. Mario also goes over reactions to seeing his old artwork, shedding perfectionism, his creative process, and much more! I know artists like you will enjoy hearing from such a talented voice like Mario.

Reflecting on Past Artwork

Have you ever taken a trip down memory lane with your artwork? Doesn’t it almost feel like it was someone else who made those pieces? Artist Mario Naves told me a story in our conversation about a time when he was reflecting on one of his paintings that hangs in one of his friend's homes. While some artists might cringe or feel uncomfortable looking back on work they produced years ago, Mario looks back on that work fondly. He describes that moment as one of recognition but also of separation. It was fascinating to hear Mario talk about this unique and almost out of body like experience that he had while looking at this old painting of his. Make sure to get a glimpse of Mario’s artwork in the images at the end of this post.

Giving Yourself Permission to be YOU

Some artists thrive on the pressure and high expectations that they receive from others and also the person they see in the mirror. Do you find that to be helpful motivation in your creative journey? Artist Mario Naves told me that in his younger years he found himself wrapped up in his own expectations and the expectations that others had of him, lately, he’s been shedding expectations. Mario describes himself as a “recovering perfectionist” and attributes most of this change to his age. Now he feels the freedom and permission to really open up and do what he really wants to do deep down when he approaches the canvas.

From Figurative Art to Abstract Art

Every artist is on a journey. Some of us do a lot of “exploring” when we are younger and some find that impulse to branch out and “explore” later in their career. Mario Naves grew up focusing on figurative and representational art. Then there came a point where he started to branch out and move toward experimenting with abstract art. When I tried to pin down when and how Mario started to move toward abstract art, he wasn’t able to really point to a specific moment, it seems that it was more of a gradual change for him. I had a wonderful time exploring this change and evolution that Mario went through and I know that artists like you will enjoy our conversation.

Unpredictability and Structure

The beauty of the creative processes is that there is a large range of diversity in theory and practice in the art world. Much like the contrast and different approach that abstract and figurative art gives us, Mario Naves and I discussed unpredictability and structure in our conversation. It seems like these two thought processes and ways of art creation and viewing the world conflict with each other. In a way, these two approaches do contradict each other but they can also be housed in the same mind of an artist. This tension can seem like it’s impossible but Mario and I discuss how this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] I introduce my guest, Mario Naves.
  • [5:15] Mario talks about his work.
  • [10:30] What is Mario looking for when he goes to the canvas?
  • [13:30] Mario’s surprise when looking back at his old paintings.
  • [18:30] Shedding perfectionism.
  • [23:00] How does Mario spend his time in the studio?
  • [25:00] Mario’s artistic process.
  • [29:30] What made Mario get involved with abstract art?
  • [45:00] Unpredictability and structure.
  • [50:00] How teaching impacts Mario’s artwork.
  • [53:00] Advice Mario would give his younger self.
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Intuitive Painting, with Alan Feltus
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Intuitive Painting, with Alan Feltus

What is intuitive painting? How does the intuitive process work? It has been said that the goal of intuitive painting is to allow yourself the space to be inside color, paint, and process while locating the inner core of your creative self. My guest, Alan Feltus is an intuitive painter who has a rich depth of experience to share with our Savvy Painter audience. In our conversation, we discuss the impact Sari Dienes had on him growing up, his move to Italy, his creative process using mirrors, his advice for young artists, and so much more! I can’t wait for you hear from Alan and learn from his wonderful insights.

Growing up with Sari Dienes

Can you imagine growing with the unique opportunity to learn from an artist like Sari Dienes? What would it be like to watch her work? Artist Alan Feltus opened up to me about his childhood and how he learned from the talented Sari Dienes. Alan talks fondly of spending time with her and watching her creative process. No artist learns in isolation and without an influence, they can point back to. Some artists don’t get that influential person in their life until they are much older, Alan got to experience this time with Sari early in his life. Who is that person for you? Do they know the impact they’ve had on you?

The Freedom and Opportunity of an Artist

What drew you into the life of an artist? Were you captivated by the creative process? Did you have a hero that you looked up to and wanted to create like they did? Or was it the freedom and opportunity that the artist's lifestyle provides? When I sat down to talk with artist Alan Feltus, he described that one of his favorite aspects of being an artist is the freedom that he was able to exercise. Early in his career Alan and his wife Lani decided to move to Italy. They seized the opportunity because they both were represented by galleries at the time and they wanted to utilize their freedom to settle in a place that they could choose. You’ve got to hear Alan describe this time in his life, the passion and excitement that Alan exudes is infectious!

Intuitive Painting

The chance to climb into an artist’s brain and really get to understand what makes them tick is a privilege that I relish. I’ve always been enthralled by intuitive painting and artists like Alan Feltus. In our conversation, Alan described his process that includes the use of mirrors. He is constantly adapting and changing his process to get that unique angle that he’s never captured before. I found Alan’s process, including an on the spot description of how he would paint me in our interview, fascinating. To get a glimpse of Alan’s work, make sure to check out his images included at the end of this post!

YOU Make your Art Unique!

As we expand in this increasingly globalized world, it has become evident to many that there really isn’t a “new” way to make art, or so it seems. Everyone is influenced by someone else and that influenced can be traced back and so on. To break the monotony, artist Alan Feltus encourages younger artists to let their personality shine through in their work. He explains that some of the most captivating and unique art out there incorporates the artist's unique story. Don’t hide behind what’s easy, do the hard work of looking inward and using that as fuel to create something only you can!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] I introduce my guest, Alan Feltus.
  • [3:30] Alan talks about the impact that artist Sari Dienes had on him as a child.
  • [17:30] What led Alan to decide to study art and become an artist?
  • [21:00] Alan talks about studying in Rome on the Rome Prize Fellowship.
  • [25:30] Why did Alan and Lani decide to move to Italy?
  • [30:30] Alan’s process using mirrors.
  • [42:00] What is Alan working on right now?
  • [46:30] Alan’s advice for young artists starting out today.
  • [1:01:30] Finding your voice as an artist.
  • [1:05:00] Have artists lost their playfulness?
  • [1:16:00] Making art personal and developing over time.
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The Path of a Self Taught Artist, with Julian Merrow Smith
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The Path of a Self Taught Artist, with Julian Merrow Smith

Have you ever wondered how a self taught artist fares in today’s art scene? Do they have the same difficulties and opportunities as artists who have been through the traditional route? What unique lessons can we learn from this subset of creators who defy conventional expectations? My guest, Julian Merrow Smith is a self taught artist who has plenty of insight to share about his journey. In our conversation, we touched on his move to France, how he taught himself how to paint, why he decided to start teaching workshops, how he works through disappointment, and much more. I can’t wait for you to get to know the side of Julian that came out in our interview!

Creative Inspiration

What inspires you to create your artwork? Is it people, places, concepts, or something else? When I get the chance to peer into the mind of an artist I enjoy the wonderful opportunity to explore what inspires them, what really makes them come alive. It intrigues me to hear what inspires various artists as they approach their canvas. Artist Julian Merrow Smith shared with me that he likes to use what he sees around him each day at his home in the countryside of France. He draws inspiration from peaches at this point in the season when I spoke with him. Catch a glimpse of Julian’s work captured in the images section at the end of this post!

Discovering What NOT to do

It’s always a privilege when I get to sit down and talk to artists whose career path has been different than my own. I love hearing from artists who discovered their passion for art late in life and from others who found their way as a self taught artist. Julian Merrow Smith took the time to share with me his journey and the lessons he has taken away from the experience of teaching himself how to paint. One of the key insights that Julian shared with me is how he was able to discover his unique voice and creative path by putting in the long hard hours and by deciding after each completed work what aspect he did NOT want to continue to produce from that painting. Julian was kind enough to share many more insights and lessons from his art career - I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

From Self Taught Artist to Teacher

Can you imagine the pressure and stress that comes with teaching students to do what you’ve only discovered how to do on your own? Imagine you have no frame of reference to look back upon, no formal teaching in the subject matter in which you are being asked to teach. Self taught artist Julian Merrow Smith found himself in that very scenario. Students and established artists alike have been drawn to Julian’s work and want to learn from him. In proper response, Julian has begun offering workshops. The unique circumstance is not lost on Julian, in our conversation we discussed his feelings of serving as a teacher in a subject where he didn’t have one.

Momentum can be KEY

How do you keep the ball moving as an artist? What practices do you turn to that keep you coming back to the canvas over and over again to hone your craft? I’ve heard from artists over and over again that once they’ve stepped away from their work for a period of time, they find it very difficult to return. Yet, I also have heard from well-known artists that stepping away for a period of time has been essential for their mental and emotional capacity to continue to create. In my conversation with Julian Merrow Smith, we discussed how this topic has played out in his creative journey. There may not be a one size fits all solution, but the KEY is figuring out what works for YOU.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:40] I introduce my guest, Julian Merrow Smith.
  • [3:30] How Julian got his start as an artist.
  • [8:30] Why did Julian move to France?
  • [11:00] Julian talks about teaching himself how to paint.
  • [13:00] How do you find your voice as an artist?
  • [16:00] Julian’s process in the studio and what inspires his paintings.
  • [21:30] What led Julian to start teaching workshops?
  • [30:30] Julian talks about his approach to the canvas.
  • [35:30] Working through disappointment.
  • [42:30] The difficulty of stopping and starting.
  • [45:30] Sometimes you just need to go paint.
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Art and Play, with Jeremiah Palecek
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Art and Play, with Jeremiah Palecek

What comes to mind when you think of art and play? Do you consider art as a playful act? Imagine how this shift in mindset can bring forth a wide range of freedom and joy in the creative process. My guest, artist Jeremiah Palecek takes time in our conversation to detail how he appreciates the role of art and play. If you’ve been around the Savvy Painter community for very long, you know that this is one of my favorite subjects! I had a wonderful time discussing this topic and a wide range of other subjects in our conversation. Make sure to check out images of Jeremiah’s artwork at the end of this post!

A Family of Artists

Who helped shape your creative imagination as a child? Was it a parent or grandparent? Did it take longer for you to discover your creative spark? Maybe for you, it was a teacher that helped usher you in on your journey as an artist. For Jeremiah Palecek, it started at an early age surrounded by art in his grandmother's house. But it wasn’t just his grandmother, Jeremiah’s father also took an active role in helping to shape his exposure to various artists. On top of all these wonderful experiences and influences in his early years, Jeremiah also shared with me that he married a fellow artist. With all of these wonderful influences, it’s interesting to see how Jeremiah’s journey has led him to where he is today, creatively speaking. Don’t take for granted the influence you could have on the next generation of young artists!

Art as a Playful Act

Carl Jung once said, “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.” Does this perspective on art and play resonate with you? Do you find that your creative inspiration comes from a deep place of “inner necessity?” Artist Jeremiah Palecek describes his process saying, “I jump in before my ideas are fully formed.” During the course of our conversation, I got the sense from Jeremiah that this idea of following the “inner necessity” is something that he is very comfortable with as it influences his projects and the way he prepares for a new series of paintings. It was wonderful to get Jeremiah’s perspective on art and play and I know artists like you will enjoy it too!

Technology, Facial Recognition Software, and Art

One of my favorite things about the Savvy Painter community is the diverse symphony of perspectives and influences that we get to celebrate. The range of artists vary so vastly from landscape work to framework, from shapes to portraits, and on and on I could go. My guest, Jeremiah Palecek is no exception to the celebration of unique perspectives. Jeremiah is currently working on a fascinating project that draws inspiration from facial recognition technology and how computers view human faces. We spent some time in our conversation centered on this fascinating and peculiar angle on portraits and the human face, I know you will find it as interesting as I did!

Consistency and the Creative Process

Do you struggle with finding the right rhythm to create your artwork? Are you looking for a way to cut through all the noise and figure out what it will take to hone in on your creative process? One KEY way to stay on course and cut through the noise is to practice consistently. Imagine the ground you could cover if you could set aside a consistent slice of time each day to work on your art? Sure, there will always be time for excuses and give yourself the grace of the occasional exception - but don’t underestimate the power of consistency! Don’t just take my word for it - my guest, Jeremiah Palecek attests to the creative energy that is unlocked when you give yourself the permission to show up at the same place and time each day to allow your creative vision to unfold. So what are you waiting for? Try it out!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:22] I introduce my guest, Jeremiah Palecek.
  • [3:40] How Jeremiah’s grandmother influenced his decision to become an artist.
  • [8:30] Artists that have influenced Jeremiah.
  • [10:30] Jeremiah explains his artwork.
  • [16:00] The power of sight and perception.
  • [21:00] Technology, facial recognition, and artwork.
  • [23:30] Art as a playful act.
  • [28:30] The KEY is consistency.
  • [34:00] Jeremiah talks about his process.
  • [40:30] A moment of success and pride for Jeremiah.
  • [54:00] Jeremiah’s dream project.
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Art and the Impact of Social Media, with John Wentz
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Art and the Impact of Social Media, with John Wentz

With the impact of social media and the ability to get instant feedback from your audience and fanbase, an important question for artists to consider is “What are you willing to compromise?” If the majority of your followers don’t find your new experimental process or project interesting or if they go so far as giving you negative feedback, what do you do? Do you give in to popular opinion or do you follow your convictions? This problem is unique to the issue of having your artwork exposed to the public via social media. Artist John Wentz and I spent time going deep into this subject during our conversation. He has some great points to address when considering the level of engagement an artist should have with their digital audience given the difficulties that can arise.

Social Media and the inability to Slow Down

One of the drawbacks to living in such an increasingly modernized and advanced society is the impact of social media on our ability to slow down. Every spare moment can be filled by pulling out that smartphone and checking Facebook or Twitter. Can you imagine how this has impacted the way we think and process what should be quite moments in our lives? Consider the implications of not being able to slow down and be present, that can drastically change the creative and artistic process. My guest, John Wentz believes that the impact of social media has distracted us in more ways than we realize. He says that we need to be vigilant of this influence and work intentionally to create those spaces, especially as artists, to be present and at peace in mundanity and stillness.

Appropriation vs. Influence

What is the difference between appropriating art and being influenced by it? What does it mean to understand, appreciate, and respect someone's artwork and genuinely let it influence you without appropriating it? Artist John Wentz devoted some time in our conversation to this topic and how he sees it’s impact on the art world. He focused more on the meaning behind the use of an individual who sees work they resonate with and tries to incorporate that into what they are trying to create. John also posits the idea that maybe social media is the new art and we are more of a hive mind now rather than when we use to operate more as individuals. Our conversation was a fascinating one that I thoroughly enjoyed and I know you will too!

The benefit of stepping away

How do you take care of yourself creatively, emotionally, mentally, etc.? What is your plan to avoid burning out and getting turned off of the work that you do? If you don’t have one in place, it might be a good time to consider creating a plan to help you recharge. Artist John Wentz spoke with me about a recent period in his life where he was able to step away from painting and take a two-month break. John speaks of this break from the creative process as being extremely helpful and rejuvenating. He found that when he was able to step away for a period of time when he returned to his work at the easel, he was able to really reconnect to his inner place of motivation.

The Draw of New York

Many artists find themselves drawn to the city of New York. There are a number of factors involved with this draw, from the dense population to the history, and even the iconic nature of the city, what’s not to love? John Wentz devotes a large portion of his current work that is being shown in galleries to the city of New York. He tries not to be too “heady” with the concepts that he puts forth but you can tell in our conversation that his passion and fascination with city really shines through. I was able to really connect with John on this note because he mentioned that he enjoyed just sitting back in Union Square and watching people go by all day long.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:40] My introduction to this week’s guest, John Wentz.
  • [3:30] John talks about how he got started with art.
  • [14:00] Where has the time to slow down gone? How does that influence artists?
  • [19:00] Appropriating Art and the influence of Social Media.
  • [25:00] John talks about taking a break from art work how that helped.
  • [36:00] John’s process.
  • [42:30] John and I talk about his relationship with abstract art.
  • [48:00] What John is working on currently.
  • [58:00] Following your convictions and passions even if it’s not popular.
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Discover Your Passion in Life, with Deborah Paris
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Discover Your Passion in Life, with Deborah Paris

Have you discovered your passion in life? What is that one thing that lights you up like nothing in the world can? Imagine going through life without realizing or experiencing your passion in a consistent way. Deborah Paris realized one day that she wasn’t following her passion in life. From that moment on she set out to make a change in her career and focus on what really mattered to her. She went from a career practicing law to connecting with her desire to become an artist. Deborah’s message to people unsure of their future and career is to follow your passion. Don’t let another day go by without taking the steps to really engage in what matters to you.

A Reaction Beyond Words

Can you think of the most powerful response to your artwork that you’ve ever received? Some artists have a few of these interactions to choose from and others haven’t had any notable reactions at all. In my time interviewing artists, it really does vary - there doesn’t seem to be a pattern to how people respond. In my recent conversation with artist Deborah Paris, she shared with me a particularly notable reaction she received to someone who purchased her artwork. This reaction was so strong, the individual couldn’t even speak and put into words the emotion she was experiencing. To me, that is a beautiful story. There are times we experience beauty in this world that no words can do justice describing.

Easing into a Workflow

How do you approach your daily or weekly work patterns? Do you jump right in and find that the creative juices start flowing right away or do you find that you need some time to prepare and ease into your workflow? I had the great opportunity to sit down with artist, Deborah Paris as she opened up about how she approaches her workload each day. Deborah’s approach is to tackle the simple things first and then build up to the more challenging aspects of her day and the work that she is creating. To see the amazing products of Deborah’s workflow, make sure to catch images of her work at the end of this post!

Sharing Wisdom with Others

If you were to write a book, what would the subject be? What topic do you have the experience and wisdom on to share with the world? That seems like a very bold and out there question but like the life of an artist, a writer has to create from the core of their being. My guest, Deborah Paris is writing a book about her journey of discovering her passion in life. She told me that she doesn’t want to write another “How to Book” but maybe a “Why to Book…” Inviting others along that journey of discovering what they were meant to do in this life. I’m looking forward to Deborah’s book and think you will too!

Enjoying the Work

You’ve heard that old saying; “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Have you found this saying to be true in your life? Do really love what you do day in and day out? Artist, Deborah Paris is just now getting to experience this truth in her life. She started her professional career practicing law but then pivoted to her dedicating her focus to a career in art. The transition wasn’t a perfect one but it helped Deborah really understand what she was meant to do. If you are struggling in finding your path when it comes to a career as an artist, I know Deborah's story will resonate with you.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:20] My introduction to my guest, Deborah Paris.
  • [3:00] How Deborah got her start as an artist.
  • [7:00] Deborah talks about making the shift from a law career to an art career.
  • [9:30] Skills that helped from Deborah’s law career.
  • [17:00] Memorable responses to Deborah's work.
  • [22:50] What does Deborah look for in a subject for her paintings?
  • [31:00] Deborah’s process for painting.
  • [36:00] Does Deborah plan several steps ahead or just respond as inspiration comes?
  • [39:00] I talk about my obsession with Marble White.
  • [42:00] Deborah’s habits in the studio.
  • [50:00] Deborah talks about working on her book.
  • [56:00] The blurred line between work and play.
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Finding Your Artistic Voice, with Nancy Gruskin
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Finding Your Artistic Voice, with Nancy Gruskin

Often it can take an artist years to discover their “Artistic voice.” It comes to each artist in a different way, some find it by learning from mentors and instructors over years, others find it by teaching the nuances of art theory or art history. There are so many beautiful paths that different individuals take to discover their unique artistic voice. My guest, Nancy Gruskin had a fascinating story to tell as she spoke with me about her journey to discovering and sharing her artistic voice. She didn’t take the “Typical” route to her career as an artist but it makes total sense for Nancy and it's an inspiring one that I know you will enjoy!

Getting “Established” as an Artist

Part of the process of discovering your voice as an artist is getting to that place where you feel “Established.” Similar to finding your voice, getting established comes at different points for each artist. For Nancy Gruskin, her career as an art history instructor has played a significant role in her journey and arriving at that place of feeling established in her career. She talks about how teaching and bringing value to students even when her art isn’t selling is still validating for her. Nancy was very forthcoming in sharing her thoughts and feelings in our conversation and I know her story will have an impact on other artists that get the chance to hear from her.

Acrylic Wash and Finding What Works

How did you discover what medium or process works best for your creative expression? Have you stuck with that same method for years or have you adjusted and changed it over time? My guest, Nancy Gruskin shares how she had modified and stumbled upon different approaches in her paintings and artwork over the years. In our conversation, Nancy told me how she stumbled into working with acrylic wash and how working with acrylic works much better in her home studio than working with oils like she did in the past. It was great to hear from Nancy and how she has adjusted her approach over the years and is still finding her creative impulses shine through that adaptation.

Creative Inspiration

Some artists share that they find their creative inspiration in some of the most mundane aspects of their life, others still find that inspiration strikes through the abstract. There is no “Right way” to tap into that creative inspiration, each artist must find what it is that inspires them. My guest Nancy Gruskin shared a touching moment from her life that inspired one of her paintings. Nancy’s story just goes to show you that you can’t bottle the creative process! It was great to hear how yet another individual uses the flow and circumstance of their life to create something beautiful. Make sure to catch images of Nancy’s paintings at the end of this post!

Overcoming Self-Doubt

It takes a lot of courage to bare your soul and share with a large audience a glimpse into your inner thoughts and feelings. Is that something you can imagine doing? My guest, Nancy Gruskin felt bold enough to share that she struggles with self-doubt from time to time. In our conversation, Nancy told me that she felt like she wouldn't’ have anything noteworthy to share with a wider audience. This could not have been further from the truth! I had a wonderful time speaking with Nancy about her journey to become an artist and how she has tackled other challenges along the way. I know you will also enjoy hearing from such a transparent, unique and bold artistic voice!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:50] I introduce my guest, Nancy Gruskin.
  • [2:00] Nancy’s journey to becoming an artist.
  • [10:30] How has Nancy’s background with Art History influenced her artwork?
  • [13:00] Finding your voice.
  • [18:00] Nancy talks about being included in a group art show.
  • [22:00] Feeling “Established” as an artist.
  • [27:30] Nancy’s process in approaching her time in the studio.
  • [34:30] Technical aspects of Nancy’s artwork.
  • [47:30] Facing self doubt and challenges along the way.
  • [53:30] Healthy habits.
  • [56:30] What art would Nancy LOVE to own if money wasn’t an issue?
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The Art of Being Present, with Joseph Todorovitch
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The Art of Being Present, with Joseph Todorovitch

What does “Being present” mean to you? Do you find that it is easy or difficult to be present in your studio time? With the cacophony of noise and distractions in our world, to be is present and in the moment could be considered an act of defiance. Artist Joseph Todorovitch is dedicated to honing in on what it means to be present with his artwork and to center on that place of stillness and focus. In our conversation, Joseph was open and transparent about his journey and how he finally found himself at a place where he is comfortable but still challenged.

What does it take to be a good draftsman?

The work of a draftsman is full of focus and clarity. It’s not an easy process that should be taken casually. I was curious what Joseph Todorvitch’s take would be when I asked him about the qualities and skill sets necessary to succeed as a draftsman. Joseph shared that it takes a particular type of motivation that comes from a desire to represent something faithfully. He also shared the importance of engaging in exploration and dedicated practice in the process as well. The two aspects of that Joseph ultimately highlights in our conversation is how critical it is to continue with a robust and thriving curiosity as well as a drive to be present and in the moment.

Slowing Down and Being Present

It takes a lot of dedication and practice to succeed in any given field of study. Malcolm Gladwell is famous for having written that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become masterful at a particular discipline. In our conversation, Artist Joseph Todorovitch shares what he would like to impart to his students as he tries to convey what it means to be a dedicated artist. Ultimately it comes down to the ability of the student to be patient with the process and put in the time to get their work finished. In our society, we want to move things along at a breakneck pace but Joseph teaches the necessity of slowing down and being present.

Healthy body, Healthy mind

The connection between our physical healthiness and the state of our creative mind can sometimes get downplayed. But the truth is, there is a huge link between how healthy and active an artist is and how they feel creatively. Artist Joseph Todorovitch is convinced that his ability to push himself creatively in the studio is due to the fact that he starts his day working out and pushing himself physically. This practice is part of his effort to clear out all the noise, once he has had his workout Joseph is much more focused on being present in the studio. Because of the power he’s found in this practice, Joseph encourages his peers and those coming up in the art community to make sure they take the time to care for their physical health which can only help the creative process.

Advice for New Artists

A huge advantage for many artists starting out in today’s art scene is the ability to tap into the insight and advice from artists who have been on the scene longer. With many artist writing books, giving lectures, and interviews the opportunities are endless. Into this plethora of voices offering their advice is Joseph Todorovitch. Joseph wants to help new artists get a good head start in their career. He suggests that these artists starting off consider their work ethic, work habits, and the materials they work with day in and day out. You can tell that Joseph has given these subjects great thought from his vantage point in his career as an artist thus far.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:10] My introduction to today’s guest, Joseph Todorovitch.
  • [2:00] How Joseph started down the path to becoming an artist.
  • [5:00] Early influences from other artists.
  • [9:00] Joseph’s post-college path.
  • [16:30] What it takes to be a good draftsman.
  • [21:30] Concepts that Joseph would like to impart to his students.
  • [30:30] Facing challenges along the way.
  • [36:00] Paintings that Joseph is particularly proud of.
  • [40:00] How exercise has helped Joseph stay motivated.
  • [42:30] Advice Joseph would give to a younger artist.
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Embracing the Unknown, with Lani Irwin
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Embracing the Unknown, with Lani Irwin

Some artists love to tell a very intentional and direct story with their artwork, and some focus on embracing the unknown. Artist Lani Irwin has a fascinating relationship with her paintings and their seeming tension of embracing the known and embracing the unknown. Lani’s work is very focused when it comes to the shapes and figures she creates but the unknown comes in when you step back and look for an underlying narrative or dialogue in her work, it’s not there. Lani likes to revel in the fact that her work embraces this tension, you can’t pin it down, you can’t define exactly what she is trying to say. Sometimes Lani wishes she had a story to tell in her paintings, and sometimes she loves the fact that there is nothing to tell.

Letting the Painting Speak

Many artists come to the canvas with an idea in mind and let it evolve over time or they just bring to life that original idea that existed in their head. Lani Irwin doesn’t go to the canvas with an idea in mind, rather she starts with a gesture or an object, or even a series of objects and she lets them speak to her. From that point, inspiration ebbs and flows as she listens to what the painting wants. The way Lani describes her process is fascinating and almost like a whirlwind because things will change very quickly as she listens to and adapts her approach to the painting. As she described her process, I was instantly transported to her studio and I could image this process unfolding and I hope you get that sense too. Make sure to catch images of her artwork included at the end of this post!

Every Step Revealing the Artist

Sometimes we can get so keyed into figuring out what that one moment or that one inspiration is that led someone down the path they chose. To be fair, there are many artists and other professionals that can clearly point to a moment of inspiration that acted as a catalyst for them on their career trajectory. Then there are artists like Lani Irwin who look back and find that it wasn’t just one moment that led to her decision to become an artist. For Lani, it's a compilation of events, ideas, and impulses that have guided her journey, she looks back at every step and sees it as an arrival.

Quality over Quantity

Even though her advice for younger artists might be geared around encouraging them to spend a lot of time in the studio, Lani Irwin has found that her time is now better spent with intense focus and precision. She finds that in order to maximize her time in the studio she needs to build up to it, honing all of her creative inspirations into that moment. One way Lani does this is by simply folding a paper crane before she goes into the studio, she does this as a meditative practice that centers her and brings her inspiration and focus.

Work Hard and Know Your Voice

There are many pressures placed on art students in the current industry climate. They tend to feel a very acute pressure to build a body of work and make a big splash in the art world. But for many, that seems hopelessly out of reach and a massive burden to bear. Artist Lani Irwin encourages young artists to put in the hard work and long hours, not only to produce a large body of work but to refine and master their craft. She also stresses the need for young artists to really understand who they are and what their artistic “Voice” will be.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:45] My introduction to today’s guest, Lani Irwin.
  • [2:30] Lani talks about how she started to become an artist.
  • [7:00] The impact that moving from place to place had on Lani.
  • [12:00] Why did Lani decide to settle in Italy?
  • [15:00] Lani talks about her artwork.
  • [27:00] What narrative or dialogue exists in Lani’s work?
  • [33:00] Knowing and Unknowing in Lani’s paintings.
  • [38:30] Lani’s time in the studio.
  • [48:30] The thread that runs through Lani’s work and how she’s changed over the years.
  • [59:30] Advice Lani would give artists just starting out.
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Art Writer: John Seed
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Art Writer: John Seed

John Seed is an art writer, art and art history professor, and an artist in his own right. In our conversation we discuss his formative experience learning under Nathan Oliveira, his time working in galleries, what it was like hanging paintings by renowned artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Eric Fischl, and so much more. It was an honor to speak with such a gracious and talented artist and writer, I know you will have a great time learning about his progression from art teacher to art writer as well as all the great insights and lessons he has to share from his years in the art world.

From Art Teacher to Art Writer

It’s been said that every step we take in life is one of arrival. To hear John Seed explain how he found his way from being captivated with art at a young age, to working in art galleries, then teaching art and finally to writing about the subject is an engrossing story. Though each step along the way you really get the sense that John was meant to tell the story of artists because of his deep respect and genuine fascination with the creative process. If you are anything like me, spending time with John’s story will help fan the flames of creativity and passion for the art that you were meant to create.

John’s First Assignment as an Art Writer

Have you ever had on of those moments where it seems that the stars aligned to set you on a particular course? When I heard John Seed describe his first assignment as an art writer it seemed like a date with destiny type of encounter. John shares how he found a painting at a thrift store that grabbed his attention, he purchased the painting and proceeded to sell it on Ebay for a modest profit. It turns out that the buyer on Ebay was a private art dealer - John and this individual struck up a friendship. Soon after, this art dealer paid John $1000 to write an article about a well known artist in Hawaii who committed suicide at a young age. Over the course of the next year, John wrote an in depth article that ended up winning the Society of Professional Journalists Award for the best art article published in Hawaii that year.

Leaving a Legacy as an Art Writer

We all want to leave some sort of mark on the world. Most of us want the world to have been a better place because of the art we’ve created and the way we’ve treated others. Each one of us has to find that unique legacy that we want to leave behind. John Seed’s legacy rests primarily but not exclusively in his work as an art writer and an art teacher. He relishes in the fact that he has been able to have an impact on his art students in a similar manner that teachers like Nathan Oliveira had on him as a young student. But when John thinks of his legacy, he goes to his writing. He wants his impact to revolve around the public understanding and appreciating representational painters and other artists he knows who aren’t getting the type of exposure to the general public that he’d like to see.

Tips for Artists who want to tell their story

Many artists love to express their personal story through their artwork. As beautiful and symbolic as that expression can be, more and more artists are seeking to share their personal story through the written word. Art writer John Seed wants to help artists express themselves through the exercise of writing their story. John suggests that artists start by sharing their story on their websites. This can be done in big ways and in subtle ways depending on the comfort level of the artist. John also encourages artists to spend time with other artists and interview them to hear other artists tell their stories in their own words.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:15] My introduction to today’s guest, John Seed.
  • [1:30] John shares how he started getting involved with art.
  • [8:30] Lessons John learned studying under Nathan Oliveira.
  • [18:00] John’s journey to start writing about art.
  • [26:30] From teaching art history to writing about art.
  • [32:00] John’s first writing assignment and facing cancer.
  • [37:30] John’s legacy in writing.
  • [41:30] Advice for artists who want to tell their story.
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Layered Paintings, with Chris Liberti
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Layered Paintings, with Chris Liberti

I’ve always been intrigued by layered paintings. I don’t know if you’ve had that same draw but there is something about the textures and the grooves that draw you in and makes you wonder why the artist added that piece or that mark in a way that is unique in its own right. My guest, Chris Liberti has a similar draw and fascination with layered paintings. In our conversation, Chris describes why the layered effect has such an influence in his work. I also share how it connects to a personal story in my life.

Connecting artwork to a personal space

Do you have a favorite place you like to work on your art besides the studio environment? What is it about that place that resonates with you in a way no other place does? Artist Chris Liberti shared with me that one of his favorite places to go and paint is in his parent's basement. Didn’t see that coming did you? The way Chris describes this space and why he likes to go back and paint a particular utility sink is really touching. As he describes what that artwork and that space meant to him, I was instantly transported to that location. I have a feeling that Chris’ story and the way he looks at his artwork will resonate with artist like you.

Preparing for a Gallery Show

I’m sure many artists like you wonder if your habits and processes for preparing for a gallery show are similar to other artists or if YOU are the weird one. Luckily, I caught my guest Chris Liberti in the middle of his process preparing for an upcoming gallery show. Chris was kind enough to indulge my questions about how he prepares and what he likes to do to get his work and himself personally ready for the sometimes herculean feat of showing his work. I found it fascinating to get a peek into Chris’ process and I know you will enjoy it too!

Working through the artistic process

I know many artists will resonate with that famous line from a U2 song “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…” That seems to be an accurate description when discussing the artistic process and understanding what an artist is trying to connect with or convey with their artwork. Chris Liberti discussed with me how he focuses on the colors he uses and how he lets them sort of “Speak” to him along the way as he is creating his artwork. You’ve got to hear how Chris talks about his process, it’s fascinating and unique, also don’t miss examples of Chris’ fabulous work at the end of this post below.

Parenting as an Artist

There are many different aspects of an artist that gets drawn out when they become a parent. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to both mothers and father who are artists and each brings a very unique and fascinating perspective on how parenting has influenced and even changed their approach to their artwork. Chris Liberti has two little girls and in our conversation, he touches on their influence in his artwork as well as how being a parent has shaped his time and his perspective. It was intriguing to hear from yet another parent who incorporates their artwork and their time with their children work in a balanced way.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to today’s guest, Chris Liberti.
  • [4:00] What inspires and drives Chris as an artist?
  • [7:30] Chris talks about working in his studio and how he starts a project.
  • [12:00] Artwork that Chris is particularly attached to.
  • [15:00] Chris talks about the layered effect of his paintings.
  • [20:00] Mediums Chris uses.
  • [24:00] Projects Chris is currently working on.
  • [27:30] How Chris prepares for a gallery showing.
  • [34:30] Artists that have influenced Chris.
  • [37:20] What is Chris trying to convey or connect with in his work?
  • [44:00] How being a parent has influenced Chris’ work.
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Art and Spirituality, with Dozier Bell
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Art and Spirituality, with Dozier Bell

When most people think of art and spirituality, they think of religious art. But what if there was a more subtle approach to art and spirituality that subverts the more common public expectations? Dozier Bell creates wonderful works of art that often convey a sense of “Presence.” She doesn’t feel the need to overtly draw the viewer's attention to the concept of God, rather she creates in a way that resonates with her spiritual experience and the way she sees the world. Once you get the chance to see Dozier’s artwork you will get a feel for the concept that she tries to convey, make sure to view some selections of her work at the end of this post.

Fitting into a new environment

Have you ever wanted to travel to a new location and get rooted into a new culture? Imagine the impact that would have on your worldview and artistic development. Dozier Bell had always wanted to spend time abroad expanding her skills and knowledge along with her creative pursuits. She finally got the chance when she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to Germany in the mid 90’s. This experience had a profound impact on Dozier. She spoke at length with me about what it was like fitting into a new environment and gaining new creative inspirations along the way. This also happened to be the time in Dozier’s life where she taped into an exploration of art and spirituality.

Missing the Mystery in Art

The most beautiful aspect of art can be described as expressing through images what cannot be expressed through words. This is the wonderful and mysterious space of creative expression. Artist Dozier Bell revels in this sense of wonder and mystery. In fact, she believes these aspects of mystery and wonder are fading in an art world that increasingly trains students to have an articulated answer to what they’ve created. Dozier encourages artists to connect or reconnect to that sense of mystery, to truly explore it and resist the urge to define and quantify it.

Finding Your Voice as an Artist

One of the most difficult things to do as an artist is to find your “Voice.” You can learn many different techniques and find yourself influenced by other artists, but at the end of the day, you need to discover your unique artistic voice. Dozier Bell recounts an episode from her time in graduate school where she struggled to clarify what her voice would become. She talks about how grateful she is to a mentor who helped her see that she was spending time going in the wrong direction creatively. Dozier’s thoughts and insights into what it means to find your voice as an artist are very authentic and relatable, it was a pleasure to have such a candid conversation with her.

Facing “Painter’s Block”

Just as many writers tackle “Writer’s block” in different ways, various painters have their own methods to deal with “Painter’s block.” Some find it helpful to get an external perspective, while others find it helpful to plot away and stay faithful to the process, and others still consume a lot of chocolate. Artist Dozier Bell recently faced her own episode of painter’s block and she took the time to discuss that experience with me in our conversation. If you’ve struggled with this experience in the past, you might find our conversation encouraging and helpful.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] My introduction to today’s guest, Dozier Bell.
  • [2:00] Dozier talks about the beginning of her art career.
  • [3:40] How Dozier’s time in Germany impacted her.
  • [19:30] Dozier talks about her spiritual journey and how it impacts her art.
  • [28:00] Losing a sense of mystery.
  • [33:00] How Dozier develops a motif.
  • [36:30] Dozier talks about finding her “voice.”
  • [43:30] Dealing with getting “stuck.”
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Experiencing Artist’s Block, with Jason Cytacki
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Experiencing Artist’s Block, with Jason Cytacki

Have you ever struggled with “Artist’s block?” We’ve all heard about how difficult and frustrating “Writer’s block” can be for an author who is used to having the words flow out on the page, but do artists ever face a similar difficulty? Jason Cytacki is a talented artist and educator who bravely opens up about his difficulty facing artist’s block at a particular chapter in his career. Jason’s transparency, honesty, and ultimately hopeful perspective are a breath of fresh air. I had a wonderful time discussing his work, personal journey, and everything in between.

Art Inspired by the American West

Often many artists are inspired by things that impacted them as children or early in their life. For some artists it’s the ocean, for others it’s human faces, other still it’s landscapes, and on and on we could go. For Jason Cytacki one aspect of his childhood that has inspired his artwork is the entertainment genre of westerns. This inspiration has led to Jason creating some amazing pieces of art that incorporate that tv and movie genre and even comment on it. The way Jason describes his relationship to the American West and the western genre is intriguing and I know you will appreciate his unique and creative perspective. Make sure to catch images of his work at the end of this post!

Exploring Artist’s block

Have you ever been stuck? Whether it’s getting stuck relationally, geographically, or professionally, it really sucks. What lessons have you learned from those occurrences in your life? Jason Cytacki goes right to the heart of this difficult and personal subject for many creative individuals. He talks about a chapter in his career when he faced a professional crossroads and he really couldn’t figure out which way to go. Jason goes on to describe this feeling of being in a new setting and almost having to rediscover his creative inspiration. Eventually what helped Jason work through this experience of artist’s block was getting an external perspective from people he trusted like his wife. If you’ve ever faced this frustrating experience, I think that you will find Jason’s story encouraging.

