Hello and welcome to Curator on the Go Podcast – a show for artists and art professionals who are ready to build a thriving art career and business while doing something they are passionate about. If you are ready to set goals, find your artistic voice, brand, and niche, understand how to price and sell your products and services, and change your life – you are in the right place! This podcast will also appeal to anyone who loves art and interested to learn more about the business side of the art world. Art and entrepreneurship are the two key things any community must have! My goal is to provide the environment that supports both and that will later help fund local art projects.
Episode 37 – Branding & Art Buyers
Today we’ll have a quick chat about the importance of branding, who can be a potential art buyer and the importance of nurturing your relationship with past and new clients.
Episode 36 – Interview with Victoria Lyons
Victoria Lyons (https://www.thetowelseries.com/home) is an Art Director & Illustrator from Canada, currently living and working in New York City. She has studied at Miami Ad School, with experience at top agencies including TBWA\Chiat\Day, Ogilvy, R/GA, and Publicis Sapient in New York City. She has spent time studying in Toronto, Singapore, France, Poland, and New York.
Episode 35 – Interview with Sarah Rutledge
Sarah Rutledge (https://www.sarahrutledge.ca/) is inspired by the endless potentiality of creative form and expression. Through using a variety of abstract techniques and styles, Sarah creates an abstract language through which to communicate with the world. Sarah believes that creativity serves a larger purpose for the wellbeing of the individual and society and the goal of her work is to create an opportunity for the viewer to connect with a deeper part of themselves.
Episode 34 – Interview with Shaina Hardie
Growing up in the Kawartha Lakes and later moving to the city has had a large impact on Shaina Hardie’s (https://www.shainahardie.com/) style and chosen subject matter. Her paintings showcase a signature geometric elegance with collections inspired by both the natural and urban landscape. A self-taught artist from a young age, Shaina has spent the better part of her life developing (and continuing to develop) her craft. Currently, Shaina is studying the effect of color on our psyche and how to best apply these principles to her future artwork and commissioned pieces.
Episode 33 – Interview with Carlos Delgado
Carlos Delgado (https://www.artcarlosdelgado.com/) is a Colombian artist with international recognition living between Colombia and Canada. Carlos is fascinated by the way human beings express themselves and relate to one another within our modern systems. The environment that he is, including all of the cultural and social aspects, are the influences and the subjects of his work. Within these systems, Carlos tries to find the human elements, those subtle expressions of our emotions, experiences, and stories which make us unique and yet at the same time connect us to each other. Through his abstract portrait work, Carlos focuses on the subtle way these human experiences are expressed, be it in our facial gestures, in the way we occupy and share space with each other or the way we present ourselves to the world.
Carlos is represented by galleries in Canada, Sweden, France, and US. His work has been shown in group and solo shows in Canada, Colombia, Sweden, France and Russia and collected by private collectors in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
Episode 32 – Interview with Lisa Litowitz
As a child, Lisa Litowitz (https://www.lisalitowitzart.com/) explored the art of painting. Throughout her career, she has shown versatility, painting in a variety of styles. She is influenced by the beauty of nature on her daily walks and seeks to represent them through her own eyes. She works in oils, painting impressionist landscapes and subjects with bright colors and bold strokes. During her 25+ years of painting, Lisa Litowitz has created over 50 pieces of art, ranging from petite product sketches to large sprawling landscapes. She has a willingness to push boundaries. She has the innate ability to capture moments and combine them with an emotional brushstroke style.
Episode 31 – Interview with Nada Hamatto
Edmonton-based, soon to be Toronto-based artist, Nada Hamatto (https://www.hamattoart.com/art) is known for her expressionist emotions large scale portraits using two different techniques: brushes and palette knives. Nada is also known for her portraits of iconic pop figures and her take on famous photographers inspired work. She uses her characterized style to capture emotions, aura, and feelings. Nada had solo shows and group shows in Canada, USA, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Jordan just to name a few. Nada has also been commissioned for special design and art projects across the globe.
