Authentic Obsessions


Nov. 24, 2020

Tracey Downing - Teacups and Clouds

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 vibrant artist communities, taking chances, and her passion …

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Nov. 17, 2020

Carrie Chimenti - Decorative Finishes & Pasta!

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 …

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Nov. 10, 2020

Linda Marcus - Fiber

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 a distinct body of work that is distinctly …

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Oct. 20, 2020

Vicky Lentz - Pattern & Repetition

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 living environment. Vicky shares …

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Oct. 13, 2020

Natalie Ergas - Collecting

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. During our conversation we talk about …

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Oct. 6, 2020

Aaron Boyd - Empathy

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 voice and toward security …

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Sept. 29, 2020

Nick Petrie - A Great Sentence

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 the tricks he …

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Sept. 22, 2020

Jennifer Pazienza - Keswick Ridge

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. Jenn talks …

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Sept. 15, 2020

Megan Woodard Johnson - Details

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 personal histories and transforms these experiences into the hidden …

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Sept. 8, 2020

Abigail Bowen - Lost Things

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, magic …

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Sept. 1, 2020

Jes Zange - Slow and Simple Living

Jes Zange is inspired by colors and textures found in nature and uses yarn to create unique textured fiber paintings. She lets the days energy and emotions guide her work, and chooses materials based on her mood. The results are …

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Aug. 25, 2020

Laurie Pearsall - Storytelling

Laurie Pearsall is a voracious learner and passionate educator whose work promotes dialogue about identity within the framework of mental health. She uses stories of moving house or country to explore what we leave behind and what we take with …

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Aug. 21, 2020

Mel Kostad - Tiny Tiny Things, Part 2

Mel Kolstad is an artist, speaker, instructor and arts advocate who uses her art life to raise money, teach and protest. As a printmaker, collagist and papermaker specializing in tiny art, Mel has participated in many artist residencies and teaches …

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Aug. 18, 2020

Mel Kolstad - Tiny Tiny Things, Part 1

Mel Kolstad is an artist, speaker, instructor and arts advocate who uses her art life to raise money, teach and protest. As a printmaker, collagist and papermaker specializing in tiny art, Mel has participated in many artist residencies and teaches …

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Aug. 12, 2020

Mindy Sue Wittock - The 80's

Mindy Sue uses sewing and stitching techniques to create soft sculptures and textiles inspired by the intangible phantom of nostalgia. This episode is all about comfort and security, childhood memories, and time travel.

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Aug. 4, 2020

Deb Dila - Alone Time & Old Buildings

Deb is a scientist by day, and artist by night and weekend. She works with a variety of media, using film and photography, metalwork and encaustic to scratch her creative itch. We talk about the connection between art and science, …

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July 28, 2020

Ben Seaman - The Evolutionary Process

Ben Seaman’s midcentury abstraction paintings contain signage, contemporary design motifs and color palettes that reference 20th Century printed materials. Ben talks about potatoes, monkeys, and watching the breakthroughs in your thought patterns.

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July 21, 2020

Shannon Amey - Origin Stories

Shannon Amey is a Canadian contemporary abstract artist currently living in Finland along the Baltic Sea. Shannon’s immersion and exploration of the places and people she interacts with deeply influence her work, translating human connection, memories, and story into vibrant …

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July 14, 2020

Mary Roley - Fire & Sense of Place

Mary combines blown glass and fabricated steel elements into captivating sculptures that evoke natural and built landscapes of the rust belt and the Midwest. She says that the physical nature of a traditional craft helps her clear and create mental …

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July 7, 2020

Krista Allenstein - Neon Signs & Vintage Maps

Krista Allenstein paints retro neon road signs onto her collection of vintage maps, changing the wording into positive and encouraging messages. Krista shares her journey from wardrobe mistress and shoe coordinator to a full time working artist. You will be …

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June 30, 2020

Paula DeStefanis - Creating

Paula is a Milwaukee based artist, educator, co-founder of a non-profit arts organization, and director of The Arts Mill gallery and arts boutique. Paula shares the joy of unpredictability and potential sense of discovery and how working in different mediums …

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June 27, 2020


I believe that creativity flourishes when we are brave, when we practice compassion and when we engage in meaningful human connection. Each week we talk to curious, unapologetic, and engaged artists about this messy creative journey we’re on. They have …

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