Compound Growth as an Artist

You’ve heard of the financial concept of “compound interest” but what about the artistic concept of “compound growth?” Do skill and creativity grow over time in steady increments in a similar fashion that interest grows in an investment account? In our conversation, my guest Jason Cytacki and I discuss the role of technical and creative growth and development over the course of an artist’s career. We both look back and chart how we’ve grown and how the concept of compound growth is one that rarely gets discussed in many artist circles.

Hard work and Persistence that pays off

There are a lot of opinions out there that go back and forth on the topic of “success” and the artist. Whether you land more on the “luck” side of the debate or on the “hard work” side of the debate, it’s helpful to hear from artists themselves and how they describe their journey. Getting their perspective on the subject grants unique insight into how they view their work and their place in the art community. My guest, Jason Cytacki spent time in our conversation to explain how he views the role of hard work and persistence in relation to his journey toward success.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] My introduction to today’s guest, Jason Cytacki.
  • [2:20] Jason talks about how he got his start as an artist.
  • [10:00] Challenges when approaching the canvas.
  • [15:00] Jason talks about his work inspired by the American West.
  • [23:40] Memorable responses to Jason’s art work.
  • [29:00] Facing “Artist's block.”
  • [37:00] Compound growth and getting an external perspective.
  • [41:00] Art work from a living artist that Jason would love to own.
  • [42:00] Hardwork and persistence are key to Jason’s success.
  • [44:00] The perfect day in the life of artist, Jason Cytacki.
  • [47:00] Navigating the work and life divide as an artist.
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Women Painting Women, with Alia El-Bermani
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Women Painting Women, with Alia El-Bermani

Why don’t we see more women painting women? The subject of some of the best paintings and sculptures throughout history has been the female form. However, the majority of those works of art have been created by men. This has led to a distinct bias in how women are portrayed in an artistic fashion. My guest, Alia El-Bermani hopes to change that portrayal and give the power of female representation back to women artists! "Women Painting Women" explores how contemporary women painters are handling women as subjects. The blog was founded by artists Alia El-Bermani, Diane Feissel and Sadie Valeri. Check out the link to the blog in the “Resources” section at the end of this post!

Lessons learned as an artist working in a gallery

You’ve heard the perspective of gallery owners on this website before. I’ve had the fortune of interviewing some AMAZING gallery owners. In this conversation, there is a little bit of a twist on the gallery perspective. My guest, Alia El-Bermani spent some time early in her career working in an art gallery. Given this unique perspective as an artist having worked in an art gallery, Alia shared with me some key lessons she learned from her time working there. One lesson that she shares is the realization that it truly is a two-sided relationship between the artist and the gallery. Too often the perception is that of a one sided relationship but that wasn’t what Alia observed. She generously shares more insights from her time in the gallery over our wide-ranging conversation.

Unique Challenges Faced by Women

Women have a uniquely different experience in the workplace than men. They have to fight and claw their way to earn the same type of recognition and respect that their male counterparts enjoy. My guest, Alia El-Bermani and I discuss the different treatment that we’ve experienced in the art world because of our gender. Our goal was, to be honest, and open with how we’ve been treated and to shed a light on the uniquely difficult career trajectory that women face in the art industry. It’s not always easy to be so open and transparent but my hope is that it will be beneficial and informative for followers like you!

Following the path of artistic inspiration

What do origami, snowflakes, and painting have in common? Strange combination right? For my guest, Alia El-Bermani the answer is; inspiration. All three of these creations ended up influencing Alia one day to embark on a new art project. She followed her creative impulse and asked for artists in her community to mail her paper snowflakes, like the ones you made in school as a kid. This idea came to her after playing with an origami kit that one of her children had laying around the house. The product of Alia’s experiment is fascinating, I have been blown away and inspired by her story and I hope you will be too!

Personal Value and Art Value

One of the common missteps that younger artists can tend to make is to shy away from putting a value on their artwork. The other side of that is usually falling for the comparison trap by seeing if they measure up to successful artists that they admire. My guest, Alia El-Bermani faced these difficulties early on in her art career. As she looks back, she wants to encourage artists of all walks to really own and appreciate their story. Alia also stresses the need for artists to feel free to confidently make a living by selling their art.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:45] My introduction to today’s guest, Alia El-Bermani.
  • [2:50] Alia’s decision to become an artist.
  • [6:40] The post-college career path.
  • [10:00] Lessons learned working in an art gallery.
  • [15:00] Women painting women.
  • [22:30] Unique challenges faced by women.
  • [31:50] Alia’s studio schedule.
  • [35:30] Incorporating paper into the painting process.
  • [46:00] Advice Alia would give to her younger self.
  • [53:00] One piece of art from a living artist Alia would like to own.
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Personal Art, with Julyan Davis
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Personal Art, with Julyan Davis

You know that art that you love to make, that personal art that you know won’t sell in galleries? Don’t be discouraged, you aren’t alone! My guest Julyan Davis has a personal collection of art that he makes for himself. This is his way of separating his personal art from what he knows will sell on the marketplace. In our conversation we talk about creating art that no one will ever see, making deep personal connections, professional habits, personal promotion and much more. Julyan also tells the fascinating story of how he made his way from growing up in England to establishing himself as an artist in the American South that you won’t want to miss!

Art that no one will ever see

Would you still make art if no one could ever see it? That’s a difficult and fascinating question. Julyan Davis and I discuss our own answers to this question. It raises an important point, especially with the way that Julyan separates his art. Because of his style and the way that he likes to experiment, Julyan has created two different categories for his art, the personal art, and the public art. He describes two reasons for this separation. One reason is financial because he knows that a lot of his personal art won’t fit with what many collectors are looking for. The second reason for the separation is that the artwork is personal, he makes it for himself.

Making deep connections

In our hyperconnected world, one thing that can get easily left behind is deep and meaningful connections with those around us. The internet with all its wonderful social media brilliance can give us a false sense of personal connection. As artists, we can tend to suffer from this a bit more acutely than others because of our private and at times isolating creative process. Artist Julyan Davis discusses this tendency with me and how he’s taken steps to ensure that he connects relationally with people around him. If you’ve struggled with your sometimes isolating life as an artist, I know this conversation with Julyan will be helpful.

1 key to success and growth as an artist; Habit

There is no one right way or formula for success that will work for every artist. You have to find what works for you. Often one of the best ways to find your own path is to hear how others have found theirs. Julyan Davis goes through his typical day in the studio and explains that regularly practiced habits have contributed to his own growth and success. He has also created self-imposed deadlines that help him stay focused and on schedule. The last piece of insight that Julyan shares is how he pushes himself to learn about subjects that challenge him. Hearing how Julyan has grown as an artist over the years inspired me and I hope it has that same effect on you too!

Promote Your Art

With so many “Done for you” solutions out there in the marketplace for small business owners, one key aspect can get left behind, self-promotion. As an artist, you’ve got to promote yourself and your artwork. You can’t rely on “Being discovered.” You have to get out there and be your best advocate. This doesn’t mean you have to be egotistical and self-centered about it. If you’ve created something from your heart, a part of your story you want to share with the world then go for it! Artist Julyan Davis is a huge fan of this direct approach and he encourages as many artists as he can to adopt it.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:45] My introduction today’s guest, Julyan Davis.
  • [2:30] Julyan’s start in his art career.
  • [4:20] Early artistic influences for Julyan.
  • [7:00] Julyan talks about visiting the American South in the 80’s.
  • [14:00] The decision to stay and put down roots in America.
  • [16:00] How Julyan established himself as an artist in a new country.
  • [19:00] Making art to show but not necessarily to sell.
  • [24:30] Why did Julyan land in the South? How important is location to the artist?
  • [26:00] The importance of making deep connections with others.
  • [33:30] Julyan’s typical day in the studio.
  • [35:30] Would you continue to paint if no could ever see it?
  • [44:30] Julyan talks about the “Murder Ballads”
  • [47:00] What living artist’s painting would Julyan like to own?
  • [52:00] One habit that contributes to Julyan’s growth and success as an artist.
  • [55:50] An important piece of advice from Julyan.
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Becoming An Artist, with Kami Mendlik
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Becoming An Artist, with Kami Mendlik

The public perception of a person's journey toward becoming an artist is usually an ethereal and happy go lucky one. As many of you know, that’s not the case. In my conversation with artist Kami Mendlik, we discuss her journey of becoming an artist. Kami emphasis that luck had nothing to do with her skill, talent, and success as an artist. She isn’t shy talking about the stubbornness, difficulty, and perseverance that is required to have a thriving art career. In our conversation we also touch on the impact of a mentor, finding the time to paint, her life raising children and much more.

The impact of a mentor

Can you think back to a time when someone helped you on your career path in vital ways? Everyone doesn’t get such a special person in their life. Usually, a mentoring relationship doesn’t just fall into your lap. Kami Mendlik had to hunt down and pursue her mentor Mary Pettis. Kami was relentless because she knew she had to learn from one of the best in her field. Mary was a huge hero and mentor to Kami and only asked for one thing in return for the time and insight she gave, that one day Kami would do the same for another young artist. Kami has fulfilled that promise and delights in the joy of passing down what she has learned on her journey to up and coming artists.

Finding the time to paint

One of the most common refrains among aspiring artist is “I’ve got to find the time to paint.” The struggle to carve out the time to focus on something so important and intimate can be difficult. Artist Kami Mendlik empathizes with this struggle but is a strong advocate of helping artists push through this difficulty. In order to succeed as an artist and a single mother, Kami had to get creative with her time. In our conversation, she tells me a few beautiful stories of her children growing up around her painting habits. If you’ve ever struggled to find the time to paint this conversation will be a huge encouragement to you.

Don’t wait until you’ve “Arrived”

The difficulty of navigating a career toward becoming an artist is fighting off the mindset that everything will come together once you’ve “Arrived.” My guest, Kami Mendlik strongly urges that artists fight that impulse. Kami describes her career as a journey. In fact, she couldn’t pick a particular moment in her career where she “Felt like an artist.” Rather, Kami describes her path as a series of stepping stones along the way. She encourages budding artists to avoid the trap of comparison and focus on discovering their own journey and finding their “Voice” in the process.

Incorporating children into life as an artist

Many professionals and even some artists are tempted to compartmentalize their work life from their life as a parent. To some degree, this has to be done to carve out that time where you can get “In the zone” and focus on your work. But because much of an artist’s process bleeds into the rest of their life you have to find a way to incorporate family life into the artistic journey. My guest, Kami Mendlik shares her experiences raising her children and navigating her path toward becoming an artist. Kami is delightfully transparent and honest as she explains the joys and difficulties that have come along the way. I know you will benefit greatly from our candid and in-depth conversation.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:55] My introduction to today’s guest; Kami Mendlik
  • [2:30] Kami’s journey to become an artist.
  • [5:20] Every step an arrival.
  • [11:00] Not luck, hard work.
  • [20:30] The difficulty of finding your way after art school.
  • [23:00] Determination and making your way.
  • [29:00] The impact of a mentor.
  • [34:00] Raising children and pursuing an art career.
  • [40:00] Fighting the impulse to make “Perfect art”
  • [45:40] Pushing through fear.
  • [51:00] Don’t wait until you’ve “Arrived”
  • [54:45] Incorporating children into life as an artist.
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Tips for Artists (From a Gallery’s Perspective), with Jennifer Farris
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Tips for Artists (From a Gallery’s Perspective), with Jennifer Farris

Wouldn’t it be great to hear inside tips for artists from a gallery’s perspective? Most of my interviews are with artists but I jump at the chance when I get to connect with a gallery owner. They provide such a helpful and unique perspective! My guest Jennifer Farris is the owner of Studio Gallery. Jennifer and Rab opened the gallery in 2003 to showcase the work of Bay Area artists. Jennifer and I discuss the role of social media in the art world, the story behind the artwork, setting the right prices, helpful tips for artist engaging with galleries and much more!

Leveraging Social Media to Promote Art

With the interconnectedness the internet age gives us, it can seem like brick and mortar stores are becoming increasingly irrelevant. You might be tempted to think that social media promotion threatens the role of galleries in the art world. Gallery owner Jennifer Farris doesn’t see social media promotion as an obstacle but rather as a platform she can leverage alongside the artists her gallery works with. In our conversation, Jennifer paints a helpful picture of the relationship between social media, artists, and galleries. If you are interested in hearing her inside tips for artists, make sure to catch this interview.

The Story Behind the Artwork

Don’t forget that one of the most powerful tools you have is your story! It doesn’t matter what type of medium you are engaged in, people want to hear the story behind the artwork. What inspired you, what moved you, what were you going through when you created your art? This is what resonates with people. I know it can be scary to put yourself out there, and not every artist is ready to do that - that’s OK. When you are ready, share your story. In most cases, it’s the story that enhances the artwork in a similar way a quality frame helps it pop. If I haven’t convinced you, my guest and gallery owner Jennifer Farris will. She has seen the power a story can have in appreciating and selling a work of art.

Setting the Right Price for Artwork

Figuring out the right price point for their artwork is something that many artists, especially inexperienced artists struggle with. How do you determine the right price range for your work? What is the best process and approach? My guest, Jennifer Farris is happy to shed some light and share some tips for artists on this otherwise difficult process. Jennifer is the owner of Studio Gallery and regularly walks new artists through the process of pricing and showing their work for the first time. Her helpful perspective will help you get an inside look at the art world from the gallery angle.

Do’s and Don’t’s of Approaching a Gallery

As an artist, have you ever wondered what would be the best way to approach a gallery you want to go into business with? You are in luck! Gallery owner Jennifer Farris is eager to share some tips for artists who want to start off on the right foot with galleries.

  1. Visit the gallery if possible. Get to know the feel for the type of work they show. Is it a fit?
  2. Understand the right timing. Don’t ambush a gallery owner, make an appointment.
  3. Respect the process. Don’t expect special treatment. Work with the gallery’s process.

Jennifer has some wonderful insights that will help artists navigate the gallery landscape. I had a wonderful time learning about her gallery’s process and I know you will too!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to this episode.
  • [2:00] Jennifer shares the story behind Studio Gallery.
  • [4:20] The difficulty Jennifer and Rab faced opening their gallery.
  • [7:40] How does Jennifer help an artist decide which artwork to show?
  • [10:45] What criteria is used to determine if an artist is ready for a solo show?
  • [12:20] How can artists work with galleries in a harmonious way?
  • [15:00] The story behind the artwork.
  • [21:00] Social Media’s influence on galleries.
  • [25:00] Setting prices for artwork.
  • [32:40] Do’s and Don'ts of approaching a gallery as an artist.
  • [39:20] Jennifer’s plans for her gallery’s future.
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Artistic Motivation, with Scott Conary
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Artistic Motivation, with Scott Conary

What is your artistic motivation? Has it always been the same, or has it changed? Artist Scott Conary would say that it has changed over the years. He describes a time when his artwork and his career came from a different place of motivation, that was before his daughter was born. Once she came into the world, Scott’s life, including his artwork took a new direction. In our conversation, Scott shares about his struggle with perfectionism, why every question doesn’t need an answer, the health difficulties that his daughter has faced from birth, and so much more.

The illusion of perfectionism

As a creative individual, you want your art to resemble the vision you have for it in your mind as much as possible. This can be both frustrating and exciting. When it comes together just right and looks exactly how you envisioned it - satisfying. On the rare occasion that it exceeds your expectations and imagination - ecstasy. My guest Scott Conary and I spent some time in our conversation around the subject of perfectionism. Scott explained how much the illusion of getting everything just right can derail the creative process. Scott will be the first to tell you that most of his artwork can’t be described as perfect. But because of the lessons he has learned, he would call them complete.

Every question doesn’t have an answer

Do you ever have a hard time silencing the noise in your head? Does your mind race with what feels like hundreds of questions or ideas? What do you do with those thoughts? My guest, Scott Conary spoke with me about this struggle. He told me about his battle to fight through all that noise and focus on what really matters. We both arrived at a consensus that not all questions need to be answered. You don’t have to follow every thought or idea down the rabbit hole. As difficult as it can be to resist that urge, it can be very freeing to just say “No” and bring your focus back to a singular goal or objective. When you are able to find this type of clarity, your artwork will benefit.

The experience that colored everything

Have you had a moment that changed the course of your life? Scott Conary’s daughter was born with “Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.” He talked to me about her birth, and how that moment is the “Experience that colored everything.” As you can imagine, Scott and his wife had their world turned upside down with the diagnosis that came shortly after their daughter’s delivery. Scott was very gracious and transparent in our conversation. He shared about how the art he creates now holds a different meaning for him, it really shifted his artistic motivation. In what sounds like a contradiction, Scott says that his work has less significance but at the same time holds a new kind of meaning. The way Scott described it to me made perfect sense. As serious as his daughter’s condition is, Scott was quick to tell me how much joy she brings their family - at the time of this writing, she is seven years old and thriving.

Art as an avenue for healing

In light of the diagnosis that Scott and his wife received for their daughter, I wanted to ask Scott if creating art has contributed to healing on his journey. As you can imagine this was a difficult question to answer. Scott was gracious enough to give me an extended answer and discussion on this topic. Initially, Scott said that he didn’t necessarily see his creative pursuits as contributing to his healing process. However, the question resonated with Scott so much that he wanted to take another shot at answering it. On the second pass, Scott shared that he has experienced a sense of healing as he has taken his emotional trauma with him into the studio. Scott’s transparency and vulnerability were on full display and I was honored that he felt like he could trust me with such raw and honest responses.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to this episode.
  • [2:40] How did Scott get started with his art career?
  • [4:20] Scott talks about family and career struggles.
  • [9:30] What Scott tells prospective art students and those starting their art career.
  • [12:40] Scott’s “Why”
  • [17:50] Is painting “Fun?”
  • [28:10] What is Scott’s daily routine?
  • [33:00] The illusion of perfectionism.
  • [37:30] Do all questions need answers?
  • [41:50] Scott’s current projects and obsessions.
  • [49:20] Scott talks about continuing his artwork and
  • [56:20] The story behind Scott’s daughter’s health difficulties.
  • [1:02:00] Has art contributed to healing in Scott’s life?
  • [1:05:30] Scott gives another answer to art’s healing in his life.
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Inspired Art Framework, with Holly Lane
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Inspired Art Framework, with Holly Lane

Most people don’t stop to consider the artistry involved with the framework that houses paintings. In many cases this is done on purpose, too elaborate or extravagant framework might detract from the detail and message that the artist is trying to convey. But artist Holly Lane has a different approach. She combines both aspects in a harmonious creative endeavor. The result is breathtaking. Holly carefully and litigiously plans how her work with carving and designing her frames will complement and enhance her painting as if they were one unified piece of art. Words don’t do Holly’s work justice, you have to see this brilliant and gifted approach - make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the images she provided.

Early affirmations in carving out a creative path

Not all artists receive the encouragement and enthusiasm for their early work as much as they’d like. Many artists use this adversity and challenge to fuel their creativity drive to succeed and make a name for themselves. Artist Holly Lane was fortunate enough to receive some early affirmations from her professors partly because of the unique nature of her work. In art school, Holly really discovered her passion, not only for painting but also for crafting and cultivating a skill for creating intricate frames that enhance her paintings. Holly’s journey wasn’t easy, she has faced her fair share of challenges but it’s refreshing to hear such a positive and encouraging start to an illustrious career.

Art Inspired by Animals and Mythology

It is an absolute joy to get the chance to hear from so many artists about what motivates and inspires their creative process. I asked my guest Holly Lane about her creative journey and how she conceptualizes her work. Holly explained that she gets a lot of her inspiration from “Interspecies compassion” - philosophical proofs that animals can think. She also delves into the imaginative journey and contemplates the backstory and implications of myths like the Roman goddess Fortuna. Holly has a vibrant and infectious energy that really comes alive when she opens up about her passion for her work. It's always wonderful to hear from such a talented and gracious artist.

What is the Stendhal Syndrome?

Have you ever heard of the Stendhal Syndrome? Neither had I until my conversation with Holly Lane. Once you hear what it is, it will sound familiar to you. The Stendhal Syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes strong physical reactions and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art. Holly and I discussed our experiences with this phenomena and she told me about a meaningful moment someone had encountering her work. For an artist to see someone react so viscerally to their work is a powerful and meaningful moment and that certainly comes through when Holly tells the story.

Keeping the artist's dream alive

What is your dream project? Where would you go? What would you take with you? Artist Holly Lane was kind enough to indulge this question that I posed to her over the course of our conversation. Given the inspiration and type of work Holly engages in, her answer shouldn’t be too surprising. She said that she would like to travel to the great castles and cathedrals of Europe. There she would draw and take pictures, then compose a body of work to be exhibited either in a church or in a forest. Holly didn’t miss a beat when I asked her this question so you can tell this is something that is near the surface and that she's been dreaming about. I hope she gets to follow her dream and I hope you have one just below the surface that you will follow too!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to today’s guest, Holly Lane.
  • [2:15] Holly talks about her work with frames.
  • [5:40] Does Holly carve all her frames herself?
  • [9:15] How does Holly conceptualize her work?
  • [17:20] Holly talks about finding her path after school.
  • [26:00] Working with grants.
  • [29:00] Memorable responses to Holly’s work.
  • [36:30] What does Holly do when she gets stuck?
  • [38:40] Surprising artists that influence and inspire Holly.
  • [42:30] What is Holly working on right now?
  • [43:50] Holly talks about how she sets up her studio.
  • [45:30] What is Holly’s dream project?
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The Impact of an Art Mentor, with Joe Gyurcsak
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The Impact of an Art Mentor, with Joe Gyurcsak

Do you realize the power an art mentor has? They have the ability to guide and shape the next generation of artist. Unfortunately, this relationship is often underutilized. My guest Joe Gyurcsak believes strongly in the mentoring relationship. He has experienced the impact that older artist have had on his life AND he has had the opportunity to act as a mentor to the generation of artists coming up behind him. In our conversation, we cover the impact of having a mentor, his transition from illustration to fine art, how creative writing enhanced his artwork, and much more.

The transition from illustration to fine art

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to junk your current career path and make an abrupt change? That is exactly what my guest Joe Gyurcsak did. One night after a frustrating project as an illustrator, Joe decided that he was done. He made the decision and walked away. It wasn’t really a decision to turn from one thing and begin another at that point. But before long, Joe began producing paintings for fine art galleries. He quickly found himself swept up into a new direction for his work in the art world. It didn’t go completely smoothly for Joe from that point on, he had some ups and downs but he was confident that he had made the right decision and he was creating the art that he wanted to make.

Reading and Writing as fuel to the artist's creative process

What impact can reading and writing have in your creative process as an artist? I’ve had the privilege to interview many artists recently who have discovered the enormous impact that reading and more specifically writing has had on their creative process. My guest this week Joe Gyurcsak, tells me that reading and writing had a HUGE impact on him during a period of his life where he had to work in a field unrelated to his abilities as an artist. It was fascinating to hear as Joe described how creative writing helped clarify his thought process and really enhanced his approach to his artwork.

Advice for artists early in their career

What lessons can artists early in their career learn from more experienced artists? Joe Gyurcsak has some great insights that he’d love for some of his less experienced peers to learn from. He starts by encouraging them to put their work out there - boldly and consistently. Joe empathizes with the fear, insecurity, and nervousness that haunts many artists just starting off. But he is convinced that it is absolutely critical that artists take as many opportunities that come their way to show their art and sell their art. In Joe’s experience, the more an artist’s work is circulated and viewed, the chances increase for the artist to learn and grow from those encounters.

Do artists need mentors?

What would it be like to have a mentor? Someone who can point out and identify things that you can’t see in your own work and life? Artist Joe Gyurcsak has enjoyed some wonderful mentoring relationships over his career. He’s been able to get advice and outside perspective on his work, technique, and how to navigate the art world. If you haven’t been convinced of the importance of having a mentoring relationship, hearing from Joe will change your mind. He is convinced that the success and growth he has experienced is due in large part to the generous investment he has received from talented artists.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to this episode.
  • [1:45] Joe Gyurcsak joins the podcast.
  • [2:20] Joe talks about getting started with art.
  • [3:30] Artists that inspired Joe.
  • [4:10] Transitioning from student to working artist.
  • [5:30] Personal success.
  • [6:30] The decision to leave illustration behind.
  • [7:40] Difficulty transitioning to fine art.
  • [9:40] What advice would Joe give his younger self?
  • [11:30] What is Joe involved with right now?
  • [13:50] Joe’s process in the studio.
  • [24:00] Joe’s biggest setback in his career.
  • [27:50] What did Joe do to fuel the fire while he wasn’t employed as an artist?
  • [34:30] What is on Joe’s list right now?
  • [35:30] How do you establish a relationship with a gallery?
  • [40:00] What advice does Joe have for artists early in their career?
  • [43:00] How do you stay motivated when facing rejection?
  • [45:30] The significance of having mentors.
  • [49:00] How do you approach these mentors?
  • [51:00] How has working as a resident artist affected Joe’s art?
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Passion for Art, with Rey Bustos
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Passion for Art, with Rey Bustos

When you meet someone who is passionate about a subject it can be contagious, whether you like the subject or not. But it takes a unique individual to really transfer and ignite that passion into someone else. It was a joy to sit down with my guest, Rey Bustos. Rey is a talented artist and an experienced educator. Our conversation covers the influence that Burne Hogarth had on both of us, his journey toward teaching art, and the role of passion and gratitude. We had a wonderful time discussing all these subjects and so much more.

Influence from a giant in the art world

When I went to school at Art Center I had the privilege to study under renowned illustrator Burne Hogarth. My guest, Rey Bustos also studied under Burne and ended up teaching his class soon after his passing. Rey and I had a wonderful time discussing the impact Burne had on both of us. He truly was a giant in the art and illustration world. Rey talked about how Burne’s passion and deep knowledge of illustration and anatomy ignited a passion in him that lasts to this day. It’s inspiring to reflect on the legacy and passion that one person can have over a generation of artists.

The journey toward teaching art

I have been fortunate to speak to quite a few artists recently who have also become educators. My guest, Rey Bustos also fits into that category. Rey tells the story that led him on the journey to becoming a teacher. He had taken a summer off from his time at Art Center to care for his first wife who would soon pass away. It was her words of encouragement that led Rey to move more and more toward teaching. She recognized his dreams of becoming a famous illustrator but she was convinced that Rey’s future and impact rested firmly in the teaching route. Eventually, Rey took more and more teaching opportunities and he’s never looked back.

An infectious passion for art

How do you pass on your joy and passion for art to others? Can it even be done? I asked this question to my guest, Rey Bustos who teaches art and illustration. He explained that for the most part, the students he gets in his classes these days sign up intentionally to take his class, it isn’t a course requirement. But Rey was kind enough to share what he does when he gets the odd student who didn’t quite know what they were getting into with taking his class. Simply put, Rey “Passions people to death.” That may sound strange but talk with Rey, and you can feel the energy and passion just radiate out from him.

Gratitude that fuels creativity

Learning from various talented artists over the years has been a joy and a privilege. Every artist has something that drives them, a creative impulse. My guest, Rey Bustos has many inspirations and motivations that he draws from. One of the key aspects that Rey points out in our conversation is his desire to highlight gratitude. He says “It is your choice to be happy or not.” Rey draws much of his artistic energy and inspiration from focusing on positive thoughts and the good things he has in his life. He has found this to be a better place for him to draw from then the things that aren’t going well in his life or about the things that he lacks.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] My introduction to today’s guest, Rey Bustos.
  • [2:30] Rey talks about what drew him to art.
  • [9:00] Rey and I talk about our time at Art Center studying under Burne Hogarth.
  • [12:15] What was Rey’s biggest takeaway from studying under Burne?
  • [17:40] Rey talks about mastering figure drawing.
  • [19:20] Rey talks about teaching analytical figure drawing.
  • [23:00] How does Rey energize students who aren’t passionate about his topics?
  • [34:10] Rey talks about a moment of personal success.
  • [36:40] The importance of family.
  • [43:30] Rey talks about learning from the example of his father.
  • [49:30] Overcoming fear.
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Breaking the Mold, with Robert Chiarito
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Breaking the Mold, with Robert Chiarito

Sometimes you just need to shake things up. Routine and patterns can foster complacency and stifle creativity. My guest Robert Chiarito lives to change things up when it comes to his artwork. Much of our conversation centered around the theme of “Breaking the mold.” Our conversation spanned some great topics like walking away from gallery representation, to being critical of work that “Comes easy,” and cultivating a flavor of unpredictability in his work. Robert was exceedingly gracious with his time and with his level of honesty. Make sure to catch the images of his inspiring work at the end of this post!

Walking away from gallery representation

In an ever-changing art world, is it realistic to expect to make a living by showing your work in art galleries? Robert Chiarito resolved early on in his career to creating the art he wanted to make regardless of what galleries or art collectors wanted to see. This decision has afforded him the freedom to cultivate an unpredictable flavor to the artwork he produces. Robert’s work as an educator has contributed to the independence he is able to enjoy. Even though he hasn’t depended on the income from the sales of his paintings, Robert has had his work in galleries over the years. Each artist's path is going to be different. Find what works for you and above all, be authentic to the work you were made to create.

What’s behind the “Drive” to paint?

The beautiful thing about interviewing a wide range of artists is getting to hear what motivates and drives each one of them. There might be some common threads but each person gives their explanation in a unique way. Artist Robert Chiarito describes the reason why he paints as, “Discovering what will happen and to see where things go.” Robert is fascinated by the basic interaction of positives and negatives in any painting technique. He has an intriguing perspective that really made me see things from a different angle, I loved hearing him explain his motivations.

Skepticism for art that “Comes easy”

You’ve heard the saying “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Does that saying apply to art? Should you be skeptical when things come to you easily? My guest is artist Robert Chiarito and he is convinced that any work that he produces that comes easily should be scrutinized. This doesn’t mean that Robert never produces his art that just comes upon him in a rush of inspiration. At the end of the day, he has learned that if a painting comes easily it to him it usually lacks the depth and nuance he tries to cultivate.

Avoiding predictability in art

After practicing your craft over many years, there is a temptation to go into “Autopilot” mode. It happens to some of the best and talented artists out there. So how do you avoid this trap? How do you “Break the mold?” Artist Robert Chiarito has dedicated his efforts to continually change things up with his art for this very purpose. He looks for ways big and small to deviate from patterns and predictability in his work. Some challenges have arisen from this intense focus to stand out and do things differently. My conversation with Robert was fascinating as we explored his efforts and the insights he has gained along the way.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] I introduce today’s guest Robert Chiarito.
  • [2:00] Robert talks about what drove him to pursue art.
  • [7:30] What type of work is Robert involved in now?
  • [12:00] Finding your voice as an artist.
  • [14:20] Growth as an artist.
  • [16:30] Responses to Robert’s work.
  • [23:00] How does Robert deal with his changing interests and galleries?
  • [29:30] Why does Robert paint?
  • [33:30] What is Robert obsessed with right now?
  • [39:30] Why doesn’t Robert trust himself with a painting that doesn’t come quickly?
  • [44:00] How does Robert keep things fresh and avoiding autopilot?
  • [48:55] Which artist’s work would Robert love to own?
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Observational Art and Invented Imagery, with Langdon Quin
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Observational Art and Invented Imagery, with Langdon Quin

I had the wonderful privilege of sitting down with renowned artist and educator Langdon Quin. We discussed his work with observational art and invented imagery. Langdon was gracious enough to provide some images of his work that you can see at the end of this post. He shared how he started working with invented imagery and how his work as an observational painter has influenced his growth and evolution. Langdon’s passion for art is infectious, we discussed some of his influences over the years and how his role and educator has also impacted his life and work.

Invented Imagery Art

What is “Invented Imagery?” Invented imagery in the term artist Langdon Quin puts it is creating paintings of objects or scenes that he has created in his mind. This can also include a memory of a place the artist has seen but the art is created solely on that memory. Another fascinating example that Langdon shared was a painting he did of a landscape that he often travels by, but instead of painting that scene from the angle he had seen it in passing, he painted it from an aerial viewpoint. Langdon has taken an intriguing journey combining his skills as an observational painter and allowing it to evolve into his work with invented imagery.

Growing as an artist - Incremental change.

When you are in the middle of your career or a particular fast paced phase of life you lose track of your own growth and development. In the hustle and bustle, introspection and personal growth can take a backseat to the pressures of daily life. It was such an honor to sit down with artist Langdon Quin as he draws from his 35 years of experience in the art world. One of the most prominent topics we discussed was his growth as an artist. Langdon looks back on his growth as incremental - bit by bit he adapted and developed as an artist over time. He has never been in a hurry to make huge leaps and changes and he cautions other artists to heed this wisdom.

Keeping your creative spark alive as an artist.

Competition, innovation, and success are the idols that American culture worships in the marketplace. How does an artist fit into that ecosystem? Can an artist survive when competition and success reign supreme? Most artists won’t have a problem with innovation, the art world is built upon this idea. What about competition and success? To keep the creative spark alive, a good artist will resist the urge to let success define their passion. Competition can be helpful but often leads to comparison and envy. Artist Langdon Quin talks about his struggle to keep his work at the forefront. Langdon decided to focus on what matters, his work. Success will come and go and competition isn’t on his radar. He creates because he can’t image doing anything else.

Don’t expect things to be sequential in the art world.

Society often communicates to young people that you just need to get qualified in your field, work hard, and success will follow. Is that accurate advice for people pursuing their passion in the art world? Artist Langdon Quin doesn’t think it’s helpful to look at success in the art world in such a sequential way. Looking back on his 35 years as an artist, Langdon notes that the landscape is ever changing and a wise artist will learn to adapt to those changes. Success may come and go, sometimes it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Langdon advises artists to keep at it, don’t give up and don’t be discouraged. Success shouldn’t validate or invalidate your work.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] I introduce today’s guest: Langdon Quin.
  • [3:00] What caused Langdon to pursue art?
  • [5:50] How has teaching influenced Langdon’s life and work?
  • [8:00] What has been the common thread in Langdon’s work over 35 years?
  • [11:00] Langdon talks about his with invented imagery.
  • [19:00] Why do artists need “Permission” to do something new with their art?
  • [23:00] Langdon talks about his growth and change as an artist.
  • [26:20] Working with a model.
  • [34:00] Langdon talks about what he does with his time in Italy.
  • [39:20] How does Langdon spend his time in the studio? What is his process?
  • [40:15] Artists that have influenced Langdon.
  • [48:40] How does Langdon keep his creative spark?
  • [50:00] The changing landscape of the art world.
  • [1:02:00] What would you advise the artist you were ten years ago?
  • [1:05:00] What does the future hold for the art world?
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Painting in Gouache, with Phyllis Shafer
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Painting in Gouache, with Phyllis Shafer

My guest today is Phyllis Schafer. You might remember her being mentioned from the interview I conducted with Parker Stremmel. Phyllis is represented by the Stremmel Gallery in Reno, NV. We had a wonderful and wide-ranging conversation where we discussed her work painting in gouache, her journey as an artist through her undergrad work in the 70’s, and some of the difficulties she faced in her graduate work in the 80’s. Phyllis has a unique perspective as both an artist and an educator. She currently lives and works in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area and her paintings reflect her stunning surroundings.

Discovering painting in gouache

Through her artistic journey, Phyllis Shafer has come to love and utilize painting in gouache. Gouache is a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a glue-like substance. Phyllis was drawn to gouache partly because of the prolific use of acrylics in painting at the time she was in undergraduate school in the 70’s. As she started using oils and started branching out more in different techniques, she fell in love with painting in gouache.

Growing up Artistically in the Bay area

Every artist has that moment in their career where they “Come alive.” This can happen early in life or later in life, there really isn’t a set pattern to how this comes about, it's unique for each artist. Phyllis Shafer speaks of growing up artistically in the Bay area. She had moved there after spending years in New York. This was the place where she really got to work establishing herself and building her resume as an artist. To hear Phyllis talk about her journey both literally and artistically that took her to San Francisco and then to Lake Tahoe is riveting.

Facing disillusionment with the art world

How do you succeed in your field of study when it seems like the whole system is broken or not working for you? Do you give up or do you push through? Phyllis Shafer struggled with these thoughts as she navigated graduate school and the art scene at UC Berkeley in the 80’s. She faced some difficult decisions at this time in her life. Phyllis had dabbled in dance performance and had considered taking that route to fulfill her need for creative output. Ultimately, Phyllis came to terms with the fact that making images was so deeply ingrained in her that she could never give it up. Though her journey was difficult, Phyllis persevered.

Urban compared to Rural life as an artist

Does it matter where you live as an artist? Is it better to be in an urban setting or a more rural setting? My guest Phyllis Shafer has experienced both. She spent her early career in San Francisco, and then later moved to the Lake Tahoe area. Phyllis sees the benefits of both experiences and speaks to the unique opportunities she has enjoyed as an established artist moving from an urban to a smaller community. Phyllis’ insight is fascinating and provides a helpful perspective for artists both young and experienced.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] I introduce today’s guest; Phyllis Shafer.
  • [2:20] How did Phyllis get started with painting?
  • [4:30] Phyllis’ growth as an artist when she was in her 20’s.
  • [9:50] How did the move to San Francisco influence Phyllis as an artist?
  • [11:30] Phyllis and I talk about using gouache, oil, and water colors.
  • [15:30] Artists that have influenced Phyllis’ work.
  • [20:00] Phyllis and talk about making difficult decisions.
  • [24:20] Navigating politics and frustrations in the art world during graduate school.
  • [30:20] The differences of Rural compared to Urban art scenes.
  • [39:00] What has Phyllis been working on lately?
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Mathematics and Art, with Michael Schultheis
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Mathematics and Art, with Michael Schultheis

If you are anything like me, you might find math to be an intimidating subject. But math and art have had a harmonious relationship for hundreds of years. There is a rich history between the two subjects that I find fascinating. It is a huge honor to have artist Michael Schultheis as my guest on the podcast this week. Michael didn’t start his career as an artist, but he has always been captivated by the beauty of mathematics. After starting a successful career working at Microsoft in Seattle, Michael was struck with the inspiration to teach himself how to become an artist. The catalyst for this change occurred while Michael was listening to Terry Gross interview an artist who encouraged people to make art from what they knew. That set things off for Michael and his journey of bringing the two worlds of mathematics and art together with his own spin.

