Authentic Obsessions


June 21, 2022

Robin Davisson - Material Surprises

Robin shares her life changing week at The Penland School, the importance of doing experiments to get to the truth, and the exhilaration of discovery and curiosity. Robin's lyrical, process-driven work is rooted in eclectic curiosity and the material surprises …

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June 7, 2022

Lea Ann Slotkin - Nature & Color

Lea Ann creates bold and colorful mixed media paintings and collages. Lea Ann focuses on the background layers, which gives her work a lot of energy and visual excitement and leaves little hints of magic peeking through to leave space …

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May 26, 2022

Tina Norén - Wanderlust

Wanderlust, giving ourselves permission to do more than one thing and the inspiring non-fiction books that are holding our interest these days are just a few topics we chat about as we go down the beautiful meandering path of Tina …

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May 10, 2022

Samantha Downing - Storytelling

Samantha writes domestic psychological thrillers filled with snark and dark humor and shows us that murder doesn’t have to be bleak. During our chat Sam talks about unreliable narrators, success and her boundaries around social media. She is the author …

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April 26, 2022

Duncan Petrie - The Yearning

Duncan Petrie is a photographer using spare, striking composition and the best natural light to emphasize emotion over the literal image and truth over objectivity, in hopes that he might one day capture how it feels to truly see. During …

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April 12, 2022

Phoebe Gander - Curiosity, Light & Shadow

Phoebe Gander is a landscape, abstract and still life painter, inspired by the beautiful ocean, skies and landscape where she lives with her family in Wainui Beach on the east coast of New Zealand. Phoebe started her journey of self-discovery …

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March 15, 2022

Marissa Huber - Searching for Meaning

Marissa Huber is an artist, connector, and creative instigator for the Carve Out Time for Art community and co-author of “The Motherhood of Art.” She works primarily in water-based mediums like gouache and acrylic, cut paper, and digital mediums and …

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March 1, 2022

Liz Dexter - Materials

Liz Dexter is a mixed media artist and architect who spends her days finding beauty and joy in the imperfect, unfolding layers of our lives, and discovering awe and wonder in our midst. Liz develops her paintings using many layers …

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Feb. 8, 2022

Poppy Dodge - Color

Poppy Dodge is an abstract painter and a Color Maximalist who delights in creating harmony and balance using all the colors. Her work explores her obsession with stacking color and shapes and is influenced by modern improvisational quilting and abstract …

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Jan. 25, 2022

Alison Watt - Ways of Seeing

Alison Watt has worked as a biologist on seabird colonies, an ecotour guide, has published a novel, a work of non-fiction and a book of poetry. She teaches painting online and in her studio on Protection Island, near Nanaimo, British …

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Dec. 21, 2021

Jane Davies - Visual Language

Jane Davies is a painter and collage artist whose workshops focus on developing a personal and playful approach to art making. After graduating Bennington College and attending the School for American Crafts, Jane began as a potter in the early …

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Nov. 23, 2021

Marin Laukka - Authenticity

Marin Laukka shows us the importance of staying curious, and why it’s ok to be a quitter. During this conversation, we each share our story behind our use of the word “authentic” and explore a few other concepts that seem …

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Nov. 16, 2021

Lisa Woodward - Footpaths

Lisa Woodward’s curiosity, persistence and self-confidence have led to her success as a full-time artist after a first career in international development. Lisa’s obsession with footpaths comes from her strong connections with the semi-wilderness of Ontario, and the rural landscapes …

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Oct. 26, 2021

Jess Pillay - Finding My Voice

Jess Pillay is an independent singer/songwriter, pianist, and guitarist from Seattle, Washington. Known for her soulful alto voice and lyrically-driven songwriting style, Jess is a voice for the voiceless, resonating with people who have big life questions and find themselves …

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Oct. 19, 2021

Frank Korb - Planning & Preparing Materials

Patient, purposeful and persistent, high school arts educator and abstract painter Frank Korb is fascinated with building frames, stretching canvases, and preparing his materials. Frank focuses on the formal elements and principles of art and the push and pull of …

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Oct. 12, 2021

Flavia Testa - Thinking

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 …

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Oct. 5, 2021

Nirmal Raja - Mutability

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 …

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Sept. 28, 2021

Nicola Bennett - Flavour

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, …

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July 23, 2021

Brianna L. Hernández Baurichter - Mind-Body Connection

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 …

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July 20, 2021

Emma Freeman - Nature, Poetry & Buddhist teachings

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 …

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July 16, 2021

Chelsea Littman - Glass

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 …

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July 13, 2021

Nicole Shaver - Geology

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 …

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July 9, 2021

Kassandra Palmer - Framing

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 …

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July 6, 2021

Frank Juárez - Art

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 …

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