The world is filled with prolific artists who have an obsessive hunger to create. Join me for conversations with artists embracing the joy and uncertainty that fuels their work. Listen in as we delve into creative obsessions, supportive communities, getting stuck, studio spaces, and setting boundaries. Acknowledge the mess and keep going!
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 she discovers working with her finely developed visual vocabulary.
“In both in science and art, if you follow the data, it leads to the truth. In the laboratory, the most successful experiments are those in which all the variables except one are held constant. In the studio, the most successful paintings are those in which I put several variables into play and change them at once.”
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 for wonder and reflection about one's own story. As a creative coach, she helps artists uncover limiting beliefs and discover a path to a successful creative life and business. During our conversation we talk about nature, boundaries around our time, and how putting some structure in your week can be pretty freeing.
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 Norén. Tina is an artist and designer, 2nd generation Filipino-American and mother to three school-aged children. Tina has designed and painted several murals, including 3 at elementary schools, as well as the mural in the Art Park at the Santa Paula Art Museum, where she also works part-time. Her art is bold and colorful and is often filled with meditative and therapeutic repetitive lines.
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 of My Lovely Wife, He Started it, and For Your Own Good, and has been nominated for Edgar, ITW, and Macavity awards in the US, the CWA award in the UK, and the Prix des Lectrices in France. Robert Downey, Jr. and Greg Berlanti have partnered to produce For Your Own Good as a limited series for HBO Max.
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 our conversation Duncan talks about Sudoku and its relationship to being creative; being afraid of doing something poorly; why beginning is the hardest part; fear of stagnation; the relationship between good photography and enthusiasm and the magic of observing the little details that imply so much more than what they actually contain.
You can find Duncan in the woods or near a body of water on the South West Coast Path in Cornwall UK or near Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, USA.
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 by carving out time for art to help her overcome severe panic attacks and anxiety. Nostalgia, solitude, vulnerability, texture and light are themes that reoccur in her art. During our conversation she talks about the importance of listening to the niggly voices, her love of light and shadow and her insatiable curiosity.
“There is something captivating about nature - it’s a never ending source of inspiration, ever changing with the seasons, the weather... in a time where everything is fleeting, where people want to consume things so quickly, these artworks for you to stand still and consider a moment caught in time. Living just across the road from the beach and with a backdrop of hills behind my home studio I can’t help but feel a strong connection to the landscape that surrounds me.”
Therapy for the soul!
I had no idea before this podcast, but there were other artists that had these kind of obsessions like me. I love hearing exploration that artists go through with their obsessions whether the color or an idea, or whether it be collections and materials. I can’t recommend this podcast enough if you are creative person.
Love this podcast!
I’m savoring each and every episode that you put your heart into Margaret. Each episodes inspires me, pushes me and keeps me moving on my creative journey. Thank you for putting this out into the universe.
One of the best interview art podcasts out there!
Margaret hosts guests that I haven’t heard before, really diversifying her content. She asks insightful questions and her enthusiasm for the art process comes through in every interview. I miss the pod when she’s on a break. So good.