Exciting ways art is being seen and felt

When an artist can connect with their audience on a level beyond the visual, something truly special has occurred. For many observers, this level beyond the visual is usually an emotional connection that resonates deeply. However, when I asked artist Michael Schultheis about his experience with audience engagement, I received a surprising response. He told me about two different but fascinating reactions he has received from his artwork. The first was a blind woman who requested to feel his work with her hands so she could “See” his painting. The second was a young boy who focused on the numbers and equations in the painting. Both individuals “Saw” Michael’s art on a level beyond most viewers.

How do you know when a painting is finished?

It’s always interesting to hear from various artists about how they can tell when they have completed their artwork. For Michael Schultheis, having spent so much of his career dealing with algorithms and equations, he wasn’t sure when to “Finish” his artwork. That all changed one day when he had a conversation with the talented artist and storyteller, Jacob Lawrence. Michael learned from Jacob and his wife Gwendolyn to approach each painting as an experiment. They encouraged him to; “Do his experiment and then let it go.” That advice resonated deeply with Michael and influenced how he approached his artwork.

Art and mathematics as storytelling

I’ll be honest and admit that when I think of mathematics, I don’t think of storytelling. My guest, Michael Schultheis has opened my eyes and has given me a new appreciation for the beautiful way that math and art intersect to tell a moving story. As an example, Michael tells the story of his parents. He describes how they met, their relationship’s ups and downs, and ultimately how they grew closer than ever toward the end of his father’s life. Michael tells their story and intersects mathematical and artistic concepts throughout. It is absolutely stunning how he is able to bring these concepts together in an engaging and relatable way.

Artistic Inspiration from Galileo to Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso and more!

A lot of the artist I get to interview have a great list of individuals who have influenced or inspired their work over the years. As I sat down with Michael Schultheis, I quickly found that it wasn’t just fellow artist that inspired him but also many notable mathematicians and great historical figures from long ago. He draws inspiration from the likes of Galileo to Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso and many others! Michael’s fascination with these figures is infectious, our conversation had me on the edge of my seat as he talked about these artists and mathematicians as mentors.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Michael Schultheis.
  • [2:30] How did Michael get started as an artist?
  • [3:29] Finding beauty in mathematical equations.
  • [7:40] Michael’s journey as a self taught artist.
  • [9:00] Each painting as an experiment.
  • [11:40] The correlation between math and art.
  • [17:20] Analytical Expressionism.
  • [20:00] The stories Michael is telling with his art.
  • [37:45] Michael talks about his parents.
  • [41:00] What responses has Michael received about his painting?
  • [43:15] What role does color play in Michael’s thought process?
  • [44:00] Artist and Mathematicians who’ve influenced Michael.
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Incremental Change, with Deborah Zlotsky
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Incremental Change, with Deborah Zlotsky

Incremental change isn’t sexy. Big changes and bold moves get all the attention and headlines. But most of the world revolves around this slow but steady persistent and forward progress of incremental change. This has been the case for artist Deborah Zlotsky. She would be the first to tell you that she’s not someone who has many “Aha moments” but that’s ok, she loves the small changes she has piled up in her life. To hear Deborah talk about her creative process and the journey she has taken to become the artist she is today is awe inspiring.

Working hard to avoid being overwhelmed

It can be so difficult to drown out all the noise of life and focus on the work at hand and the things you enjoy doing. How do you avoid becoming overwhelmed? What brings the most focus and clarity? Artist Deborah Zlotsky struggled with distraction and an unsatisfying amount of productivity. Through trial and error, Deborah found her way to focus and clarity was through compartmentalizing her work into short bursts of creativity. These bursts of creativity ended up being highly productive for Deborah and have allowed her to avoid the trap of becoming overwhelmed. What’s worked for you? Have you tried this practice of short bursts of creativity?

The little things that make a huge impact

Many of us will go through life not noticing the impact we have on others. But especially for teachers, the little things, that moment of encouragement or one on one engagement can make all the difference. Artist Deborah Zlotsky remembers a moment she had in art school where one teacher made that big impact on her life. She had been enjoying and thriving in her art history classes yet not finding as much engagement in her studio art classes. Then one day an instructor took the time to engage with her artwork. It meant the world to Deborah, so much so that she thinks back to that moment even today. It goes to show you that we all have the ability, however, big or small to have an impact on others. It’s a lesson we can all take to heart.

Tracing creative output through different life stages

You’ve heard the phrase “Art imitates life.” For artist Deborah Zlotsky, that saying rang true for her during a particular period of her life. In our conversation, Deborah tells me about a time in her life where her paintings were dark and somber in a way. This also happened to be the time in her life where she was going through a divorce. Once she came out on the other side of this stage in life, she noticed that she wanted to make paintings that were lighter. Deborah was bold and unflinching in our interview and it goes to show how much of a graceful and exciting artist she truly is.

Writing that enhances the creative process

Sometimes in order to truly understand what is going on inside us, we have to work it out. Many artists know this to be true as their paintings can be the very expression of what thoughts or emotions they have running around inside. Another practice that can help this process is writing. My guest Deborah Zlotsky has found that the discipline of writing enhances her drawing. On this episode, we sit down and discuss the impact writing has on her creative process. Have you found writing or journaling to be helpful in your creative process? Deborah was kind enough to let me in on her process and I hope her experience is an inspiration to you!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Deborah Zlotsky.
  • [2:02] I introduce Deborah Zlotsky.
  • [2:20] How did Deborah get started as an artist?
  • [7:29] Incremental growth and self discovery.
  • [11:34] What moves and motivates Deborah as she paints?
  • [16:45] How does Deborah manage her time and structure her creativity?
  • [23:36] Deborah talks about a personal success.
  • [28:46] Deborah discuss setbacks she has experienced as an artist.
  • [34:20] The impact writing and journaling has had for Deborah.
  • [36:07] Is there an art piece that Deborah would never part with?
  • [37:46] What one habit has contributed to Deborah’s success?
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Artistic Inspiration, with Ginnie Gardiner
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Artistic Inspiration, with Ginnie Gardiner

There are a multitude of factors that contribute to crafting your personality. The familiar debate of nature versus nurture comes to mind. Just as there are various pieces involved in crafting a personality, so are there in finding artistic inspiration. What inspires one person would never inspire the next and so on. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I have the pleasure of interviewing artist Ginnie Gardiner. In our conversation, we discuss her work as an MTV music video producer, what art books inspire her, her creative process, and much more! I can’t wait for you to hear from this gracious and talented artist - make sure to listen in!

An artist inspired by her work with MTV

You wouldn’t think there was much correlation between working on MTV music videos and developing as a painter. However, that is exactly artist Ginnie Gardiner’s story. She worked as a producer for a video company to take “Flat art” and animate it for videos and television. This job working with digital art and music videos served as her early work experience right out of college from Cornell. On this episode of Savvy Painter, Ginnie shares how this experience influenced her significantly as an artist and later as a painter. Don’t miss out on our fascinating conversation!

Painting inspired by reading

Inspiration can be a difficult thing to come by for many creative people. Once you find what inspires you, it can unleash a flood of productivity. What have you found that inspires you? Is it always the same thing or does it change through different seasons of life? Artist Ginnie Gardiner finds inspiration for her paintings and collage work from reading various books. She loves to read books about artists and by artists. Reading these works have had a huge impact on her creative process. Ginnie has even added reading into her daily routine as she prepares and paints her canvases. To hear more about what motivates and inspires Ginnie, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Finding the right routine and rituals to fuel creativity

When you have done things a certain way for so long, it becomes second nature. You don’t even realize you are practicing particular habits because it’s become part of who you are. These habits and rituals can be extremely helpful in fueling your creative impulses. Some people’s creativity thrives while they are listening to music, some need complete silence. I am always intrigued to find out what makes each artist I get to interview succeed. Artist Ginnie Gardiner has a number of these routines that she practices when she approaches her canvas. I know you will find her habits and rituals as fascinating as I did. Don’t miss my interview with Ginnie on this episode of Savvy Painter.

The magic of viewing art in person

Can you think back to a time when you were truly awe inspired? When was that last time your heart started racing and your jaw dropped? For artist Ginnie Gardiner it's whenever she gets to view world renowned paintings in person. On this episode of Savvy Painter, Ginnie and I discuss the powerful impact art has had on our lives. My hope is that our conversation resonates with you. Ginnie’s awe and wonder of the art world is contagious and had me planning my next trip to Madrid. Listen to this episode of Savvy Painter to hear more from Ginnie!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Ginnie Gardiner.
  • [2:13] I introduce Ginnie Gardiner.
  • [2:41] Why did Ginnie become an artist?
  • [11:03] How working with music videos influenced Ginnie’s painting.
  • [16:38] Ginnie talks about the influence of Josef Albers and the use of colors in her art.
  • [23:18] The influence of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo on Ginnie’s work.
  • [27:19] The use of thumbnail drawings.
  • [31:42] Reading good books as inspiration.
  • [37:23] Routine and rituals that help Ginnie’s creativity.
  • [41:35] Ginnie and I talk shop - materials, methods, etc.
  • [49:20] The impact of viewing paintings in person.
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Thriving as a Self Taught Artist, with Kirstine Reiner Hansen
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Thriving as a Self Taught Artist, with Kirstine Reiner Hansen

Kirstine Reiner Hansen is an artist with a vibrant story. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I have the pleasure of sitting down with Kirstine to discuss her successful and thriving career as a “Self taught artist.” Our discussion ranges from the pros and cons of getting a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA), her experience as a self taught painter, keeping her audience updated, and making a substantial shift in her method and style of painting. Kirstine is a generous and gracious guest and I believe you will learn a lot from her wealth of knowledge and insight. Make sure to listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Is it important to keep your audience invested and interested in your work?

In the social media age, how important is it to keep your audience interested? I get the wonderful opportunity to sit down with artist Kirstine Reiner Hansen to discuss the importance of updating and including your audience on your journey. Much of our thinking around this idea is just reminding our audience that we are still around and working out our creative process. This can take the form of snapping a picture of a paint brush and posting it Instagram or giving them an exclusive “Peek” on our upcoming project. In this new global and interconnect society, artists need to think about the steps they can take to ensure their audience is engaged. Learn more from our in depth conversation on this episode of Savvy Painter!  

What is it like being a “Self taught artist”

Discovering your vocation doesn’t usually come easy most people. For those who find their “calling” easily, even that can be fraught with uncertainty. Kirstine Reiner Hansen discovered her passion and calling as an artist. As she has developed and grown as an artist and has experienced different art communities, Kirstine has struggled with the fact that she never procured her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. This is a hotly debated issue among many artists, is the MFA really necessary to have a credible and successful career as an artist? Kirstine came to the conclusion that for her, even though it would be nice, the MFA is not necessary. To hear more about Kirstine’s journey as a “Self taught artist”, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter.

Making the shift from observational to photo reference.

Leaving a style or way of doing things for so long can be difficult. Not many people enjoy and embrace change. One of the keys to moving from a place of comfort to a new and possibly better place is understanding that your current location is unacceptable. Kirstine Reiner Hansen understood this truth. She had been practicing an observational form of painting for many years but soon realized that she need to make a change. It wasn’t easy and it took a lot of courage and boldness to push into a new realm of painting. She now uses photo references in her painting and she is thrilled that she made the change. To hear more about Kirstine’s process and what it took for her make that leap, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

An unconventional method of painting  

Every artist has their own unique way of preparing themselves before they approach the canvas. I found Kirstine Reiner Hansen’s approach to her projects rather unconventional. As she prepares her canvas and other items (she uses collage work as well), Kirstine closes her eyes and picks objects at random and then figures out how to incorporate them into her work. She feels that it is the only way she can be fresh and present her work as surprising. The most exciting aspect for Kirstine about working this way is that she sees her work as a sort of intuitive puzzle. She has to stay very alert to figure out what step to take next. To hear more about Kirstine’s fascinating process, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Kirstine Reiner Hansen.
  • [2:01] I introduce Emily Leonard.
  • [2:25] Early inspirations in art.
  • [5:10] Self-promotion as an artist.
  • [7:18] Kirstine talks about a personal success.   
  • [10:54] A shift in technique and style.   
  • [22:31] Does Kirstine struggle with insecurity being a “Self taught” artist?   
  • [28:32] Keeping your audience updated.    
  • [31:52] Why was the shift from using observational to photo reference difficult?    
  • [36:50] What is Kirstine’s process for painting?     
  • [46:33] What is Kirstine working on right now?    
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Good Habits Maximize Creativity, with Emily Leonard
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Good Habits Maximize Creativity, with Emily Leonard

No one has a perfect story. Light and dark, day and night, there seems to be a constant opposite element to contrast our experiences in life. We all have our moments of glory and times of difficulty. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I have the privilege to sit down with artist Emily Leonard. Emily’s journey is a fascinating one. We discuss her successes, her battle with depression, the creative process, the benefits of good habits, and much more! If you love to hear how artists have navigated their creative journey as much as I do, you don’t want to miss this episode!

That magical moment when everything “Clicks”

Have you ever had one of those magical moments when everything you are working on just “Clicks?” Artist Emily Leonard had one of those moments in her career that left a lasting impression on her process. She was working on a big solo show at a gallery in Seattle when she started a painting in which every brush stroke “Felt right.” She didn’t finish this painting in time for the gallery opening which was unusual for Emily. Usually, in those moments, she rushes the project to have it ready for the show but this one was different. This experience left a strong impression on Emily and has shaped the way she approaches painting projects and deadlines. To hear more from my exciting interview with Emily, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Battling depression and refusing to use art as a coping mechanism.

Mental illness can be difficult to understand let alone cope with. There is a wide range of strategies and methods that have helped people who suffer from mental illnesses like depression. In some instances using art has acted as a helpful coping mechanism. Artist Emily Leonard discovered that in her case, she was using art as a coping mechanism but not talking about or talking through her difficulties. She had to make a clear distinction so she distanced herself from painting for a period of time. This decision made a huge impact on the way she navigated her mental health. To hear more about Emily’s story, don’t miss this episode of Savvy Painter!

Good habits and routines that maximize creativity

Everyone is looking for that one book, quote, or piece of advice that will help them maximize their creativity or productivity. Since everyone is created uniquely, it takes a variety of methods to find that personal inspiration and drive. What works for one person may not work for the next. That is why hearing from others who have found what works for them is so helpful. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I sit down with artist Emily Leonard. We talk about habits she has formed over the years that have helped maximize her creative process. Make sure to catch Emily’s inspiring story!

Can you balance work and family life?

Many men and women in the workplace today are asking an important question. How do you balance work life and family life? Emily Leonard is an artist and a mother so I asked her how she keeps it all balanced, does she have any tips? Emily was quick to explain that she doesn't have any tips, she is just doing the best she can to make it all work. At one point when her daughter was still an infant, her time in the studio was suffering and it forced her to ask herself this question; “How can my process and work adapt to fit my new lifestyle as a mother?” Since she asked herself that question, Emily has been able to adapt and streamline her process and time in the studio. I loved hearing from Emily’s unique story and I know you will enjoy it too. Hear more from Emily on this episode of Savvy Painter!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:34] Background of guest: Emily Leonard.
  • [1:35] I introduce Emily Leonard.
  • [2:00] Early inspirations in art.
  • [4:55] The beginning of Emily’s art career.
  • [6:27] How to get started as an artist.
  • [9:13] Emily shares a successful moment in her career.
  • [15:29] How painting has helped Emily work through her depression.
  • [19:06] What habits or routines work well for Emily?
  • [24:00] Emily’s process for starting a painting.
  • [27:03] Unexpected reactions to Emily’s art.
  • [29:27] What is Emily working on right now?
  • [33:36] How do you balance work and family life?
  • [40:34] If you could have a piece of art from one living artist who would it be?
  • [41:38] What advice would you give a younger you?
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Mixed Media Art, with Caren Canier
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Mixed Media Art, with Caren Canier

Mixed media art refers to a work of art where more than one medium has been employed. "Mixed media" tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a "mixed media" work. I had the privilege of sitting down with premier mixed media artist, Caren Canier on this episode of Savvy Painter. Caren brings years of experience and profound insight to our conversation about the art world. Hear about her experience as an artist, Rome Prize Fellowship recipient, and much more!

Establishing a “Commitment” to art

As an artist, you have to decide who you are making art for. If you are constantly looking for approval and checking “Which way the wind blows” your career is going to be very difficult. Caren Canier is an artist and teacher. She emphasizes the need to connect with your motivation for art. She believes that every artist needs to establish a commitment that comes from the inside out. In our fascinating discussion on this episode of Savvy Painter, Caren expands on these thoughts and shares about her journey. Don’t miss it!

The artist’s role in American society

What is the artist’s role in 21st century American society? In today’s context artists are largely divorced from culture. There seems to be a tension between commercial art and the “Art world.” Some believe the true role of an artist is to reflect back to people ideas about living and what it’s like to be human. Caren Canier shares this view, she also believes that the artist’s role is to express through art what it’s like to live in the times we live in and make sense out of things. It's a rarified form of communication that is extremely important. To hear more from Caren, don’t miss this episode of Savvy Painter!

Mixed media art and the creative process

Each artist’s journey is unique. Just as each piece of art reflects something that connected deep within the artist that created it. In hearing someone share their story and their heart, you get to discover a piece of your own. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I ask artist Caren Canier about her creative process and how she found her way using mixed media art. Caren’s story is fascinating and elaborate. You’ll love hearing about her experimentations with collage work and figure painting. Our conversation is wide ranging and fun, make sure to catch this episode!

Finding value in setbacks and challenges

How do you respond when you encounter setbacks or failures? Is it even possible to rise from those experiences and grow from it? Accomplished artist Caren Canier encourages artists to remain patient. It has been her experience that even though you can’t see the way forward in times of difficulty, clarity will come. From her vantage point as an experienced artist, she has learned to take a longer view of setbacks and failures. Nothing she has experienced in her career has defeated her. She has remained true to her “Commitment to art” and she advises others going to through difficulty to do the same. Learn more from Caren’s wealth of wisdom on this episode of Savvy Painter.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:38] Background of guest: Caren Canier.
  • [2:21] I introduce Caren Canier.
  • [3:02] How Caren started her journey as an artist.
  • [8:20] Caren’s definition of a “Commitment to art.”
  • [11:15] The artist's role in American society.
  • [14:25] What connections does Caren see between painting and “New media?”
  • [20:35] Caren’s creative process. How she chooses her motifs.
  • [25:41] Technical questions about preparing a collage.
  • [33:30] Caren talks about a powerful moment in her early art career.
  • [43:02] A time when Caren faced a setback.
  • [47:47] The value of setbacks and challenges.
  • [50:23] Caren talks about what it was like to work with Philip Guston
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Finding Your Creative Inspiration, with Jennifer Pochinski
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Finding Your Creative Inspiration, with Jennifer Pochinski

How do artists find their creative inspiration? The answer to this question is as unique as each person who asks it. Every artist finds their inspiration differently and that inspiration varies widely. But with each exploration of this question, you get a peek into each artist's journey. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I sit down with artist Jennifer Pochinski. We have a wonderful and wide ranging conversation about creative inspiration, painting techniques, and raising a family as an artist. Jennifer brings some fascinating insights on this episode, don’t miss it!

Using Instagram for Artistic Inspiration

Some artists retreat to the beauty of nature to find that creative spark called inspiration, some look to literature or the human anatomy. Then there are some artists who find inspiration from Instagram. In the 21st century, some artists are finding new avenues of motivation. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I get to explore this subject with artist Jennifer Pochinski. Jennifer likes to “travel around the world” by surfing the social media application, Instagram. She knows it's an unconventional method to find inspiration, but it works great for her. Make sure to catch this episode to hear more from Jennifer!

Disappointment as fuel for success

As you grow and develop your skills as an artist over time, you find yourself holding to higher standards. This may cause you to look at your older work unfavorably. How do you respond when you are disappointed with art you've produced? Do you allow it to discourage and disappoint you? Artist Jennifer Pochinski and I discuss how you can use your disappointment as fuel for success. As an experienced painter, Jennifer has years of expertise to draw from. Be prepared for powerful insight and inspiration on this episode of Savvy Painter!

How to respond when you get “Stuck” creatively

In every creative endeavor you eventually run up against a “wall.” Writers suffer from writer's block, ballerinas struggle to master a particular move, and musicians can struggle with hitting a certain note. Everyone deals with adversity and challenges differently. Jennifer Pochinski is a painter who has run up against this wall before. She found herself “In the zone” creatively when all of a sudden the well dried up. Life has a brutal way of treating every creative type to this struggle at some point. Either you have experienced this difficulty, you are in the middle of one right now, or you will be in one eventually. It is crucial to hear from others like Jennifer who have found their way through the other side of a creative block. Make sure to catch this episode of Savvy Painter and hear more of Jennifer’s story!

Pursuing your passion and raising a family. It can be done!

You’ve heard it said that “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” This saying pokes at the very idea of possessing something and enjoying it at the same time. Many in our society believe you can’t do something like raise a family and find success pursuing your passion at the same time. While it sounds complicated, difficult, and messy - it is a real possibility! Artist Jennifer Pochinski has raised her two girls all the while pursuing her passion as a painter. She will be the first person to tell you that it isn’t easy but it is rewarding! On this episode of Savvy Painter, Jennifer and I discuss the early years of raising children as an artist and how her kids are doing today!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:40] Background of guest: Jennifer Pochinski.
  • [2:21] I introduce Jennifer Pochinski.
  • [3:19] Early inspirations in art.
  • [4:36] How Jennifer chooses what she is going to paint.
  • [7:20] How Jennifer uses Instagram for inspiration.
  • [12:11] What are some memorable responses to Jennifer's work?
  • [16:20] How Jennifer’s view of her paintings change over time.
  • [18:35] Have unsatisfying paintings challenged Jennifer?
  • [20:48] Jennifer’s ritual for preparing to paint.
  • [22:41] How does Jennifer prepare her paint technically?
  • [27:19] What Jennifer does when she gets “stuck” on a painting?
  • [31:17] How Jennifer keeps her creative spark.
  • [33:59] Pursuing your passion while raising a family.
  • [41:24] If Jennifer could own one piece of art she’d own…
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Synesthesia Art, with Krista Harris
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Synesthesia Art, with Krista Harris

Synesthesia is a sensation that some people have when one sense is being interpreted by a different one. Some people see a color when a number is mentioned. Others smell a lemon when they see a particular shade of green. Artist Krista Harris has incorporated this sensory phenomenon into her abstract art. She lives in rural Colorado which creates a perfect backdrop for inspiration through all five senses. For example, when she hears a blackbird singing she attempts to paint that sound. Krista’s art and her way of approaching the senses and the world around her is fascinating. Check out my exciting interview with her on this episode of Savvy Painter!

How do you approach your goals?

With the New Year fast approaching, many people are setting goals for 2017. How do you approach goal setting? Do you grab what was leftover from 2016 that you didn’t get accomplished? What strategy works best? Artist Krista Harris found a few methods that worked for her. To start off, she focuses on a clear, specific goal. Once she identifies the goal she works her way back from there. She asks herself, “What will it take to accomplish this?” Krista finds that a common mistake most artists make is having vague goals or aspirations. She encourages artists to be ruthlessly specific in what they want to accomplish. To hear more of my conversation with Krista, catch this episode of Savvy Painter!

Seeing challenges as opportunities for growth.

How you face obstacles and challenges in life says a lot about who you are. Do you allow setbacks to knock you down or do you see them as lessons to strengthen you? Krista Harris learned that when life gives you hurdles to jump over, don’t get discouraged - leap! It has been her experience as an artist that adversity and challenges make you stronger. It is all part of the process. When one door closes another opens. Learn more about Krista’s story and the struggles she has overcome on this episode of Savvy Painter.

Do you say “No” enough?

In our culture “business” is a virtue. But the truth of the matter is, a frantic and busy lifestyle can quickly lead to burnout. We are hardwired to accept every offer and seize every opportunity that saying “No” sounds strange. It even seems counterintuitive. Yet, artist Krista Harris told me it is one of the smartest decisions she’s ever made. She learned that saying “No” can be empowering. It forces you to evaluate what matters to YOU and not allow other people to drive your schedule. Don’t miss more of Krista’s valuable insight on this episode of Savvy Painter.

Painting from an “Empty place”

Most artists approach the canvas with some inspiration. Maybe it’s a word, color, emotion, etc. It seems very “out of the box” to produce art that has no inspiration. But for Krista Harris, it's all about coming to the canvas with nothing in her mind. This method takes serious focus and discipline. As she prepares the colors and the canvas Krista empties her mind as much as possible. She explains that this approach allows her to let inspiration strike in a unique way. To hear Krista talk about her method and results is fascinating. I enjoyed our conversation and I’m sure you will too!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:39] Background of guest: Krista Harris.
  • [2:33] I introduce Krista Harris.
  • [2:52] Early inspirations in art.
  • [5:15] Krista’s journey to becoming an artist.
  • [13:55] The necessity of goals.
  • [22:24] Is it ever too late to become an artist?
  • [26:00] Krista talks about on of her biggest challenges.
  • [29:51] The necessity of saying “No.”
  • [41:32] What goes through Krista’s mind while painting?
  • [49:01] Krista’s work with synesthesia and art.
  • [55:01] What is Krista currently working on?
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Controversial Art and Sending a Message, with Hannah Yata
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Controversial Art and Sending a Message, with Hannah Yata

Controversial art is often provocative. The artist wants to make you feel something on a visceral level or they want to challenge the way you think. If you haven’t ever thought of art as a medium to send a message, then this episode for you! I had the wonderful privilege to sit down with a provocative and sometimes controversial artist, Hannah Yata. In this episode we discuss her journey of becoming an artist, finding her voice, and challenging the culture. Hannah has some powerful messages to convey through her work. She has evoked strong responses from audiences of all types. You won’t want to miss hearing from this talented artist!

Getting Started as an Artist

Plotting your way down a career path can be very difficult. Some professions have a very clear cut route, and others don’t. Hannah Yata found herself struggling through the process of getting started as an artist. As she was finishing up her time in art school, she wondered what the next step would be. An offhand comment from one of her teachers sent Hannah in the right direction toward her goal of becoming an artist. An email sent things into motion and Hannah was given a great opportunity to spend the summer working with artists Martin Wittfooth and Adam Miller. That summer was valuable and formative for Hanna. Her time there allowed Hannah to gather insight and skills she needed for the next phase of her development as an artist. To hear more about Hanna’s journey listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Sending a Message with Controversial Art

“There are only two things that pierce the human heart. One is beauty. The other is affliction.”

~ Simone Weil

The idea of beauty or affliction is front and center with most controversial art. The artist is trying to evoke something within the viewer. They want their art to resonate deep within. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I get to sit down with artist Hannah Yata. Listen as we discuss one of her most recent pieces of provocative art. Hannah describes the message she wants to convey through the piece and her motivation behind it. Don’t miss this fascinating story from Hana!

Living in a Productivity Obsessed Culture

An ancient proverb asks, “What good does it profit someone to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul?” As a society, we can become blind to the damage that seemingly “good” things can cause. We live in a productivity obsessed culture. On the surface, productivity is good. However, when set on a pedestal it can cause men and women to sacrifice their well-being on its altar. On this episode of Savvy Painter, Hannah Yata and I discuss how productivity can become detrimental. We discuss the necessity of “turning off” and finding ways to refresh and remind ourselves that we are more than what we produce!

Keys to Success

Have you ever wondered what makes certain artists successful? On this episode of Savvy Painter, I sit down with Hannah Yata to find out the keys to her success. Hannah emphasizes two habits that have enabled her to thrive. One of the habits that helped her was establishing a routine. This is a common theme with many artists. Her other key to success is maintaining an appetite for reading. Hannah is convinced that a mind engaged with ideas and stories will produce thoughtful and engaging art. To hear more of our conversation around success as an artist, check out this episode!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:31] Background of Guest: Hannah Yata.
  • [1:59] I introduce Hannah on today’s show.
  • [2:19] Hannah talk’s about her very first painting.
  • [3:13] What made Hannah consider painting as a viable career path?
  • [13:52] How did Hannah feel after her first gallery showing?
  • [16:15] Hannah describes her work.
  • [18:59] Hannah discusses her most recent controversial piece of art.
  • [22:50] How do people respond to Hanna’s work?
  • [27:37] What is Hannah obsessed with right now?
  • [32:50] Living in a productivity obsessed culture.
  • [41:52] What habits contribute to Hanna’s success?
  • [44:24] What book does Hannah recommend to listeners?
Other artists mentioned on this episode Resources Mentioned on this episode Connect With Antrese

The Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility, with John Brosio
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The Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility, with John Brosio

The creative process works differently for everyone. If you are an artist you know that. It’s even possible that what works for you for some time, in terms of how you go about preparing to create your art, stops working later in your career. In this fascinating conversation with John Brosio, I had the privilege to chat about those changes and what to do when they happen. We also tried to dive deeply into what goes into the creative process and why artists are responsible to connect their work to things the viewer already knows in order to communicate with significance and power. It’s a great conversation with a fun guy, so I hope you take the time to listen.

What goes into YOUR creative process and what will you do when it doesn’t work?

During this conversation with John Brosio, I asked what his creative process looks like - I wanted to know the basics of how he sets up his studio and prepares himself to create. What I got was a quick lesson in dealing with distractions and the necessity of remaining flexible. That’s because lately John’s found that his old routines and rituals don’t work and he’s had to pivot in order to keep creating. But in time we did get to the extremely practical, talking about the kind of music or sound he needs in the room while he’s painting and how he is carving out more time for concentrated effort in the studio. I found it very helpful and definitely a part of the creative process that I could relate to.

Why John Brosio can’t keep creating the same things all the time.

It’s a place every artist reaches eventually. You’ve created something that people respond to. Galleries ask for more of the same. And you may be able to crank out a few more pieces along that line but is it something you can do indefinitely. Is it something you SHOULD do repeatedly? John Brosio says he can’t keep creating the same things over and over. He finds himself in a certain creative space for a season and then has to move on. Maybe it’s part of how his personal creativity ebbs and flows. Maybe it’s an expression of his keen mind and the many interests he has. Whatever it is I believe we’re all better off for it. You can hear John talk about this and many more issues he’s experienced throughout his career, on this episode of Savvy Painter.

He got his dream job working for George Lucas and it wasn’t for him.

One of the things John Brosio thought he wanted to do as he worked his way through school was to work with George Lucas on the Star Wars films. His keen interest in the unusual, the epic, the fantastic caused him to feel like it was an ideal fit. But as he got into the work - creating sculptures of monsters and alien worlds - he discovered that it’s very different to create someone else’s dream than it is to create what’s in your own mind and heart. When his internship was over he decided that he needed to do something else. And he has certainly done that! You can hear John’s artistic journey on this episode.

Why making art is a privilege artists can never take for granted.

Art is one of the finer things of life. To have the privilege to express beauty or communicate truth through a work of your own creativity is a humbling thing. But it’s essential that in the pursuit of our art we keep in mind that the price has already been paid for us to have the privilege to be artists. Someone has done the hard work of preparing the way, creating a culture that allows us the luxury of painting, drawing, sculpting, and more. A quote from President John Adams prompted John Brosio and me to chat about the importance of this issue - and a whole lot more - on this episode.

Outline of This Episode
  • John’s background: how he got started in the creative industry.
  • Artists that John was inspired by when he was young.
  • The journey through school and how John navigated his education.
  • How John sometimes remains “there” in a painting or season of painting.
  • Why an artist needs to be responsible for the relationships viewers know already.
  • How John coalesces his view of responsibility into his own paintings.
  • Steps toward selling his own paintings and how his career progressed.
  • John’s studio work and process for starting paintings.
  • The recent changes to John’s painting process because things weren’t working.
  • The piece of art by a living artist John would own if he could.
  • Connect with John Brosio: http://www.johnbrosio.com/
Other artists mentioned on this episode Connect With Antrese

Stremmel Gallery Manager, Parker Stremmel
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Stremmel Gallery Manager, Parker Stremmel

Parker Stremmel is the Gallery Manager at Stremmel gallery in Reno, Nevada. The gallery opened in 1969 with an outdoor and wildlife emphasis, but by 2003, it evolved to reflect a modern focus. Today Stremmel gallery specializes in contemporary paintings, drawings, and sculptures by mid-career and established American and European artists.

In this episode, Parker and Antrese Wood talk about why galleries have limits with the number of artists they work with, the benefits of standing by artists as they experiment and grow, and how Stremmel talks to collectors. They also talk about the cornerstone of a healthy

They also talk about the cornerstone of a healthy artist-gallery relationship: honesty, communication, and why Stremmel Gallery employs some counter-intuitive tactics to help their artists grow and succeed.

Parker tells the harrowing story of when a visitor slammed his fist into a Trompe L’Oeil piece to see if it was real- luckily the piece was undamaged.

This episode is sponsored by Trekell Art Supplies. Go to Trekell.com and use promo code SAVVY16 to get 15% off your next order.

Figurative Artist Jennifer Balkan
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Figurative Artist Jennifer Balkan

Jennifer Balkan didn’t start out to be an artist. She earned a Ph.D in anthropological sociology, but after seeing master paintings in France, Italy, and Spain, she knew she had to switch gears and study art.

Jennifer shares about how she transitioned into full-time painting, her experiences with galleries, social media, looking out for yourself, and balancing painting life with family life. Jennifer offers tips on pushing yourself to be your best, determining which galleries to work with, and working through grief.

She stresses the importance of both working hard to learn the language of painting, and of playful riffs and exploration.

Chris Leib
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Chris Leib

Realist painter Chris Leib’s artistic journey began by way of anthropology and a near-miss with a career in real estate. An apprenticeship with Roberto Lupetti provided a foundation from which his talent could organically grow. Leib discusses overcoming setbacks, including an explosion that forced him from his home and studio, life with a fellow artist as your spouse, and the habits and mindset that contribute to productive creativity.

An Interview with Gillian Pedersen-Krag
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An Interview with Gillian Pedersen-Krag

Gillian Pederson-Krag paints still-lifes and figurative work from her home in New York. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1961 and her MFA from Cornell University shortly after.

As a child, Gillian visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York often. She was particularly fascinated by the Egyptian mummies and the concept of death. Later, she had a pivotal experience of being moved by the Egyptian artwork, and that experience of being moved, of connecting on a human level through visual language became a cornerstone of her work, something she continually returns to and strives for.

Gillian believes that part of a painters discipline lies in the act of daydreaming - spending a certain amount of time being a host to whatever images and feelings visit, and then allowing those to incubate until they from a painting.

Abstract Painter Brian Rutenberg
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Abstract Painter Brian Rutenberg

Brian Rutenberg is originally from South Carolina. He received his BFA from the College of Charleston, and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

I think you will really enjoy this conversation- Brian talks about his idea that in the big picture, art fails us, it is lifeless and incomplete. Wait— what?? When I heard Brian say that, I’ll admit I had a split second of judgment, you know, like someone had just insulted the love of my life and I needed to defend my love. But what Brian goes on to say is quite beautiful, and illustrates the role of the artist in this dance with our canvas.

Brian also shares his idea that art is part skill and part insanity. I loved diving down that rabbit hole- it brought us into skill, spontaneity and the difference between making and creating.

Then we talk about Brian’s painting rituals, his family life, and how that inspires his work.

Figurative Painter Zoey Frank
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Figurative Painter Zoey Frank

Zoey Frank is a figurative painter from Colorado. She studied at the Juliette Aristides Atelier in Seattle and then went on to get her MFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design.

Zoey is in love with the figure. She shares her process, and her experiments freely in this episode. I really enjoyed talking with her about her current work, in which she is playing with observation, imagination, and photography.

We also talk about the instability of this career choice we’ve made and how that can really affect our mood. Zoey shares the tactics she uses to deal with uncertainty- tactics that focus on reconnecting with the joy of making things and creating.

An Interview with Susan Jane Walp
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An Interview with Susan Jane Walp

Susan Jane Walp paints still lifes from her home in Vermont. Her compositions expertly balance silent spaces with a powerful geometry that pulls you in and holds you. Her influences range from Piero de la Francesca to Lennart Anderson whom she met and studied with at a summer program run by Boston University during her undergrad years.

Susan and I talk about how she constructs her paintings, and how she balances precision with those spontaneous a-ha moments. We dive pretty deep into how she sets up her subjects. She has the patience to leave things open enough for change and for something larger than herself to manifest. Susan also shares how painting phases coincide with the phases of the moon.

Billyo O'Donnell
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Billyo O'Donnell

Like many artists, Billyo O'Donnell struggled with the decision to pursue art as a vocation. But standing in his boss's office at a Missouri saw mill, Billyo came to a life changing realization.

He saw that there are no safe paths, and decided he might as well take his own chances.

So he carved his own path in the world of corporate illustration, negotiating a brilliant deal with his employer that got his paintings into corporate collections across the U.S.

After being rejected from multiple galleries in his home state of Missouri, a painting trip to California inspired Billyo to start his own painting ventures.

We talk about the uncertainty and dedication in multi-year projects, how the NEA contacted Billyo and expanded on his project, plus the book that followed: “Painting Missouri.”

We also talk about the plein-air events and what Billyo looks for when judging painting competitions plus how he sees the art world changing in the next few years.

Kathleen Speranza: Dancing On The Third Rail
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Kathleen Speranza: Dancing On The Third Rail

Kathleen Speranza is a painter from Massachusetts. She earned her BFA from Boston University and her MFA from Yale. She teaches painting and drawing at Rhode Island School of Design.

Her current obsession is portraits. Portraits of flowers. And according to Kathleen, flower paintings are sometimes akin to stepping on the third rail. There are so many stereotypes that go along with this subject that tackling it can be dangerous. Particularly for a female painter.

But Kathleen, I think, is fluent in the language of color. She understands their subtleties and arranges them masterfully on her canvas. Allowing each its place so that the subject sings.

I am completely fascinated by, the topic of color so I grill Kathleen on her palette organization, her interest in the Munsell Palette and when she chooses to use it.

We talk about life, and yes, having one informs our art. As much as we’d like to lock ourselves in an ivory tower and paint 24/7, it just doesn’t work. We circle back to this topic a few times - as it relates to taking a break so that we have the opportunity to distil the stimulus into a painting. Maintaining an art practice after having a child, and how that actually makes you a better painter. We get into a little aside on artists who have more than one kid and how bad ass we think they are.

This episode is just chock full of wonderful bits of wisdom. I don’t want to list them all; I just want you to hear it from Kathleen herself, but one last jewel I want you to keep an ear out for: Kathleen’s insights on asking for help and how she became comfortable with frustration when she paints.

Trici Venola, Drawing Istanbul
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Trici Venola, Drawing Istanbul

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In the early eighties, Trici Venola was an early adopter and jumped into the digital art scene. She created fonts for Zap Comix artists including Robert Crumb. She got to know the comic artists she adored and was in the very first issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.

I was introduced to Trici by good friends of mine, Rachel and Dan DiPaola, back when I was a young punk, fresh out of college working at Disney. Rachel was the project manager, I needed some help, so Rachel brought in Trici.

