Authentic Obsessions

Episodes

Iris Fritschi-Cussens - Searching for Feelings & Meaning Through Art

April 6, 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 thr…

Melissa Helene Mason - Details

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.…

Caroline Storie - Supportive Communities & Creativity Chats

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 …

Rachel Ho - Story

March 9, 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 a…

Sandi Hester - Enjoying the Process

March 2, 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…

Jo Payne - Big Skies and the Sea

Feb. 23, 2021

Jo Payne lives on the North Devon coast in the UK surrounded by spectacular beaches, huge skies, and glorious coastal scenery. She is deeply moved by the coastal landscape, the effects from the rhythm of the sea and tides, a…

Sue Asbury - Music & Long Distance Walks

Feb. 16, 2021

Sue Asbury grew up in Liverpool and now lives at the edge of the Peak District. Abstract works are built up over many layers and often incorporate collaged elements, while figurative works include local landscapes, with an i…

Suzy Sharpe - Wild Birds

Feb. 9, 2021

Suzy Sharpe’s practice includes painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture of landscape, wildlife, and animals with a contemporary twist. She lives in rural west Cornwall, UK, where a variety of non human animals, includin…

Emma Freeman - Textiles, Texture & Play

Feb. 2, 2021

Emma Freeman works in many mediums including fibers, textiles, collage, book making, cyanotype, and drawing. Her art practice is experimental, playful and tactile. Emma is a highly sensitive person who feels deeply connected…

Molly Meng - Scraps of Humanity

Jan. 26, 2021

Molly Meng is a force for good - she’s an artist, teacher, collector, and storyteller. Molly is heavily influenced by a scrap of paper, a single word, ​opera, rap, theremins, the thick cotton of an old book page, random sent…

Julie VonDerVellen - Paper & Cooking Shows

Jan. 19, 2021

Julie VonDerVellen is a Professor of design at Carroll College and paper artist who designs and creates paper clothes, shoes, timepieces, school supplies and 2D weavings from 1/8” strips of mulberry paper. Julie talks about …

Laj P. Waghray - Audio & Ideas

Dec. 15, 2020

Documentary filmmaker Laj Waghray’s keen observation and deep listening skills are evident in her films. She produced and directed Sleepovers, and On Hands, is currently working on Searching for Sparrows and just released th…

Krissy Stewart - Numbers, Diagrams & Shadows

Dec. 8, 2020

How do you keep showing up when your insecurities live large? Krissy Stewart forces herself to go to the studio and just sketch or paint and not worry about the results.Get inspired by our conversation as Krissy talks about …

Stephanie Huellmann - Details and Transitions

Dec. 1, 2020

Stephanie Huellmann, a self-taught artist from Germany, takes natural materials and found objects and sews them on by hand for her assemblage and mixed media works. Stephanie shares how she gets unstuck, her deep connection …

Tracey Downing - Teacups and Clouds

Nov. 24, 2020

Tracey Downing is a painter, printmaker, mixed media artist, art psychotherapist and poet. Tracey’s work is mostly abstract, informed by observation, thought, memory, found and ready-made objects. Tracey tells us about her v…

Carrie Chimenti - Decorative Finishes & Pasta!

Nov. 17, 2020

How do you get past the self-doubt and remain passionate and engaged? Get ready to be uplifted as Carrie talks about her passion for family, friends, food and travel. Her soul is in her house: her studio, her girls, the kitc…

Linda Marcus - Fiber

Nov. 10, 2020

Linda Marcus is a multidisciplinary artist embracing the traditional focus on fluidity and tactility using less traditional materials in her work. This back-and-forth between new and old, expected and unexpected, results in …

Vicky Lentz - Pattern & Repetition

Oct. 20, 2020

Vicky Lentz is a contemporary mixed-media visual artist from the northwest region of New Brunswick, whose home and studio are located in a secluded maple forest. Her daily life unfolds in a direct interaction with the livin…

Natalie Ergas - Collecting

Oct. 13, 2020

Natalie Ergas is the creator, sole ceowoman, artist, and educator of Native Essence Art. She creates portrait collages that represent fragmented memories, experiences and places that capture the essence of a persons or pet. …

Aaron Boyd - Empathy

Oct. 6, 2020

Aaron Boyd has illustrated over 40 children’s books working mostly in old school watercolor. Aaron talks about the challenge of maintaining internal honesty and says that so often our fear pushes us away from our internal vo…

Nick Petrie - A Great Sentence

Sept. 29, 2020

Nick Petrie spends his time crafting great sentences for his Peter Ash crime fiction series. His first novel, The Drifter, was nominated for six awards. Nick talks about those pesky internal voices, the rules he sets, and …

Jennifer Pazienza - Keswick Ridge

Sept. 22, 2020

Jennifer Pazienza is an oil painter living in New Brunswick Canada who uses landscape imagery to explore personal myths and histories, to heal the physic havoc wrought by childhood loss and to celebrate the life she now has.…

Megan Woodard Johnson - Details

Sept. 15, 2020

Megan Woodard Johnson builds up dense layers of different materials, including acrylic paint, oil pastels, graphite, charcoal, vintage papers, colored papers, and whatever else is within reach. Megan explores memories and p…

Abigail Bowen - Lost Things

Sept. 8, 2020

Abigail Bowen is an artist living in Brighton, UK who paints at ‘The Edge of The Rainbow’. The term comes from Donna Tartt’s novel, The Goldfinch as she describes a space that sits just beyond reality, where all beauty, mag…