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Breaking Art Calendar Records & Deadlines with Elaine O’Neil

Elaine O’Neil is an award-winning textile collage artist, a stellar client, Spring Into Action Bootcamp student and 2015 Essential Edge Live attendee. Her signature Luv This Place® North Carolina art calendar, which supports the N.C. Cancer Hospital, is carried by retailers such as Crook’s Corner, Quail Ridge Books, Lynn’s Hallmark, and A Southern Season. This year, Elaine unveils her Luv […]

Planning & Pursuing Your Passion with Shannon Johnstone

Shannon Johnstone received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and MFA in photography from RIT. She is the recipient of numerous awards including “Pause, To Begin” artist, Critical Mass Top 50 (2009, 2010), and Honorable Mention in Lens Culture’s 2010 International Exposure Awards.  Shannon Johnstone photographs shelter dogs every week. […]

Diversifying Your Creative Offerings with Kyle T. Webster

Kyle T. Webster is an illustrator, designer, digital product maker, and slightly better-than-average amateur card magician. He is now officially dipping his toe into the wonderful world of writing and illustrating children’s books, as well. Kyle has collaborated with The New York Times, The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, NIKE, NPR, and many other fun clients. He is […]

Cultivating Community with Artist, Greg Lindquist

As a self-employed artist, you get to enjoy the benefits of being your own boss, working from anywhere, anytime, and making artwork that lets your heart sing. But, the key to artistic success that must be present for your creative work to fly, is other people… Greg Lindquist, a multi-media artist who scales his work up—we’re […]

Crafting a Brand You Believe In with Melissa McKinnon

Melissa McKinnon is a Canadian artist with a recognizable style. Using a palette knife, she shapes acrylic paint on canvas to create almost magical scenes. She describes herself as a “Mother of two spirited girls,” who loves to paint in vibrant colors and thick textures. Melissa is featured in my book in Chapter 8, “Crafting a […]

Elevator Pitches & Short Attention Spans with Jason Hoelscher

If you ask Jason Hoelscher what kind of art he makes, he’ll tell you: “I paint short attention span paintings for short attention span culture.” He’s a minimalist, but not everyone on the proverbial elevator would understand his pitch. So he sums it up with a catchy sentence that intrigues the listener just enough to ask […]

Creating Routine as a Creative: International Artist, Amy Tavern

Amy Tavern has received several emerging artist honors including being named an American Craft Council “Searchlight Artist.” Amy’s jewelry has been published in numerous books such as “New Earrings” and “500 Silver Jewelry Designs” and was featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine’s 2012 “Exhibition in Print.” Amy completed a three-year artist residency at the […]