Years later, Trici abandoned everything and moved to Istanbul, Turkey to draw the architecture and the people there. As she will tell you, it was a very bumpy road. She has many colorful stories of the experiences she has had in Istanbul. She candidly describes her mistakes and the consequences she and the people she loved suffered because of her decisions.

It has been 17 years since she fell in love with Istanbul. She has published two books: Drawing on Istanbul 1 and 2. Her obsession with documenting the culture and architecture continues unabated, despite the many obstacles in her way.

Abstract Painter Rebecca Crowell
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Abstract Painter Rebecca Crowell

Rebecca Crowell creates luscious abstract paintings which are inspired by her travels and memories of places.

In this episode, Rebecca and I talk about working with cold wax, and how playing with the medium encouraged her to switch from representational to abstract painting.

We also discuss the discomfort artists feel when they transition from a style they are known for into something completely new.

We dig a little into her process of both a painting and a body of work she might create after experiencing a place through her travels.

Because I know artists do have lives outside of the studio, I asked Rebecca to share what it was like when she and her husband started their family. She talks candidly about her challenges with raising her sons while keeping up with her painting.

I really appreciate Rebecca’s curiosity and love of creating. Although she might be most known for her cold wax paintings, she also makes mono-prints and is learning about carborundum printing, a technique I was unfamiliar with so I asked her all about it.

Rebecca is currently in the middle of a crowdsourcing campaign for Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations, a book she co-authored with artist Jerry McLaughlin. The fundraising campaign reached its goal quickly, which is not a small feat, and they still have a few weeks to go. The campaign ends on August 17th, 2016

An Interview with Zaria Forman
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An Interview with Zaria Forman

Zaria Forman makes pastel drawings of glaciers and icebergs and the changing landscapes of places like Antarctica, Greenland, and the Maldives. She does this to bring attention to climate change and to honor her mother who started it all.

Zaria shares how taking risks and having the courage to grow has been an essential part of her journey. We get into the nitty-gritty of how she works: from curating thousands of photographs, getting just the right shades of blue for her pastel drawings, and even a bit on how she runs her studio.

Zaria’s work has been featured in National Geographic, she recently gave a TED talk and she was invited by Sven Lindblad as an artist aboard Lindblad expeditions. We talk about how all that came about.

Anyway, as you’ll hear, we geek out a little bit, and I loved every second of it. There is a moment in this interview when Zaria tells me about what she is doing with some noises she recorded in Antarctica.

My geeky little heart skipped a beat when she told me who is helping her and who stopped by her studio. I kind of had fan girl moment. You’re going to have to listen to find out who that is.

Symbolist Painter Greg Decker
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Symbolist Painter Greg Decker

Greg Decker is a symbolist painter, living in southern New Mexico. He holds two MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degrees, from Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI) and from the New York Academy of Art (NYC).  He’s studied with renowned painters such as Leland Bell, Fairfield Porter, John Moore, Vincent Desiderio and Martha Erlebacher.

I never thought I would hear Beethoven and the Ramones mentioned in the same sentence, but that’s what Greg does, he weaves together ideas from history, literature, philosophy and diverse sources to create his work. Thank you to Julyan Davis for bringing Greg and his luscious paintings to my attention.

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Timothy Horn
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Timothy Horn

Timothy Horn paints rural landscapes around Marin and Sonoma counties in northern California.

He fell in love with painting after a chance encounter with another artist who has been on this show- Stanley Goldstein. Just a few years later, Tim shut down his graphic design business to focus entirely on his painting and he hasn’t looked back.

In this episode, Tim shares how he got started, what he needed to learn about painting before he was ready to get his work out, and how he made the transition to a full time painter.

Tim and Antrese also talk about how Tim chooses painting events to participate in, how he managed his time starting out, and also the conflict that comes with being 100% dependent on the sales of your art, while having a family and making the time to paint.

An Interview with Ann Gale
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An Interview with Ann Gale

Ann is a figurative painter based in Seattle. If you are not familiar with her work, you definitely want to spend some time to really look at what she is doing in her painting. On the surface you’ll note her distinctive brushwork, how she weaves ribbons of color through figure and background, and plays with edges. But as she will tell you herself, she is constantly setting up challenges for herself to push her painting further.

 

She’s a painter’s painter, which is probably why during these interviews when I ask an artist if you would like to own a painting by any living artist, whose would it be, Ann’s name comes up often.

She received her bachelor of fine arts from Rhode Island College and her MFA from Yale University.  

Ann has been the recipient of several prestigious awards for her painting - including a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has had solo shows at the Portland Art Museum  and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, in North Carolina. Ann’s work can be seen in person at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco and at Prographica Drawings in Seattle.

I met Ann last summer at the JSS program in Civita Italy where she was the guest of honor. I don’t think there are enough superlatives to adequately describe what a great painter and human being Ann is.  She asks the right questions to understand where her students are and then drops these knowledge bombs that tweak your perspective making it impossible to see your  painting in the same way again. I’m a little jealous of the students at the University of Washington School of Art, where Ann is a professor.

While in Italy, we went on weekly excursions to visit museums. Sometimes that meant a 3 hour bus ride. Several times I sat with Ann and we talked about art, life, and the unbearable heatwave that just wouldn’t die down. In Naples, we stood in awe in front of Caravaggio’s the Flagellation of Christ and dissected the composition, seeing nuances you just can’t get in a book.

On those trips and during Ann’s critiques, I often wished I could record the conversations. So I’m excited to have the opportunity again to chat with her and share the conversation with you.

 

Celia Reisman
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Celia Reisman

Celia Reisman paints suburban landscapes - specifically the neighborhood she has been living in for over 30 years. 

 

In this interview discusses her process of creating these paintings and how she adapted her work methods to fit her personality. 

 

Observational drawings are integral to her work method. While she does paint plein air, it is her field sketches that feed her large scale studio paintings. 

 

She talks about memory, instinct and how she constructs her large scale works -not being satisfied with traditional proportions for example. Early on, Celia played with an extremely limited palette, which is probably why she has such a sensitive eye for color.

 

This episode is a lot about Celia’s process of making a painting: the shifting balance between planning and having control while letting the painting evolve throughout the process.

 

SPP Skip Whitcomb
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SPP Skip Whitcomb

Skip Whitcomb grew up on a Ranch in Colorado, without much encouragement to pursue art as a vocation. Following his parents advice, he enrolled in college to study business, but quickly realized his heart was somewhere else.

Skip has been painting landscapes of the western United States for over forty years now.

In this conversation, Skip and I talk about learning the craft and then taking every opportunity to flex your wings, to test them and see if you can fly. We talk about artist communities, their natural cycles and how having a sympathetic ear from time to time is crucial. 

 

Skip shares the frustration of pushing through dissatisfaction, or plateaus in his paintings. I think - or hope- we all go through this at some point as we master certain skills and go on to explore new concepts. How one deals with these issues greatly impacts our growth as artists. Eventually, technique becomes less important than why you are using it. “Why?”, not “how?” is the question we would be better off  asking.

 

Skip is a wealth of information, and a brilliant creative thinker.

 

An Interview with Plein Air Painter Ray Roberts
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An Interview with Plein Air Painter Ray Roberts

Ray Roberts is a California painter, who paints landscapes and figures both in studio and en plein air. He is best known for his seascapes, figurative work, and landscapes of California and the Southwest.

Ray has won numerous awards for his paintings including Gold Medal for "Best Painting" at the California Art Club and the Artists' Choice Award, the highest accolade from fellow artists, at several major Southwest art events. Several times in this interview, we mention Peggi- Peggi is Ray’s wife - the other half of the Kroll Roberts Studio- You may remember Peggi from an earlier interview on this podcast but if you have not had a chance to listen, check the show notes for a link to my interview with Peggi Kroll Roberts - she and Ray form a unique partnership and often host workshops together.

 

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Kurt Moyer
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Kurt Moyer

Kurt Moyer is a landscape painter living in upstate New York. He pulls inspiration from nature, and from studying the master paintings that came before us.

As Kurt will tell you, some mysteries in painting don’t need to be solved in order to have a full,  rich experience with them. Kurt is content to let some of that be so that he can focus on light, color, and the thread that weaves through his work and ties  all the way back  to Cezzane, Balthus, George Sorrell, and many other artists.

In this episode Kurt and I talk about seeing. About getting that authentic impression of color and light and not being a slave to your own eyes. We also talk about how new experiences or simply time can completely change the way you look at paintings that maybe you have seen many times before.

 

Mark Daniel Nelson
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Mark Daniel Nelson

After a successful career in illustration, Mark Daniel Nelson decided he would be more fulfilled working on his own art. He took his business acumen from the illustration world and applied it to fine arts. Through some smart decisions and ‘being in the right place at the right time.’ Mark created his own path to artistic freedom.

In this episode, Mark describes the calculated moves he made to build his career. And how he learned that those calculations will only get you so far. To sustain an art career, the artist ultimately must discover their authentic voice, that thing that keeps him fascinated and engaged with his art.

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Martin Campos
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Martin Campos

Figurative oil painter Martin Campos describes himself as a late bloomer. He began painting in earnest in his late 20s and didn't go to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) where he teaches now until his 30’s. Martin describes a pivotal moment at PAFA when an instructor with a Cheshire Cat grin made a suggestion that ended up changing everything about Martins paintings.

Martin also talks about the domino effect in his work, how his paintings are almost premonitions of what his life will be, and why its so important to paint something that truly scares you.

Bobbie Burgers - Capturing Past, Present, and Future All In One Moment.
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Bobbie Burgers - Capturing Past, Present, and Future All In One Moment.

Bobbie Burgers is an artist living in Vancouver, Canada. She paints large scale portraits of flowers, but as Bobbie will tell you, these paintings are actually not about the flowers at all.

Bobbie and I talk about her inspiration, where it comes from and how changing studios gave her the luxury of seeing the progression of her body of work. We also talk about Bobbie’s reaction to having her work copied in Chinese art factories. I have to say, I love how Bobbie ultimately responded to this experience and how it has affected experimentation and her painting process.

We also talk about art residencies - Bobbie recently ran an Instagram contest where the winner gets to come hang out and work in her studio for a day - That lead to us talking about how changing things up a bit enables you to explore freely without expectations.

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Debra Huse – Plein Air Painting and the Debra Huse Gallery
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Debra Huse – Plein Air Painting and the Debra Huse Gallery

Debra is a plein air painter from Southern California. She lives in Orange County where she has a studio and a gallery on Balboa Island.

She has been featured in Art of the West, and Plein Air magazine, this year, her paintings will be exhibited in Maui Plein Air, and at the California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition at the Autry Museum.

Debra and I talk about….

  • What she teaches her students about simplification and avoiding the overwhelm of complicated subjects.
  • How she started her own gallery - admitting what you’re good at and delegating the rest.
  • Mistakes artists make when dealing with a gallery.
  • The many plein air events she participates in, and how she uses that consistency to move her work.

Felicia Forte
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Felicia Forte

Felicia is a representational artist who paints Alla Prima portraits from her studio in Detroit. Her self portrait ‘Melting Point’ was accepted into he BP Portrait awards show in 2015.

After 15 years of waitressing, Felicia took a leap and decided to focus exclusively on her painting. It’s an inspiring story of faith in her abilities and pushing past the “oh my god, what did I just do” moments to become the artist she is today.

Antrese Wood and Felicia talk about the importance of human connection for artists, how connecting with artists in the real world as well as the virtual world creates a safety net and community. I especially appreciated Felicia’s candor in talking about a difficult period in her life and how the apathy she felt turned out to be the thing that allowed her to grow as an artist.

John Cosby on Plein AIr Painting and When to Show your Work
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John Cosby on Plein AIr Painting and When to Show your Work

Plein Air painter John Cosby began his art career at sea. Like so many people in their 20's he had the urge to travel and see what else is out there. Other sailors noticed him drawing, John needed to eat, so he sold his drawings or bartered for gear.

In this episode, John describes how what started as a necessity morphed into a 35 year adventure in painting.

When John began to focus exclusively on his art, there was not much going on in the New Port Beach area of California, in terms of art, so he started his own gallery. Just a little farther down the coast of California though, in Laguna Beach, there was a mecca, John give us the back story on how that came to be and how he, and a group of friends formed their own community of plein air painters with the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

John has been working on a project called Rust and Roadsides with Joe Paquet. They are painting what is known as the 'Rust Belt' - after many factories and manufacturing shut down across the United States, towns and entire cites were abandoned and left blighted. John tells some colorful stories about staying safe while plein air painting.

And of course, as you probably expect by now, we talk about the issues artists wrestle with almost daily: Managing your painting practice, staying authentic despite real or perceived expectations from others, and when to share your work, and the pressures of social media.

Classical Realist Painter David Gray
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Classical Realist Painter David Gray

David Gray is a classical realist painter. His work has appeared in Southwest Art, Art of the West, and American Art Collector.

David talks with Antrese Wood about how being an artist is being an entrepreneur in this episode. David shares how he accidentally discovered the power of social media to connect with both students and collectors.

David and Antrese also talk about the pressure of supporting a family and making a living as an artist while creating meaningful art.

An Interview with Sean Cheetham
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An Interview with Sean Cheetham

Sean Cheetham grew up surrounded by artists and encouraged to create. He studied illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and quickly began teaching and showing his art.

Sean and Antrese Wood talk about his portraits of friends, and how painting became sort of a diary of his life. Sean talks about entering art contests, his experience with the BP Portrait contest. On the one hand these contests can be great opportunities for exposure, on the other hand- they can get expensive quickly.

Tunnel vision with your art career often leads to burnout. Sean shares his other creative outlets that help him stay on track, and why these creative outlets are categorically not for sale. They allow him to get back to the place where he is creating for himself first.

Sean Cheetham is a portrait artist, originally from San Francisco. He now splits his time between San Francisco and L.A.

An Interview With the Artist Christopher Gallego
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An Interview With the Artist Christopher Gallego

Christopher Gallego talks about mastery, the artist mindset, why a painting might 'fail', and his new drawings of the streets of New York City.

Paint what makes your heart hurt- Chelsea Bentley James
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Paint what makes your heart hurt- Chelsea Bentley James

Chelsea Bentley James studied art at the University of Utah and shows her work at Dolby Chadwick in San Francisco.

After some early success with still life paintings, Chelsea was advised to “Paint what makes your heart hurt.” Although those early still lifes were necessary to her technical growth and she loved painting them, Chelsea felt they might become somewhat formulaic. So she looked for a motif that was uniquely hers and found the vulnerability and openness of the desert.

This conversation echoes a recurring theme here on the Savvy Painter podcast: which is to trust yourself first. As Chelsea will tell you, you can’t fool anyone, and when you paint from your heart and trust your intuition, your authenticity is rewarded. People notice.

Chelsea and Antrese also talk about her painting process, allowing a series to grow, avoiding preciousness and even painting with toddlers in the house.

Creativity without limits, an interview with Katy Schneider
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Creativity without limits, an interview with Katy Schneider

Artist Katy Schneider paints intimate domestic scenes, mostly from her 6 foot by 8 foot studio in her basement. She plays with questions like, how do you fit all of THIS in such a small space? When you see her paintings, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Katy includes all disciplines in her creative life. She consistently challenges the beginner mindset by doing things like taking up pedal steel guitar, composing music and even taking up ballet. Katy reflects on navigating the guilt artists feel when they are not in the studio and giving herself permission to be creative in other ways. Katy paints from her home in New York, teaches painting at Smith college, and she has won numerous awards for her children’s books.

Figurative Artist Andrew Salgado
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Figurative Artist Andrew Salgado

Andrew Salgado paints large colorful portraits and abstract figurative work. He is originally from Canada but after attending graduate school at Chelsea he made London his home.

In this interview, Andrew and Antrese talk about living in a different country and how immersing yourself in an artistic culture different from your own presents challenges and opportunities for growth. Those opportunities are central to this discussion - Andrew finds opportunities for growth all around him- from fears we have as artists about our work, to competitive rivalries. How these issues affect our work is entirely dependent on mindset, as Andrew says “What happens in the studio is just a microcosmic example of what happens in life.”

 

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A Conversation with Laurie Lipton
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A Conversation with Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton creates massive, intricate drawings using her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting.

Laurie and I talk about how she developed her own method of working- she calls it giving birth to an elephant, her need to say something about what is going on in this world.She lived in Europe for 36 years, immersed in master art from Michelangelo to Van Eyck when conceptual art and installations were en vogue.Throughout her journey as an artist Laurie was constantly told “you can’t do that”, but her relentless pursuit and belief in herself eventually paid off.

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Yael Scalia
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Yael Scalia

I met Yael in Italy last summer at the JSS in Civita program. And If you have never seen her work, do yourself a favor: soak it in. 

Her paintings are exquisite jewels, and like the artist herself, the paintings are eloquent and understated. 

In this episode, Yael and I talk about her early years at college and why studying with someone who knows something about artistic tradition is so important. Yael shares how she used small format gouache sketches to develop her vision and to formulate pictorial ideas. She gives advice on how to learn to compose a motif. Of course, we  talk about Civita Castellana and how her time there every summer with the JSS program serves as preparation for Yael’s painting in Jerusalem.

Yael Scalia is represented by Rothschild Fine Art, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Building a Dream Studio With Determination And Sweat Equity.
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Building a Dream Studio With Determination And Sweat Equity.

Artist Dean Fisher lives with his wife Jo in a beautifully remodeled barn house in Connecticut. As it turns out, there is a story behind this barn house. In this episode, Dean shares a fascinating story of how determination, good luck, and a lot of sweat equity went into building their dream studio.

 

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Tony Peters Part 2
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Tony Peters Part 2

Part two of a conversation with the artist Tony Peters. We continue our conversation on focus. Tony and I also discuss coming up with a style for your work and how that is very different from doing the hard work of finding your voice. Tony and I have both recently moved, we explore how to find or create an artist community when you are new in town. We look at what happens when you allow yourself to be uncomfortable in your work, or rather actively pursue something you’re “not good at”. And we even talk about what working out has to do with painting.

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Tony Peters: Looking Inward for Growth & Meaning
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Tony Peters: Looking Inward for Growth & Meaning

Part one of a two part interview with the artist Tony Peters.

In this episode, Tony and I talk about his formative years at the Art Center College of Design, and what he learned by assisting and being mentored by several influential artists there. We talk about “The Church of Art”, a term we made up ( I think) while talking about making observational drawing sacred. It’s a sort of life blood of artists and in figure drawing studios, a community we often take for granted.

By now you may be expecting this, or at least not find it surprising, but we also dig into psychology, focus, and even brain science – yes- we mention neuro-plasticity during an art conversation. Tony and I talk about meditation, how that impacts our work and even how to optimize your practice by being selective about the environment and people you spend your time with.

JSS in Civita
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JSS in Civita

This past summer, I made a trip to Italy to participate in the JSS master program in Civita Castellana with Israel Hershberg and guest of honor Ann Gale.

The master program is an intense six week immersion into painting. It’s unlike any other workshop or program I’ve ever been to.

You’ve been asking for an episode about my experience there, but rather than paint kind of a ‘what I did on my summer break’ picture, I wanted to create something more useful for you.

Im going to talk about my experience in the context of how to get the most out of a program or workshop.

I cover in depth, a few concepts that are critical to doing this -  and these concepts, by the way, apply to any learning experience. Afterwards, I’ll describe what the JSS program is like, because I’ve been getting a lot of questions about that.

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Landscapes, Collages & Designing Your Art Career with Harry Stooshinoff
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Landscapes, Collages & Designing Your Art Career with Harry Stooshinoff

Harry Stooshinoff realized pretty quickly after grad school that in order to sustain his career, he needed to make some tough choices. He took matters into his own hands and designed his life so that he could create freely. In this episode, Harry Stooshinoff and Antrese Wood talk about creative process, painting and collage work, the inherent issues in the artist-gallery relationship, finding blocks of time to create, and how Harry built his base of art collectors. **Support the podcast** Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

James Gurney on Dinotopia, Creativity, and Technology in the Arts.
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James Gurney on Dinotopia, Creativity, and Technology in the Arts.

  • James Gurney talks about: 
  • How John Steinbeck, Charles Kuralt, and a hobo named Bud inspired James to spend three months traveling across the U.S.
  • The lasting impression of James' art on young minds and how one fan grew up to be a paleontologist and named a dinosaur after James: Torvosaurus gurneyi
  • The criteria James uses to decide what projects to work on: "Find the work I have the most fun doing, work with the people I really enjoy hanging with and then figure out how to make a business out of that."
  • Why James thinks right now is the best time to be an artist and how he uses new technology to reach current fans and create new ones.
  • Why reading every day is important to James' work.
  • How his artist blog, Gurney Journey sparks James' creativity.
  • James' advice on how to develop an original vision.

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Part 2: Cameron Schmitz on Pricing Work, Studio Time and Collectors
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Part 2: Cameron Schmitz on Pricing Work, Studio Time and Collectors

Part 2 with Cameron Schmitz. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to part one, you may want to go back so that it all makes sense.In this episode, Cameron and Antrese talk about the biggest mistake artists make in pricing their work, we talk about some of the misconceptions artists have about collectors, and dig into what drives people to collect art. Cameron also shares how she balances her studio, her toddler, her teaching schedule and how it has impacted her creativity. With everything she has going on, Im wondering if she secretly wears a cape to manage all that.**Support the podcast** Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

Part 1: Cameron Schmitz on Galleries & Collectors
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Part 1: Cameron Schmitz on Galleries & Collectors

Cameron Schmitz in the first of a two part interview. In this segment, we talk about what it means to be a professional artist, how the audience plays a critical role, and how her roles of artist, teacher, and curator combine into a balanced 'trifecta'. We talk about why many artists stop making art and common threads Cameron has noticed from supporting so many other artists. There is a lot of great information in this episode, like some of the events Cameron holds at the Drawing room to get collectors and artists excited about the art.**Support the podcast** Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

Looking Up with JD Wissler
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Looking Up with JD Wissler

JD Wissler has been having a decades long love affair with clouds. He is fascinated with the nuances, the fleeting moments, the way the light bounces off of them. It’s an obsession, really, but one I can understand.In this episode, we talk about his fascination with a single topic, overcoming perfectionism, when a painting is finished, curating your own work, how the art world is changing and his habit of finding learning experiences in everything weaves in and out of the conversation.** Support the podcast **Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

How to sell your art online with Karin Jurick
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How to sell your art online with Karin Jurick

Karin Jurick's framing business took a dive after 9/11. In a desperate attempt to save the shop and to keep from having to layoff her employees, she began to paint. Karin kept the framing business going for another 7 years by subsidizing the shop with sales from her oil paintings. Eventually painting became more lucrative than her framing business.Karin sells the majority of her work online using eBay. In this episode, Karin and I talk about building a fanbase, trust, getting payments and how she navigates the sometimes choppy waters of selling art online.Support the podcast- Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

Let them come to you- Stanka Kordic on galleries and collectors.
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Let them come to you- Stanka Kordic on galleries and collectors.

Stanka Kordic graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with an illustration degree and quickly discovered she needed to adapt and reinvent herself.

In this episode, Stanka shares how she found collectors initially and what happened later when she pivoted to social media and to find collectors and galleries that interested her. She shares how she used the artist community to guide her choices and help her avoid gallery pitfalls. We also talk about her techniques and thought processes for creating her paintings.

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How a late start, a health scare and an abandoned powerplant shaped Janne Kearney's creativity.
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How a late start, a health scare and an abandoned powerplant shaped Janne Kearney's creativity.

Janne Kearney started painting in her 40’s. She struggled through her own feelings of not being a “real artist” or that her work was not valid. After a health scare shifted her perspective and she was selected as a semi-finalist for the BP portrait awards, Janne is feeling a lot more comfortable in her role as an artist. Which is great for us, for her students, and for the people who enjoy her paintings because with those distractions gone, Janne is focused on what actually matters: her art. This show is for you if you are wondering if you started painting too late. It’s for you if you have ever thought, "why bother entering that competition?', or wondered if you’re wasting time. If that’s you, Janne has a few stories for you and a few pieces of advice you might want to take to heart.Support the podcast- Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: Click here to donate.

A look into the self, with painter Karen Kaapcke
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A look into the self, with painter Karen Kaapcke

Karen Kaapke talks about her ongoing series of self portraits, why she started this series and how it helps her examine the experience of growing older. There is a certain age at which women - in US culture at least - become almost invisible. This leads us into a conversation about how we view our own bodies and how a quick glance in the mirror can sometimes be surprising. Karen uses portraiture to examine both her own transitions and her family’s. We also discuss memory and how it informs her painting, how she shifts between pieces and lets them play off each other plus a whole lot more.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Persistence and Excellence- Pastel and Watercolor artist Mario Robinson
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Persistence and Excellence- Pastel and Watercolor artist Mario Robinson

Mario Robinson talks about how remarkable teachers guided him towards his art. After two years in the U.S. Army he attended Pratt, the combined experiences shaped his drive and lead him to a quest for excellence in watercolor and pastel portraiture. Mario describes why he gifted a portrait to Spike Lee and what he thinks of the experience now.Mario's paintings contain few references to modern life which gives them a timeless and universal quality. The subjects he chooses refer to a bygone era where solitude and reflection were abundant, also provoke frequent allusions to the watercolors of Winslow Homer.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

How an inspired idea turned into a 10 year project with Connie Hayes
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How an inspired idea turned into a 10 year project with Connie Hayes

Connie Hayes created a project called Borrowed Views when her warehouse studio didn't inspire. Listen to her solution and how she turned a one time show into a 10 year project.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Letting Go of the Inner Critic- Rick Stevens Part 2
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Letting Go of the Inner Critic- Rick Stevens Part 2

Part 2 with the artist Rick Stevens. Rick and Antrese get a little more philosophical and talk about how a trip to Brazil helped Rick learn to let go of the ego, the inner critic and fear. They also play around with the almost unanswerable Zen Koan questions.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Rick Stevens: Straddling the line between abstract and representational painting.
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Rick Stevens: Straddling the line between abstract and representational painting.

As Rick will tell you in this interview, straddling the line between abstract and representational painting is exactly where he wants to be: in the grey area slipping in and out of both labels.Rick Stevens and Antrese Wood talk abut how a year of solitude focused his work. We talk about accepting the generosity of patrons, how Tai Chi has informed his perception of painting and we even get into a discussion on impulse versus intuition and what that can mean for your painting.Part one of a two part interview.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com.

Israel Hershberg - Part 2
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Israel Hershberg - Part 2

Part 2 of a multipart interview with renowned landscape oil painter Israel Hershberg. 

 

Antrese Wood and Israel Hershberg talk about originality vs. Individuality, and what Johnny Carson can teach us about that. Israel also gives us a glimpse into his process and how he maintains the experience of the subject in his paintings. At a certain point we talk about the joy of maturing as an artist and getting older- some things just don’t matter anymore. Also Israel paints a picture of what his summer painting programs are like.

 

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Lori Putnam, Plein Air Painter
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Lori Putnam, Plein Air Painter

Lori Putnam is an award winning Plein Air Painter. She has been featured in numerous magazines - including American Art Collector Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Art of the West. Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Israel Hershberg- Part 1
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Israel Hershberg- Part 1

This is part one of a two part interview with renowned painter Israel Hershberg. He talks about his childhood, his training, the "art world" and a host of other topics.

Textile Artist Karin Olah on Materials, and How to Build a Solid Artist Network From Scratch
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Textile Artist Karin Olah on Materials, and How to Build a Solid Artist Network From Scratch

Karin Olah got her start in the fabric industry. Part of her job was to create a dye to perfectly match an object to a fabric.Today, Karin uses her extensive knowledge of color and fabrics to create layered images using fabric, paint, and mixed media.Karin talks about her process for creating art plus how she built up an amazing support group of artists when she moved to a new community.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Plein Air Painter & Art Ambassador Kevin Macpherson
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Plein Air Painter & Art Ambassador Kevin Macpherson

Kevin Macpherson has won numerous awards for his plein air paintings.In this episode, Antrese and Kevin talk about: • The development of his career• How Kevin chooses to take risks and live without regret• The surprising origin of Kevin's extremely limited palette.• Travels in China and what Kevin does to make children smile.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

David Kassan - giving back to the arts with the Kassan Foundation
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David Kassan - giving back to the arts with the Kassan Foundation

David Kassan would be labeled as a realist painter. You can practically see the blood pulsing through the veins of his subjects. But David describes his paintings more as documentaries, and as a way to spend time with his family who are often his subjects.David talks about his work, his transition from a graphic designer to a full time painter, and why he started the Kassan Foundation - a non profit that awards a yearly grant to one artist and one musician (http://kassanfoundation.com). Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

Realist Painter Stanley Goldstein
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Realist Painter Stanley Goldstein

Stanley Goldstein is a realist painter, representing large and small-scale scenes of everyday life as well as city scenes, interiors, and landscapes. Stanley shares how he uses video and photography as reference materials. How he distances himself from the photo with sketches and then what his theater experience contributes to his composition.We talk about how the birth of his son directly and indirectly influenced his work and studio practices. He also generously walks me through how he transitioned from waiting tables to full time gallery work.Get Savvy! Sign up for exclusive show notes and episode guides: http://savvypainter.com

The Process of Artistic Development, with Sally Strand
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The Process of Artistic Development, with Sally Strand

What really goes on behind the scenes when it comes to artistic development? Is it a straight path or are there a number of twists and turns along the way? What part of the process is active and what part of it is passive? My guest, Sally Strand opens up in our conversation about her journey and the process that led to her development as an artist over the last thirty years. Sally is open and transparent about the difficulties along the way but she is also quick to relish in the joy and beauty of the process as well. I know artists like you will get some helpful encouragement from Sally’s unique perspective.

Evolving As An Artist

How have you evolved as an artist over time? Has your artistic development been incremental or have you had specific moments that have shaped you along the way? There is no right answer to this question! Some artists make intentional shifts and some take the more gradual route. My guest, Sally Strand describes her development as more of a gradual process. The way she describes her past and how it slowly opened up to who she is as an artist today is fascinating! What will Sally’s story stir up in you? Let her story encourage and inspire you as you push forward on your journey!

Overcoming Challenges Along the Way

How do you react in difficult situations? What impact has that left on you as an artist? There are helpful lessons to be learned as we encounter difficulty and adversity on our creative journey. Sally Strand has learned that the best way to handle difficulty is to push forward and don’t let it bog you down or change you in a negative way. She also recounts a particularly difficult episode in her life where she struggled to understand what was happening in the world around her and how it would come to impact her artwork. I hope you find Sally’s perspective as captivating as I did!

Deciding What to Say “Yes” To

One of the most difficult aspects of the life of an artist is navigating your time as a friend or family member. You can feel like you are constantly torn between two worlds that you love deeply but you can’t inhabit simultaneously. How do you decide where to draw your lines? My guest, Sally Strand was kind enough to open up and explain how she works her way through this complicated and difficult area that all artists face at some point in their life. Sally’s method of dealing with this conflict is taking a moment to ask herself, “What can I not repeat?” This question allowed Sally to decide what moments in her life needed her attention and which ones could be accomplished at a later date.

Habits of a Successful Artist

What are the habits that have contributed to your success as an artist? Each one of us has a different spin on the answer to this question. As we continue to explore our artistic development, it can be immensely helpful to get the perspective of other artists, especially ones as experienced as Sally Strand. When it comes down to it, Sally says that scheduling her studio time and sticking to it has been a huge part of her journey of success as an artist. She doesn’t paint it as an easy task, but she does believe strongly that if you can commit to an appointed time and stick to it, creativity and inspiration have a high probability of making an appearance.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:35] I introduce my guest, Sally Strand.
  • [3:00] Sally talks about her start as an artist.
  • [7:00] The struggle for meaning and purpose as an artist.
  • [9:00] The impact of travel on Sally’s development as an artist.
  • [14:00] Everyday life as a theme in art.
  • [17:00] Sally talks about her decision to go back to school.
  • [21:00] Evolving as an artist.
  • [27:30] Overcoming challenges as an artist.
  • [29:30] Deciding what to say “Yes” to.
  • [31:30] What does it mean to be a “Successful Artist?”
  • [36:30] Habits of a successful artist.
  • [45:00] Sally talks about her studio routine in light of caring for her mother.
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Graffiti Art, Acrylic Painting, and more with Greg Simkins
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2017-09-22 13:45:25 UTC 01:02:02
Graffiti Art, Acrylic Painting, and more with Greg Simkins

What does a creative journey that starts with graffiti art then moves to video game work and then ends up on a smaller scale working with acrylics look like? What lessons and tips can other artists learn from such a journey? My guest, Greg Simkins opens up about all these various transitions in his life and how he has been able to build a thriving art business with his wife. Greg’s story is fascinating and unique and I hope you can catch the lively and infectious passion that he exudes for his work. Don’t forget to catch some images of Greg’s artwork located at the end of this post!

Encouragement Along the way

How did you get started as an artist? Was it a gradual progression? Did you know from a young age? Or did you come to the realization later in life? Who helped you along your creative journey? Did you have mentors, friends, or family members who encouraged you along the way? My guest, Greg Simkins describes the wonderfully supportive relationship he shares with his father who was vital in encouraging and nurturing his creative impulses early in his journey. What can you learn from Greg’s story? Does the impact that other people have had on your journey as an artist inspire you to do the same for others?

Graffiti Art

How does a mild mannered and shy AP student find himself involved with the skating and punk rock crowd? How does this association and engagement translate to a career as a successful and respected artist? My guest Greg Simkins shares the story of how some students in high school noticed his drawings and introduced him to the world of graffiti art. From there, the encouragement of his friends and his father led to greater confidence in his artistic abilities. Greg’s story is an interesting and non-traditional one that will leave you intrigued and curious to how many other paths exist out there for artists to find their way.

Working With Acrylics

Do you remember the first piece you completed in a new medium? Can you remember what you learned through that process? Was it frustrating or rewarding? My guest, Greg Simkins described to me his first experience completing a piece of art using acrylics. This experience also happened to be Greg’s first foray into being commissioned for his artwork. Greg recalls the experience as being difficult and not absent of errors he had to correct along the way but ultimately, this encounter led Greg on a path to begin working with acrylics more and more. Now Greg works predominately with acrylics and looks back fondly on this moment as one of the first steps of his journey.

Struggling With Time Management

What do you do to structure your time as an artist? Do you try to spend some time each day in your creative flow or do you designate whole days that you can dedicate to projects? Artist Greg Simkins explained to me his struggles with navigating the complexities of raising a family and balancing his time in the studio working on his projects. At the end of the day, Greg had to get to a place where he could really learn to slow down and structure his time. He had taken his time for creative endeavors for granted when he had his father close by to assist him, but when his father moved away he found himself in a state of chaos. What lessons can you learn from Greg’s story? How will you ensure that you have time to complete the work you are passionate about?

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:35] I introduce my guest, Greg Simkins.
  • [3:30] Greg talks about how he got his start as an artist.
  • [13:00] The first time Greg painted with acrylics.
  • [18:00] Moving from big scale work to a smaller scale.
  • [20:30] Greg talks about working with acrylics.
  • [28:00] Experimenting with different mediums.
  • [36:00] Struggling with time management.
  • [43:00] Running the business as an artist.
  • [45:00] Greg’s advice for artists who run their own business.
  • [52:00] What is Greg working on right now?
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The Future of Painting, with Burton Silverman pt. 2
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The Future of Painting, with Burton Silverman pt. 2

What is the future of painting? How will the next decade of painting stack up given the current trends compared to what’s come before? Is the painting community on a positive trajectory? Or do we need to make some course corrections? My guest, Burton Silverman joins me for part two of our conversation. Burt opens up about the impact of past artists, how he chooses his subjects, the future of painting, and so much more! Burt has such a depth of experience and knowledge I know you will find his insights and perspectives as fascinating as I did!

The Future of Painting

Do you have an idea of where the painting sector of the art community is headed? Does it leave you troubled or optimistic? I put this question to artist Burton Silverman and he provided a helpful and nuanced response. Burt used the word hopefully to describe his outlook and I found that really encouraging. He was also quick to add that he wants to see the future of painting push the bounds and really challenge the concept of authenticity that has been proclaimed as of late. I loved Burt’s take on our corner of the art community and hope that you find the hope and challenge as welcome as I did.

The Difference Between Style and Voice

What is the difference between an artist’s style and their voice? Is there a difference in your mind? How would you explain it? What illustrations would you give to describe it? Artist Burt Silverman explained how he sees the difference between style and voice in our conversation. Burt says that your style is the language by which your voice may or may not come through. He goes on to explain that if you change your language or your style, then your “voice” shifts and gets expressed with a different sound or accent to it. Burt really has a wonderful way with words and describing these complicated topics in a helpful and imaginative way.

Advice to Young Artists

What does it take to succeed as an artist? I’ve had just as many answers to this question as I have had guests to interview! Consider this, what would you say to someone who is just starting out on their journey as an artist? What do you think would be helpful advice for them to follow? Artist Burt Silverman struggled to answer this question because he is sensitive to the unique journey and circumstance of each artist. Having said that, he did manage to explain the importance of really knowing yourself and why artists should spend the time to plumb the depths of their interior and let that experience inform their art.

Seeing Without Observing

What skills are necessary for an artist to create meaningful works of art? Does it all rely on talent or is there something beyond the technical ability that makes for compelling and captivating art? Going back to the question of the future of painting and pairing it with the question about advice to young artists, Burt Silverman explained that we need more artists who practice the skill of observation. He used a wonderful line from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that says, “You see but you do not observe.” Does that line resonate with you? I think that Burt hit the nail on the head and I hold out hope for the art world and for myself - may we observe more and more each day.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:50] I introduce my guest, Burton Silverman.
  • [4:00] Burton and I discuss the lasting impact of bygone artists.
  • [8:20] How Burton chooses his subjects.
  • [15:00] What is the future of painting?
  • [22:40] Is there a difference between your style and your voice?
  • [32:30] What advice would Burt give to young artists?
  • [38:30] The problem of seeing without observing.
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Components of “Good Art”, with Burton Silverman pt. 1
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Components of “Good Art”, with Burton Silverman pt. 1

What does it take to create “Good Art?” Who decides? What elements or components are necessary to deem something good? My guest today is the renowned artist, Burton Silverman. This is part one of our two part conversation where we discuss a wide range of topics from the components of “Good Art,” discovering your artistic voice, the role of setting and presentation in art, racism and the fear of “the other,” and so much more! Burt draws from his vast wealth of experience and thoughtfulness and I know artists like you will value his contributions as much as I have.

What makes for “Good Art?”