Episode 30 – Interview with Anthony Ricciardi
Anthony Ricciardi ( http://www.ricciardipaints.com/) is a renowned multi-disciplinary artist from Toronto, Canada who has traveled internationally showcasing his artwork and murals. Driven by enthusiasm, depth, and storytelling to produce art without limits, Ricciardi introduces viewers to distinctive, vivid and colorful one-of-a-kind masterpieces orchestrated in uncommon forms. After leaving the comfort and clout of the corporate finance world to pursue his true passion, the self-taught creator induces a flair for inventive color-mixing and layered creations to elicit reaction and emotion. Ricciardi’s large-scale private commission murals and artworks have been shown worldwide in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Miami, London, Manchester, and Montreal.
Episode 29 – Interview with Fiona Debell
Toronto-based artist Fiona Debell (http://www.fionadebell.com/) creates beautiful, color-filled art for clients across the world. Primarily an abstract artist, she believes in the power of ‘now’ – drawing inspiration from many beautiful daily moments. Her art calms the eye as she directs the viewer to find balance in color, composition, and texture. In 2014 Fiona emigrated to Canada from the UK. As a female creative experiencing an entirely new life, her artistic journey reflects her everyday experience. It is the physical embodiment of her own naivety.
Episode 28 – Interview with Matt Pine
Matt Pine (https://www.mattpineart.com/) is a Toronto-based mixed-media and spray-paint artist. He works with mixed-media as he finds that it allows him to keep pushing boundaries and exploring new ways of expressing himself. To create his images, Matt works with multiple models and photographers around the world. His artistic toolbox ranges from photography and digital drawings to spray-painted portraits and custom clothing creations. His paintings depict the juxtaposition of beauty and resilience in the face of struggle. Each of Matt’s subjects has faced some form of trauma or life difficulty and overcome it. It is a modern-day reminder not to judge a book by its cover. Matt’s style is heavily influenced by his past in tattooing and graffiti. As such, his style can be explained as taking street art, cleaning it up a bit, and bringing it indoors. It is a meeting of raw experience and raw emotion, thoughtfully processed and translated onto the canvas.
Episode 27 – Art Submissions
It’s been a while since I had an informal chat with you and shared some advice. This episode will be about my new gallery job and I will share some insights about what gallery curators are looking at while going through art submissions, ways to contact or approach a gallery and get a response back, and much more.
Episode 26 – Interview with Paige Ring
Paige Ring (https://paigering.com/) was originally raised in Halifax, NS, but moved to Toronto to pursue a career in fashion design. After creating womenswear for some of the world’s top department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Holt Renfrew and Harvey Nichols, she decided to try my hand at graphic design. That career change opened her up to a love of artwork, which quickly turned into an obsession with large scale abstract expressionist painting. Her abstract works showcase bold brush strokes and are often colorful with layers of organic lines weaving through them. Paige is a minimalist at heart, so most of her work provides a space for the viewers’ eye to rest, she likes to think of it as a moment of calm in the sea of beautiful chaos. Paige uses her work to escape the realities of the world, retreating into a playful, imaginary place where color and whimsy take over.
Episode 25 – Interview with Amanda Arcuri
Amanda Arcuri (http://www.amandaarcuri.com/) is an award-winning, emerging photography artist based out of Toronto. She completed her BFA at Ryerson University in Photography and is a recent graduate of the Masters of Applied Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC. Amanda is interested in our connection with the natural world around us. She explores this through various photographic techniques like dramatic lighting and long exposures while playing with photographic tropes. Her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries, at Vaughan City Hall, with a recent commission by the city of Vancouver. She has also enjoyed teaching opportunities through Emily Carr University and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is currently living and working out of Toronto where she teaches youth and children’s art classes at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Episode 24 – Interview with Mishel Schwartz
Mishel Schwartz (https://www.mishelschwartzart.com/) is known for creating pieces with captivating colors, rich, complex detail, and multi-textured elements. Through her work, she strives to find a balance between the need for control and the desire for freedom. Her primary inspiration comes from the organic world and the undeniable lure of nature. using the dynamic interplay of light and shadow, she alludes to the sights, smells, and shapes of all living things in the abstract, enabling the viewer to interpret its form and meaning. Through what she calls ‘the mysterious fluidity of alcohol ink,’ she has uncovered a gorgeous malleability that allows her to delve deeply and add complexity to each element. Through experimentation, she has developed a layering and carving technique that has become her signature in every piece. Mishel spends endless hours in her studio painting, working on commissioned pieces and developing a body of work for future shows. She has participated in several exhibitions around the world as well as collaborating on various projects.
