October 12, 2021
Art balls, shadow, light, blood and ants with Flavia Testa!! In life and in art, Flavia challenges people to wonder, be inquisitive, to find meaning in visual communication. She says that art is a force and a fortress that protects and reveals our lives. Flavia’s signature style is raw, visceral and powerful and layered with emotional and visceral complexity. She often gives her art away – sometimes in the form of art balls, and she is never without paper and a sharpie. Flavia writes “my hope is to have as many people interested in looking at art, appreciating beauty, knowing that everyone has the capacity to be creative no matter what field they work in.”
October 05, 2021
Nirmal Raja is an interdisciplinary artist and curator living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She lived in India, South Korea and Hong Kong before immigrating to the United States thirty years ago. She collaborates with other artists and strongly believes in investing energy into her immediate community while also considering the global. Nirmal curates exhibitions that bring people from different cultures and backgrounds together. "Reimagining the Global Village" opens October 11, 2021 at MIAD in Milwaukee, and showcases transnational art collaborations among artists and between artists and communities. This exhibition is an ambitious but necessarily incomplete survey of various strategies artists have employed while working toward a more connected and caring world. Nirmal is represented by the Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Headshot image by Kevin Miyazaki.)
September 28, 2021
Painter Nicola Bennett, originally from England, has lived in Okere Falls, New Zealand for the past 20 years. Nicola’s art is deeply connected to her love of food. She believes that they are so intricately linked - in their processes, shared pleasure and transformation. She approaches her work having been inspired by a cooking experience and loves the sensory pleasure of preparing ingredients and of applying paint. She sees colour like flavour and is forever searching for the perfect balance.
July 23, 2021
Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter is a Chicana artist, curator, and educator guided by socially engaged practices. Brianna’s current work focuses on the experience of providing end-of-life care and the subsequent grieving process. During our conversation Brianna shares the importance of the mind-body connection, she gets into neuroscience and the capacity for empathy and the physicality of the work and how it feeds into her creative practice.
July 20, 2021
Emma is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, and highly sensitive person. She is silly and soulful, tactile and contemplative. Emma reveals her current obsessions with nature, poetry and Buddhist teachings and how they connect to artmaking. From the stillness questions arrive that serve as a jumping off point for her creations. “Can a line of stitches be a poem?” "Can fabric books made slowly and quietly be containers for grief and other emotions?"
July 16, 2021
Chelsea Littman is trying to make a good impression with her empire of empties. Her sand cast glass bottle shrines are all about filling the void. Chelsea is a hot shop assistant for Polpelka Trenchard Glass and develops her own artwork, which attempts to transform a moment, a snapshot, into an everlasting object that is heavy and tangible and solid instead of lost adrift in the cloud. During our conversation Chelsea talks about the dance that happens while glassblowing, mountain biking, and the collaborative nature of her craft.
July 13, 2021
Nicole Shaver creates artwork inspired by ideas of place and belonging. She researches different geographical sites and employs them as metaphorical compasses to create landscapes combining reality, fantasy and memory. During our conversation Nicole reveals her “dump-and-dash” process, her experience documenting Aldo Leopold journals, and her obsessions with geology, objects, and landscapes.
July 09, 2021
Intuitive, intimately scaled, and imbued with a lighthearted humor, Kassandra Palmer’s work is inspired by melodies from the B-side of human history. Kassandra's drawings are accumulations of touch that blur the boundaries between nature and human nature. Echoes from stories of love, loss, and forgiveness, these paradoxical pictures are beacons that point simultaneously toward the mundane and the mysterious. Kassandra and I talk about motherhood, intuition, forgiveness and patience, framing (both literal and conceptual), and connection.
July 06, 2021
Frank Juárez brings decades of art education and arts management experience organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, supporting artists through grant programs, and offering professional development workshops. Frank is in the forefront of promoting Wisconsin artists, as well as attracting regional, national, and international artists to collaborate and exhibit in Wisconsin. Frank’s projects include Artdose Magazine, Artdose artist talks, “365 Artists 365 Days,” and the Indian Green group exhibition. Frank is the art department chair at Sheboygan North High School, and continues to photograph road trips and daily moments. photo credit: Jon Erlien
June 29, 2021
What a gift to have Melanie Chadwick and Sandi Hester together in one episode to share their sketchbook practices! They talk about the importance of sketching to sharpen your observational tools, practice drawing skills, and play with new mediums. Mel and Sandi agree that benefits of sketching include learning to let go of expectations, engaging all our senses and generating new ideas. And you’ll end up with a visual diary and memories that become richer as you’re sketching your surroundings.
June 22, 2021
Amy Weil is a New York artist creating abstract encaustic paintings that parallel the cycles of nature. By spontaneously inscribing, scraping and adding wax, this process allows exploration of landscape on a deeper level. Amy is interested in how time is circular rather than linear. Her paintings allow the viewer to see the past, present and future all at once as each layer reveals the layer before. Her constant search to find beauty and harmony in a chaotic world has always been a motivating factor in her work.