How would you describe “Good Art?” Have you thought about it? Do you have a definition of it? How did you arrive at that conclusion? Artist, Burt Silverman opened up to me about what he thinks are the components of good art. Burt says that it comes down to craftsmanship and the ability to record the world in an accurate way. He further elaborates on this idea by explaining that there is an element in good artwork that transcends technical ability and taps into something deeper. In our conversation, Burt didn’t explain this “deeper” aspect further but I appreciate that he was willing to welcome an element of mystery and the unknown.

The Artistic Voice

A common question I get when it comes to diving deeper into the life of an artist is, “How do you discover your artistic voice?” So what was it like for you? What was your journey like that led you to move more and more into creating the art that you are passionate about? My guest, Burton Silverman was kind enough to consider this question and provide his insights. Burt says that for him it comes down to tapping into an inner sense from your gut and out of that flows the feelings that you believe you are compelled to share with the world. There are so many angles to this topic I know there will be some of you that really resonate with what Burt shared and others who come from a different approach - the diversity of thought is wonderful!

Setting and Presentation

What role do context, setting, and presentation have to play when it comes to viewing art work? In your opinion, does it play a role at all? Is there any difference between art that is completed and admired in the studio and artwork that is presented and shown in a gallery? How does setting impact the viewing? These are all questions and lines of thought that Burton Silverman and I discussed in our recent conversation. Burt pointed out that there is some sort of transformation that takes place from the studio setting and context to when the artwork is displayed in an intentional and meaningful way.

Creating Room for Freedom and Expression

What is your relationship to the concept of freedom when it comes to the creative process? Do you feel free to express yourself and work in a place outside of the lines? Or do you find yourself shackled to rules and boxes that you can’t cross? In our conversation, Burton Silverman and I talk about the role of rules and school of thought. Of course, they have an important role to play but they can also get in the way of our ability to push the limits and think outside of preconceived norms and expectations. I hope you get a sense of the freedom of expression that Burt and I discussed and make sure to come back next week for part two of our conversation!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:50] I introduce my guest, Burton Silverman.
  • [4:30] Burt talks about attending Fiorello Laguardia School of the Arts.
  • [10:30] What is it that makes a work of art “good?”
  • [15:00] Discovering the artistic voice.
  • [24:00] The role of setting and presentation in art.
  • [39:00] Racism and fear of the “other”
  • [47:00] The role of rules and schools of thought.
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The Hard Work of An Artist, with Steve DaLuz
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The Hard Work of An Artist, with Steve DaLuz

Do you struggle with putting in the focused and hard work required of you as an artist? You aren’t alone! I’ve struggled with carving out the time and maintaining that focused attention to the craft that I love. All artists struggle at some point with staying focused. What has worked for you? How have you been able to push through the difficulty? My guest, Steve Da Luz opens up and shares how he has wrestled with this obstacle in his life. I value Steve’s transparency and honesty and I know that you’ll find it just as refreshing and inspiring as I did.

Misconceptions of the “Art World”

What does it mean to follow the guidelines of the “Art World?” Is that something that you are bound to as an artist? Who are the gatekeepers of the art world? My guest, artist Steve Da Luz discusses with me what it means to be an active participant of the art world. We come to the conclusion that there isn’t some abstract and amorphous art world “out there” somewhere, but that it’s creative individuals like you and me that make up this community of artists. I’d love to hear your thoughts on mine and Steve’s discussion and how you feel about the concept of the art world.

Moving to an “Off Site” Studio

What works best for you as an artist, working from a studio space at home or having an “off site” space that you can use as your creative space? Does it really matter where we end up creating our art? What role does space play in our motivations to create? Artist Steve Da Luz walks through his decision to create an “off site” studio where he can focus on his work away from his home life and all the distractions that can bring about. It was fascinating to hear from Steve as he explained why this separate location really motivated him and spurred on his creative process. I’m excited for you to hear from Steve’s intriguing insights and the unique story that he has to share.

Luck Favors the Prepared

I know, it’s a hot topic among many in the “Art World” but I went there again with my guest Steve Da Luz as we discussed the role of luck and talent in the career of an artist. Steve comes out strong with the opinion that if you are ever going to “make it” as an artist, you need to put in the work and as prepared as possible for that “lucky moment” if it ever arrives. He used the phrase “Luck favors the prepared” and I think that he made a lot of valid points in our discussion. Wherever you land on this topic, if it’s pure luck or if it’s solely based on talent or a combination of the two, I hope you take the time to hear from Steve’s experienced perspective.

Surviving Slings and Arrows

The hard work of an artist not only includes finding the time and space to practice your creative process but it also includes taking your share of ups and downs and surviving the slings and arrows tossed your way. These can be literal roadblocks and difficulties that arise in the form of finances and critics but it can also include your own demons that can trip up your artistic expression. How will you survive the slings and arrows that come your way? Take a moment and hear from Steve Da Luz as he shares his story and how he’s been able to overcome the difficulties that have come his way in his prolific career.

Outline of This Episode
  • [2:00] I introduce my guest, Steve Da Luz.
  • [4:00] How Steve decided to develop the focus of his work.
  • [9:30] Misconceptions of the “Art World.”
  • [15:00] Steve talks about his decision to move to a off site studio.
  • [19:00] The financial struggle to survive as an artist.
  • [22:00] The role of luck and preparedness regarding success as an artist.
  • [27:00] Not everyone is going to connect with your work.
  • [31:00] Surviving the slings and arrows.
  • [37:00] Facing setbacks.
  • [42:30] Steve talks about his process and technical aspects of his paintings.
  • [58:30] The common thread in Steve’s work.
  • [1:02:30] What painting would Steve LOVE to own?
  • [1:07:00] Projects that Steve is currently working on.
  • [1:11:00] Steve talks about paintings of his that he’ll always keep.
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Narrative Painting, with Nathan Lewis
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Narrative Painting, with Nathan Lewis

What comes to mind when you think of narrative painting? Do you think of a particular painting or a series of paintings? What is it about painting with a narrative that captures an audience? My guest, Nathan Lewis is an accomplished narrative painter. In our conversation, Nathan and I spoke about the language of painting, multi figure paintings, painting through frustration and doubt, and so much more! I know artists like you will enjoy hearing from his unique perspective. I am really excited for you to get a glimpse into the world of narrative painting by hearing Nathan’s fascinating story and insights.

The Draw to Narrative Painting

Do you remember what drew you to your style or type of painting? Was it an artist that captured your imagination, a teacher that opened it up to you, or was it more of a gradual revelation? For artist Nathan Lewis, he was drawn to narrative painting through his personal pursuit of finding meaning in life. Nathan describes his attraction to art as an attraction to live a life of meaning and to find some way to interact with the world. He goes on to explain how once he got a handle on his understanding of art forms, the narrative connection just started to fall into place. Make sure you take a minute to look over Nathan’s artwork at the end of this post.

Pushing Past Fear and Failure

What do you do with fear of failure as an artists? Does it over take you sometimes? Do you use it for fuel? What is a helpful perspective we can have on this subject? Nathan Lewis has struggled with fear, doubt, and failure as an artist. To get through those difficult and potentially self defeating emotions, Nathan commits himself to his artwork at hand. He has found pushing through (not ignoring) those emotions and engaging in his art to be a helpful solution. What has worked for you in the past? What is your plan for when those feelings creep back in? I hope that hearing from Nathan can help you start to wrestle with these emotions in a way that’s helpful for you.

The Role of Memory in Art

As an artist who also works from photography I was curious to get Nathan Lewis’ perspective on what role memory has in his artwork. The fact of the matter is, there are aspects that get lost, and some aspects that get captured when we utilize photography to assist us in our paintings. Nathan explains how he enjoys using photography to take his time with a subject. This allows him to avoid the need rush to capture something that he won’t be able to remember from the subject or scene later on if he were forced to rely on his memory. I really resonated with a lot of what Nathan had to share on this subject and I hope artists like you can connect with his unique perspective.

The Artist’s Social Life

As an artist it can be a struggle to engage with others on a social level. There are a few factors involved in this difficulty. One is that non-artists don’t really understand the demands that our craft has on our time and availability. Another struggle arises when we only socialize with fellow artists and lose that connection with other sectors of society and culture. Which one do you find yourself more drawn to? Have you taken the time to consider why that is? In my conversation with artist Nathan Lewis, we discuss our own experiences with each side of this coin. I hope you find our conversation encouraging and helpful as you navigate how this plays out in your life too.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:35] I introduce my guest, Nathan Lewis.
  • [3:15] Nathan describes his work and how he got started as an artist.
  • [8:30] What drew Nathan to the narrative style of painting?
  • [17:00] Pushing past the fear of failure.
  • [19:30] How Nathan chooses his motifs.
  • [30:00] What is the role of memory in Nathan’s work?
  • [42:30] Connecting with a non-artist social circle.
  • [46:30] What is Nathan currently working on?
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Oil Painting Questions and Answers, with Gamblin
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Oil Painting Questions and Answers, with Gamblin

Do you have questions about oil painting and the best materials to use? Look no further, it’s here! Robert Gamblin, Mary, and Pete Cole join me to answer your biggest questions about oil painting and more! I’m so excited for you to hear their helpful insights into some really great topics. You’ll hear them go over questions about pigments, stories about pigment sources, why some paints have more oil separation, some great information on oil paints and toxicity, and much more! This will serve as a great resource for artists like you to keep in your back pocket. Learn how you can connect with Gamblin and utilize their great resources!

A Dedicated Focus on Oil Painting

You’ve heard that old phrase, “Jack of all trades and master of none” right? That’s what comes to mind when I hear Robert Gablin talk about why his company solely focuses on oil painting instead of branching out to provide water colors, acrylic paints, and other materials. Instead of being a jack of all trades, Robert and his team have decided to focus on being a master of one, oil paint products. Their narrow focus has paid off, they have displayed an amazing passion for detail and improvement on their niche subject. Just hearing from Robert, Mary, and Pete I could tell that they really know their field - they are the experts when it comes to oil paint!

Is the New Blue Worth it?

If you follow news about pigments and breaking developments around that subject like I do, then you’ve heard of the new “YInMn Blue” that was discovered at Oregon State University. This new color was discovered in 2009 as a byproduct of an experimentation. Since this news has recently been making the rounds on social media again it led me to get Robert Gamblin’s take on the new color and if they’ve found it worth it to start producing the color themselves. Robert explained that they found that it is not effective to produce the color for a few reasons. Their primary reason is the enormous cost it requires to create the color. This is due to the fact that the color requires three compounds and two of them are rare earth minerals. Robert’s vast knowledge was on display during our conversation and I know that artists like you will find his insights very helpful.

Mitigating Toxicity Risks

Do you find yourself concerned about your health when it comes to your time in the studio? Are you nervous about how your lifestyle as an artist will impact your health in long run? What would it mean for you to have supplies that are responsible, not only for the environment but for artists like you? My guests from Gamblin are happy to share with artists like you that their line of high-quality products are free of toxins. They want to see more artists use products that are sustainable and health conscious. Don’t let your time in the studio get clouded by concern for your health. Hear from the Gamlin team and how their products could be the best fit for you!

What is FastMatte?

Don’t you hate it when you are in a creative flow and you have to make the decision to pause and let your paint dry before you can proceed? What if there was a way to avoid that pause and continue with your creative momentum? That’s where Gamblin’s helpful product, FastMatte come in. FastMatte colors are a unique type of oil colors, every color dries fast, every color dries matte. These qualities make them perfect for underpainting techniques. FastMatte also serves as an excellent way to come back to oil painting for those painters who have switched to acrylics

because of the need for a faster drying rate. I was seriously impressed with this helpful solution that Gamblin has developed and I hope you get the chance to find out for yourself!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:15] I introduce today’s special Q&A session with the Gamblin team.
  • [2:30] Robert Gamblin joins the podcast and shares how he started Gamblin.
  • [6:00] Why does Gamblin only provide oil paint?
  • [8:00] Robert shares some interesting pigment formulations.
  • [16:00] Dreaming about color combinations.
  • [17:30] Has Gamblin made custom colors for well known artists?
  • [23:00] What is the value of white in the painting process?
  • [32:30] Advice for artists who have never used oils before.
  • [38:30] Warm and cool objects.
  • [44:30] Explaining the reason behind oil separation.
  • [47:30] Does Gamblin have any plans to start making water mixable oil paints?
  • [52:30] Pigment history and toxic pigments.
  • [1:00:30] Advice for artists who work in small enclosed spaces.
  • [1:04:00] Avoiding toxins and working with a baby nearby.
  • [1:06:00] Should I use a retouch varnish? Why varnish in the first place?
  • [1:11:30] Is there a good alternative to cadmiums that are opaque?
  • [1:14:30] Working with the cold wax medium.
  • [1:17:00] Solvent free mediums.
  • [1:22:00] What is the shelf life of oil paint?
  • [1:24:00] Will Gamblin consider changing the size of their caps?
  • [1:26:00] What is FastMatte?
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Urban Paintings, with Ehsan Maleki
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Urban Paintings, with Ehsan Maleki

Have you ever wondered what urban paintings out of Tehran might look like? What about the status of the art community in Iran in general? My guest, Ehsan Maleki is an Iranian artist whose painting primarily focus on urban settings and nature. In our conversation, he describes “Iranian Miniature” paintings, the impact that artist Mahmoud Farshchian has had on him, why abstract art is so hard to talk about, the role of personality in artwork, and much more! Ehsan was very gracious with his time and really helped me climb into the perspective of the Iranian art community. I’m certain artists like you will get a lot of enjoyment from our conversation.

Iranian Miniature Art

What is Iranian miniature art? My guest, Ehsan Maleki launched into a very concise and helpful explanation of what this art form entails. Iranian miniature art has a long history stretching back to the 10th century. It was mainly used as the illustration for poetry books so it is traditionally very small in size. The paintings are usually of gardens, lovers, and other idyllic settings. The shapes and lines in Iranian miniature art usually have no angles and are depicted with more curves and wavy lines. Another aspect of these paintings is that these works of art are usually highly detailed. It was a joy to hear such a detailed and fascinating description of this pocket of art history and form, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Why is Abstract Art so Hard to talk about?

Have you ever had a difficult time discussing abstract art? Do you feel like you have a good handle on what abstract art is and the role it plays in the art community yet still have a hard time talking about it with confidence? You aren’t alone! Ehsan Maleki and I both spend some time in our conversation talking about abstract art and how it has left its impact on us. At the same time, we wrestle with discussing it because of its abstract and hard to grasp nature. Ehsan puts forth the thought that to a degree, all art is abstract - and I agree!

Rethinking Art

Sometimes the people closest to an industry or content need to rethink the way they approach the subject. This is something that the art community needs to consider as well. Have we lost sight of what’s really important? Is our collective understanding and perception of art due for a reimagining? My guest, Ehsan Maleki believes that just such a rethinking is necessary. In our conversation, he explains how he has perceived the focus sway too much toward money and other endeavors that the focus on creating and experimenting with art is falling by the wayside. Even if you don’t agree with Ehsan’s assessment, the questions he’s bringing up are important to consider.

Art and Personality

How much of your personality do you let shine through in your art? Is it something that you actively bring with you when you create or is just passively there leaving its faint trace on your work? I have had the great privilege of interviewing artists who have a wide range of opinions on this subject. My guest, Ehsan Maleki wants his art to be about more than just himself. He really wants to be able to step out of the way and enable his viewer to really connect with the vision that he had in his mind when he was creating the painting. Catch a glimpse of Ehsan’s paintings in the images at the bottom of this post!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] I introduce my guest, Ehsan Maleki.
  • [10:00] Ehsan describes the “Iranian Miniature” art.
  • [16:30] Ehsan talks about how he got his start with art.
  • [19:00] Why did Ehsan decide to focus on the “western” style of painting?
  • [22:00] Art and nature.
  • [28:00] Why is abstract art so hard to talk about?
  • [32:00] Ehsan talks about his subject material.
  • [42:00] Ehsan’s rituals when he approaches the canvas.
  • [47:30] Can you experiment too much?
  • [52:00] What are some common perceptions of Iran?
  • [54:00] Positive psychology and learned optimism.
  • [59:30] Parting thoughts from Ehsan.
  • [1:03:00] Art and personality.
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Abstract vs Figurative Art, with Mario Naves
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Abstract vs Figurative Art, with Mario Naves

Do you find yourself in the abstract or figurative art group? Most artists end up in one group or the other, but there some who start in one group and migrate to the other. My guest, Mario Naves is an accomplished painter, art critic, and teacher. In our conversation, Mario opens up about his journey from starting out as a figurative artist and moving more toward abstract art perspective. Mario also goes over reactions to seeing his old artwork, shedding perfectionism, his creative process, and much more! I know artists like you will enjoy hearing from such a talented voice like Mario.

Reflecting on Past Artwork

Have you ever taken a trip down memory lane with your artwork? Doesn’t it almost feel like it was someone else who made those pieces? Artist Mario Naves told me a story in our conversation about a time when he was reflecting on one of his paintings that hangs in one of his friend's homes. While some artists might cringe or feel uncomfortable looking back on work they produced years ago, Mario looks back on that work fondly. He describes that moment as one of recognition but also of separation. It was fascinating to hear Mario talk about this unique and almost out of body like experience that he had while looking at this old painting of his. Make sure to get a glimpse of Mario’s artwork in the images at the end of this post.

Giving Yourself Permission to be YOU

Some artists thrive on the pressure and high expectations that they receive from others and also the person they see in the mirror. Do you find that to be helpful motivation in your creative journey? Artist Mario Naves told me that in his younger years he found himself wrapped up in his own expectations and the expectations that others had of him, lately, he’s been shedding expectations. Mario describes himself as a “recovering perfectionist” and attributes most of this change to his age. Now he feels the freedom and permission to really open up and do what he really wants to do deep down when he approaches the canvas.

From Figurative Art to Abstract Art

Every artist is on a journey. Some of us do a lot of “exploring” when we are younger and some find that impulse to branch out and “explore” later in their career. Mario Naves grew up focusing on figurative and representational art. Then there came a point where he started to branch out and move toward experimenting with abstract art. When I tried to pin down when and how Mario started to move toward abstract art, he wasn’t able to really point to a specific moment, it seems that it was more of a gradual change for him. I had a wonderful time exploring this change and evolution that Mario went through and I know that artists like you will enjoy our conversation.

Unpredictability and Structure

The beauty of the creative processes is that there is a large range of diversity in theory and practice in the art world. Much like the contrast and different approach that abstract and figurative art gives us, Mario Naves and I discussed unpredictability and structure in our conversation. It seems like these two thought processes and ways of art creation and viewing the world conflict with each other. In a way, these two approaches do contradict each other but they can also be housed in the same mind of an artist. This tension can seem like it’s impossible but Mario and I discuss how this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] I introduce my guest, Mario Naves.
  • [5:15] Mario talks about his work.
  • [10:30] What is Mario looking for when he goes to the canvas?
  • [13:30] Mario’s surprise when looking back at his old paintings.
  • [18:30] Shedding perfectionism.
  • [23:00] How does Mario spend his time in the studio?
  • [25:00] Mario’s artistic process.
  • [29:30] What made Mario get involved with abstract art?
  • [45:00] Unpredictability and structure.
  • [50:00] How teaching impacts Mario’s artwork.
  • [53:00] Advice Mario would give his younger self.
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Intuitive Painting, with Alan Feltus
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Intuitive Painting, with Alan Feltus

What is intuitive painting? How does the intuitive process work? It has been said that the goal of intuitive painting is to allow yourself the space to be inside color, paint, and process while locating the inner core of your creative self. My guest, Alan Feltus is an intuitive painter who has a rich depth of experience to share with our Savvy Painter audience. In our conversation, we discuss the impact Sari Dienes had on him growing up, his move to Italy, his creative process using mirrors, his advice for young artists, and so much more! I can’t wait for you hear from Alan and learn from his wonderful insights.

Growing up with Sari Dienes

Can you imagine growing with the unique opportunity to learn from an artist like Sari Dienes? What would it be like to watch her work? Artist Alan Feltus opened up to me about his childhood and how he learned from the talented Sari Dienes. Alan talks fondly of spending time with her and watching her creative process. No artist learns in isolation and without an influence, they can point back to. Some artists don’t get that influential person in their life until they are much older, Alan got to experience this time with Sari early in his life. Who is that person for you? Do they know the impact they’ve had on you?

The Freedom and Opportunity of an Artist

What drew you into the life of an artist? Were you captivated by the creative process? Did you have a hero that you looked up to and wanted to create like they did? Or was it the freedom and opportunity that the artist's lifestyle provides? When I sat down to talk with artist Alan Feltus, he described that one of his favorite aspects of being an artist is the freedom that he was able to exercise. Early in his career Alan and his wife Lani decided to move to Italy. They seized the opportunity because they both were represented by galleries at the time and they wanted to utilize their freedom to settle in a place that they could choose. You’ve got to hear Alan describe this time in his life, the passion and excitement that Alan exudes is infectious!

Intuitive Painting

The chance to climb into an artist’s brain and really get to understand what makes them tick is a privilege that I relish. I’ve always been enthralled by intuitive painting and artists like Alan Feltus. In our conversation, Alan described his process that includes the use of mirrors. He is constantly adapting and changing his process to get that unique angle that he’s never captured before. I found Alan’s process, including an on the spot description of how he would paint me in our interview, fascinating. To get a glimpse of Alan’s work, make sure to check out his images included at the end of this post!

YOU Make your Art Unique!

As we expand in this increasingly globalized world, it has become evident to many that there really isn’t a “new” way to make art, or so it seems. Everyone is influenced by someone else and that influenced can be traced back and so on. To break the monotony, artist Alan Feltus encourages younger artists to let their personality shine through in their work. He explains that some of the most captivating and unique art out there incorporates the artist's unique story. Don’t hide behind what’s easy, do the hard work of looking inward and using that as fuel to create something only you can!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] I introduce my guest, Alan Feltus.
  • [3:30] Alan talks about the impact that artist Sari Dienes had on him as a child.
  • [17:30] What led Alan to decide to study art and become an artist?
  • [21:00] Alan talks about studying in Rome on the Rome Prize Fellowship.
  • [25:30] Why did Alan and Lani decide to move to Italy?
  • [30:30] Alan’s process using mirrors.
  • [42:00] What is Alan working on right now?
  • [46:30] Alan’s advice for young artists starting out today.
  • [1:01:30] Finding your voice as an artist.
  • [1:05:00] Have artists lost their playfulness?
  • [1:16:00] Making art personal and developing over time.
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The Path of a Self Taught Artist, with Julian Merrow Smith
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The Path of a Self Taught Artist, with Julian Merrow Smith

Have you ever wondered how a self taught artist fares in today’s art scene? Do they have the same difficulties and opportunities as artists who have been through the traditional route? What unique lessons can we learn from this subset of creators who defy conventional expectations? My guest, Julian Merrow Smith is a self taught artist who has plenty of insight to share about his journey. In our conversation, we touched on his move to France, how he taught himself how to paint, why he decided to start teaching workshops, how he works through disappointment, and much more. I can’t wait for you to get to know the side of Julian that came out in our interview!

Creative Inspiration

What inspires you to create your artwork? Is it people, places, concepts, or something else? When I get the chance to peer into the mind of an artist I enjoy the wonderful opportunity to explore what inspires them, what really makes them come alive. It intrigues me to hear what inspires various artists as they approach their canvas. Artist Julian Merrow Smith shared with me that he likes to use what he sees around him each day at his home in the countryside of France. He draws inspiration from peaches at this point in the season when I spoke with him. Catch a glimpse of Julian’s work captured in the images section at the end of this post!

Discovering What NOT to do

It’s always a privilege when I get to sit down and talk to artists whose career path has been different than my own. I love hearing from artists who discovered their passion for art late in life and from others who found their way as a self taught artist. Julian Merrow Smith took the time to share with me his journey and the lessons he has taken away from the experience of teaching himself how to paint. One of the key insights that Julian shared with me is how he was able to discover his unique voice and creative path by putting in the long hard hours and by deciding after each completed work what aspect he did NOT want to continue to produce from that painting. Julian was kind enough to share many more insights and lessons from his art career - I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

From Self Taught Artist to Teacher

Can you imagine the pressure and stress that comes with teaching students to do what you’ve only discovered how to do on your own? Imagine you have no frame of reference to look back upon, no formal teaching in the subject matter in which you are being asked to teach. Self taught artist Julian Merrow Smith found himself in that very scenario. Students and established artists alike have been drawn to Julian’s work and want to learn from him. In proper response, Julian has begun offering workshops. The unique circumstance is not lost on Julian, in our conversation we discussed his feelings of serving as a teacher in a subject where he didn’t have one.

Momentum can be KEY

How do you keep the ball moving as an artist? What practices do you turn to that keep you coming back to the canvas over and over again to hone your craft? I’ve heard from artists over and over again that once they’ve stepped away from their work for a period of time, they find it very difficult to return. Yet, I also have heard from well-known artists that stepping away for a period of time has been essential for their mental and emotional capacity to continue to create. In my conversation with Julian Merrow Smith, we discussed how this topic has played out in his creative journey. There may not be a one size fits all solution, but the KEY is figuring out what works for YOU.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:40] I introduce my guest, Julian Merrow Smith.
  • [3:30] How Julian got his start as an artist.
  • [8:30] Why did Julian move to France?
  • [11:00] Julian talks about teaching himself how to paint.
  • [13:00] How do you find your voice as an artist?
  • [16:00] Julian’s process in the studio and what inspires his paintings.
  • [21:30] What led Julian to start teaching workshops?
  • [30:30] Julian talks about his approach to the canvas.
  • [35:30] Working through disappointment.
  • [42:30] The difficulty of stopping and starting.
  • [45:30] Sometimes you just need to go paint.
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Art and Play, with Jeremiah Palecek
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Art and Play, with Jeremiah Palecek

What comes to mind when you think of art and play? Do you consider art as a playful act? Imagine how this shift in mindset can bring forth a wide range of freedom and joy in the creative process. My guest, artist Jeremiah Palecek takes time in our conversation to detail how he appreciates the role of art and play. If you’ve been around the Savvy Painter community for very long, you know that this is one of my favorite subjects! I had a wonderful time discussing this topic and a wide range of other subjects in our conversation. Make sure to check out images of Jeremiah’s artwork at the end of this post!

A Family of Artists

Who helped shape your creative imagination as a child? Was it a parent or grandparent? Did it take longer for you to discover your creative spark? Maybe for you, it was a teacher that helped usher you in on your journey as an artist. For Jeremiah Palecek, it started at an early age surrounded by art in his grandmother's house. But it wasn’t just his grandmother, Jeremiah’s father also took an active role in helping to shape his exposure to various artists. On top of all these wonderful experiences and influences in his early years, Jeremiah also shared with me that he married a fellow artist. With all of these wonderful influences, it’s interesting to see how Jeremiah’s journey has led him to where he is today, creatively speaking. Don’t take for granted the influence you could have on the next generation of young artists!

Art as a Playful Act

Carl Jung once said, “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.” Does this perspective on art and play resonate with you? Do you find that your creative inspiration comes from a deep place of “inner necessity?” Artist Jeremiah Palecek describes his process saying, “I jump in before my ideas are fully formed.” During the course of our conversation, I got the sense from Jeremiah that this idea of following the “inner necessity” is something that he is very comfortable with as it influences his projects and the way he prepares for a new series of paintings. It was wonderful to get Jeremiah’s perspective on art and play and I know artists like you will enjoy it too!

Technology, Facial Recognition Software, and Art

One of my favorite things about the Savvy Painter community is the diverse symphony of perspectives and influences that we get to celebrate. The range of artists vary so vastly from landscape work to framework, from shapes to portraits, and on and on I could go. My guest, Jeremiah Palecek is no exception to the celebration of unique perspectives. Jeremiah is currently working on a fascinating project that draws inspiration from facial recognition technology and how computers view human faces. We spent some time in our conversation centered on this fascinating and peculiar angle on portraits and the human face, I know you will find it as interesting as I did!

Consistency and the Creative Process

Do you struggle with finding the right rhythm to create your artwork? Are you looking for a way to cut through all the noise and figure out what it will take to hone in on your creative process? One KEY way to stay on course and cut through the noise is to practice consistently. Imagine the ground you could cover if you could set aside a consistent slice of time each day to work on your art? Sure, there will always be time for excuses and give yourself the grace of the occasional exception - but don’t underestimate the power of consistency! Don’t just take my word for it - my guest, Jeremiah Palecek attests to the creative energy that is unlocked when you give yourself the permission to show up at the same place and time each day to allow your creative vision to unfold. So what are you waiting for? Try it out!

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:22] I introduce my guest, Jeremiah Palecek.
  • [3:40] How Jeremiah’s grandmother influenced his decision to become an artist.
  • [8:30] Artists that have influenced Jeremiah.
  • [10:30] Jeremiah explains his artwork.
  • [16:00] The power of sight and perception.
  • [21:00] Technology, facial recognition, and artwork.
  • [23:30] Art as a playful act.
  • [28:30] The KEY is consistency.
  • [34:00] Jeremiah talks about his process.
  • [40:30] A moment of success and pride for Jeremiah.
  • [54:00] Jeremiah’s dream project.
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Art and the Impact of Social Media, with John Wentz
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Art and the Impact of Social Media, with John Wentz

With the impact of social media and the ability to get instant feedback from your audience and fanbase, an important question for artists to consider is “What are you willing to compromise?” If the majority of your followers don’t find your new experimental process or project interesting or if they go so far as giving you negative feedback, what do you do? Do you give in to popular opinion or do you follow your convictions? This problem is unique to the issue of having your artwork exposed to the public via social media. Artist John Wentz and I spent time going deep into this subject during our conversation. He has some great points to address when considering the level of engagement an artist should have with their digital audience given the difficulties that can arise.

Social Media and the inability to Slow Down

One of the drawbacks to living in such an increasingly modernized and advanced society is the impact of social media on our ability to slow down. Every spare moment can be filled by pulling out that smartphone and checking Facebook or Twitter. Can you imagine how this has impacted the way we think and process what should be quite moments in our lives? Consider the implications of not being able to slow down and be present, that can drastically change the creative and artistic process. My guest, John Wentz believes that the impact of social media has distracted us in more ways than we realize. He says that we need to be vigilant of this influence and work intentionally to create those spaces, especially as artists, to be present and at peace in mundanity and stillness.

Appropriation vs. Influence

What is the difference between appropriating art and being influenced by it? What does it mean to understand, appreciate, and respect someone's artwork and genuinely let it influence you without appropriating it? Artist John Wentz devoted some time in our conversation to this topic and how he sees it’s impact on the art world. He focused more on the meaning behind the use of an individual who sees work they resonate with and tries to incorporate that into what they are trying to create. John also posits the idea that maybe social media is the new art and we are more of a hive mind now rather than when we use to operate more as individuals. Our conversation was a fascinating one that I thoroughly enjoyed and I know you will too!

The benefit of stepping away

How do you take care of yourself creatively, emotionally, mentally, etc.? What is your plan to avoid burning out and getting turned off of the work that you do? If you don’t have one in place, it might be a good time to consider creating a plan to help you recharge. Artist John Wentz spoke with me about a recent period in his life where he was able to step away from painting and take a two-month break. John speaks of this break from the creative process as being extremely helpful and rejuvenating. He found that when he was able to step away for a period of time when he returned to his work at the easel, he was able to really reconnect to his inner place of motivation.

The Draw of New York

Many artists find themselves drawn to the city of New York. There are a number of factors involved with this draw, from the dense population to the history, and even the iconic nature of the city, what’s not to love? John Wentz devotes a large portion of his current work that is being shown in galleries to the city of New York. He tries not to be too “heady” with the concepts that he puts forth but you can tell in our conversation that his passion and fascination with city really shines through. I was able to really connect with John on this note because he mentioned that he enjoyed just sitting back in Union Square and watching people go by all day long.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:40] My introduction to this week’s guest, John Wentz.
  • [3:30] John talks about how he got started with art.
  • [14:00] Where has the time to slow down gone? How does that influence artists?
  • [19:00] Appropriating Art and the influence of Social Media.
  • [25:00] John talks about taking a break from art work how that helped.
  • [36:00] John’s process.
  • [42:30] John and I talk about his relationship with abstract art.
  • [48:00] What John is working on currently.
  • [58:00] Following your convictions and passions even if it’s not popular.
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Discover Your Passion in Life, with Deborah Paris
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Discover Your Passion in Life, with Deborah Paris

Have you discovered your passion in life? What is that one thing that lights you up like nothing in the world can? Imagine going through life without realizing or experiencing your passion in a consistent way. Deborah Paris realized one day that she wasn’t following her passion in life. From that moment on she set out to make a change in her career and focus on what really mattered to her. She went from a career practicing law to connecting with her desire to become an artist. Deborah’s message to people unsure of their future and career is to follow your passion. Don’t let another day go by without taking the steps to really engage in what matters to you.

A Reaction Beyond Words

Can you think of the most powerful response to your artwork that you’ve ever received? Some artists have a few of these interactions to choose from and others haven’t had any notable reactions at all. In my time interviewing artists, it really does vary - there doesn’t seem to be a pattern to how people respond. In my recent conversation with artist Deborah Paris, she shared with me a particularly notable reaction she received to someone who purchased her artwork. This reaction was so strong, the individual couldn’t even speak and put into words the emotion she was experiencing. To me, that is a beautiful story. There are times we experience beauty in this world that no words can do justice describing.

Easing into a Workflow

How do you approach your daily or weekly work patterns? Do you jump right in and find that the creative juices start flowing right away or do you find that you need some time to prepare and ease into your workflow? I had the great opportunity to sit down with artist, Deborah Paris as she opened up about how she approaches her workload each day. Deborah’s approach is to tackle the simple things first and then build up to the more challenging aspects of her day and the work that she is creating. To see the amazing products of Deborah’s workflow, make sure to catch images of her work at the end of this post!

Sharing Wisdom with Others

If you were to write a book, what would the subject be? What topic do you have the experience and wisdom on to share with the world? That seems like a very bold and out there question but like the life of an artist, a writer has to create from the core of their being. My guest, Deborah Paris is writing a book about her journey of discovering her passion in life. She told me that she doesn’t want to write another “How to Book” but maybe a “Why to Book…” Inviting others along that journey of discovering what they were meant to do in this life. I’m looking forward to Deborah’s book and think you will too!

Enjoying the Work

You’ve heard that old saying; “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Have you found this saying to be true in your life? Do really love what you do day in and day out? Artist, Deborah Paris is just now getting to experience this truth in her life. She started her professional career practicing law but then pivoted to her dedicating her focus to a career in art. The transition wasn’t a perfect one but it helped Deborah really understand what she was meant to do. If you are struggling in finding your path when it comes to a career as an artist, I know Deborah's story will resonate with you.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:20] My introduction to my guest, Deborah Paris.
  • [3:00] How Deborah got her start as an artist.
  • [7:00] Deborah talks about making the shift from a law career to an art career.
  • [9:30] Skills that helped from Deborah’s law career.
  • [17:00] Memorable responses to Deborah's work.
  • [22:50] What does Deborah look for in a subject for her paintings?
  • [31:00] Deborah’s process for painting.
  • [36:00] Does Deborah plan several steps ahead or just respond as inspiration comes?
  • [39:00] I talk about my obsession with Marble White.
  • [42:00] Deborah’s habits in the studio.
  • [50:00] Deborah talks about working on her book.
  • [56:00] The blurred line between work and play.
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Finding Your Artistic Voice, with Nancy Gruskin
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Finding Your Artistic Voice, with Nancy Gruskin

Often it can take an artist years to discover their “Artistic voice.” It comes to each artist in a different way, some find it by learning from mentors and instructors over years, others find it by teaching the nuances of art theory or art history. There are so many beautiful paths that different individuals take to discover their unique artistic voice. My guest, Nancy Gruskin had a fascinating story to tell as she spoke with me about her journey to discovering and sharing her artistic voice. She didn’t take the “Typical” route to her career as an artist but it makes total sense for Nancy and it's an inspiring one that I know you will enjoy!

Getting “Established” as an Artist

Part of the process of discovering your voice as an artist is getting to that place where you feel “Established.” Similar to finding your voice, getting established comes at different points for each artist. For Nancy Gruskin, her career as an art history instructor has played a significant role in her journey and arriving at that place of feeling established in her career. She talks about how teaching and bringing value to students even when her art isn’t selling is still validating for her. Nancy was very forthcoming in sharing her thoughts and feelings in our conversation and I know her story will have an impact on other artists that get the chance to hear from her.

Acrylic Wash and Finding What Works

How did you discover what medium or process works best for your creative expression? Have you stuck with that same method for years or have you adjusted and changed it over time? My guest, Nancy Gruskin shares how she had modified and stumbled upon different approaches in her paintings and artwork over the years. In our conversation, Nancy told me how she stumbled into working with acrylic wash and how working with acrylic works much better in her home studio than working with oils like she did in the past. It was great to hear from Nancy and how she has adjusted her approach over the years and is still finding her creative impulses shine through that adaptation.

Creative Inspiration

Some artists share that they find their creative inspiration in some of the most mundane aspects of their life, others still find that inspiration strikes through the abstract. There is no “Right way” to tap into that creative inspiration, each artist must find what it is that inspires them. My guest Nancy Gruskin shared a touching moment from her life that inspired one of her paintings. Nancy’s story just goes to show you that you can’t bottle the creative process! It was great to hear how yet another individual uses the flow and circumstance of their life to create something beautiful. Make sure to catch images of Nancy’s paintings at the end of this post!

Overcoming Self-Doubt

It takes a lot of courage to bare your soul and share with a large audience a glimpse into your inner thoughts and feelings. Is that something you can imagine doing? My guest, Nancy Gruskin felt bold enough to share that she struggles with self-doubt from time to time. In our conversation, Nancy told me that she felt like she wouldn't’ have anything noteworthy to share with a wider audience. This could not have been further from the truth! I had a wonderful time speaking with Nancy about her journey to become an artist and how she has tackled other challenges along the way. I know you will also enjoy hearing from such a transparent, unique and bold artistic voice!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:50] I introduce my guest, Nancy Gruskin.
  • [2:00] Nancy’s journey to becoming an artist.
  • [10:30] How has Nancy’s background with Art History influenced her artwork?
  • [13:00] Finding your voice.
  • [18:00] Nancy talks about being included in a group art show.
  • [22:00] Feeling “Established” as an artist.
  • [27:30] Nancy’s process in approaching her time in the studio.
  • [34:30] Technical aspects of Nancy’s artwork.
  • [47:30] Facing self doubt and challenges along the way.
  • [53:30] Healthy habits.
  • [56:30] What art would Nancy LOVE to own if money wasn’t an issue?
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The Art of Being Present, with Joseph Todorovitch
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The Art of Being Present, with Joseph Todorovitch

What does “Being present” mean to you? Do you find that it is easy or difficult to be present in your studio time? With the cacophony of noise and distractions in our world, to be is present and in the moment could be considered an act of defiance. Artist Joseph Todorovitch is dedicated to honing in on what it means to be present with his artwork and to center on that place of stillness and focus. In our conversation, Joseph was open and transparent about his journey and how he finally found himself at a place where he is comfortable but still challenged.