Episode 22 – Interview with Christine Lieu
Christine Lieu (https://www.christineldesigns.com/) is an expert behind CL Designs. She is a Toronto-based graphic designer who’s traded in climbing the corporate ladder for climbing mountains around the world. She helps lifestyle businesses realize their vision and connect with the people most important to them through branding, web design, and social content creation, with a holistic brand 360 perspective. Saying no to dull and clunky visuals and yes to consistency, creativity and efficiency forms the core of her approach. Christine is also the host of the Brand Party Podcast where guests and her share fun, honest, to-the-point branding tips you can implement RIGHT AWAY!
Episode 21 – Interview with Lori Burke
Throughout her life, Lori (https://fickledesignsartstudio.com/) has always had a passion for painting. The creative process itself captivates her. She loves abstract and mixed media paintings in acrylics. Lori’s focus is often the drama and tension between color and light. She is inspired by natural elements, fire, water, sky, sand, and wind… She ‘feels’ her art. Lori is intuitive so her ideas develop in dreams and strong impulses that must come out. She loves and lives to paint and is humbled and grateful daily for all those that support her!
Episode 21 – Interview with Madeleine Gross
Madeleine (https://www.madeleinegross.com/) customizes her photographs with paint in a way designed to abstract landscapes but without completely abstracting reality. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design where she gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, Madeleine intuitively applies gesture, texture, color, and strokes with paint with the idea of emulating an immersive reality for viewers and in turn induces the sensation of actually being there just by looking. The inspiration she finds in nature, light and the effortlessly entertaining pastime of people watching can be felt in her images; with textural color layers and a realistic movement, her images embody the ripped water from a jet sky, ocean waves, the fresh beach breeze. Positive connotations are at the heart of her work, with each of the photographs taken on her trips across the globe, all enhanced by a warm and bright palette applied through a few happy strokes of a brush. Her past clients are KitKat Canada, Fashion Magazine Canada, i-D Magazine, Nike Air Society, Roads Group, among others. Her work was featured at CBC Arts, Fashion Magazine, Saatchi Art, Interview Magazine Germany, Redmilk, etc.
Episode 20 – Interview with Roshni Wijayasinha
Roshni (https://roshnisart.com/) specializes in large abstract expressionist paintings that are inspired by nature and its energy. Using acrylic and mixed media, these paintings experiment with light, colors, textures, and finishes, and many of her pieces can be transformed under a black light, or glow in the dark. She’s painted live at ArtBattle Toronto, ArtBoxEvents, and Fresh Paint’s Live Painting Jam where she placed first, and her work has been featured at several juried exhibits and galleries across North America, in product launches, at a food festival, in a Hilton Hotel permanent collection, in an art publication, and can be found on the streets of Toronto on traffic boxes, curbside planters, and murals. She is also a founder of Prosh Marketing – a marketing and consulting services that help startups and small businesses realize their potentials.
Episode 19 – Interview with Eyal Liebman
Eyal Liebman (https://www.chefsomm.ca/) is a Toronto-based Private Chef who believes in rocking the boat when it comes to the Toronto food industry: “Food & Art do not exist outside of Politics.” To be an artist is to be a responsible human, and to be a responsible human is to be a critical human, which in this case involves sourcing ethically raised produce & establishing connections with and supporting other artists in our like-minded journeys.
Eyal chooses to care about the meal in its entirety. In this way, Eyal’s food crosses a line into critical art – in the ways the ingredients are sourced, why certain dishes are included in a menu at certain dinner tables with certain people, the messages conveyed through beautiful plates … it all has intentional meaning and storyline. The narrative of every menu Eyal creates never repeats and is best described as consistently inconsistent – there is only one original menu for each event. Eyal believes that it’s hard to convince people that food can be an art medium beyond the fact of pretty plates and that food is cultural and has so much to do with politics.
Episode 18 – Goals Setting
Today is the last day of 2019. Each new year offers an exciting opportunity for a fresh start and new beginnings, which is probably why we all look forward to New Year’s Eve so much. It’s important, to celebrate all of your experiences from 2019 and to welcome the new year ahead. This solo episode will be a quick chat about the goal setting and how we can create a vision of our future. Using the vision map and a list of skills you have – we will talk about the ways to structure your upcoming year and feel happy about what you are doing. Enjoy!
Episode 17 – Interview with Emily Carriere
Emily Carriere (https://www.emilycarriere.com/) creates an intricate cut out vinyl and acrylic artworks. She works intuitively, letting the process take over, which allows the work to reveal itself through the natural progression of experimentation. The results are abstract images which can be interpreted in an endless variety of ways depending on the viewers’ experiences, memories, and histories.
Emily’s work explores the notion that the final element completing a work of art is the viewer. The artworks feature intricately cut and layered forms, refraining from any direct reference and yet feeling ingrained with familiarity and meaning. The juxtaposition of organic and symmetrical forms manipulated through technology, her own hand and the use of both traditional and commercial materials creates ambiguous, enticing & eerie forms reminiscent of Rorschach blots. Ultimately the viewer’s interpretation imbues the work of art with emotion and meaning.
Episode 16 – Interview with Nicholas William
Today, I had the pleasure of speaking to US-based artist Nicholas William (https://bynicholaswilliam.com/). From his early simple shapes to his current smooth line-work, Nicholas’ studio practice has now grown into something that feels familiar but removed from its standard context. Curiosity, communication, Micro-Cultures, Digital Technologies, and Education. This is where Nicholas’s inspiration comes from. Over the years, Nicholas presented his work in a number of solo and group shows and sold art to private collectors across the globe.
Episode 15 – Selling Art in Galleries VS Selling Independently
Today I decided to have a solo episode and discuss the question that I am asked every day – should artists work with an art gallery or sell independently or with help of an art agent, art dealer or any other professional outside the traditional gallery setting? Let’s dive into discussing the pros and cons of working with the gallery and how artists can be successful by selling independently via social media, website, newsletter, by working with an art agent, etc.
Episode 14 – Dani Febres
Dani (https://daniartshop.com/) is Venezuelan-Canadian and was always passionate about art. She believes that life is even more beautiful when it’s colorful, and, through her art practice, Dani fuels her paintings’ surroundings with joy and happiness! She believes that you can set the mood of a space with an artwork that is created with positive energy, one that has a purpose and that tells a story. Dani’s artwork lived mainly in Canada, Venezuela, and the United States, but now it lives across the world. I hope this episode will inspire you to look at life and see it even more beautiful when it’s colorful. Dani is an emerging artist, who started showing her works last year, but her passion to make an impact and share her joy and positive attitude will not leave you indifferent!
Episode 13 – Jacques Descoteaux
For over 25 years, Jacques (https://www.jdcoto.art/) was the accountant by day, the artist by night. He came from an artistic family and has studied under a number of professional artists – collectively, they all helped Jacques found his artistic voice. From watercolor to pastel to oil paints and a few other media, Jacques’ painting style has evolved over time, but it’s always been influenced by his first studies in watercolor. His paintings are an exploration of color, of light, of rhythms and patterns, of movement and space. Jacques is inspired by the landscape, but his paintings go beyond the landscape – they are about memory and transport you to imagined places, to imaginary moments. Over the years, he presented his work in a number of solo and group shows and sold art to private collectors in Canada and the US. When we recorded this interview, Jacques was at his art residency in Ireland. So, bear that in mind. When he describes what he does and how he paints “here” – he is talking about his art residency.
Episode 12 – David Brown
David Brown (http://www.encausticcollage.com/EncausticCollage/home.html) is a Toronto-based visual artist with a 25-year award-winning career in the international art and design industry. David’s abstract encaustic paintings have been shown at numerous galleries and museums across Canada and the U.S. Recently he had a solo exhibition at The Painting Center in NYC. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections in North America, Europe, and Asia. The products he designed have been sold across North America, and his work has been published in books and magazines throughout Canada and the United States, such as Azure, Canadian Art, Style at Home, House and Home and The Toronto Star to name a few.
Episode 11 – Philip Jacobs
Philip Jacobs is a Toronto-based mental and spiritual health advocate, sound therapist, and musician. His first real Love and Relationship is with Music, Sound, and Vibration. He later graduated from Toronto’s Institute of Traditional Medicine and had extended training and practical experience in China and Guatemala. Philip combines his love of music with his training in Herbal Medicine, Mindfulness, Relational Psycho-Somatic Therapy and experience with Sound Therapy to create and facilitate a unique client experience. Currently, Philip is returning to his roots of Song Composition, Recording and Performing and is working on releasing an album in support of his Mental and Spiritual Health Advocacy.
Episode 10 – Robbie Kaye
Robbie Kaye (https://www.robbiekaye.com/) is a classically trained pianist who later turned to photography looking for visual melodies. Drawn to finding beauty in unexpected places, Robbie works to intrigue, inspire, and evoke a reaction from the viewer and sees her photography as a way to contribute beauty, create change and give exposure to societal issues. Robbie also creates fine art and her artwork is inspired by the unpredictability and intensity of the sea and the playfulness and beauty of nature. Robbie’s work is currently represented by The Brittany Davis Gallery in Ojai, CA. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Boston, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, London, and Spain.
Episode 9 – Jana Stern
Jana Stern (https://www.janastern.com/) is a Toronto-based certified Life Activation Practitioner, metaphysical energetic healer, meditation guide, and self-love councilor. She has been traveling through her journey of living with and healing from her version of mental unwellness & eating disorders for more than ten years. During that time, Jana received a multitude of healings & tools that had such a profound effect on her life, that she made it her life’s work to learn them so that she is now able to use those tools to help others transform their lives!
Episode 8 – Monica Shulman
Monica Shulman (https://www.monicashulman.com/) is a self-taught photographer and abstract expressionist painter who has been creating art in various mediums for over 25 years. She believes in the power of art to create a moment and to evoke emotion. Her work is energetic and playful and reflects her interest in flawed beauty rather than perfection. Using strong colors and contrasts, coupled with heavy, sculptural layering, Monica strives to create connection and movement in each piece.
Episode 7 – Linds Miyo
Born and raised in California, Linds (https://www.wonderandstory.com/) work strives to evoke the strong, direct light of her childhood. A trauma survivor, Linds is interested in the balance between intention and that which is beyond our control, the meeting place between our best efforts and happenstance. She often uses broad representational panes of textured black in her work, washing layers of color over top – folding the dark relief of the past into multi-dimensional present-day, with honesty, happiness, and sparkle. Linds Miyo lives and works in Toronto and is currently in a studio residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Episode 6 – Nik Torres
Born in Colombia and raised in Canada, Nik (https://www.niktorresdesigns.com/) takes as inspiration her life experiences of migration and self-discovery. She finds ways through color and texture to create an abstract narrative that allows her to reconcile with her own mental health and constant emotional state. Throughout the years, her work has evolved into a much deeper emotional practice with a goal to bring the viewer into a personal comfortable and serene place where they can aim to appease their own internal battles. Nik wants to use her work as a visual anchor and reminder that life has serene moments even in darkness.
Episode 5 – Koa
Today’s podcast is special as I will be talking about a very special local artist. His name is Koa and he is a little parrot who creates unique abstract paintings that are sold all over the world (swipe right to see more images of Koa and his artworks). I talked to Koa’s owner Gee and she shared Koa’s incredible story that you for sure have to listen to.
Episode 4 – Interview with Sylvia Cohen.
Montreal-based artist Sylvia Cohen (http://www.sylviacohen.com/) combines a love of painting and observation to give life to her images. Her work is largely influenced by the fashion world. Portraits of women are Sylvia’s main focus as well as a process of finding beauty in everyday life and capturing the moment.
Episode 3 – Interview with Ladislas Chachignot.
Ladislas (https://www.ladislas.eu/) is a French digital and traditional artist based in Barcelona who mixes various techniques to experiment and create vivid and bold artworks. Ladislas exhibited in various cities like Paris, Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Mexico, and Barcelona and worked with various clients like Adobe, Make Up For Ever, Wired Magazine, Universal Music France, Sony Pictures, among others.
Episode 2 – Starving Artist Myth.
Today I will be talking about the Starving Artist Myth and why it’s important to erase it today.
Episode 1 – Intro.
Hello and welcome to the very first episode of Curator on the Go Podcast. Today I am launching my dream project that has been on my mind and in my heart for a very long time.