June 15, 2021
Ginnie Cappaert, known to her friends as the Queen of Play, is a full-time artist and owner of Cappaert Contemporary Gallery in Door County Wisconsin. Ginnie divides her time between Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Listen as we discuss influential books, poetry, what to do with surplus artwork, and keeping your social media posts grounded and real.
June 08, 2021
Jenna Freimuth is an illustrator and designer living in Minneapolis, building surface design patterns, stitching abstract embroideries and drawing to decorate and delight. Listen as we talk about newsletters, object permanence, regal felines with personalities, fantastical curiosity, and serendipitous connections. Jenna is also a co-founder of The Wondermakers Collective with the fabulous textile artist, Mindy Sue Wittock. They combine their artistic aesthetics and stitch layered embroideries, pen-palling them back and forth from MN to WI.
June 01, 2021
Amy Jarvis is a painter whose keen sense of color and lighting gives her work a recognized grace and emotion. In addition to commissioned pet portraits, Amy recently completed a series of nine oil paintings of mythical women from across continents and throughout the centuries, weaving fact, fiction and legend, that were featured in a solo show titled: The Mythics. Amy’s yoga practice keeps her grounded and connected to a creative life and she says it gives her a deeper way of listening and seeing. During our conversation Amy and I discuss boundaries and sandhill cranes and ponder the question: do men wear leggings?
May 25, 2021
What do dental scalers, trowels, wooden butter pats, and a toilet brush all have in common? Gill Edwards uses all these tools is her prints and paintings. Along with her obsession with vessel shapes, especially those found in simple elegant vases and rice bowls, Gill is fascinated with shadows, vintage rug patters, European doorways, and Japanese textiles. During our conversation, Gill shares her sketchbook practices and unexpected outcomes that come from working in a series.
May 04, 2021
Paula DeStefanis is an artist, educator, co-founder of the non-profit arts organization North Shore Academy of the Arts, and director of The Arts Mill gallery and arts boutique. Inspired by her travels, Paula divides her time between her studios in the US and UK. Paula shares her thoughts about organized chaos and the ripple effect.
April 27, 2021
Melanie Chadwick describes her creative practice as playful, evolving and lively. Melanie talks about having an anchor in your life that grounds you, her love of maps and place, and how her art workshops help businesses and organizations gain confidence and generate ideas. In addition to her illustration and fine art work, Melanie has a podcast called Creative Catchup with Natasha Newton, she publishes VLOG’s on her YouTube channel, and offers classes and workshops. She always makes time to get outside for windy walks on the Lizard Peninsula to sketch the cottages and wild places.
April 20, 2021
Amy Maricle is inspired by the connections between nature and art and adores patterns, paint, paper cutting, and putting it all together in art journals. Her training as an art therapist taught her the importance of focusing on process over product, and how to use mindfulness to tune into the moment through art. She weaves these techniques together to help her and her students have a rich and playful art practice that is both satisfying, and full of imperfect beauty. As you listen to our conversation, see if you can give yourself permission to let nature ground you and feed your art practice.
April 13, 2021
Jo York is a contemporary artist inspired by the landscape. She explores layers in the landscape and in paint, especially areas where the margins between land, sky, and sea, shift and merge and change. She lives in the UK in North Yorkshire and is obsessed with walking – and not just strolls along the beach or on the footpaths but walking during those weather conditions when the wind and rain and snow and dark gets into your bones and soul.
April 06, 2021
Iris Fritschi-Cussens is a London-based mixed media artist and recovering perfectionist. Her passion for art journaling for self-expression and self-discovery is an extension of her wish to get to know herself better and through that find a deeper connection to others. For more Iris, subscribe to her VLOG at Iris Impressions Art on YouTube.
March 30, 2021
Melissa Helene Mason is obsessed with details. She is a full-time scratchboard artist creating black and white, photo-realistic scratchboard wildlife portraits influenced by wild and endangered species from across the world. Melissa is also the founder of Color-Coded Creatives, where she empowers artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs to create self-sustaining and successful businesses, so they are free to bring their art out into the world and make a living from it.
March 16, 2021
Caroline Storie, lover of polka dots and stripes, is a Brit living the Canadian life on Vancouver Island. Caroline makes stitched pictures using textiles and collage, adding phrases and words to create playful and relatable art works. During our conversation Caroline shares her obsession with having thoughtful and reflective chats with other artists about creativity and creating a supportive community. She writes: “If you have the gnawing or the roaring of that ‘thing’ happening inside you, I wish you a way to start your own curious adventure - to see what your thing is trying to be too. It really is worth it and totally possible.”
March 09, 2021
Rachel Ho is an extroverted ceramist from Northern Island living in England who has learned to embrace the solitary life of an artist. Her projects explore aspects of the human condition, particularly, grief, loss, healing and renewal. All of her pieces have a sense of mystery and beauty to them. Rachel creates beautiful objects that have the power to let others feel seen and heard.
March 02, 2021
Sandi Hester is a painter who shares her unapologetic, creative, messy wholehearted life on her YouTube channel, Bits of An Artist’s Life. During our conversation, Sandi got me fired up about creativity, talking back to that destructive self-talk, and making friends with this hot mess of a fantastic life. Be inspired to live your best creative life with Sandi!