What does it take to be a good draftsman?

The work of a draftsman is full of focus and clarity. It’s not an easy process that should be taken casually. I was curious what Joseph Todorvitch’s take would be when I asked him about the qualities and skill sets necessary to succeed as a draftsman. Joseph shared that it takes a particular type of motivation that comes from a desire to represent something faithfully. He also shared the importance of engaging in exploration and dedicated practice in the process as well. The two aspects of that Joseph ultimately highlights in our conversation is how critical it is to continue with a robust and thriving curiosity as well as a drive to be present and in the moment.

Slowing Down and Being Present

It takes a lot of dedication and practice to succeed in any given field of study. Malcolm Gladwell is famous for having written that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become masterful at a particular discipline. In our conversation, Artist Joseph Todorovitch shares what he would like to impart to his students as he tries to convey what it means to be a dedicated artist. Ultimately it comes down to the ability of the student to be patient with the process and put in the time to get their work finished. In our society, we want to move things along at a breakneck pace but Joseph teaches the necessity of slowing down and being present.

Healthy body, Healthy mind

The connection between our physical healthiness and the state of our creative mind can sometimes get downplayed. But the truth is, there is a huge link between how healthy and active an artist is and how they feel creatively. Artist Joseph Todorovitch is convinced that his ability to push himself creatively in the studio is due to the fact that he starts his day working out and pushing himself physically. This practice is part of his effort to clear out all the noise, once he has had his workout Joseph is much more focused on being present in the studio. Because of the power he’s found in this practice, Joseph encourages his peers and those coming up in the art community to make sure they take the time to care for their physical health which can only help the creative process.

Advice for New Artists

A huge advantage for many artists starting out in today’s art scene is the ability to tap into the insight and advice from artists who have been on the scene longer. With many artist writing books, giving lectures, and interviews the opportunities are endless. Into this plethora of voices offering their advice is Joseph Todorovitch. Joseph wants to help new artists get a good head start in their career. He suggests that these artists starting off consider their work ethic, work habits, and the materials they work with day in and day out. You can tell that Joseph has given these subjects great thought from his vantage point in his career as an artist thus far.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:10] My introduction to today’s guest, Joseph Todorovitch.
  • [2:00] How Joseph started down the path to becoming an artist.
  • [5:00] Early influences from other artists.
  • [9:00] Joseph’s post-college path.
  • [16:30] What it takes to be a good draftsman.
  • [21:30] Concepts that Joseph would like to impart to his students.
  • [30:30] Facing challenges along the way.
  • [36:00] Paintings that Joseph is particularly proud of.
  • [40:00] How exercise has helped Joseph stay motivated.
  • [42:30] Advice Joseph would give to a younger artist.
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Embracing the Unknown, with Lani Irwin
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Embracing the Unknown, with Lani Irwin

Some artists love to tell a very intentional and direct story with their artwork, and some focus on embracing the unknown. Artist Lani Irwin has a fascinating relationship with her paintings and their seeming tension of embracing the known and embracing the unknown. Lani’s work is very focused when it comes to the shapes and figures she creates but the unknown comes in when you step back and look for an underlying narrative or dialogue in her work, it’s not there. Lani likes to revel in the fact that her work embraces this tension, you can’t pin it down, you can’t define exactly what she is trying to say. Sometimes Lani wishes she had a story to tell in her paintings, and sometimes she loves the fact that there is nothing to tell.

Letting the Painting Speak

Many artists come to the canvas with an idea in mind and let it evolve over time or they just bring to life that original idea that existed in their head. Lani Irwin doesn’t go to the canvas with an idea in mind, rather she starts with a gesture or an object, or even a series of objects and she lets them speak to her. From that point, inspiration ebbs and flows as she listens to what the painting wants. The way Lani describes her process is fascinating and almost like a whirlwind because things will change very quickly as she listens to and adapts her approach to the painting. As she described her process, I was instantly transported to her studio and I could image this process unfolding and I hope you get that sense too. Make sure to catch images of her artwork included at the end of this post!

Every Step Revealing the Artist

Sometimes we can get so keyed into figuring out what that one moment or that one inspiration is that led someone down the path they chose. To be fair, there are many artists and other professionals that can clearly point to a moment of inspiration that acted as a catalyst for them on their career trajectory. Then there are artists like Lani Irwin who look back and find that it wasn’t just one moment that led to her decision to become an artist. For Lani, it's a compilation of events, ideas, and impulses that have guided her journey, she looks back at every step and sees it as an arrival.

Quality over Quantity

Even though her advice for younger artists might be geared around encouraging them to spend a lot of time in the studio, Lani Irwin has found that her time is now better spent with intense focus and precision. She finds that in order to maximize her time in the studio she needs to build up to it, honing all of her creative inspirations into that moment. One way Lani does this is by simply folding a paper crane before she goes into the studio, she does this as a meditative practice that centers her and brings her inspiration and focus.

Work Hard and Know Your Voice

There are many pressures placed on art students in the current industry climate. They tend to feel a very acute pressure to build a body of work and make a big splash in the art world. But for many, that seems hopelessly out of reach and a massive burden to bear. Artist Lani Irwin encourages young artists to put in the hard work and long hours, not only to produce a large body of work but to refine and master their craft. She also stresses the need for young artists to really understand who they are and what their artistic “Voice” will be.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:45] My introduction to today’s guest, Lani Irwin.
  • [2:30] Lani talks about how she started to become an artist.
  • [7:00] The impact that moving from place to place had on Lani.
  • [12:00] Why did Lani decide to settle in Italy?
  • [15:00] Lani talks about her artwork.
  • [27:00] What narrative or dialogue exists in Lani’s work?
  • [33:00] Knowing and Unknowing in Lani’s paintings.
  • [38:30] Lani’s time in the studio.
  • [48:30] The thread that runs through Lani’s work and how she’s changed over the years.
  • [59:30] Advice Lani would give artists just starting out.
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Art Writer: John Seed
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Art Writer: John Seed

John Seed is an art writer, art and art history professor, and an artist in his own right. In our conversation we discuss his formative experience learning under Nathan Oliveira, his time working in galleries, what it was like hanging paintings by renowned artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Eric Fischl, and so much more. It was an honor to speak with such a gracious and talented artist and writer, I know you will have a great time learning about his progression from art teacher to art writer as well as all the great insights and lessons he has to share from his years in the art world.

From Art Teacher to Art Writer

It’s been said that every step we take in life is one of arrival. To hear John Seed explain how he found his way from being captivated with art at a young age, to working in art galleries, then teaching art and finally to writing about the subject is an engrossing story. Though each step along the way you really get the sense that John was meant to tell the story of artists because of his deep respect and genuine fascination with the creative process. If you are anything like me, spending time with John’s story will help fan the flames of creativity and passion for the art that you were meant to create.

John’s First Assignment as an Art Writer

Have you ever had on of those moments where it seems that the stars aligned to set you on a particular course? When I heard John Seed describe his first assignment as an art writer it seemed like a date with destiny type of encounter. John shares how he found a painting at a thrift store that grabbed his attention, he purchased the painting and proceeded to sell it on Ebay for a modest profit. It turns out that the buyer on Ebay was a private art dealer - John and this individual struck up a friendship. Soon after, this art dealer paid John $1000 to write an article about a well known artist in Hawaii who committed suicide at a young age. Over the course of the next year, John wrote an in depth article that ended up winning the Society of Professional Journalists Award for the best art article published in Hawaii that year.

Leaving a Legacy as an Art Writer

We all want to leave some sort of mark on the world. Most of us want the world to have been a better place because of the art we’ve created and the way we’ve treated others. Each one of us has to find that unique legacy that we want to leave behind. John Seed’s legacy rests primarily but not exclusively in his work as an art writer and an art teacher. He relishes in the fact that he has been able to have an impact on his art students in a similar manner that teachers like Nathan Oliveira had on him as a young student. But when John thinks of his legacy, he goes to his writing. He wants his impact to revolve around the public understanding and appreciating representational painters and other artists he knows who aren’t getting the type of exposure to the general public that he’d like to see.

Tips for Artists who want to tell their story

Many artists love to express their personal story through their artwork. As beautiful and symbolic as that expression can be, more and more artists are seeking to share their personal story through the written word. Art writer John Seed wants to help artists express themselves through the exercise of writing their story. John suggests that artists start by sharing their story on their websites. This can be done in big ways and in subtle ways depending on the comfort level of the artist. John also encourages artists to spend time with other artists and interview them to hear other artists tell their stories in their own words.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:15] My introduction to today’s guest, John Seed.
  • [1:30] John shares how he started getting involved with art.
  • [8:30] Lessons John learned studying under Nathan Oliveira.
  • [18:00] John’s journey to start writing about art.
  • [26:30] From teaching art history to writing about art.
  • [32:00] John’s first writing assignment and facing cancer.
  • [37:30] John’s legacy in writing.
  • [41:30] Advice for artists who want to tell their story.
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Layered Paintings, with Chris Liberti
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Layered Paintings, with Chris Liberti

I’ve always been intrigued by layered paintings. I don’t know if you’ve had that same draw but there is something about the textures and the grooves that draw you in and makes you wonder why the artist added that piece or that mark in a way that is unique in its own right. My guest, Chris Liberti has a similar draw and fascination with layered paintings. In our conversation, Chris describes why the layered effect has such an influence in his work. I also share how it connects to a personal story in my life.

Connecting artwork to a personal space

Do you have a favorite place you like to work on your art besides the studio environment? What is it about that place that resonates with you in a way no other place does? Artist Chris Liberti shared with me that one of his favorite places to go and paint is in his parent's basement. Didn’t see that coming did you? The way Chris describes this space and why he likes to go back and paint a particular utility sink is really touching. As he describes what that artwork and that space meant to him, I was instantly transported to that location. I have a feeling that Chris’ story and the way he looks at his artwork will resonate with artist like you.

Preparing for a Gallery Show

I’m sure many artists like you wonder if your habits and processes for preparing for a gallery show are similar to other artists or if YOU are the weird one. Luckily, I caught my guest Chris Liberti in the middle of his process preparing for an upcoming gallery show. Chris was kind enough to indulge my questions about how he prepares and what he likes to do to get his work and himself personally ready for the sometimes herculean feat of showing his work. I found it fascinating to get a peek into Chris’ process and I know you will enjoy it too!

Working through the artistic process

I know many artists will resonate with that famous line from a U2 song “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…” That seems to be an accurate description when discussing the artistic process and understanding what an artist is trying to connect with or convey with their artwork. Chris Liberti discussed with me how he focuses on the colors he uses and how he lets them sort of “Speak” to him along the way as he is creating his artwork. You’ve got to hear how Chris talks about his process, it’s fascinating and unique, also don’t miss examples of Chris’ fabulous work at the end of this post below.

Parenting as an Artist

There are many different aspects of an artist that gets drawn out when they become a parent. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to both mothers and father who are artists and each brings a very unique and fascinating perspective on how parenting has influenced and even changed their approach to their artwork. Chris Liberti has two little girls and in our conversation, he touches on their influence in his artwork as well as how being a parent has shaped his time and his perspective. It was intriguing to hear from yet another parent who incorporates their artwork and their time with their children work in a balanced way.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to today’s guest, Chris Liberti.
  • [4:00] What inspires and drives Chris as an artist?
  • [7:30] Chris talks about working in his studio and how he starts a project.
  • [12:00] Artwork that Chris is particularly attached to.
  • [15:00] Chris talks about the layered effect of his paintings.
  • [20:00] Mediums Chris uses.
  • [24:00] Projects Chris is currently working on.
  • [27:30] How Chris prepares for a gallery showing.
  • [34:30] Artists that have influenced Chris.
  • [37:20] What is Chris trying to convey or connect with in his work?
  • [44:00] How being a parent has influenced Chris’ work.
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Art and Spirituality, with Dozier Bell
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Art and Spirituality, with Dozier Bell

When most people think of art and spirituality, they think of religious art. But what if there was a more subtle approach to art and spirituality that subverts the more common public expectations? Dozier Bell creates wonderful works of art that often convey a sense of “Presence.” She doesn’t feel the need to overtly draw the viewer's attention to the concept of God, rather she creates in a way that resonates with her spiritual experience and the way she sees the world. Once you get the chance to see Dozier’s artwork you will get a feel for the concept that she tries to convey, make sure to view some selections of her work at the end of this post.

Fitting into a new environment

Have you ever wanted to travel to a new location and get rooted into a new culture? Imagine the impact that would have on your worldview and artistic development. Dozier Bell had always wanted to spend time abroad expanding her skills and knowledge along with her creative pursuits. She finally got the chance when she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to Germany in the mid 90’s. This experience had a profound impact on Dozier. She spoke at length with me about what it was like fitting into a new environment and gaining new creative inspirations along the way. This also happened to be the time in Dozier’s life where she taped into an exploration of art and spirituality.

Missing the Mystery in Art

The most beautiful aspect of art can be described as expressing through images what cannot be expressed through words. This is the wonderful and mysterious space of creative expression. Artist Dozier Bell revels in this sense of wonder and mystery. In fact, she believes these aspects of mystery and wonder are fading in an art world that increasingly trains students to have an articulated answer to what they’ve created. Dozier encourages artists to connect or reconnect to that sense of mystery, to truly explore it and resist the urge to define and quantify it.

Finding Your Voice as an Artist

One of the most difficult things to do as an artist is to find your “Voice.” You can learn many different techniques and find yourself influenced by other artists, but at the end of the day, you need to discover your unique artistic voice. Dozier Bell recounts an episode from her time in graduate school where she struggled to clarify what her voice would become. She talks about how grateful she is to a mentor who helped her see that she was spending time going in the wrong direction creatively. Dozier’s thoughts and insights into what it means to find your voice as an artist are very authentic and relatable, it was a pleasure to have such a candid conversation with her.

Facing “Painter’s Block”

Just as many writers tackle “Writer’s block” in different ways, various painters have their own methods to deal with “Painter’s block.” Some find it helpful to get an external perspective, while others find it helpful to plot away and stay faithful to the process, and others still consume a lot of chocolate. Artist Dozier Bell recently faced her own episode of painter’s block and she took the time to discuss that experience with me in our conversation. If you’ve struggled with this experience in the past, you might find our conversation encouraging and helpful.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] My introduction to today’s guest, Dozier Bell.
  • [2:00] Dozier talks about the beginning of her art career.
  • [3:40] How Dozier’s time in Germany impacted her.
  • [19:30] Dozier talks about her spiritual journey and how it impacts her art.
  • [28:00] Losing a sense of mystery.
  • [33:00] How Dozier develops a motif.
  • [36:30] Dozier talks about finding her “voice.”
  • [43:30] Dealing with getting “stuck.”
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Experiencing Artist’s Block, with Jason Cytacki
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Experiencing Artist’s Block, with Jason Cytacki

Have you ever struggled with “Artist’s block?” We’ve all heard about how difficult and frustrating “Writer’s block” can be for an author who is used to having the words flow out on the page, but do artists ever face a similar difficulty? Jason Cytacki is a talented artist and educator who bravely opens up about his difficulty facing artist’s block at a particular chapter in his career. Jason’s transparency, honesty, and ultimately hopeful perspective are a breath of fresh air. I had a wonderful time discussing his work, personal journey, and everything in between.

Art Inspired by the American West

Often many artists are inspired by things that impacted them as children or early in their life. For some artists it’s the ocean, for others it’s human faces, other still it’s landscapes, and on and on we could go. For Jason Cytacki one aspect of his childhood that has inspired his artwork is the entertainment genre of westerns. This inspiration has led to Jason creating some amazing pieces of art that incorporate that tv and movie genre and even comment on it. The way Jason describes his relationship to the American West and the western genre is intriguing and I know you will appreciate his unique and creative perspective. Make sure to catch images of his work at the end of this post!

Exploring Artist’s block

Have you ever been stuck? Whether it’s getting stuck relationally, geographically, or professionally, it really sucks. What lessons have you learned from those occurrences in your life? Jason Cytacki goes right to the heart of this difficult and personal subject for many creative individuals. He talks about a chapter in his career when he faced a professional crossroads and he really couldn’t figure out which way to go. Jason goes on to describe this feeling of being in a new setting and almost having to rediscover his creative inspiration. Eventually what helped Jason work through this experience of artist’s block was getting an external perspective from people he trusted like his wife. If you’ve ever faced this frustrating experience, I think that you will find Jason’s story encouraging.

Compound Growth as an Artist

You’ve heard of the financial concept of “compound interest” but what about the artistic concept of “compound growth?” Do skill and creativity grow over time in steady increments in a similar fashion that interest grows in an investment account? In our conversation, my guest Jason Cytacki and I discuss the role of technical and creative growth and development over the course of an artist’s career. We both look back and chart how we’ve grown and how the concept of compound growth is one that rarely gets discussed in many artist circles.

Hard work and Persistence that pays off

There are a lot of opinions out there that go back and forth on the topic of “success” and the artist. Whether you land more on the “luck” side of the debate or on the “hard work” side of the debate, it’s helpful to hear from artists themselves and how they describe their journey. Getting their perspective on the subject grants unique insight into how they view their work and their place in the art community. My guest, Jason Cytacki spent time in our conversation to explain how he views the role of hard work and persistence in relation to his journey toward success.

Outline of This Episode
  • [1:30] My introduction to today’s guest, Jason Cytacki.
  • [2:20] Jason talks about how he got his start as an artist.
  • [10:00] Challenges when approaching the canvas.
  • [15:00] Jason talks about his work inspired by the American West.
  • [23:40] Memorable responses to Jason’s art work.
  • [29:00] Facing “Artist's block.”
  • [37:00] Compound growth and getting an external perspective.
  • [41:00] Art work from a living artist that Jason would love to own.
  • [42:00] Hardwork and persistence are key to Jason’s success.
  • [44:00] The perfect day in the life of artist, Jason Cytacki.
  • [47:00] Navigating the work and life divide as an artist.
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Women Painting Women, with Alia El-Bermani
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Women Painting Women, with Alia El-Bermani

Why don’t we see more women painting women? The subject of some of the best paintings and sculptures throughout history has been the female form. However, the majority of those works of art have been created by men. This has led to a distinct bias in how women are portrayed in an artistic fashion. My guest, Alia El-Bermani hopes to change that portrayal and give the power of female representation back to women artists! "Women Painting Women" explores how contemporary women painters are handling women as subjects. The blog was founded by artists Alia El-Bermani, Diane Feissel and Sadie Valeri. Check out the link to the blog in the “Resources” section at the end of this post!

Lessons learned as an artist working in a gallery

You’ve heard the perspective of gallery owners on this website before. I’ve had the fortune of interviewing some AMAZING gallery owners. In this conversation, there is a little bit of a twist on the gallery perspective. My guest, Alia El-Bermani spent some time early in her career working in an art gallery. Given this unique perspective as an artist having worked in an art gallery, Alia shared with me some key lessons she learned from her time working there. One lesson that she shares is the realization that it truly is a two-sided relationship between the artist and the gallery. Too often the perception is that of a one sided relationship but that wasn’t what Alia observed. She generously shares more insights from her time in the gallery over our wide-ranging conversation.

Unique Challenges Faced by Women

Women have a uniquely different experience in the workplace than men. They have to fight and claw their way to earn the same type of recognition and respect that their male counterparts enjoy. My guest, Alia El-Bermani and I discuss the different treatment that we’ve experienced in the art world because of our gender. Our goal was, to be honest, and open with how we’ve been treated and to shed a light on the uniquely difficult career trajectory that women face in the art industry. It’s not always easy to be so open and transparent but my hope is that it will be beneficial and informative for followers like you!

Following the path of artistic inspiration

What do origami, snowflakes, and painting have in common? Strange combination right? For my guest, Alia El-Bermani the answer is; inspiration. All three of these creations ended up influencing Alia one day to embark on a new art project. She followed her creative impulse and asked for artists in her community to mail her paper snowflakes, like the ones you made in school as a kid. This idea came to her after playing with an origami kit that one of her children had laying around the house. The product of Alia’s experiment is fascinating, I have been blown away and inspired by her story and I hope you will be too!

Personal Value and Art Value

One of the common missteps that younger artists can tend to make is to shy away from putting a value on their artwork. The other side of that is usually falling for the comparison trap by seeing if they measure up to successful artists that they admire. My guest, Alia El-Bermani faced these difficulties early on in her art career. As she looks back, she wants to encourage artists of all walks to really own and appreciate their story. Alia also stresses the need for artists to feel free to confidently make a living by selling their art.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:45] My introduction to today’s guest, Alia El-Bermani.
  • [2:50] Alia’s decision to become an artist.
  • [6:40] The post-college career path.
  • [10:00] Lessons learned working in an art gallery.
  • [15:00] Women painting women.
  • [22:30] Unique challenges faced by women.
  • [31:50] Alia’s studio schedule.
  • [35:30] Incorporating paper into the painting process.
  • [46:00] Advice Alia would give to her younger self.
  • [53:00] One piece of art from a living artist Alia would like to own.
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Personal Art, with Julyan Davis
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Personal Art, with Julyan Davis

You know that art that you love to make, that personal art that you know won’t sell in galleries? Don’t be discouraged, you aren’t alone! My guest Julyan Davis has a personal collection of art that he makes for himself. This is his way of separating his personal art from what he knows will sell on the marketplace. In our conversation we talk about creating art that no one will ever see, making deep personal connections, professional habits, personal promotion and much more. Julyan also tells the fascinating story of how he made his way from growing up in England to establishing himself as an artist in the American South that you won’t want to miss!

Art that no one will ever see

Would you still make art if no one could ever see it? That’s a difficult and fascinating question. Julyan Davis and I discuss our own answers to this question. It raises an important point, especially with the way that Julyan separates his art. Because of his style and the way that he likes to experiment, Julyan has created two different categories for his art, the personal art, and the public art. He describes two reasons for this separation. One reason is financial because he knows that a lot of his personal art won’t fit with what many collectors are looking for. The second reason for the separation is that the artwork is personal, he makes it for himself.

Making deep connections

In our hyperconnected world, one thing that can get easily left behind is deep and meaningful connections with those around us. The internet with all its wonderful social media brilliance can give us a false sense of personal connection. As artists, we can tend to suffer from this a bit more acutely than others because of our private and at times isolating creative process. Artist Julyan Davis discusses this tendency with me and how he’s taken steps to ensure that he connects relationally with people around him. If you’ve struggled with your sometimes isolating life as an artist, I know this conversation with Julyan will be helpful.

1 key to success and growth as an artist; Habit

There is no one right way or formula for success that will work for every artist. You have to find what works for you. Often one of the best ways to find your own path is to hear how others have found theirs. Julyan Davis goes through his typical day in the studio and explains that regularly practiced habits have contributed to his own growth and success. He has also created self-imposed deadlines that help him stay focused and on schedule. The last piece of insight that Julyan shares is how he pushes himself to learn about subjects that challenge him. Hearing how Julyan has grown as an artist over the years inspired me and I hope it has that same effect on you too!

Promote Your Art

With so many “Done for you” solutions out there in the marketplace for small business owners, one key aspect can get left behind, self-promotion. As an artist, you’ve got to promote yourself and your artwork. You can’t rely on “Being discovered.” You have to get out there and be your best advocate. This doesn’t mean you have to be egotistical and self-centered about it. If you’ve created something from your heart, a part of your story you want to share with the world then go for it! Artist Julyan Davis is a huge fan of this direct approach and he encourages as many artists as he can to adopt it.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:45] My introduction today’s guest, Julyan Davis.
  • [2:30] Julyan’s start in his art career.
  • [4:20] Early artistic influences for Julyan.
  • [7:00] Julyan talks about visiting the American South in the 80’s.
  • [14:00] The decision to stay and put down roots in America.
  • [16:00] How Julyan established himself as an artist in a new country.
  • [19:00] Making art to show but not necessarily to sell.
  • [24:30] Why did Julyan land in the South? How important is location to the artist?
  • [26:00] The importance of making deep connections with others.
  • [33:30] Julyan’s typical day in the studio.
  • [35:30] Would you continue to paint if no could ever see it?
  • [44:30] Julyan talks about the “Murder Ballads”
  • [47:00] What living artist’s painting would Julyan like to own?
  • [52:00] One habit that contributes to Julyan’s growth and success as an artist.
  • [55:50] An important piece of advice from Julyan.
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Becoming An Artist, with Kami Mendlik
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Becoming An Artist, with Kami Mendlik

The public perception of a person's journey toward becoming an artist is usually an ethereal and happy go lucky one. As many of you know, that’s not the case. In my conversation with artist Kami Mendlik, we discuss her journey of becoming an artist. Kami emphasis that luck had nothing to do with her skill, talent, and success as an artist. She isn’t shy talking about the stubbornness, difficulty, and perseverance that is required to have a thriving art career. In our conversation we also touch on the impact of a mentor, finding the time to paint, her life raising children and much more.

The impact of a mentor

Can you think back to a time when someone helped you on your career path in vital ways? Everyone doesn’t get such a special person in their life. Usually, a mentoring relationship doesn’t just fall into your lap. Kami Mendlik had to hunt down and pursue her mentor Mary Pettis. Kami was relentless because she knew she had to learn from one of the best in her field. Mary was a huge hero and mentor to Kami and only asked for one thing in return for the time and insight she gave, that one day Kami would do the same for another young artist. Kami has fulfilled that promise and delights in the joy of passing down what she has learned on her journey to up and coming artists.

Finding the time to paint

One of the most common refrains among aspiring artist is “I’ve got to find the time to paint.” The struggle to carve out the time to focus on something so important and intimate can be difficult. Artist Kami Mendlik empathizes with this struggle but is a strong advocate of helping artists push through this difficulty. In order to succeed as an artist and a single mother, Kami had to get creative with her time. In our conversation, she tells me a few beautiful stories of her children growing up around her painting habits. If you’ve ever struggled to find the time to paint this conversation will be a huge encouragement to you.

Don’t wait until you’ve “Arrived”

The difficulty of navigating a career toward becoming an artist is fighting off the mindset that everything will come together once you’ve “Arrived.” My guest, Kami Mendlik strongly urges that artists fight that impulse. Kami describes her career as a journey. In fact, she couldn’t pick a particular moment in her career where she “Felt like an artist.” Rather, Kami describes her path as a series of stepping stones along the way. She encourages budding artists to avoid the trap of comparison and focus on discovering their own journey and finding their “Voice” in the process.

Incorporating children into life as an artist

Many professionals and even some artists are tempted to compartmentalize their work life from their life as a parent. To some degree, this has to be done to carve out that time where you can get “In the zone” and focus on your work. But because much of an artist’s process bleeds into the rest of their life you have to find a way to incorporate family life into the artistic journey. My guest, Kami Mendlik shares her experiences raising her children and navigating her path toward becoming an artist. Kami is delightfully transparent and honest as she explains the joys and difficulties that have come along the way. I know you will benefit greatly from our candid and in-depth conversation.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:55] My introduction to today’s guest; Kami Mendlik
  • [2:30] Kami’s journey to become an artist.
  • [5:20] Every step an arrival.
  • [11:00] Not luck, hard work.
  • [20:30] The difficulty of finding your way after art school.
  • [23:00] Determination and making your way.
  • [29:00] The impact of a mentor.
  • [34:00] Raising children and pursuing an art career.
  • [40:00] Fighting the impulse to make “Perfect art”
  • [45:40] Pushing through fear.
  • [51:00] Don’t wait until you’ve “Arrived”
  • [54:45] Incorporating children into life as an artist.
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Tips for Artists (From a Gallery’s Perspective), with Jennifer Farris
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Tips for Artists (From a Gallery’s Perspective), with Jennifer Farris

Wouldn’t it be great to hear inside tips for artists from a gallery’s perspective? Most of my interviews are with artists but I jump at the chance when I get to connect with a gallery owner. They provide such a helpful and unique perspective! My guest Jennifer Farris is the owner of Studio Gallery. Jennifer and Rab opened the gallery in 2003 to showcase the work of Bay Area artists. Jennifer and I discuss the role of social media in the art world, the story behind the artwork, setting the right prices, helpful tips for artist engaging with galleries and much more!

Leveraging Social Media to Promote Art

With the interconnectedness the internet age gives us, it can seem like brick and mortar stores are becoming increasingly irrelevant. You might be tempted to think that social media promotion threatens the role of galleries in the art world. Gallery owner Jennifer Farris doesn’t see social media promotion as an obstacle but rather as a platform she can leverage alongside the artists her gallery works with. In our conversation, Jennifer paints a helpful picture of the relationship between social media, artists, and galleries. If you are interested in hearing her inside tips for artists, make sure to catch this interview.

The Story Behind the Artwork

Don’t forget that one of the most powerful tools you have is your story! It doesn’t matter what type of medium you are engaged in, people want to hear the story behind the artwork. What inspired you, what moved you, what were you going through when you created your art? This is what resonates with people. I know it can be scary to put yourself out there, and not every artist is ready to do that - that’s OK. When you are ready, share your story. In most cases, it’s the story that enhances the artwork in a similar way a quality frame helps it pop. If I haven’t convinced you, my guest and gallery owner Jennifer Farris will. She has seen the power a story can have in appreciating and selling a work of art.

Setting the Right Price for Artwork

Figuring out the right price point for their artwork is something that many artists, especially inexperienced artists struggle with. How do you determine the right price range for your work? What is the best process and approach? My guest, Jennifer Farris is happy to shed some light and share some tips for artists on this otherwise difficult process. Jennifer is the owner of Studio Gallery and regularly walks new artists through the process of pricing and showing their work for the first time. Her helpful perspective will help you get an inside look at the art world from the gallery angle.

Do’s and Don’t’s of Approaching a Gallery

As an artist, have you ever wondered what would be the best way to approach a gallery you want to go into business with? You are in luck! Gallery owner Jennifer Farris is eager to share some tips for artists who want to start off on the right foot with galleries.

  1. Visit the gallery if possible. Get to know the feel for the type of work they show. Is it a fit?
  2. Understand the right timing. Don’t ambush a gallery owner, make an appointment.
  3. Respect the process. Don’t expect special treatment. Work with the gallery’s process.

Jennifer has some wonderful insights that will help artists navigate the gallery landscape. I had a wonderful time learning about her gallery’s process and I know you will too!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to this episode.
  • [2:00] Jennifer shares the story behind Studio Gallery.
  • [4:20] The difficulty Jennifer and Rab faced opening their gallery.
  • [7:40] How does Jennifer help an artist decide which artwork to show?
  • [10:45] What criteria is used to determine if an artist is ready for a solo show?
  • [12:20] How can artists work with galleries in a harmonious way?
  • [15:00] The story behind the artwork.
  • [21:00] Social Media’s influence on galleries.
  • [25:00] Setting prices for artwork.
  • [32:40] Do’s and Don'ts of approaching a gallery as an artist.
  • [39:20] Jennifer’s plans for her gallery’s future.
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Artistic Motivation, with Scott Conary
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Artistic Motivation, with Scott Conary

What is your artistic motivation? Has it always been the same, or has it changed? Artist Scott Conary would say that it has changed over the years. He describes a time when his artwork and his career came from a different place of motivation, that was before his daughter was born. Once she came into the world, Scott’s life, including his artwork took a new direction. In our conversation, Scott shares about his struggle with perfectionism, why every question doesn’t need an answer, the health difficulties that his daughter has faced from birth, and so much more.

The illusion of perfectionism

As a creative individual, you want your art to resemble the vision you have for it in your mind as much as possible. This can be both frustrating and exciting. When it comes together just right and looks exactly how you envisioned it - satisfying. On the rare occasion that it exceeds your expectations and imagination - ecstasy. My guest Scott Conary and I spent some time in our conversation around the subject of perfectionism. Scott explained how much the illusion of getting everything just right can derail the creative process. Scott will be the first to tell you that most of his artwork can’t be described as perfect. But because of the lessons he has learned, he would call them complete.

Every question doesn’t have an answer

Do you ever have a hard time silencing the noise in your head? Does your mind race with what feels like hundreds of questions or ideas? What do you do with those thoughts? My guest, Scott Conary spoke with me about this struggle. He told me about his battle to fight through all that noise and focus on what really matters. We both arrived at a consensus that not all questions need to be answered. You don’t have to follow every thought or idea down the rabbit hole. As difficult as it can be to resist that urge, it can be very freeing to just say “No” and bring your focus back to a singular goal or objective. When you are able to find this type of clarity, your artwork will benefit.

The experience that colored everything

Have you had a moment that changed the course of your life? Scott Conary’s daughter was born with “Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.” He talked to me about her birth, and how that moment is the “Experience that colored everything.” As you can imagine, Scott and his wife had their world turned upside down with the diagnosis that came shortly after their daughter’s delivery. Scott was very gracious and transparent in our conversation. He shared about how the art he creates now holds a different meaning for him, it really shifted his artistic motivation. In what sounds like a contradiction, Scott says that his work has less significance but at the same time holds a new kind of meaning. The way Scott described it to me made perfect sense. As serious as his daughter’s condition is, Scott was quick to tell me how much joy she brings their family - at the time of this writing, she is seven years old and thriving.

Art as an avenue for healing

In light of the diagnosis that Scott and his wife received for their daughter, I wanted to ask Scott if creating art has contributed to healing on his journey. As you can imagine this was a difficult question to answer. Scott was gracious enough to give me an extended answer and discussion on this topic. Initially, Scott said that he didn’t necessarily see his creative pursuits as contributing to his healing process. However, the question resonated with Scott so much that he wanted to take another shot at answering it. On the second pass, Scott shared that he has experienced a sense of healing as he has taken his emotional trauma with him into the studio. Scott’s transparency and vulnerability were on full display and I was honored that he felt like he could trust me with such raw and honest responses.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to this episode.
  • [2:40] How did Scott get started with his art career?
  • [4:20] Scott talks about family and career struggles.
  • [9:30] What Scott tells prospective art students and those starting their art career.
  • [12:40] Scott’s “Why”
  • [17:50] Is painting “Fun?”
  • [28:10] What is Scott’s daily routine?
  • [33:00] The illusion of perfectionism.
  • [37:30] Do all questions need answers?
  • [41:50] Scott’s current projects and obsessions.
  • [49:20] Scott talks about continuing his artwork and
  • [56:20] The story behind Scott’s daughter’s health difficulties.
  • [1:02:00] Has art contributed to healing in Scott’s life?
  • [1:05:30] Scott gives another answer to art’s healing in his life.
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Inspired Art Framework, with Holly Lane
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Inspired Art Framework, with Holly Lane

Most people don’t stop to consider the artistry involved with the framework that houses paintings. In many cases this is done on purpose, too elaborate or extravagant framework might detract from the detail and message that the artist is trying to convey. But artist Holly Lane has a different approach. She combines both aspects in a harmonious creative endeavor. The result is breathtaking. Holly carefully and litigiously plans how her work with carving and designing her frames will complement and enhance her painting as if they were one unified piece of art. Words don’t do Holly’s work justice, you have to see this brilliant and gifted approach - make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the images she provided.

Early affirmations in carving out a creative path

Not all artists receive the encouragement and enthusiasm for their early work as much as they’d like. Many artists use this adversity and challenge to fuel their creativity drive to succeed and make a name for themselves. Artist Holly Lane was fortunate enough to receive some early affirmations from her professors partly because of the unique nature of her work. In art school, Holly really discovered her passion, not only for painting but also for crafting and cultivating a skill for creating intricate frames that enhance her paintings. Holly’s journey wasn’t easy, she has faced her fair share of challenges but it’s refreshing to hear such a positive and encouraging start to an illustrious career.

Art Inspired by Animals and Mythology

It is an absolute joy to get the chance to hear from so many artists about what motivates and inspires their creative process. I asked my guest Holly Lane about her creative journey and how she conceptualizes her work. Holly explained that she gets a lot of her inspiration from “Interspecies compassion” - philosophical proofs that animals can think. She also delves into the imaginative journey and contemplates the backstory and implications of myths like the Roman goddess Fortuna. Holly has a vibrant and infectious energy that really comes alive when she opens up about her passion for her work. It's always wonderful to hear from such a talented and gracious artist.

What is the Stendhal Syndrome?

Have you ever heard of the Stendhal Syndrome? Neither had I until my conversation with Holly Lane. Once you hear what it is, it will sound familiar to you. The Stendhal Syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes strong physical reactions and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art. Holly and I discussed our experiences with this phenomena and she told me about a meaningful moment someone had encountering her work. For an artist to see someone react so viscerally to their work is a powerful and meaningful moment and that certainly comes through when Holly tells the story.

Keeping the artist's dream alive

What is your dream project? Where would you go? What would you take with you? Artist Holly Lane was kind enough to indulge this question that I posed to her over the course of our conversation. Given the inspiration and type of work Holly engages in, her answer shouldn’t be too surprising. She said that she would like to travel to the great castles and cathedrals of Europe. There she would draw and take pictures, then compose a body of work to be exhibited either in a church or in a forest. Holly didn’t miss a beat when I asked her this question so you can tell this is something that is near the surface and that she's been dreaming about. I hope she gets to follow her dream and I hope you have one just below the surface that you will follow too!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to today’s guest, Holly Lane.
  • [2:15] Holly talks about her work with frames.
  • [5:40] Does Holly carve all her frames herself?
  • [9:15] How does Holly conceptualize her work?
  • [17:20] Holly talks about finding her path after school.
  • [26:00] Working with grants.
  • [29:00] Memorable responses to Holly’s work.
  • [36:30] What does Holly do when she gets stuck?
  • [38:40] Surprising artists that influence and inspire Holly.
  • [42:30] What is Holly working on right now?
  • [43:50] Holly talks about how she sets up her studio.
  • [45:30] What is Holly’s dream project?
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The Impact of an Art Mentor, with Joe Gyurcsak
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The Impact of an Art Mentor, with Joe Gyurcsak

Do you realize the power an art mentor has? They have the ability to guide and shape the next generation of artist. Unfortunately, this relationship is often underutilized. My guest Joe Gyurcsak believes strongly in the mentoring relationship. He has experienced the impact that older artist have had on his life AND he has had the opportunity to act as a mentor to the generation of artists coming up behind him. In our conversation, we cover the impact of having a mentor, his transition from illustration to fine art, how creative writing enhanced his artwork, and much more.

The transition from illustration to fine art

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to junk your current career path and make an abrupt change? That is exactly what my guest Joe Gyurcsak did. One night after a frustrating project as an illustrator, Joe decided that he was done. He made the decision and walked away. It wasn’t really a decision to turn from one thing and begin another at that point. But before long, Joe began producing paintings for fine art galleries. He quickly found himself swept up into a new direction for his work in the art world. It didn’t go completely smoothly for Joe from that point on, he had some ups and downs but he was confident that he had made the right decision and he was creating the art that he wanted to make.

Reading and Writing as fuel to the artist's creative process

What impact can reading and writing have in your creative process as an artist? I’ve had the privilege to interview many artists recently who have discovered the enormous impact that reading and more specifically writing has had on their creative process. My guest this week Joe Gyurcsak, tells me that reading and writing had a HUGE impact on him during a period of his life where he had to work in a field unrelated to his abilities as an artist. It was fascinating to hear as Joe described how creative writing helped clarify his thought process and really enhanced his approach to his artwork.

Advice for artists early in their career

What lessons can artists early in their career learn from more experienced artists? Joe Gyurcsak has some great insights that he’d love for some of his less experienced peers to learn from. He starts by encouraging them to put their work out there - boldly and consistently. Joe empathizes with the fear, insecurity, and nervousness that haunts many artists just starting off. But he is convinced that it is absolutely critical that artists take as many opportunities that come their way to show their art and sell their art. In Joe’s experience, the more an artist’s work is circulated and viewed, the chances increase for the artist to learn and grow from those encounters.

Do artists need mentors?

What would it be like to have a mentor? Someone who can point out and identify things that you can’t see in your own work and life? Artist Joe Gyurcsak has enjoyed some wonderful mentoring relationships over his career. He’s been able to get advice and outside perspective on his work, technique, and how to navigate the art world. If you haven’t been convinced of the importance of having a mentoring relationship, hearing from Joe will change your mind. He is convinced that the success and growth he has experienced is due in large part to the generous investment he has received from talented artists.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] My introduction to this episode.
  • [1:45] Joe Gyurcsak joins the podcast.
  • [2:20] Joe talks about getting started with art.
  • [3:30] Artists that inspired Joe.
  • [4:10] Transitioning from student to working artist.
  • [5:30] Personal success.
  • [6:30] The decision to leave illustration behind.
  • [7:40] Difficulty transitioning to fine art.
  • [9:40] What advice would Joe give his younger self?
  • [11:30] What is Joe involved with right now?
  • [13:50] Joe’s process in the studio.
  • [24:00] Joe’s biggest setback in his career.
  • [27:50] What did Joe do to fuel the fire while he wasn’t employed as an artist?
  • [34:30] What is on Joe’s list right now?
  • [35:30] How do you establish a relationship with a gallery?
  • [40:00] What advice does Joe have for artists early in their career?
  • [43:00] How do you stay motivated when facing rejection?
  • [45:30] The significance of having mentors.
  • [49:00] How do you approach these mentors?
  • [51:00] How has working as a resident artist affected Joe’s art?
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Passion for Art, with Rey Bustos
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Passion for Art, with Rey Bustos

When you meet someone who is passionate about a subject it can be contagious, whether you like the subject or not. But it takes a unique individual to really transfer and ignite that passion into someone else. It was a joy to sit down with my guest, Rey Bustos. Rey is a talented artist and an experienced educator. Our conversation covers the influence that Burne Hogarth had on both of us, his journey toward teaching art, and the role of passion and gratitude. We had a wonderful time discussing all these subjects and so much more.

Influence from a giant in the art world

When I went to school at Art Center I had the privilege to study under renowned illustrator Burne Hogarth. My guest, Rey Bustos also studied under Burne and ended up teaching his class soon after his passing. Rey and I had a wonderful time discussing the impact Burne had on both of us. He truly was a giant in the art and illustration world. Rey talked about how Burne’s passion and deep knowledge of illustration and anatomy ignited a passion in him that lasts to this day. It’s inspiring to reflect on the legacy and passion that one person can have over a generation of artists.

The journey toward teaching art

I have been fortunate to speak to quite a few artists recently who have also become educators. My guest, Rey Bustos also fits into that category. Rey tells the story that led him on the journey to becoming a teacher. He had taken a summer off from his time at Art Center to care for his first wife who would soon pass away. It was her words of encouragement that led Rey to move more and more toward teaching. She recognized his dreams of becoming a famous illustrator but she was convinced that Rey’s future and impact rested firmly in the teaching route. Eventually, Rey took more and more teaching opportunities and he’s never looked back.

An infectious passion for art

How do you pass on your joy and passion for art to others? Can it even be done? I asked this question to my guest, Rey Bustos who teaches art and illustration. He explained that for the most part, the students he gets in his classes these days sign up intentionally to take his class, it isn’t a course requirement. But Rey was kind enough to share what he does when he gets the odd student who didn’t quite know what they were getting into with taking his class. Simply put, Rey “Passions people to death.” That may sound strange but talk with Rey, and you can feel the energy and passion just radiate out from him.

Gratitude that fuels creativity

Learning from various talented artists over the years has been a joy and a privilege. Every artist has something that drives them, a creative impulse. My guest, Rey Bustos has many inspirations and motivations that he draws from. One of the key aspects that Rey points out in our conversation is his desire to highlight gratitude. He says “It is your choice to be happy or not.” Rey draws much of his artistic energy and inspiration from focusing on positive thoughts and the good things he has in his life. He has found this to be a better place for him to draw from then the things that aren’t going well in his life or about the things that he lacks.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] My introduction to today’s guest, Rey Bustos.
  • [2:30] Rey talks about what drew him to art.
  • [9:00] Rey and I talk about our time at Art Center studying under Burne Hogarth.
  • [12:15] What was Rey’s biggest takeaway from studying under Burne?
  • [17:40] Rey talks about mastering figure drawing.
  • [19:20] Rey talks about teaching analytical figure drawing.
  • [23:00] How does Rey energize students who aren’t passionate about his topics?
  • [34:10] Rey talks about a moment of personal success.
  • [36:40] The importance of family.
  • [43:30] Rey talks about learning from the example of his father.
  • [49:30] Overcoming fear.
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Breaking the Mold, with Robert Chiarito
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Breaking the Mold, with Robert Chiarito

Sometimes you just need to shake things up. Routine and patterns can foster complacency and stifle creativity. My guest Robert Chiarito lives to change things up when it comes to his artwork. Much of our conversation centered around the theme of “Breaking the mold.” Our conversation spanned some great topics like walking away from gallery representation, to being critical of work that “Comes easy,” and cultivating a flavor of unpredictability in his work. Robert was exceedingly gracious with his time and with his level of honesty. Make sure to catch the images of his inspiring work at the end of this post!

Walking away from gallery representation

In an ever-changing art world, is it realistic to expect to make a living by showing your work in art galleries? Robert Chiarito resolved early on in his career to creating the art he wanted to make regardless of what galleries or art collectors wanted to see. This decision has afforded him the freedom to cultivate an unpredictable flavor to the artwork he produces. Robert’s work as an educator has contributed to the independence he is able to enjoy. Even though he hasn’t depended on the income from the sales of his paintings, Robert has had his work in galleries over the years. Each artist's path is going to be different. Find what works for you and above all, be authentic to the work you were made to create.

What’s behind the “Drive” to paint?

The beautiful thing about interviewing a wide range of artists is getting to hear what motivates and drives each one of them. There might be some common threads but each person gives their explanation in a unique way. Artist Robert Chiarito describes the reason why he paints as, “Discovering what will happen and to see where things go.” Robert is fascinated by the basic interaction of positives and negatives in any painting technique. He has an intriguing perspective that really made me see things from a different angle, I loved hearing him explain his motivations.

Skepticism for art that “Comes easy”

You’ve heard the saying “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Does that saying apply to art? Should you be skeptical when things come to you easily? My guest is artist Robert Chiarito and he is convinced that any work that he produces that comes easily should be scrutinized. This doesn’t mean that Robert never produces his art that just comes upon him in a rush of inspiration. At the end of the day, he has learned that if a painting comes easily it to him it usually lacks the depth and nuance he tries to cultivate.

Avoiding predictability in art

After practicing your craft over many years, there is a temptation to go into “Autopilot” mode. It happens to some of the best and talented artists out there. So how do you avoid this trap? How do you “Break the mold?” Artist Robert Chiarito has dedicated his efforts to continually change things up with his art for this very purpose. He looks for ways big and small to deviate from patterns and predictability in his work. Some challenges have arisen from this intense focus to stand out and do things differently. My conversation with Robert was fascinating as we explored his efforts and the insights he has gained along the way.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] I introduce today’s guest Robert Chiarito.
  • [2:00] Robert talks about what drove him to pursue art.
  • [7:30] What type of work is Robert involved in now?
  • [12:00] Finding your voice as an artist.
  • [14:20] Growth as an artist.
  • [16:30] Responses to Robert’s work.
  • [23:00] How does Robert deal with his changing interests and galleries?
  • [29:30] Why does Robert paint?
  • [33:30] What is Robert obsessed with right now?
  • [39:30] Why doesn’t Robert trust himself with a painting that doesn’t come quickly?
  • [44:00] How does Robert keep things fresh and avoiding autopilot?
  • [48:55] Which artist’s work would Robert love to own?
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Observational Art and Invented Imagery, with Langdon Quin
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Observational Art and Invented Imagery, with Langdon Quin

I had the wonderful privilege of sitting down with renowned artist and educator Langdon Quin. We discussed his work with observational art and invented imagery. Langdon was gracious enough to provide some images of his work that you can see at the end of this post. He shared how he started working with invented imagery and how his work as an observational painter has influenced his growth and evolution. Langdon’s passion for art is infectious, we discussed some of his influences over the years and how his role and educator has also impacted his life and work.

Invented Imagery Art

What is “Invented Imagery?” Invented imagery in the term artist Langdon Quin puts it is creating paintings of objects or scenes that he has created in his mind. This can also include a memory of a place the artist has seen but the art is created solely on that memory. Another fascinating example that Langdon shared was a painting he did of a landscape that he often travels by, but instead of painting that scene from the angle he had seen it in passing, he painted it from an aerial viewpoint. Langdon has taken an intriguing journey combining his skills as an observational painter and allowing it to evolve into his work with invented imagery.

Growing as an artist - Incremental change.

When you are in the middle of your career or a particular fast paced phase of life you lose track of your own growth and development. In the hustle and bustle, introspection and personal growth can take a backseat to the pressures of daily life. It was such an honor to sit down with artist Langdon Quin as he draws from his 35 years of experience in the art world. One of the most prominent topics we discussed was his growth as an artist. Langdon looks back on his growth as incremental - bit by bit he adapted and developed as an artist over time. He has never been in a hurry to make huge leaps and changes and he cautions other artists to heed this wisdom.

Keeping your creative spark alive as an artist.

Competition, innovation, and success are the idols that American culture worships in the marketplace. How does an artist fit into that ecosystem? Can an artist survive when competition and success reign supreme? Most artists won’t have a problem with innovation, the art world is built upon this idea. What about competition and success? To keep the creative spark alive, a good artist will resist the urge to let success define their passion. Competition can be helpful but often leads to comparison and envy. Artist Langdon Quin talks about his struggle to keep his work at the forefront. Langdon decided to focus on what matters, his work. Success will come and go and competition isn’t on his radar. He creates because he can’t image doing anything else.

Don’t expect things to be sequential in the art world.

Society often communicates to young people that you just need to get qualified in your field, work hard, and success will follow. Is that accurate advice for people pursuing their passion in the art world? Artist Langdon Quin doesn’t think it’s helpful to look at success in the art world in such a sequential way. Looking back on his 35 years as an artist, Langdon notes that the landscape is ever changing and a wise artist will learn to adapt to those changes. Success may come and go, sometimes it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Langdon advises artists to keep at it, don’t give up and don’t be discouraged. Success shouldn’t validate or invalidate your work.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:30] I introduce today’s guest: Langdon Quin.
  • [3:00] What caused Langdon to pursue art?
  • [5:50] How has teaching influenced Langdon’s life and work?
  • [8:00] What has been the common thread in Langdon’s work over 35 years?
  • [11:00] Langdon talks about his with invented imagery.
  • [19:00] Why do artists need “Permission” to do something new with their art?
  • [23:00] Langdon talks about his growth and change as an artist.
  • [26:20] Working with a model.
  • [34:00] Langdon talks about what he does with his time in Italy.
  • [39:20] How does Langdon spend his time in the studio? What is his process?
  • [40:15] Artists that have influenced Langdon.
  • [48:40] How does Langdon keep his creative spark?
  • [50:00] The changing landscape of the art world.
  • [1:02:00] What would you advise the artist you were ten years ago?
  • [1:05:00] What does the future hold for the art world?
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Painting in Gouache, with Phyllis Shafer
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Painting in Gouache, with Phyllis Shafer

My guest today is Phyllis Schafer. You might remember her being mentioned from the interview I conducted with Parker Stremmel. Phyllis is represented by the Stremmel Gallery in Reno, NV. We had a wonderful and wide-ranging conversation where we discussed her work painting in gouache, her journey as an artist through her undergrad work in the 70’s, and some of the difficulties she faced in her graduate work in the 80’s. Phyllis has a unique perspective as both an artist and an educator. She currently lives and works in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area and her paintings reflect her stunning surroundings.

Discovering painting in gouache

Through her artistic journey, Phyllis Shafer has come to love and utilize painting in gouache. Gouache is a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a glue-like substance. Phyllis was drawn to gouache partly because of the prolific use of acrylics in painting at the time she was in undergraduate school in the 70’s. As she started using oils and started branching out more in different techniques, she fell in love with painting in gouache.

Growing up Artistically in the Bay area

Every artist has that moment in their career where they “Come alive.” This can happen early in life or later in life, there really isn’t a set pattern to how this comes about, it's unique for each artist. Phyllis Shafer speaks of growing up artistically in the Bay area. She had moved there after spending years in New York. This was the place where she really got to work establishing herself and building her resume as an artist. To hear Phyllis talk about her journey both literally and artistically that took her to San Francisco and then to Lake Tahoe is riveting.

Facing disillusionment with the art world

How do you succeed in your field of study when it seems like the whole system is broken or not working for you? Do you give up or do you push through? Phyllis Shafer struggled with these thoughts as she navigated graduate school and the art scene at UC Berkeley in the 80’s. She faced some difficult decisions at this time in her life. Phyllis had dabbled in dance performance and had considered taking that route to fulfill her need for creative output. Ultimately, Phyllis came to terms with the fact that making images was so deeply ingrained in her that she could never give it up. Though her journey was difficult, Phyllis persevered.

Urban compared to Rural life as an artist

Does it matter where you live as an artist? Is it better to be in an urban setting or a more rural setting? My guest Phyllis Shafer has experienced both. She spent her early career in San Francisco, and then later moved to the Lake Tahoe area. Phyllis sees the benefits of both experiences and speaks to the unique opportunities she has enjoyed as an established artist moving from an urban to a smaller community. Phyllis’ insight is fascinating and provides a helpful perspective for artists both young and experienced.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:35] I introduce today’s guest; Phyllis Shafer.
  • [2:20] How did Phyllis get started with painting?
  • [4:30] Phyllis’ growth as an artist when she was in her 20’s.
  • [9:50] How did the move to San Francisco influence Phyllis as an artist?
  • [11:30] Phyllis and I talk about using gouache, oil, and water colors.
  • [15:30] Artists that have influenced Phyllis’ work.
  • [20:00] Phyllis and talk about making difficult decisions.
  • [24:20] Navigating politics and frustrations in the art world during graduate school.
  • [30:20] The differences of Rural compared to Urban art scenes.
  • [39:00] What has Phyllis been working on lately?
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Mathematics and Art, with Michael Schultheis
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Mathematics and Art, with Michael Schultheis

If you are anything like me, you might find math to be an intimidating subject. But math and art have had a harmonious relationship for hundreds of years. There is a rich history between the two subjects that I find fascinating. It is a huge honor to have artist Michael Schultheis as my guest on the podcast this week. Michael didn’t start his career as an artist, but he has always been captivated by the beauty of mathematics. After starting a successful career working at Microsoft in Seattle, Michael was struck with the inspiration to teach himself how to become an artist. The catalyst for this change occurred while Michael was listening to Terry Gross interview an artist who encouraged people to make art from what they knew. That set things off for Michael and his journey of bringing the two worlds of mathematics and art together with his own spin.

Exciting ways art is being seen and felt

When an artist can connect with their audience on a level beyond the visual, something truly special has occurred. For many observers, this level beyond the visual is usually an emotional connection that resonates deeply. However, when I asked artist Michael Schultheis about his experience with audience engagement, I received a surprising response. He told me about two different but fascinating reactions he has received from his artwork. The first was a blind woman who requested to feel his work with her hands so she could “See” his painting. The second was a young boy who focused on the numbers and equations in the painting. Both individuals “Saw” Michael’s art on a level beyond most viewers.

How do you know when a painting is finished?

It’s always interesting to hear from various artists about how they can tell when they have completed their artwork. For Michael Schultheis, having spent so much of his career dealing with algorithms and equations, he wasn’t sure when to “Finish” his artwork. That all changed one day when he had a conversation with the talented artist and storyteller, Jacob Lawrence. Michael learned from Jacob and his wife Gwendolyn to approach each painting as an experiment. They encouraged him to; “Do his experiment and then let it go.” That advice resonated deeply with Michael and influenced how he approached his artwork.

Art and mathematics as storytelling

I’ll be honest and admit that when I think of mathematics, I don’t think of storytelling. My guest, Michael Schultheis has opened my eyes and has given me a new appreciation for the beautiful way that math and art intersect to tell a moving story. As an example, Michael tells the story of his parents. He describes how they met, their relationship’s ups and downs, and ultimately how they grew closer than ever toward the end of his father’s life. Michael tells their story and intersects mathematical and artistic concepts throughout. It is absolutely stunning how he is able to bring these concepts together in an engaging and relatable way.

Artistic Inspiration from Galileo to Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso and more!

A lot of the artist I get to interview have a great list of individuals who have influenced or inspired their work over the years. As I sat down with Michael Schultheis, I quickly found that it wasn’t just fellow artist that inspired him but also many notable mathematicians and great historical figures from long ago. He draws inspiration from the likes of Galileo to Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso and many others! Michael’s fascination with these figures is infectious, our conversation had me on the edge of my seat as he talked about these artists and mathematicians as mentors.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Michael Schultheis.
  • [2:30] How did Michael get started as an artist?
  • [3:29] Finding beauty in mathematical equations.
  • [7:40] Michael’s journey as a self taught artist.
  • [9:00] Each painting as an experiment.
  • [11:40] The correlation between math and art.
  • [17:20] Analytical Expressionism.
  • [20:00] The stories Michael is telling with his art.
  • [37:45] Michael talks about his parents.
  • [41:00] What responses has Michael received about his painting?
  • [43:15] What role does color play in Michael’s thought process?
  • [44:00] Artist and Mathematicians who’ve influenced Michael.
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Incremental Change, with Deborah Zlotsky
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Incremental Change, with Deborah Zlotsky

Incremental change isn’t sexy. Big changes and bold moves get all the attention and headlines. But most of the world revolves around this slow but steady persistent and forward progress of incremental change. This has been the case for artist Deborah Zlotsky. She would be the first to tell you that she’s not someone who has many “Aha moments” but that’s ok, she loves the small changes she has piled up in her life. To hear Deborah talk about her creative process and the journey she has taken to become the artist she is today is awe inspiring.

Working hard to avoid being overwhelmed

It can be so difficult to drown out all the noise of life and focus on the work at hand and the things you enjoy doing. How do you avoid becoming overwhelmed? What brings the most focus and clarity? Artist Deborah Zlotsky struggled with distraction and an unsatisfying amount of productivity. Through trial and error, Deborah found her way to focus and clarity was through compartmentalizing her work into short bursts of creativity. These bursts of creativity ended up being highly productive for Deborah and have allowed her to avoid the trap of becoming overwhelmed. What’s worked for you? Have you tried this practice of short bursts of creativity?

The little things that make a huge impact

Many of us will go through life not noticing the impact we have on others. But especially for teachers, the little things, that moment of encouragement or one on one engagement can make all the difference. Artist Deborah Zlotsky remembers a moment she had in art school where one teacher made that big impact on her life. She had been enjoying and thriving in her art history classes yet not finding as much engagement in her studio art classes. Then one day an instructor took the time to engage with her artwork. It meant the world to Deborah, so much so that she thinks back to that moment even today. It goes to show you that we all have the ability, however, big or small to have an impact on others. It’s a lesson we can all take to heart.

Tracing creative output through different life stages

You’ve heard the phrase “Art imitates life.” For artist Deborah Zlotsky, that saying rang true for her during a particular period of her life. In our conversation, Deborah tells me about a time in her life where her paintings were dark and somber in a way. This also happened to be the time in her life where she was going through a divorce. Once she came out on the other side of this stage in life, she noticed that she wanted to make paintings that were lighter. Deborah was bold and unflinching in our interview and it goes to show how much of a graceful and exciting artist she truly is.

Writing that enhances the creative process

Sometimes in order to truly understand what is going on inside us, we have to work it out. Many artists know this to be true as their paintings can be the very expression of what thoughts or emotions they have running around inside. Another practice that can help this process is writing. My guest Deborah Zlotsky has found that the discipline of writing enhances her drawing. On this episode, we sit down and discuss the impact writing has on her creative process. Have you found writing or journaling to be helpful in your creative process? Deborah was kind enough to let me in on her process and I hope her experience is an inspiration to you!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Deborah Zlotsky.
  • [2:02] I introduce Deborah Zlotsky.
  • [2:20] How did Deborah get started as an artist?
  • [7:29] Incremental growth and self discovery.
  • [11:34] What moves and motivates Deborah as she paints?
  • [16:45] How does Deborah manage her time and structure her creativity?
  • [23:36] Deborah talks about a personal success.
  • [28:46] Deborah discuss setbacks she has experienced as an artist.
  • [34:20] The impact writing and journaling has had for Deborah.
  • [36:07] Is there an art piece that Deborah would never part with?
  • [37:46] What one habit has contributed to Deborah’s success?
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Artistic Inspiration, with Ginnie Gardiner
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Artistic Inspiration, with Ginnie Gardiner

There are a multitude of factors that contribute to crafting your personality. The familiar debate of nature versus nurture comes to mind. Just as there are various pieces involved in crafting a personality, so are there in finding artistic inspiration. What inspires one person would never inspire the next and so on. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I have the pleasure of interviewing artist Ginnie Gardiner. In our conversation, we discuss her work as an MTV music video producer, what art books inspire her, her creative process, and much more! I can’t wait for you to hear from this gracious and talented artist - make sure to listen in!

An artist inspired by her work with MTV

You wouldn’t think there was much correlation between working on MTV music videos and developing as a painter. However, that is exactly artist Ginnie Gardiner’s story. She worked as a producer for a video company to take “Flat art” and animate it for videos and television. This job working with digital art and music videos served as her early work experience right out of college from Cornell. On this episode of Savvy Painter, Ginnie shares how this experience influenced her significantly as an artist and later as a painter. Don’t miss out on our fascinating conversation!

Painting inspired by reading

Inspiration can be a difficult thing to come by for many creative people. Once you find what inspires you, it can unleash a flood of productivity. What have you found that inspires you? Is it always the same thing or does it change through different seasons of life? Artist Ginnie Gardiner finds inspiration for her paintings and collage work from reading various books. She loves to read books about artists and by artists. Reading these works have had a huge impact on her creative process. Ginnie has even added reading into her daily routine as she prepares and paints her canvases. To hear more about what motivates and inspires Ginnie, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Finding the right routine and rituals to fuel creativity

When you have done things a certain way for so long, it becomes second nature. You don’t even realize you are practicing particular habits because it’s become part of who you are. These habits and rituals can be extremely helpful in fueling your creative impulses. Some people’s creativity thrives while they are listening to music, some need complete silence. I am always intrigued to find out what makes each artist I get to interview succeed. Artist Ginnie Gardiner has a number of these routines that she practices when she approaches her canvas. I know you will find her habits and rituals as fascinating as I did. Don’t miss my interview with Ginnie on this episode of Savvy Painter.

The magic of viewing art in person

Can you think back to a time when you were truly awe inspired? When was that last time your heart started racing and your jaw dropped? For artist Ginnie Gardiner it's whenever she gets to view world renowned paintings in person. On this episode of Savvy Painter, Ginnie and I discuss the powerful impact art has had on our lives. My hope is that our conversation resonates with you. Ginnie’s awe and wonder of the art world is contagious and had me planning my next trip to Madrid. Listen to this episode of Savvy Painter to hear more from Ginnie!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Ginnie Gardiner.
  • [2:13] I introduce Ginnie Gardiner.
  • [2:41] Why did Ginnie become an artist?
  • [11:03] How working with music videos influenced Ginnie’s painting.
  • [16:38] Ginnie talks about the influence of Josef Albers and the use of colors in her art.
  • [23:18] The influence of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo on Ginnie’s work.
  • [27:19] The use of thumbnail drawings.
  • [31:42] Reading good books as inspiration.
  • [37:23] Routine and rituals that help Ginnie’s creativity.
  • [41:35] Ginnie and I talk shop - materials, methods, etc.
  • [49:20] The impact of viewing paintings in person.
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Thriving as a Self Taught Artist, with Kirstine Reiner Hansen
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Thriving as a Self Taught Artist, with Kirstine Reiner Hansen

Kirstine Reiner Hansen is an artist with a vibrant story. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I have the pleasure of sitting down with Kirstine to discuss her successful and thriving career as a “Self taught artist.” Our discussion ranges from the pros and cons of getting a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA), her experience as a self taught painter, keeping her audience updated, and making a substantial shift in her method and style of painting. Kirstine is a generous and gracious guest and I believe you will learn a lot from her wealth of knowledge and insight. Make sure to listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Is it important to keep your audience invested and interested in your work?

In the social media age, how important is it to keep your audience interested? I get the wonderful opportunity to sit down with artist Kirstine Reiner Hansen to discuss the importance of updating and including your audience on your journey. Much of our thinking around this idea is just reminding our audience that we are still around and working out our creative process. This can take the form of snapping a picture of a paint brush and posting it Instagram or giving them an exclusive “Peek” on our upcoming project. In this new global and interconnect society, artists need to think about the steps they can take to ensure their audience is engaged. Learn more from our in depth conversation on this episode of Savvy Painter!  

What is it like being a “Self taught artist”

Discovering your vocation doesn’t usually come easy most people. For those who find their “calling” easily, even that can be fraught with uncertainty. Kirstine Reiner Hansen discovered her passion and calling as an artist. As she has developed and grown as an artist and has experienced different art communities, Kirstine has struggled with the fact that she never procured her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. This is a hotly debated issue among many artists, is the MFA really necessary to have a credible and successful career as an artist? Kirstine came to the conclusion that for her, even though it would be nice, the MFA is not necessary. To hear more about Kirstine’s journey as a “Self taught artist”, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter.

Making the shift from observational to photo reference.

Leaving a style or way of doing things for so long can be difficult. Not many people enjoy and embrace change. One of the keys to moving from a place of comfort to a new and possibly better place is understanding that your current location is unacceptable. Kirstine Reiner Hansen understood this truth. She had been practicing an observational form of painting for many years but soon realized that she need to make a change. It wasn’t easy and it took a lot of courage and boldness to push into a new realm of painting. She now uses photo references in her painting and she is thrilled that she made the change. To hear more about Kirstine’s process and what it took for her make that leap, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

An unconventional method of painting  

Every artist has their own unique way of preparing themselves before they approach the canvas. I found Kirstine Reiner Hansen’s approach to her projects rather unconventional. As she prepares her canvas and other items (she uses collage work as well), Kirstine closes her eyes and picks objects at random and then figures out how to incorporate them into her work. She feels that it is the only way she can be fresh and present her work as surprising. The most exciting aspect for Kirstine about working this way is that she sees her work as a sort of intuitive puzzle. She has to stay very alert to figure out what step to take next. To hear more about Kirstine’s fascinating process, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:36] Background of guest: Kirstine Reiner Hansen.
  • [2:01] I introduce Emily Leonard.
  • [2:25] Early inspirations in art.
  • [5:10] Self-promotion as an artist.
  • [7:18] Kirstine talks about a personal success.   
  • [10:54] A shift in technique and style.   
  • [22:31] Does Kirstine struggle with insecurity being a “Self taught” artist?   
  • [28:32] Keeping your audience updated.    
  • [31:52] Why was the shift from using observational to photo reference difficult?    
  • [36:50] What is Kirstine’s process for painting?     
  • [46:33] What is Kirstine working on right now?    
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Good Habits Maximize Creativity, with Emily Leonard
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Good Habits Maximize Creativity, with Emily Leonard

No one has a perfect story. Light and dark, day and night, there seems to be a constant opposite element to contrast our experiences in life. We all have our moments of glory and times of difficulty. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I have the privilege to sit down with artist Emily Leonard. Emily’s journey is a fascinating one. We discuss her successes, her battle with depression, the creative process, the benefits of good habits, and much more! If you love to hear how artists have navigated their creative journey as much as I do, you don’t want to miss this episode!

That magical moment when everything “Clicks”

Have you ever had one of those magical moments when everything you are working on just “Clicks?” Artist Emily Leonard had one of those moments in her career that left a lasting impression on her process. She was working on a big solo show at a gallery in Seattle when she started a painting in which every brush stroke “Felt right.” She didn’t finish this painting in time for the gallery opening which was unusual for Emily. Usually, in those moments, she rushes the project to have it ready for the show but this one was different. This experience left a strong impression on Emily and has shaped the way she approaches painting projects and deadlines. To hear more from my exciting interview with Emily, listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Battling depression and refusing to use art as a coping mechanism.

Mental illness can be difficult to understand let alone cope with. There is a wide range of strategies and methods that have helped people who suffer from mental illnesses like depression. In some instances using art has acted as a helpful coping mechanism. Artist Emily Leonard discovered that in her case, she was using art as a coping mechanism but not talking about or talking through her difficulties. She had to make a clear distinction so she distanced herself from painting for a period of time. This decision made a huge impact on the way she navigated her mental health. To hear more about Emily’s story, don’t miss this episode of Savvy Painter!

Good habits and routines that maximize creativity

Everyone is looking for that one book, quote, or piece of advice that will help them maximize their creativity or productivity. Since everyone is created uniquely, it takes a variety of methods to find that personal inspiration and drive. What works for one person may not work for the next. That is why hearing from others who have found what works for them is so helpful. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I sit down with artist Emily Leonard. We talk about habits she has formed over the years that have helped maximize her creative process. Make sure to catch Emily’s inspiring story!

Can you balance work and family life?

Many men and women in the workplace today are asking an important question. How do you balance work life and family life? Emily Leonard is an artist and a mother so I asked her how she keeps it all balanced, does she have any tips? Emily was quick to explain that she doesn't have any tips, she is just doing the best she can to make it all work. At one point when her daughter was still an infant, her time in the studio was suffering and it forced her to ask herself this question; “How can my process and work adapt to fit my new lifestyle as a mother?” Since she asked herself that question, Emily has been able to adapt and streamline her process and time in the studio. I loved hearing from Emily’s unique story and I know you will enjoy it too. Hear more from Emily on this episode of Savvy Painter!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:34] Background of guest: Emily Leonard.
  • [1:35] I introduce Emily Leonard.
  • [2:00] Early inspirations in art.
  • [4:55] The beginning of Emily’s art career.
  • [6:27] How to get started as an artist.
  • [9:13] Emily shares a successful moment in her career.
  • [15:29] How painting has helped Emily work through her depression.
  • [19:06] What habits or routines work well for Emily?
  • [24:00] Emily’s process for starting a painting.
  • [27:03] Unexpected reactions to Emily’s art.
  • [29:27] What is Emily working on right now?
  • [33:36] How do you balance work and family life?
  • [40:34] If you could have a piece of art from one living artist who would it be?
  • [41:38] What advice would you give a younger you?
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Mixed Media Art, with Caren Canier
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Mixed Media Art, with Caren Canier

Mixed media art refers to a work of art where more than one medium has been employed. "Mixed media" tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a "mixed media" work. I had the privilege of sitting down with premier mixed media artist, Caren Canier on this episode of Savvy Painter. Caren brings years of experience and profound insight to our conversation about the art world. Hear about her experience as an artist, Rome Prize Fellowship recipient, and much more!

Establishing a “Commitment” to art

As an artist, you have to decide who you are making art for. If you are constantly looking for approval and checking “Which way the wind blows” your career is going to be very difficult. Caren Canier is an artist and teacher. She emphasizes the need to connect with your motivation for art. She believes that every artist needs to establish a commitment that comes from the inside out. In our fascinating discussion on this episode of Savvy Painter, Caren expands on these thoughts and shares about her journey. Don’t miss it!

The artist’s role in American society

What is the artist’s role in 21st century American society? In today’s context artists are largely divorced from culture. There seems to be a tension between commercial art and the “Art world.” Some believe the true role of an artist is to reflect back to people ideas about living and what it’s like to be human. Caren Canier shares this view, she also believes that the artist’s role is to express through art what it’s like to live in the times we live in and make sense out of things. It's a rarified form of communication that is extremely important. To hear more from Caren, don’t miss this episode of Savvy Painter!

Mixed media art and the creative process

Each artist’s journey is unique. Just as each piece of art reflects something that connected deep within the artist that created it. In hearing someone share their story and their heart, you get to discover a piece of your own. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I ask artist Caren Canier about her creative process and how she found her way using mixed media art. Caren’s story is fascinating and elaborate. You’ll love hearing about her experimentations with collage work and figure painting. Our conversation is wide ranging and fun, make sure to catch this episode!

Finding value in setbacks and challenges

How do you respond when you encounter setbacks or failures? Is it even possible to rise from those experiences and grow from it? Accomplished artist Caren Canier encourages artists to remain patient. It has been her experience that even though you can’t see the way forward in times of difficulty, clarity will come. From her vantage point as an experienced artist, she has learned to take a longer view of setbacks and failures. Nothing she has experienced in her career has defeated her. She has remained true to her “Commitment to art” and she advises others going to through difficulty to do the same. Learn more from Caren’s wealth of wisdom on this episode of Savvy Painter.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:38] Background of guest: Caren Canier.
  • [2:21] I introduce Caren Canier.
  • [3:02] How Caren started her journey as an artist.
  • [8:20] Caren’s definition of a “Commitment to art.”
  • [11:15] The artist's role in American society.
  • [14:25] What connections does Caren see between painting and “New media?”
  • [20:35] Caren’s creative process. How she chooses her motifs.
  • [25:41] Technical questions about preparing a collage.
  • [33:30] Caren talks about a powerful moment in her early art career.
  • [43:02] A time when Caren faced a setback.
  • [47:47] The value of setbacks and challenges.
  • [50:23] Caren talks about what it was like to work with Philip Guston
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Finding Your Creative Inspiration, with Jennifer Pochinski
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Finding Your Creative Inspiration, with Jennifer Pochinski

How do artists find their creative inspiration? The answer to this question is as unique as each person who asks it. Every artist finds their inspiration differently and that inspiration varies widely. But with each exploration of this question, you get a peek into each artist's journey. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I sit down with artist Jennifer Pochinski. We have a wonderful and wide ranging conversation about creative inspiration, painting techniques, and raising a family as an artist. Jennifer brings some fascinating insights on this episode, don’t miss it!

Using Instagram for Artistic Inspiration

Some artists retreat to the beauty of nature to find that creative spark called inspiration, some look to literature or the human anatomy. Then there are some artists who find inspiration from Instagram. In the 21st century, some artists are finding new avenues of motivation. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I get to explore this subject with artist Jennifer Pochinski. Jennifer likes to “travel around the world” by surfing the social media application, Instagram. She knows it's an unconventional method to find inspiration, but it works great for her. Make sure to catch this episode to hear more from Jennifer!

Disappointment as fuel for success

As you grow and develop your skills as an artist over time, you find yourself holding to higher standards. This may cause you to look at your older work unfavorably. How do you respond when you are disappointed with art you've produced? Do you allow it to discourage and disappoint you? Artist Jennifer Pochinski and I discuss how you can use your disappointment as fuel for success. As an experienced painter, Jennifer has years of expertise to draw from. Be prepared for powerful insight and inspiration on this episode of Savvy Painter!

How to respond when you get “Stuck” creatively

In every creative endeavor you eventually run up against a “wall.” Writers suffer from writer's block, ballerinas struggle to master a particular move, and musicians can struggle with hitting a certain note. Everyone deals with adversity and challenges differently. Jennifer Pochinski is a painter who has run up against this wall before. She found herself “In the zone” creatively when all of a sudden the well dried up. Life has a brutal way of treating every creative type to this struggle at some point. Either you have experienced this difficulty, you are in the middle of one right now, or you will be in one eventually. It is crucial to hear from others like Jennifer who have found their way through the other side of a creative block. Make sure to catch this episode of Savvy Painter and hear more of Jennifer’s story!

Pursuing your passion and raising a family. It can be done!

You’ve heard it said that “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” This saying pokes at the very idea of possessing something and enjoying it at the same time. Many in our society believe you can’t do something like raise a family and find success pursuing your passion at the same time. While it sounds complicated, difficult, and messy - it is a real possibility! Artist Jennifer Pochinski has raised her two girls all the while pursuing her passion as a painter. She will be the first person to tell you that it isn’t easy but it is rewarding! On this episode of Savvy Painter, Jennifer and I discuss the early years of raising children as an artist and how her kids are doing today!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:40] Background of guest: Jennifer Pochinski.
  • [2:21] I introduce Jennifer Pochinski.
  • [3:19] Early inspirations in art.
  • [4:36] How Jennifer chooses what she is going to paint.
  • [7:20] How Jennifer uses Instagram for inspiration.
  • [12:11] What are some memorable responses to Jennifer's work?
  • [16:20] How Jennifer’s view of her paintings change over time.
  • [18:35] Have unsatisfying paintings challenged Jennifer?
  • [20:48] Jennifer’s ritual for preparing to paint.
  • [22:41] How does Jennifer prepare her paint technically?
  • [27:19] What Jennifer does when she gets “stuck” on a painting?
  • [31:17] How Jennifer keeps her creative spark.
  • [33:59] Pursuing your passion while raising a family.
  • [41:24] If Jennifer could own one piece of art she’d own…
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Synesthesia Art, with Krista Harris
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Synesthesia Art, with Krista Harris

Synesthesia is a sensation that some people have when one sense is being interpreted by a different one. Some people see a color when a number is mentioned. Others smell a lemon when they see a particular shade of green. Artist Krista Harris has incorporated this sensory phenomenon into her abstract art. She lives in rural Colorado which creates a perfect backdrop for inspiration through all five senses. For example, when she hears a blackbird singing she attempts to paint that sound. Krista’s art and her way of approaching the senses and the world around her is fascinating. Check out my exciting interview with her on this episode of Savvy Painter!

