How do they do it? What inspires them? How do they fit it in? What is their recipe?
I'm so excited about the artists on my podcast! In the course of my journey, I've had the privilege to meet fantastic women in a number of creative fields. They have individually found the path that's worked for them and crafted their businesses around their creativity. But how did they do it? What inspired them? How did they fit it into what they were already doing? What is their recipe? I'll be chatting with them about these questions, and others, and sharing their stories on this podcast. To ensure you're updated as soon as it's released, just subscribe here and also receive my 52 Weekly Creative Builder Program to stretch and invigorate your creative skills, mind set, and knowledge.
Writing for children and young adults is what Diane Zahler does best. She’s the writer behind The Thirteenth Princess, A True Princess and Princess of the Wild Swans, Bakers Magic . When she’s not writing fiction for children, she’s writing textbooks for them or indulging her love of history. Diane lives in New York, with her husband and dog, Gulliver.
Henriette van Staden is a soft pastel artist specialising in realistic wildlife and pet portraits. An artist at heart, she swapped a successful career in wedding photography for one in soft pastels and coloured pencils. Henriette is open, friendly and honest about her journey as an artist, and what I learnt from her is to treat a career in art like one would any other - have a plan, and work steadily towards it.
Writing for children can be a tricky business, but David Ashby has a refreshingly organic approach to the way he writes his books. David’s debut novel is published by Pushkin Press and he is currently writing his second book for children.
Miriam Lancewood is an extraordinary writer who lives in the wilderness of New Zealand’s rugged South Island. Miriam and her husband, Peter, live mostly in a tent, or the occasional hut, and she hunts, fishes and forages for their food. She’s gone from being a vegetarian to someone who lives almost completely off the land and what it provides. Her book is one of the most inspirational, funny and honest books I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time and it’s definitely a recommended read.
Emily, the girl behind the successful Youtube channel, British Girl Bakes, started her baking career as a hobby, but soon found that she wanted it to be more. Since starting baking in 2011, she’s worked in three bakeries, owned a successful cupcake shop and now runs her creative business as a cake decorating teacher and a Youtuber.
Robin Liefeld is a stunning, big-hearted artist and creative entrepreneur. She shares openly about how her personal life has influenced and shaped her art, and how she’s built her art into a successful creative business. Robin is known for her gorgeous paintings of abstract “Little Girls”, who appear intuitively on her canvas while she’s busy preparing the abstract background.
Betty Thesky is first a flight attendant, but in her spare time, she’s a writer and podcaster with a phenomenally successful show! I came across Betty because she’s mentioned in Guy Kawasaki’s book “Enchanted”. Her show, and her many books, draw on her experiences as a flight attendant. Betty is funny, lighthearted, energetic and she lives the ideal writers life! (And she sounds like she has a huge amount of fun doing it! )
Stephanie Kilgast is a German born sculptor and painter who now resides in France. Inspired by natural forms, Stéphanie’s artwork focusses on nature and biodiversity. Plants, mushrooms, insects and other animals are brought to life in vivid, vibrant colours in the form of her painted sculptures.
Scott is a concept artist and designer who recognises the value in failing - it’s one of life’s greatest teachers. He specialises in Anime and Manga style art, and is the founder of the Character Art School. Scott teaches his drawing style and techniques online, sells prints of his art and works with clients on a freelance basis.
Anne Bollman began her career in architecture and interiors, designing spaces for corporate clients. She went on to be a lead designer for a large gift and stationery manufacturer and had her designs sold in stores such as Barnes & Noble, Papyrus and Pier 1 Imports. With these ten years of diverse corporate experience, Anne brings an informed yet fresh perspective to product design.
Katia Kyte is a fine arts artist originally from Russia but now living America, painting mostly in oils. She’s a delightful woman, who splits her time between a gallery worker, her art studio and her young daughter. She talks openly about how important personal development is to her art journey, as well as continued learning.
Rod has a background in small business marketing, and he brings that knowledge with him into his art business. He shares so much of his journey with us - from his business mistakes and successes to the steps her took to overcome personal issues that stood in his way.
Rachelle is a surface pattern and textile designer with over a decade of experience in the field. She’s designed for companies big and small and her work can be found on a wide range of categories including homeware, apparel, stationary and accessories. Rachelle is a passionate teacher, both in-person and online.
