Every once in awhile when we get our act together here at Skinny Artist, we have the pleasure of introducing you to a new featured artist. We have them sit down and talk to us for a few minutes about their experiences working as a creative professional. We’ll talk to them about their work, some of the biggest challenges they have faced, and some of the most important lessons they have learned along the way.
Many of you may already know Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio from talking with her on Twitter, Facebook, or maybe from attending one of her online workshops. Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Connie and talk with her about her art, her thoughts on what it means to be an artist, and how a nice Catholic girl from Ohio became this fearless and formally-dreadlocked yoga mama artist that we now know and love.
During our conversation we talked about why she was willing to walk away from a regular paycheck as an art teacher and how that decision changed her life. I discover the secret behind the Dirty Footprints Studio name. Connie talks about some of the risks and rewards of artists who put their thoughts and their artwork online opening themselves up to criticism. She remembers the moment she decided to stop trying to sell her artwork all together — and how she ended up receiving more commissions than she could handle. Finally she talks about the joy of helping others along their own artistic journey by encouraging them to unleash their creative gift to the world without fear of judgment.
You can check out Connie’s featured artist page and read our entire conversation by clicking on the image below: