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Guest Interview with Brianna Boyd (Dread Pirate Bri) Artist and Illustrator from Washington State USA - Episode 27

Guest Interview with Brianna Boyd (Dread Pirate Bri) Artist and Illustrator from Washington State USA - Episode 27

April 3, 2020

Now Live!! My interview with Brianna Boyd (Dread Pirate Bri) Artist and Illustrator from Washington State, USA - Episode 27

“If somebody else can feel inspired by anything I do whether it's process or illustrations or something I’m like, DO IT! Latch on to it!”

~Bri Boyd

A few weeks ago I sat down with the talented Artist and Illustrator Brianna (Bri) Boyd, a.k.a Dread Pirate Bri. And what an amazing time it was. We had a blast... and then some and you will love this latest Episode where Bri and I chat about life in the Realm of Art, illustrating a children's book, embracing art as a business and staying inspired. Especially timely and uplifting in light of these uncertain times.

 Join us as we talk about:

  • Bri's NOT so secret love of all things fantasy and whimsical - and her passion for adding personalities to inanimate objects...
  • Working with Art Snacks: Since 2005 when her husband got her a year's subscription to Art Snacks...
  • Leaving Retail - embracing art and business...
  • What keeps Bri inspired: People… her love of Anime, a childhood fascination with capturing the movement of a dancer…
  • Bri’s tips for staying motivated...
  • Bri’s Illustration of the Children's book: When Little Kittens Are Very Brave (Little Kitten & Friends)

And much more!

Tune in, enjoy and absorb our fun and inspirational conversation where you can follow Bri's personal journey navigating the art realm.

Thanks Bri for sharing your story with us!

You can check out Bri's work and social sites from her main website and follow Bri on Instagram here

Until next time -

Stay safe, stay healthy

Let's keep talking


Guest Interview with Edith Kindrachuk Photographer and Artist from Toronto Canada - Episode 26

Guest Interview with Edith Kindrachuk Photographer and Artist from Toronto Canada - Episode 26

March 4, 2020

Now Live!! My interview with  Edith Kindrachuk Talented Photographer from Toronto Canada - Episode 26

What a blast I had chatting with esteemed Toronto photographer Edith Kindrachuk. Take a look at her stunning photographs, whether of candid portraits, landscape and you are drawn into a compelling story with a spontaneity that will transport you, raise your spirits, render you speechless, and leave you wanting to discover more. Edith  weaves her travel learning about different cultures and life-changing moments into her craft and it comes through with big impact. Edith has also exhibited, sold her work and won several awards.

Listen to our conversation as we talk about:

  • How Edith became a photographer
  • How she used photography as a way of communication…
  • Her travel addiction and how she perfectly combines it with her photography…
  • The power of candid portraits of people in their unique surroundings…
  • Observations, trying new things and life-changing moments…
  • The big challenges…
  • And much more!

Edith also shared some great tips for both seasoned and budding photographers and creatives that we can all apply to elevate our creativity and vision.

You will be inspired by our fun conversation with this talented Toronto artist.

Check out Edith's amazing work at

and visit her Instagram:

 Until next time creatives,

Let's talk!





Guest Interview with Figurative Artist and Instructor Jeanna Delfin from Phoenix Arizona - Episode 25

Guest Interview with Figurative Artist and Instructor Jeanna Delfin from Phoenix Arizona - Episode 25

October 29, 2019

It's live! - My interview with Jeanna Delfin of Delfin Nudes  - Figurative Artist, Instructor and Entrepreneur from Phoenix Arizona - Episode 25

"The human spirit can never be damaged..."

I was thrilled and excited to interview the very talented and acclaimed Figurative Artist Jeanna Delfin of Delfin Nudes! I've been fascinated by her beautiful and expressive sketches of the human form for ages… and in this interview I finally learned more about her exquisite art and how it expresses and enhances reflection on the human condition, including beauty, personal loss, sorrow, vulnerability, sensuality, joy and more.

It was a joy to chat with Jeanna about her craft, hear how she started drawing, why she became a Figurative Artist, being an Instructor and Entrepreneur and what continues to daily inspire her art.

Listen in to our very interesting and fun conversation and you are sure to be inspired. We talk about:

  • Jeanna's early days and how she started drawing the human form…
  • What inspires her creativity…
  • Balancing being present…
  • Delfin Nudes - the complexity of the human figure...
  • Jeanna's personal mission…
  • Tips for creatives who'd like to improve their drawing/figurative drawing skills… or build on their creativity

And much more!

I was so inspired during this fun interview that I've resolved to get myself a ream of toned paper and simply start drawing so I can improve my own drawing skills... I think I'd be her perfect student!

Thank you Jeanna for  sharing your story inspiration and encouragement… it was such a delightful time chatting with you!

Catch Jeanna's beautiful figurative and celebrity drawings on her Instagram at

Until next time Creatives -

Let's talk!



Guest interview with Multidisciplinary Fine Artist Jason Wagner from Golden Colorado - Episode 24

Guest interview with Multidisciplinary Fine Artist Jason Wagner from Golden Colorado - Episode 24

September 2, 2019

It's Live!! My interview with Jason Wagner, Multidisciplinary Fine Artist from Golden, Colorado - Episode #24


"I asked: "Should the symbol of the Columbine be taken back for its beauty and be painted or is there too much stigma? He said "Paint it. She would love it."


I was thrilled and honored to interview the multi-disciplinary Fine Artist Jason Wagner for Episode #24 my Artist Talks Podcast!Jason started painting in 2018 following a catastrophic accident and upwards of seven near-death experiences and a series of serendipitous events… his story and artistic journey is - to put it mildly - unique. His paintings are stunning and I was shocked to learn he had only been painting since 2018.

Jason calls himself "a life-long musician with a paintbrush" and in this interview (which gave me goose-bumps at times!) we learn why. We also learn about the painting that started it all (there's a link below).

So hold on to your hats, listen up and listen in as Jason and I talk about: 

  • His unique backstory and creative journey…the reason he started painting and the painting that started it all…
  • Not one, not two, but upwards of seven near-death experiences…and their impact…
  • Why Jason calls himself "a life-long musician with a paintbrush…"
  • The people that got Jason going and keep him motivated…
  • Creating something every day… Create or die…
  • Honouring his mission…
  • His top two challenges…are not what you'd think...
  • His tips for creatives for starting and keeping going whether just starting out or more seasoned
  • Jason's take on using social media… (complete with "outtakes")
  • Transformation and vision…

 And so much more!

What a blast we had! And how inspiring it was chatting with this very prolific and inspirational artist and learning about the fascinating story behind his beautiful art and his creative journey.

Thank you Jason for sharing your amazing and inspiring story with us!

Check out Jason's beautiful paintings:


The "Columbine" 2018 write up

Jason's website

Until next time Creatives,

Let's Talk!

Nicky Jameson

Guest Interview with Digital Artist June Krisko from Haliburton, Ontario - Episode 23

Guest Interview with Digital Artist June Krisko from Haliburton, Ontario - Episode 23

August 29, 2019

Now Live!! My interview with June Krisko -Digital Artist from Haliburton, Ontario - Episode 23

 "You learn to be creative in the moment…"

What a fabulous time I had chatting with Artist June Krisko! I've long been fascinated with her digital sketch art and in this episode June shared how and why she creates it.

Living off the grid isn't the first thing you might expect when you're talking with a digital artist. Especially as having reliable tech tools and Internet are quite important. In fact, you might think of going off-grid only when you wanted to take a break from your digital creative tools and online life. For June, it's the complete opposite… it's part and parcel of her life.

Following her decision to live off-grid to see a different part of Canada and still make art, June learned to live creatively in the moment and take much of what might throw most of us  in her stride. And you'll hear how she makes it work. It was great to learn how her art, which she creates using her phone and a nifty App called Autodesk Sketch Book came about and developed and how she adapted to her environment and became more and more prolific, with an upcoming exhibition in the works. June is also exploring painting on birch bark and truly bring more of nature into her art.

Listen to our fascinating conversation where June shares her thoughts on:

  • Being inspired by buried feelings  and allowing that inspiration to come through and in her artistic expression
  • Trusting her intuition and becoming an artist…
  • Managing depression and her mental health, and the impact on her creativity and art...
  • The advantages and challenges of being a digital artist living completely off the grid…
  • Benefits of social media…
  • Her tips and words of wisdom for creatives
  • And so much more!

I was  inspired by our very enlightening conversation and I think you will be too - and it may even make you appreciate some things we often take for granted in our connected, always-on world.

Find June's digital art on her website  or follow her Instagram

Until next time,

Let's talk!

Nicky Jameson

Guest Interview with Fibre Artist Alicia Evans from Long Island, New York - Episode 22

Guest Interview with Fibre Artist Alicia Evans from Long Island, New York - Episode 22

August 20, 2019

Now Live!! My interview with Alicia Evans - Fibre Artist from Long Island New York - Episode 22 

"If it's not about a tree, it's about art, and about the art of living…" 

I was so inspired to chat with Fibre Artist Alicia Evans and talk about how her art and how she pays homage to and raises awareness of trees and their impact on our world. Alicia crochets abstract trees (creates crocheted fine artwork organically branded with nature's gifts, including wool, bamboo, sea grass, wood, beads and more) and uses colour in her art to  facilitate meaningful conversations about trees and to encourage people to stop, pause and be aware of trees and how vulnerable trees have become in our world today. It made for a fascinating and enlightening conversation… and this is only one of the topics we touched upon. With six years as a professional artist, Alicia has exhibited her art since 2011 in New York  and Long Island, conducts workshops, does commissioned work and is also an Art Curator.

Alicia will leave you feeling that truly, all things are possible with art once we step outside our comfort zone, allow it in and go and be about our business as creatives.

Listen up and listen in to what Alicia has to say about:

  • Trees, Anxiety and when trees talk…
  • The power of Art to heal…
  • Re-examining the work we do as artists…
  • Raising awareness and being in the forefront of change…
  • Creative ways to use Social Media PR as creatives…
  • Living the creative life to the full and…
  • The importance of Plan B

And so much more!

Alicia's joy and enthusiasm is infectious and you will be inspired by her story, her journey and her wise tips for creatives as we navigate a world where anxiety seems to lurk around every corner. How fabulous and uplifting it was to chat with her and learn about her craft… and what a fun time we had! We'll definitely be chatting again in the near future.

Check out Alicia's work, keep up to date with news about her work and her upcoming shows, and give her a thumbs up on her Instagram 


Blog: Yarn, Chat & Possibilities

Until next time, 

Let's Talk!

Nicky Jameson

Guest Interview with Artist Julie Denning (Hedgehog Studio) - Episode 21

Guest Interview with Artist Julie Denning (Hedgehog Studio) - Episode 21

August 7, 2019

It's live! My interview with Digital Artist Julie Denning from San Francisco, California - Episode 21


I am super thrilled to interview the amazing digital artist Julie Denning, aka Hedgehog Studio on Instagram. I've long been an admirer of Julie's whimsical and textured works of art on Instagram - little did I know that we'd be on the same wavelength for more than her beautiful painterly art… turns out we're both keen advocates for technology in the creation of our art and the impact of technology on our creative life.


Julie creates all her art on her Ipad with Apple pencil - and prior to this she had never used a stylus! We talk about how she's mastered Procreate (an amazing creative tool) what inspires her art and how she remains inspired to create.


So listen in and listen up as we talk about:


  • How Julie began her creative journey…
  • Textures, the pioneers and the importance of texture in Julie's artistry…
  • Juxtaposing the familiar and the unusual… and incorporating the unexpected in her art…
  • The freedom and challenges of tech and apps in creating art, and Julie's go-to app for her art…
  • The importance of life-long learning…
  • Inspiring thoughts for creatives and…
  • How Julie got the name "Hedgehog Studio"


This was such a fun-filled and informative conversation and I loved getting to know this very talented and inspiring Creative.

Check out Julie's gorgeous art in her Instagram gallery at


Enjoy our conversation and I hope you find inspiration for your own creative journey.

Until next time, let's talk!


Nicky Jameson


Guest Interview with Photographer Teacher and Artist Denise Love - Episode 20

Guest Interview with Photographer Teacher and Artist Denise Love - Episode 20

July 8, 2019


It's live - My interview with Denise Love of 2LiLOwls Studio  - Photographer, Teacher, Creative from Atlanta Georgia - Episode 20

I was so excited to interview the talented Denise Love of 2LiL Owls Studio - not least because I often use her beautiful textures in my grunge artistry. Textures are only part of Denise's work however… she's also a photographer inspiring teacher and creative entrepreneur. In fact, Denise has run a successful creative enterprise on the Internet since 2012… when an "Internet business" was yet to be a thing.

 So does she have a few ideas on how to build a creative business online? You bet!

In this episode we talk about creativity and especially creativity in creating a successful business online from nothing in just about the worst situation you can imagine. That means, as creatives who want to be successful we get to hear first-hand from an artist who's being doing it a while. And that is great!

 So listen up and listen in to this fascinating conversation and you will learn:

  • How Denise began her creative business online…
  • The biggest part of what Denise does (hint - it's not textures)…
  • Her approach to photography…
  • The origin of the name "2LiLOwls… and why she wouldn't choose it today…
  • Her two biggest challenges and fears…
  • The hard truth about social media and business building on  the Internet… and the simplest way to win…
  • Her tips for creatives…

 And of course so much more. Once again the time flew by and there is a LOT going in this candid episode with this Inspiring Creative. You may want to take notes… and take action.

 You can find out lots more about Denise on her website here.

 As always be sure to follow the podcast and share it with your fellow creatives and friends.

Until next time… let's talk.

Nicky Jameson, Artist


Guest Interview with Pianist and Music Theatre Director, Matt Craig - Episode 19

Guest Interview with Pianist and Music Theatre Director, Matt Craig - Episode 19

June 24, 2019
Now Live!! My interview with Pianist and Music Director Matt Craig from Toronto, Canada - Episode 19

Multi-talented artist, pianist, Theatre Music Director, conductor, singer, dancer and Programmer and science teacher… Matthew Craig has many strings to his bow.

Matt trained as a classical pianist from the age of six and over the last twenty years he's performed classical recitals, accompanied  jazz, classical, rock and theater vocalists, directed  and conducted countless musicals in the GTA for children, teenagers and adults. Matt's sight reading skills are amazing and he has worked with thousands of performers in large groups or individually of any age and ability. 

Listening to Matt's musical arrangements for piano you are simply mesmerized and carried away with the emotional impact, they are a such joy to listen to. Matt has worked with several  Children's Theatre companies, including CATS and Bravo Academy and it's fascinating to watch him direct musical productions as part of the audience. He has a way of making very complex things look easy.

 And did I mention he's one of the coolest guys on the planet?

 Matt is also a great friend, and from the first time I heard him play years ago I've wanted to learn more about his many accomplishments. So  I was thrilled and honoured he agreed to be a guest for my Art Talks Podcast.

 And what a fun interview it was!

Join us on this journey as we talk about all things music and more, including:

  • What it takes to become an accomplished pianist and music director…
  • How Matt became a pianist…
  • His musical style and influences…
  • His amazing piano arrangements (tip: go and check out his amazing arrangement of Music from Inception: Dream is Collapsing and Time for piano, link in these show notes)
  • Journey into Music Theatre direction stage productions he has worked on, and many accomplishments
  • His challenges
  • Learning to dance and teaching others to dance Modern Jive…
  • His inspirations…

I hope you take the time to listen and be inspired by this insightful interview with this amazing artist and educator. While you're about it head over to Matt's YouTube channel and listen to his incredible musical arrangements, including this one from the film/movie Inception:

Music from Inception: Dream is Collapsing and Time for Piano

This piece at Hart House, Toronto

Matt Craig plays Un Sospiro, Liszt at Harthouse

 And this amazing performance of the Star Wars Fantasy Suite:

Matt Craig plays Star Wars Fantasy Suite arr. Jarrod Radnich

You can also check out Matt's website and see more of his music and some dance videos where he is teaching dance lessons and demoing the social dance Modern Jive with yours truly.

Thank you for listening and until next time let's talk!

Nicky Jameson








Guest Interview with Cellist Jay Emme - Episode 18

Guest Interview with Cellist Jay Emme - Episode 18

June 4, 2019

Guest Interview with Cellist Jay Emme - Episode 18

Now Live! My interview this week is with Cellist Jay Emme from Birmingham, England!

From Cellist to Wedding Photographer to Professional Solo Wedding Cellist - Jay Emme lives life to the full and then some.

I could describe this amazing artist many ways, and first one that comes to mind is "Force of Nature" whose light burns brightly as this talented musician goes for her goals and meets her challenges head on. Come along for the ride in this great conversation…and hold on to your hat, because Jay just makes it happen.

WARNING: LOTS of laughter ahead! You know what they say - laughter is good for the soul and in this awesome interview there's plenty that is good for the soul.

 Join us as we talk about:

  • Being creative... and paying the price
  • The joys of being a professional solo cellist...
  • Managing the challenges of mental health and depression…
  • The soul-crushing futility of conforming…
  • The acceptance and the power and freedom of standing out...
  • Asking the hard questions, learning even harder lessons and finding a better way...
  • Taking aim and living out loud

We talk about creativity throughout… of boldness and bravery, being okay about standing out, about authenticity, the critical importance of good friends, travelling the world, inspiration and encouragement. And why comparison sucks.

You also get to meet Sid. Who is Sid you may ask? Listen and you'll find out.

My chat with Jay is a fascinating and compelling artist conversation with many nuggets of encouragement for artists… and we had the most amazing time.

From travelling the world as a wedding photographer, Jay now travels the world as a freelance cellist available for weddings and private functions. Be sure to check out her Instagram here: and her website

Until next time,

Let's go!!

Nicky Jameson

Guest Interview with Artist Athalie Taylor - Episode 17

Guest Interview with Artist Athalie Taylor - Episode 17

May 14, 2019

Guest Interview with Artist Athalie Taylor - Episode 17

Now Live! My interview this week is with Digital Artist Athalie Taylor from Tasmania, Australia!

Another fascinating artist's journey, another trip down under! This time we visit Tasmania (figuratively speaking) where I get the opportunity chat with multi-talented Digital Artist Athalie Taylor. It was a fun time.

Athalie always had her own ideas about what she wanted to do, even when art school (which she had wanted to attend) turned out to be a "no-no."

Instead she took a different route and honed her skills in textiles, dressmaking and more…learning and teaching others to create things for themselves. From textiles to crafts to photography and then to digital art where she creates spectacular art on her new iPhone"… Athalie says she always had enough skills to be able to make a thriving living and do it while being different.  And it flows through to her art - it's fascinating and different.

It's always interesting to hear how we artists arrived where they are today in our artistic journey. In this episode you will hear how Athalie's fascinating journey led her to becoming a digital artist and find out how she:

  • Used her creative skills to run several entrepreneurial ventures…
  • Left photography to begin creating digital art on the iPhoneX…
  • Created a thriving  magazine to showcase the community of digital artists "down under" and became part of a regular group meet-up of digital artists
  • Pushed past challenges such as illness to hold several solo exhibitions and expand her creative horizons…

 You'll also hear a few of her inspiring tips for artists and about some her solo exhibitions.

You can see more of Athalie's beautiful art at her website - do head on over there and give her a thumbs up!

Thanks for listening to this episode of Nicky Jameson Art Talks. If you enjoyed it subscribe, comment give us a thumbs up iTunes and please share with friends, associates and of course on social.

Until next time, let's talk!

Nicky Jameson


Guest Interview with Artist Karin Merx - Episode 16

Guest Interview with Artist Karin Merx - Episode 16

April 29, 2019

Guest Interview with Artist Karin Merx - Episode 16

It's now live! My guest interview this week is with Artist Karin Merx from London, England

Prepare yourself for a powerful and inspiring artist interview that proves that no matter the challenges we must do whatever we need to do to find our creative purpose and answer the call.

I was thrilled to interview Artist Karin Merx who shares her journey from classical musician to visual artist - telling your story through a portrait - and creative entrepreneur.

 Kick back, grab a coffee (and a notebook - you'll need it to jot down some great points) dive into this very illuminating interview…

  • What does it mean to make art with meaning and how does Karin do this?
  • Why is it so critical for artists to be true to themselves, whatever the cost?
  • What's the consequence of allowing others and their opinions to define who you are and what you should and shouldn't do?

Answering the call of being a visual artist meant pushing back against patriarchal pressure and criticism. Telling a story through a portrait and changing lives has been part of the journey and Karin graciously shares it in this interview.

Listen to the latest episode and learn…

  • How Karin Merx took back her power as an artist and why she speaks her mission…
  • How Karin uses her art to powerfully support others fighting the fight against racial, sexual and social injustice and the blight of invisibility...
  • The origins of "Your Story Told" and changing lives…
  • How Karin is building her creative enterprise

Thank you Karin for sharing your story! 

You can find out more about Karin at her website

Or her Instagram:

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Until next time, let's talk!



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