Jodi Lynn Anderson is an award winning author of teenage fiction, but she’s also very funny and insightful and a delight to listen to. She shares her writing process, schedule and inspiration and shares with us how she develops her beautiful, deep characters and builds her imaginary worlds.
Jose Trujillo is the most prolific artist that I know, and he’s hands down also the most inspirational. He’s sheer amount of energy, positivity and creativity is absolutely contagious, and because his thoughts often run counter to commonly held beliefs about art and business, he’s like a breath of fresh air!
Barbara Baumann, selected as one of the 200 best illustrators worldwide by Lurzer Archive, is an illustrator based in Austria. She does magazine and editorial illustration, children’s book and scientific illustration as well as illustrative branding. She teaches online and in person classes, during which she shares her passion for drawing. She has a full time, busy freelance business, while raising 3 young children.
Ronnie used to have an art licensing business which she ran with her husband, so she will be talking to us mostly about art licensing and print on demand. But, when Ronnie’s not licensing her own art work, she’s also dabbling in abstract art and cartooning.
Kimberly Adams is a contemporary impressionist oil painter creating vibrant landscapes without brushes or tools, using only her finger tips to apply the paint. Kimberly studied art from a very young age taking private lessons in a small town where she was raised in New Mexico. She pursued her passion studying fine art in college emphasizing on pastels and human figure drawing. After stepping aside from art to raise her children and work a corporate career, Kimberly is now emerged as a finger painter of fine art.
Angela Nelson is a wonderful soul doing some really great photography on the Island of Maui. She’s open, honest, funny and knowledgeable not only about photography but about creative business in general.
Monika Forsberg is a full time, freelance illustrator who prefers to call herself a working artist, because she doesn’t know if she’s an illustrator or a designer. She doesn’t like art much, she can’t sketch, she draws with scissors and she prefers to listen to crime documentaries while creating her gorgeous whimsical, fantasy style illustrations.
Helen Blair is an award winning palette knife artist from the South Island of New Zealand. She works from a barn on a mountain prairie, inspired by the nature around her as well as her travels. Helen sells her art through galleries as well as her website. Her style is bright, colourful and loose, with the palette knife being her favourite painting tool.
Anja Berloznik is a freelance graphic designer and intuitive artist from Slovenia. She describes herself as a “soulful creative'“ and the themes of personal development and spirituality run strongly through her art.
Ron Mulvey is a watercolor artist from Canada, and the author of “The Artabet”, a book that he wrote to help teach kids how to draw anything. Ron teaches art to adults in workshops and online, and still runs a camp for kids where they learn art and make music.
Arleesha Yetzer is a Youtube creator and watercolour artist who is known for her distinct style and whimsical representations of the human figure and portraits. She also teaches online classes where she shares her techniques and knowledge.
Kristy Lankford is an illustrator who loves to paint in watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and ink. Her work can be found in children's illustrations, custom wedding paintings, and more. Kristy comes from Washington, D.C and teaches art to students of all ages, both online and in person. She also paints custom wedding pictures.
Jacquie is a contemporary abstract landscape artist whose work has been featured in the Netflix series “House of Cards”, featured as a book cover and even used for the packaging and new product launch for an Australian toothpaste. If all this was not enough, she was also invited to become a member of the Art in Embassies Exhibition and has a painting included in the residence of the US Ambassador to Monrovia, Liberia.
Mike Taylor is a character animator with decades of experience in the field. Not only is he knowledgeable, but also easy-going with a great sense of humour. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to him, and I’m sure you’ll love the interview as well, even if animation is not your thing.
Salli Swindell is a highly talented illustrator and creative entrepreneur, and, as I discovered during our interview, she is also an incredibly heartfelt, warm and genuine person and it was a complete joy to talk to her. Salli and her brother Nate are the co-founders of the #1 food illustration website TheyDrawAndCook.
Melissa is a designer and online art teacher living in the forests of Northern California. She loves patterns and character design and is obsessed with bees. We chat about her enthusiasm for online learning and how its helped her find her niche.
Malcolm Dewey is a prolific impressionist landscape artist. Starting as a lawyer, he transitioned his focus into his art. Malcolm opened an art gallery, and now teaches online and in-person painting classes, and has built an innovative art coaching program.