How do you approach your goals?

With the New Year fast approaching, many people are setting goals for 2017. How do you approach goal setting? Do you grab what was leftover from 2016 that you didn’t get accomplished? What strategy works best? Artist Krista Harris found a few methods that worked for her. To start off, she focuses on a clear, specific goal. Once she identifies the goal she works her way back from there. She asks herself, “What will it take to accomplish this?” Krista finds that a common mistake most artists make is having vague goals or aspirations. She encourages artists to be ruthlessly specific in what they want to accomplish. To hear more of my conversation with Krista, catch this episode of Savvy Painter!

Seeing challenges as opportunities for growth.

How you face obstacles and challenges in life says a lot about who you are. Do you allow setbacks to knock you down or do you see them as lessons to strengthen you? Krista Harris learned that when life gives you hurdles to jump over, don’t get discouraged - leap! It has been her experience as an artist that adversity and challenges make you stronger. It is all part of the process. When one door closes another opens. Learn more about Krista’s story and the struggles she has overcome on this episode of Savvy Painter.

Do you say “No” enough?

In our culture “business” is a virtue. But the truth of the matter is, a frantic and busy lifestyle can quickly lead to burnout. We are hardwired to accept every offer and seize every opportunity that saying “No” sounds strange. It even seems counterintuitive. Yet, artist Krista Harris told me it is one of the smartest decisions she’s ever made. She learned that saying “No” can be empowering. It forces you to evaluate what matters to YOU and not allow other people to drive your schedule. Don’t miss more of Krista’s valuable insight on this episode of Savvy Painter.

Painting from an “Empty place”

Most artists approach the canvas with some inspiration. Maybe it’s a word, color, emotion, etc. It seems very “out of the box” to produce art that has no inspiration. But for Krista Harris, it's all about coming to the canvas with nothing in her mind. This method takes serious focus and discipline. As she prepares the colors and the canvas Krista empties her mind as much as possible. She explains that this approach allows her to let inspiration strike in a unique way. To hear Krista talk about her method and results is fascinating. I enjoyed our conversation and I’m sure you will too!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:39] Background of guest: Krista Harris.
  • [2:33] I introduce Krista Harris.
  • [2:52] Early inspirations in art.
  • [5:15] Krista’s journey to becoming an artist.
  • [13:55] The necessity of goals.
  • [22:24] Is it ever too late to become an artist?
  • [26:00] Krista talks about on of her biggest challenges.
  • [29:51] The necessity of saying “No.”
  • [41:32] What goes through Krista’s mind while painting?
  • [49:01] Krista’s work with synesthesia and art.
  • [55:01] What is Krista currently working on?
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Controversial Art and Sending a Message, with Hannah Yata
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Controversial Art and Sending a Message, with Hannah Yata

Controversial art is often provocative. The artist wants to make you feel something on a visceral level or they want to challenge the way you think. If you haven’t ever thought of art as a medium to send a message, then this episode for you! I had the wonderful privilege to sit down with a provocative and sometimes controversial artist, Hannah Yata. In this episode we discuss her journey of becoming an artist, finding her voice, and challenging the culture. Hannah has some powerful messages to convey through her work. She has evoked strong responses from audiences of all types. You won’t want to miss hearing from this talented artist!

Getting Started as an Artist

Plotting your way down a career path can be very difficult. Some professions have a very clear cut route, and others don’t. Hannah Yata found herself struggling through the process of getting started as an artist. As she was finishing up her time in art school, she wondered what the next step would be. An offhand comment from one of her teachers sent Hannah in the right direction toward her goal of becoming an artist. An email sent things into motion and Hannah was given a great opportunity to spend the summer working with artists Martin Wittfooth and Adam Miller. That summer was valuable and formative for Hanna. Her time there allowed Hannah to gather insight and skills she needed for the next phase of her development as an artist. To hear more about Hanna’s journey listen to this episode of Savvy Painter!

Sending a Message with Controversial Art

“There are only two things that pierce the human heart. One is beauty. The other is affliction.”

~ Simone Weil

The idea of beauty or affliction is front and center with most controversial art. The artist is trying to evoke something within the viewer. They want their art to resonate deep within. On this episode of Savvy Painter, I get to sit down with artist Hannah Yata. Listen as we discuss one of her most recent pieces of provocative art. Hannah describes the message she wants to convey through the piece and her motivation behind it. Don’t miss this fascinating story from Hana!

Living in a Productivity Obsessed Culture

An ancient proverb asks, “What good does it profit someone to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul?” As a society, we can become blind to the damage that seemingly “good” things can cause. We live in a productivity obsessed culture. On the surface, productivity is good. However, when set on a pedestal it can cause men and women to sacrifice their well-being on its altar. On this episode of Savvy Painter, Hannah Yata and I discuss how productivity can become detrimental. We discuss the necessity of “turning off” and finding ways to refresh and remind ourselves that we are more than what we produce!

Keys to Success

Have you ever wondered what makes certain artists successful? On this episode of Savvy Painter, I sit down with Hannah Yata to find out the keys to her success. Hannah emphasizes two habits that have enabled her to thrive. One of the habits that helped her was establishing a routine. This is a common theme with many artists. Her other key to success is maintaining an appetite for reading. Hannah is convinced that a mind engaged with ideas and stories will produce thoughtful and engaging art. To hear more of our conversation around success as an artist, check out this episode!

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:31] Background of Guest: Hannah Yata.
  • [1:59] I introduce Hannah on today’s show.
  • [2:19] Hannah talk’s about her very first painting.
  • [3:13] What made Hannah consider painting as a viable career path?
  • [13:52] How did Hannah feel after her first gallery showing?
  • [16:15] Hannah describes her work.
  • [18:59] Hannah discusses her most recent controversial piece of art.
  • [22:50] How do people respond to Hanna’s work?
  • [27:37] What is Hannah obsessed with right now?
  • [32:50] Living in a productivity obsessed culture.
  • [41:52] What habits contribute to Hanna’s success?
  • [44:24] What book does Hannah recommend to listeners?
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The Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility, with John Brosio
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The Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility, with John Brosio

The creative process works differently for everyone. If you are an artist you know that. It’s even possible that what works for you for some time, in terms of how you go about preparing to create your art, stops working later in your career. In this fascinating conversation with John Brosio, I had the privilege to chat about those changes and what to do when they happen. We also tried to dive deeply into what goes into the creative process and why artists are responsible to connect their work to things the viewer already knows in order to communicate with significance and power. It’s a great conversation with a fun guy, so I hope you take the time to listen.

What goes into YOUR creative process and what will you do when it doesn’t work?

During this conversation with John Brosio, I asked what his creative process looks like - I wanted to know the basics of how he sets up his studio and prepares himself to create. What I got was a quick lesson in dealing with distractions and the necessity of remaining flexible. That’s because lately John’s found that his old routines and rituals don’t work and he’s had to pivot in order to keep creating. But in time we did get to the extremely practical, talking about the kind of music or sound he needs in the room while he’s painting and how he is carving out more time for concentrated effort in the studio. I found it very helpful and definitely a part of the creative process that I could relate to.

Why John Brosio can’t keep creating the same things all the time.

It’s a place every artist reaches eventually. You’ve created something that people respond to. Galleries ask for more of the same. And you may be able to crank out a few more pieces along that line but is it something you can do indefinitely. Is it something you SHOULD do repeatedly? John Brosio says he can’t keep creating the same things over and over. He finds himself in a certain creative space for a season and then has to move on. Maybe it’s part of how his personal creativity ebbs and flows. Maybe it’s an expression of his keen mind and the many interests he has. Whatever it is I believe we’re all better off for it. You can hear John talk about this and many more issues he’s experienced throughout his career, on this episode of Savvy Painter.

He got his dream job working for George Lucas and it wasn’t for him.

One of the things John Brosio thought he wanted to do as he worked his way through school was to work with George Lucas on the Star Wars films. His keen interest in the unusual, the epic, the fantastic caused him to feel like it was an ideal fit. But as he got into the work - creating sculptures of monsters and alien worlds - he discovered that it’s very different to create someone else’s dream than it is to create what’s in your own mind and heart. When his internship was over he decided that he needed to do something else. And he has certainly done that! You can hear John’s artistic journey on this episode.

Why making art is a privilege artists can never take for granted.

Art is one of the finer things of life. To have the privilege to express beauty or communicate truth through a work of your own creativity is a humbling thing. But it’s essential that in the pursuit of our art we keep in mind that the price has already been paid for us to have the privilege to be artists. Someone has done the hard work of preparing the way, creating a culture that allows us the luxury of painting, drawing, sculpting, and more. A quote from President John Adams prompted John Brosio and me to chat about the importance of this issue - and a whole lot more - on this episode.

Outline of This Episode
  • John’s background: how he got started in the creative industry.
  • Artists that John was inspired by when he was young.
  • The journey through school and how John navigated his education.
  • How John sometimes remains “there” in a painting or season of painting.
  • Why an artist needs to be responsible for the relationships viewers know already.
  • How John coalesces his view of responsibility into his own paintings.
  • Steps toward selling his own paintings and how his career progressed.
  • John’s studio work and process for starting paintings.
  • The recent changes to John’s painting process because things weren’t working.
  • The piece of art by a living artist John would own if he could.
  • Connect with John Brosio: http://www.johnbrosio.com/
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Stremmel Gallery Manager, Parker Stremmel
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Stremmel Gallery Manager, Parker Stremmel

Parker Stremmel is the Gallery Manager at Stremmel gallery in Reno, Nevada. The gallery opened in 1969 with an outdoor and wildlife emphasis, but by 2003, it evolved to reflect a modern focus. Today Stremmel gallery specializes in contemporary paintings, drawings, and sculptures by mid-career and established American and European artists.

In this episode, Parker and Antrese Wood talk about why galleries have limits with the number of artists they work with, the benefits of standing by artists as they experiment and grow, and how Stremmel talks to collectors. They also talk about the cornerstone of a healthy

They also talk about the cornerstone of a healthy artist-gallery relationship: honesty, communication, and why Stremmel Gallery employs some counter-intuitive tactics to help their artists grow and succeed.

Parker tells the harrowing story of when a visitor slammed his fist into a Trompe L’Oeil piece to see if it was real- luckily the piece was undamaged.

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Figurative Artist Jennifer Balkan
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Figurative Artist Jennifer Balkan

Jennifer Balkan didn’t start out to be an artist. She earned a Ph.D in anthropological sociology, but after seeing master paintings in France, Italy, and Spain, she knew she had to switch gears and study art.

Jennifer shares about how she transitioned into full-time painting, her experiences with galleries, social media, looking out for yourself, and balancing painting life with family life. Jennifer offers tips on pushing yourself to be your best, determining which galleries to work with, and working through grief.

She stresses the importance of both working hard to learn the language of painting, and of playful riffs and exploration.

Chris Leib
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Chris Leib

Realist painter Chris Leib’s artistic journey began by way of anthropology and a near-miss with a career in real estate. An apprenticeship with Roberto Lupetti provided a foundation from which his talent could organically grow. Leib discusses overcoming setbacks, including an explosion that forced him from his home and studio, life with a fellow artist as your spouse, and the habits and mindset that contribute to productive creativity.

An Interview with Gillian Pedersen-Krag
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An Interview with Gillian Pedersen-Krag

Gillian Pederson-Krag paints still-lifes and figurative work from her home in New York. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1961 and her MFA from Cornell University shortly after.

As a child, Gillian visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York often. She was particularly fascinated by the Egyptian mummies and the concept of death. Later, she had a pivotal experience of being moved by the Egyptian artwork, and that experience of being moved, of connecting on a human level through visual language became a cornerstone of her work, something she continually returns to and strives for.

Gillian believes that part of a painters discipline lies in the act of daydreaming - spending a certain amount of time being a host to whatever images and feelings visit, and then allowing those to incubate until they from a painting.

Abstract Painter Brian Rutenberg
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Abstract Painter Brian Rutenberg

Brian Rutenberg is originally from South Carolina. He received his BFA from the College of Charleston, and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

I think you will really enjoy this conversation- Brian talks about his idea that in the big picture, art fails us, it is lifeless and incomplete. Wait— what?? When I heard Brian say that, I’ll admit I had a split second of judgment, you know, like someone had just insulted the love of my life and I needed to defend my love. But what Brian goes on to say is quite beautiful, and illustrates the role of the artist in this dance with our canvas.

Brian also shares his idea that art is part skill and part insanity. I loved diving down that rabbit hole- it brought us into skill, spontaneity and the difference between making and creating.

Then we talk about Brian’s painting rituals, his family life, and how that inspires his work.

Figurative Painter Zoey Frank
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Figurative Painter Zoey Frank

Zoey Frank is a figurative painter from Colorado. She studied at the Juliette Aristides Atelier in Seattle and then went on to get her MFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design.

Zoey is in love with the figure. She shares her process, and her experiments freely in this episode. I really enjoyed talking with her about her current work, in which she is playing with observation, imagination, and photography.

We also talk about the instability of this career choice we’ve made and how that can really affect our mood. Zoey shares the tactics she uses to deal with uncertainty- tactics that focus on reconnecting with the joy of making things and creating.

An Interview with Susan Jane Walp
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An Interview with Susan Jane Walp

Susan Jane Walp paints still lifes from her home in Vermont. Her compositions expertly balance silent spaces with a powerful geometry that pulls you in and holds you. Her influences range from Piero de la Francesca to Lennart Anderson whom she met and studied with at a summer program run by Boston University during her undergrad years.

Susan and I talk about how she constructs her paintings, and how she balances precision with those spontaneous a-ha moments. We dive pretty deep into how she sets up her subjects. She has the patience to leave things open enough for change and for something larger than herself to manifest. Susan also shares how painting phases coincide with the phases of the moon.

Billyo O'Donnell
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Billyo O'Donnell

Like many artists, Billyo O'Donnell struggled with the decision to pursue art as a vocation. But standing in his boss's office at a Missouri saw mill, Billyo came to a life changing realization.

He saw that there are no safe paths, and decided he might as well take his own chances.

So he carved his own path in the world of corporate illustration, negotiating a brilliant deal with his employer that got his paintings into corporate collections across the U.S.

After being rejected from multiple galleries in his home state of Missouri, a painting trip to California inspired Billyo to start his own painting ventures.

We talk about the uncertainty and dedication in multi-year projects, how the NEA contacted Billyo and expanded on his project, plus the book that followed: “Painting Missouri.”

We also talk about the plein-air events and what Billyo looks for when judging painting competitions plus how he sees the art world changing in the next few years.

Kathleen Speranza: Dancing On The Third Rail
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Kathleen Speranza: Dancing On The Third Rail

Kathleen Speranza is a painter from Massachusetts. She earned her BFA from Boston University and her MFA from Yale. She teaches painting and drawing at Rhode Island School of Design.

Her current obsession is portraits. Portraits of flowers. And according to Kathleen, flower paintings are sometimes akin to stepping on the third rail. There are so many stereotypes that go along with this subject that tackling it can be dangerous. Particularly for a female painter.

But Kathleen, I think, is fluent in the language of color. She understands their subtleties and arranges them masterfully on her canvas. Allowing each its place so that the subject sings.

I am completely fascinated by, the topic of color so I grill Kathleen on her palette organization, her interest in the Munsell Palette and when she chooses to use it.

We talk about life, and yes, having one informs our art. As much as we’d like to lock ourselves in an ivory tower and paint 24/7, it just doesn’t work. We circle back to this topic a few times - as it relates to taking a break so that we have the opportunity to distil the stimulus into a painting. Maintaining an art practice after having a child, and how that actually makes you a better painter. We get into a little aside on artists who have more than one kid and how bad ass we think they are.

This episode is just chock full of wonderful bits of wisdom. I don’t want to list them all; I just want you to hear it from Kathleen herself, but one last jewel I want you to keep an ear out for: Kathleen’s insights on asking for help and how she became comfortable with frustration when she paints.

Trici Venola, Drawing Istanbul
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Trici Venola, Drawing Istanbul

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In the early eighties, Trici Venola was an early adopter and jumped into the digital art scene. She created fonts for Zap Comix artists including Robert Crumb. She got to know the comic artists she adored and was in the very first issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.

I was introduced to Trici by good friends of mine, Rachel and Dan DiPaola, back when I was a young punk, fresh out of college working at Disney. Rachel was the project manager, I needed some help, so Rachel brought in Trici.

Years later, Trici abandoned everything and moved to Istanbul, Turkey to draw the architecture and the people there. As she will tell you, it was a very bumpy road. She has many colorful stories of the experiences she has had in Istanbul. She candidly describes her mistakes and the consequences she and the people she loved suffered because of her decisions.

It has been 17 years since she fell in love with Istanbul. She has published two books: Drawing on Istanbul 1 and 2. Her obsession with documenting the culture and architecture continues unabated, despite the many obstacles in her way.

Abstract Painter Rebecca Crowell
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Abstract Painter Rebecca Crowell

Rebecca Crowell creates luscious abstract paintings which are inspired by her travels and memories of places.

In this episode, Rebecca and I talk about working with cold wax, and how playing with the medium encouraged her to switch from representational to abstract painting.

We also discuss the discomfort artists feel when they transition from a style they are known for into something completely new.

We dig a little into her process of both a painting and a body of work she might create after experiencing a place through her travels.

Because I know artists do have lives outside of the studio, I asked Rebecca to share what it was like when she and her husband started their family. She talks candidly about her challenges with raising her sons while keeping up with her painting.

I really appreciate Rebecca’s curiosity and love of creating. Although she might be most known for her cold wax paintings, she also makes mono-prints and is learning about carborundum printing, a technique I was unfamiliar with so I asked her all about it.

Rebecca is currently in the middle of a crowdsourcing campaign for Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations, a book she co-authored with artist Jerry McLaughlin. The fundraising campaign reached its goal quickly, which is not a small feat, and they still have a few weeks to go. The campaign ends on August 17th, 2016

An Interview with Zaria Forman
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An Interview with Zaria Forman

Zaria Forman makes pastel drawings of glaciers and icebergs and the changing landscapes of places like Antarctica, Greenland, and the Maldives. She does this to bring attention to climate change and to honor her mother who started it all.

Zaria shares how taking risks and having the courage to grow has been an essential part of her journey. We get into the nitty-gritty of how she works: from curating thousands of photographs, getting just the right shades of blue for her pastel drawings, and even a bit on how she runs her studio.

Zaria’s work has been featured in National Geographic, she recently gave a TED talk and she was invited by Sven Lindblad as an artist aboard Lindblad expeditions. We talk about how all that came about.

Anyway, as you’ll hear, we geek out a little bit, and I loved every second of it. There is a moment in this interview when Zaria tells me about what she is doing with some noises she recorded in Antarctica.

My geeky little heart skipped a beat when she told me who is helping her and who stopped by her studio. I kind of had fan girl moment. You’re going to have to listen to find out who that is.

Symbolist Painter Greg Decker
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Symbolist Painter Greg Decker

Greg Decker is a symbolist painter, living in southern New Mexico. He holds two MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degrees, from Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI) and from the New York Academy of Art (NYC).  He’s studied with renowned painters such as Leland Bell, Fairfield Porter, John Moore, Vincent Desiderio and Martha Erlebacher.

I never thought I would hear Beethoven and the Ramones mentioned in the same sentence, but that’s what Greg does, he weaves together ideas from history, literature, philosophy and diverse sources to create his work. Thank you to Julyan Davis for bringing Greg and his luscious paintings to my attention.

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Timothy Horn
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Timothy Horn

Timothy Horn paints rural landscapes around Marin and Sonoma counties in northern California.

He fell in love with painting after a chance encounter with another artist who has been on this show- Stanley Goldstein. Just a few years later, Tim shut down his graphic design business to focus entirely on his painting and he hasn’t looked back.

In this episode, Tim shares how he got started, what he needed to learn about painting before he was ready to get his work out, and how he made the transition to a full time painter.

Tim and Antrese also talk about how Tim chooses painting events to participate in, how he managed his time starting out, and also the conflict that comes with being 100% dependent on the sales of your art, while having a family and making the time to paint.

An Interview with Ann Gale
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An Interview with Ann Gale

Ann is a figurative painter based in Seattle. If you are not familiar with her work, you definitely want to spend some time to really look at what she is doing in her painting. On the surface you’ll note her distinctive brushwork, how she weaves ribbons of color through figure and background, and plays with edges. But as she will tell you herself, she is constantly setting up challenges for herself to push her painting further.

 

She’s a painter’s painter, which is probably why during these interviews when I ask an artist if you would like to own a painting by any living artist, whose would it be, Ann’s name comes up often.

She received her bachelor of fine arts from Rhode Island College and her MFA from Yale University.  

Ann has been the recipient of several prestigious awards for her painting - including a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has had solo shows at the Portland Art Museum  and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, in North Carolina. Ann’s work can be seen in person at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco and at Prographica Drawings in Seattle.

I met Ann last summer at the JSS program in Civita Italy where she was the guest of honor. I don’t think there are enough superlatives to adequately describe what a great painter and human being Ann is.  She asks the right questions to understand where her students are and then drops these knowledge bombs that tweak your perspective making it impossible to see your  painting in the same way again. I’m a little jealous of the students at the University of Washington School of Art, where Ann is a professor.

While in Italy, we went on weekly excursions to visit museums. Sometimes that meant a 3 hour bus ride. Several times I sat with Ann and we talked about art, life, and the unbearable heatwave that just wouldn’t die down. In Naples, we stood in awe in front of Caravaggio’s the Flagellation of Christ and dissected the composition, seeing nuances you just can’t get in a book.

On those trips and during Ann’s critiques, I often wished I could record the conversations. So I’m excited to have the opportunity again to chat with her and share the conversation with you.

 

Celia Reisman
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Celia Reisman

Celia Reisman paints suburban landscapes - specifically the neighborhood she has been living in for over 30 years. 

 

In this interview discusses her process of creating these paintings and how she adapted her work methods to fit her personality. 

 

Observational drawings are integral to her work method. While she does paint plein air, it is her field sketches that feed her large scale studio paintings. 

 

She talks about memory, instinct and how she constructs her large scale works -not being satisfied with traditional proportions for example. Early on, Celia played with an extremely limited palette, which is probably why she has such a sensitive eye for color.

 

This episode is a lot about Celia’s process of making a painting: the shifting balance between planning and having control while letting the painting evolve throughout the process.

 

SPP Skip Whitcomb
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SPP Skip Whitcomb

Skip Whitcomb grew up on a Ranch in Colorado, without much encouragement to pursue art as a vocation. Following his parents advice, he enrolled in college to study business, but quickly realized his heart was somewhere else.

Skip has been painting landscapes of the western United States for over forty years now.

In this conversation, Skip and I talk about learning the craft and then taking every opportunity to flex your wings, to test them and see if you can fly. We talk about artist communities, their natural cycles and how having a sympathetic ear from time to time is crucial. 

 

Skip shares the frustration of pushing through dissatisfaction, or plateaus in his paintings. I think - or hope- we all go through this at some point as we master certain skills and go on to explore new concepts. How one deals with these issues greatly impacts our growth as artists. Eventually, technique becomes less important than why you are using it. “Why?”, not “how?” is the question we would be better off  asking.

 

Skip is a wealth of information, and a brilliant creative thinker.

 

An Interview with Plein Air Painter Ray Roberts
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An Interview with Plein Air Painter Ray Roberts

Ray Roberts is a California painter, who paints landscapes and figures both in studio and en plein air. He is best known for his seascapes, figurative work, and landscapes of California and the Southwest.

Ray has won numerous awards for his paintings including Gold Medal for "Best Painting" at the California Art Club and the Artists' Choice Award, the highest accolade from fellow artists, at several major Southwest art events. Several times in this interview, we mention Peggi- Peggi is Ray’s wife - the other half of the Kroll Roberts Studio- You may remember Peggi from an earlier interview on this podcast but if you have not had a chance to listen, check the show notes for a link to my interview with Peggi Kroll Roberts - she and Ray form a unique partnership and often host workshops together.

 

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Kurt Moyer
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Kurt Moyer

Kurt Moyer is a landscape painter living in upstate New York. He pulls inspiration from nature, and from studying the master paintings that came before us.

As Kurt will tell you, some mysteries in painting don’t need to be solved in order to have a full,  rich experience with them. Kurt is content to let some of that be so that he can focus on light, color, and the thread that weaves through his work and ties  all the way back  to Cezzane, Balthus, George Sorrell, and many other artists.

In this episode Kurt and I talk about seeing. About getting that authentic impression of color and light and not being a slave to your own eyes. We also talk about how new experiences or simply time can completely change the way you look at paintings that maybe you have seen many times before.

 

Mark Daniel Nelson
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Mark Daniel Nelson

After a successful career in illustration, Mark Daniel Nelson decided he would be more fulfilled working on his own art. He took his business acumen from the illustration world and applied it to fine arts. Through some smart decisions and ‘being in the right place at the right time.’ Mark created his own path to artistic freedom.

In this episode, Mark describes the calculated moves he made to build his career. And how he learned that those calculations will only get you so far. To sustain an art career, the artist ultimately must discover their authentic voice, that thing that keeps him fascinated and engaged with his art.

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Martin Campos
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Martin Campos

Figurative oil painter Martin Campos describes himself as a late bloomer. He began painting in earnest in his late 20s and didn't go to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) where he teaches now until his 30’s. Martin describes a pivotal moment at PAFA when an instructor with a Cheshire Cat grin made a suggestion that ended up changing everything about Martins paintings.

Martin also talks about the domino effect in his work, how his paintings are almost premonitions of what his life will be, and why its so important to paint something that truly scares you.

Bobbie Burgers - Capturing Past, Present, and Future All In One Moment.
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Bobbie Burgers - Capturing Past, Present, and Future All In One Moment.

Bobbie Burgers is an artist living in Vancouver, Canada. She paints large scale portraits of flowers, but as Bobbie will tell you, these paintings are actually not about the flowers at all.

Bobbie and I talk about her inspiration, where it comes from and how changing studios gave her the luxury of seeing the progression of her body of work. We also talk about Bobbie’s reaction to having her work copied in Chinese art factories. I have to say, I love how Bobbie ultimately responded to this experience and how it has affected experimentation and her painting process.

We also talk about art residencies - Bobbie recently ran an Instagram contest where the winner gets to come hang out and work in her studio for a day - That lead to us talking about how changing things up a bit enables you to explore freely without expectations.

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Debra Huse – Plein Air Painting and the Debra Huse Gallery
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Debra Huse – Plein Air Painting and the Debra Huse Gallery

Debra is a plein air painter from Southern California. She lives in Orange County where she has a studio and a gallery on Balboa Island.

She has been featured in Art of the West, and Plein Air magazine, this year, her paintings will be exhibited in Maui Plein Air, and at the California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition at the Autry Museum.

Debra and I talk about….

  • What she teaches her students about simplification and avoiding the overwhelm of complicated subjects.
  • How she started her own gallery - admitting what you’re good at and delegating the rest.
  • Mistakes artists make when dealing with a gallery.
  • The many plein air events she participates in, and how she uses that consistency to move her work.

Felicia Forte
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Felicia Forte

Felicia is a representational artist who paints Alla Prima portraits from her studio in Detroit. Her self portrait ‘Melting Point’ was accepted into he BP Portrait awards show in 2015.

After 15 years of waitressing, Felicia took a leap and decided to focus exclusively on her painting. It’s an inspiring story of faith in her abilities and pushing past the “oh my god, what did I just do” moments to become the artist she is today.

Antrese Wood and Felicia talk about the importance of human connection for artists, how connecting with artists in the real world as well as the virtual world creates a safety net and community. I especially appreciated Felicia’s candor in talking about a difficult period in her life and how the apathy she felt turned out to be the thing that allowed her to grow as an artist.

John Cosby on Plein AIr Painting and When to Show your Work
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John Cosby on Plein AIr Painting and When to Show your Work

Plein Air painter John Cosby began his art career at sea. Like so many people in their 20's he had the urge to travel and see what else is out there. Other sailors noticed him drawing, John needed to eat, so he sold his drawings or bartered for gear.

In this episode, John describes how what started as a necessity morphed into a 35 year adventure in painting.

When John began to focus exclusively on his art, there was not much going on in the New Port Beach area of California, in terms of art, so he started his own gallery. Just a little farther down the coast of California though, in Laguna Beach, there was a mecca, John give us the back story on how that came to be and how he, and a group of friends formed their own community of plein air painters with the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

John has been working on a project called Rust and Roadsides with Joe Paquet. They are painting what is known as the 'Rust Belt' - after many factories and manufacturing shut down across the United States, towns and entire cites were abandoned and left blighted. John tells some colorful stories about staying safe while plein air painting.

And of course, as you probably expect by now, we talk about the issues artists wrestle with almost daily: Managing your painting practice, staying authentic despite real or perceived expectations from others, and when to share your work, and the pressures of social media.

Classical Realist Painter David Gray
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Classical Realist Painter David Gray

David Gray is a classical realist painter. His work has appeared in Southwest Art, Art of the West, and American Art Collector.

David talks with Antrese Wood about how being an artist is being an entrepreneur in this episode. David shares how he accidentally discovered the power of social media to connect with both students and collectors.

David and Antrese also talk about the pressure of supporting a family and making a living as an artist while creating meaningful art.

An Interview with Sean Cheetham
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An Interview with Sean Cheetham

Sean Cheetham grew up surrounded by artists and encouraged to create. He studied illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and quickly began teaching and showing his art.

Sean and Antrese Wood talk about his portraits of friends, and how painting became sort of a diary of his life. Sean talks about entering art contests, his experience with the BP Portrait contest. On the one hand these contests can be great opportunities for exposure, on the other hand- they can get expensive quickly.

Tunnel vision with your art career often leads to burnout. Sean shares his other creative outlets that help him stay on track, and why these creative outlets are categorically not for sale. They allow him to get back to the place where he is creating for himself first.

Sean Cheetham is a portrait artist, originally from San Francisco. He now splits his time between San Francisco and L.A.

An Interview With the Artist Christopher Gallego
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An Interview With the Artist Christopher Gallego

Christopher Gallego talks about mastery, the artist mindset, why a painting might 'fail', and his new drawings of the streets of New York City.

Paint what makes your heart hurt- Chelsea Bentley James
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Paint what makes your heart hurt- Chelsea Bentley James

Chelsea Bentley James studied art at the University of Utah and shows her work at Dolby Chadwick in San Francisco.

After some early success with still life paintings, Chelsea was advised to “Paint what makes your heart hurt.” Although those early still lifes were necessary to her technical growth and she loved painting them, Chelsea felt they might become somewhat formulaic. So she looked for a motif that was uniquely hers and found the vulnerability and openness of the desert.

This conversation echoes a recurring theme here on the Savvy Painter podcast: which is to trust yourself first. As Chelsea will tell you, you can’t fool anyone, and when you paint from your heart and trust your intuition, your authenticity is rewarded. People notice.

Chelsea and Antrese also talk about her painting process, allowing a series to grow, avoiding preciousness and even painting with toddlers in the house.

Creativity without limits, an interview with Katy Schneider
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Creativity without limits, an interview with Katy Schneider

Artist Katy Schneider paints intimate domestic scenes, mostly from her 6 foot by 8 foot studio in her basement. She plays with questions like, how do you fit all of THIS in such a small space? When you see her paintings, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Katy includes all disciplines in her creative life. She consistently challenges the beginner mindset by doing things like taking up pedal steel guitar, composing music and even taking up ballet. Katy reflects on navigating the guilt artists feel when they are not in the studio and giving herself permission to be creative in other ways. Katy paints from her home in New York, teaches painting at Smith college, and she has won numerous awards for her children’s books.

Figurative Artist Andrew Salgado
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Figurative Artist Andrew Salgado

Andrew Salgado paints large colorful portraits and abstract figurative work. He is originally from Canada but after attending graduate school at Chelsea he made London his home.

In this interview, Andrew and Antrese talk about living in a different country and how immersing yourself in an artistic culture different from your own presents challenges and opportunities for growth. Those opportunities are central to this discussion - Andrew finds opportunities for growth all around him- from fears we have as artists about our work, to competitive rivalries. How these issues affect our work is entirely dependent on mindset, as Andrew says “What happens in the studio is just a microcosmic example of what happens in life.”

 

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A Conversation with Laurie Lipton
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A Conversation with Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton creates massive, intricate drawings using her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting.

Laurie and I talk about how she developed her own method of working- she calls it giving birth to an elephant, her need to say something about what is going on in this world.She lived in Europe for 36 years, immersed in master art from Michelangelo to Van Eyck when conceptual art and installations were en vogue.Throughout her journey as an artist Laurie was constantly told “you can’t do that”, but her relentless pursuit and belief in herself eventually paid off.

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Yael Scalia
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2017-09-22 13:45:26 UTC 48:09
Yael Scalia

I met Yael in Italy last summer at the JSS in Civita program. And If you have never seen her work, do yourself a favor: soak it in. 

Her paintings are exquisite jewels, and like the artist herself, the paintings are eloquent and understated. 

In this episode, Yael and I talk about her early years at college and why studying with someone who knows something about artistic tradition is so important. Yael shares how she used small format gouache sketches to develop her vision and to formulate pictorial ideas. She gives advice on how to learn to compose a motif. Of course, we  talk about Civita Castellana and how her time there every summer with the JSS program serves as preparation for Yael’s painting in Jerusalem.

Yael Scalia is represented by Rothschild Fine Art, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Building a Dream Studio With Determination And Sweat Equity.
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2017-09-22 13:45:26 UTC 47:34
Building a Dream Studio With Determination And Sweat Equity.

Artist Dean Fisher lives with his wife Jo in a beautifully remodeled barn house in Connecticut. As it turns out, there is a story behind this barn house. In this episode, Dean shares a fascinating story of how determination, good luck, and a lot of sweat equity went into building their dream studio.

 

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Tony Peters Part 2
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2017-09-22 13:45:26 UTC 35:15
Tony Peters Part 2

Part two of a conversation with the artist Tony Peters. We continue our conversation on focus. Tony and I also discuss coming up with a style for your work and how that is very different from doing the hard work of finding your voice. Tony and I have both recently moved, we explore how to find or create an artist community when you are new in town. We look at what happens when you allow yourself to be uncomfortable in your work, or rather actively pursue something you’re “not good at”. And we even talk about what working out has to do with painting.

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Tony Peters: Looking Inward for Growth & Meaning
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2017-09-22 13:45:26 UTC 55:45
Tony Peters: Looking Inward for Growth & Meaning

Part one of a two part interview with the artist Tony Peters.

In this episode, Tony and I talk about his formative years at the Art Center College of Design, and what he learned by assisting and being mentored by several influential artists there. We talk about “The Church of Art”, a term we made up ( I think) while talking about making observational drawing sacred. It’s a sort of life blood of artists and in figure drawing studios, a community we often take for granted.

By now you may be expecting this, or at least not find it surprising, but we also dig into psychology, focus, and even brain science – yes- we mention neuro-plasticity during an art conversation. Tony and I talk about meditation, how that impacts our work and even how to optimize your practice by being selective about the environment and people you spend your time with.

JSS in Civita
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2017-09-22 13:45:26 UTC 35:45
JSS in Civita

This past summer, I made a trip to Italy to participate in the JSS master program in Civita Castellana with Israel Hershberg and guest of honor Ann Gale.

The master program is an intense six week immersion into painting. It’s unlike any other workshop or program I’ve ever been to.

You’ve been asking for an episode about my experience there, but rather than paint kind of a ‘what I did on my summer break’ picture, I wanted to create something more useful for you.

Im going to talk about my experience in the context of how to get the most out of a program or workshop.

I cover in depth, a few concepts that are critical to doing this -  and these concepts, by the way, apply to any learning experience. Afterwards, I’ll describe what the JSS program is like, because I’ve been getting a lot of questions about that.

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Landscapes, Collages & Designing Your Art Career with Harry Stooshinoff
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2017-09-22 13:45:26 UTC 01:05:57
Landscapes, Collages & Designing Your Art Career with Harry Stooshinoff

Harry Stooshinoff realized pretty quickly after grad school that in order to sustain his career, he needed to make some tough choices. He took matters into his own hands and designed his life so that he could create freely. In this episode, Harry Stooshinoff and Antrese Wood talk about creative process, painting and collage work, the inherent issues in the artist-gallery relationship, finding blocks of time to create, and how Harry built his base of art collectors. **Support the podcast** Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

James Gurney on Dinotopia, Creativity, and Technology in the Arts.
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James Gurney on Dinotopia, Creativity, and Technology in the Arts.

  • James Gurney talks about: 
  • How John Steinbeck, Charles Kuralt, and a hobo named Bud inspired James to spend three months traveling across the U.S.
  • The lasting impression of James' art on young minds and how one fan grew up to be a paleontologist and named a dinosaur after James: Torvosaurus gurneyi
  • The criteria James uses to decide what projects to work on: "Find the work I have the most fun doing, work with the people I really enjoy hanging with and then figure out how to make a business out of that."
  • Why James thinks right now is the best time to be an artist and how he uses new technology to reach current fans and create new ones.
  • Why reading every day is important to James' work.
  • How his artist blog, Gurney Journey sparks James' creativity.
  • James' advice on how to develop an original vision.

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Part 2: Cameron Schmitz on Pricing Work, Studio Time and Collectors
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2017-09-22 13:45:27 UTC 59:51
Part 2: Cameron Schmitz on Pricing Work, Studio Time and Collectors

Part 2 with Cameron Schmitz. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to part one, you may want to go back so that it all makes sense.In this episode, Cameron and Antrese talk about the biggest mistake artists make in pricing their work, we talk about some of the misconceptions artists have about collectors, and dig into what drives people to collect art. Cameron also shares how she balances her studio, her toddler, her teaching schedule and how it has impacted her creativity. With everything she has going on, Im wondering if she secretly wears a cape to manage all that.**Support the podcast** Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in the Savvy Painter interviews, please consider making a modest donation to show your support: http://savvypainter.com/support

Part 1: Cameron Schmitz on Galleries & Collectors
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2017-09-22 13:45:27 UTC 44:25
Part 1: Cameron Schmitz on Galleries & Collectors

Cameron Schmitz in the first of a two part interview. In this segment, we talk about what it means to be a professional artist, how the audience plays a critical role, and how her roles of artist, teacher, and curator combine into a balanced 'trifecta'. We talk about why many artists stop making art and common threads Cameron has noticed from supporting so many other artists. There is a lot of great information in this episode, like some of the events Cameron holds at the Drawing room to get collectors and artists excited about the art.**Support the podcast** Savvy Painter is a labor of love. It takes significant resources to keep it going, if you find inspiration or value in t