Featured Artist: Katie Buckman

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Katie Buckman is a nature photographer with Evergreen & Aspen Nature Photography. She creates modern painterly images inspired by classical paintings and the world around us through her Childrens eyes. A life-long creative both classically and self-taught (the education addiction is real!). You will find her on evergreenandapen.com, minted.com and in some Michael’s stores. When not chasing her two little monsters, you’ll find her obsessing about all-the-things interiors or snuggling with her kitties. If the stars align, she will be out on a date with her handsome husband in their city of Denver, Colorado.     How did the arts […]

Featured Artist: Laura Pretto Vargas

Laura Pretto Vargas

Italo-Brazilian artist Laura Pretto Vargas makes abstract and figural paintings that explore feelings of vulnerability, happiness, energy and sexuality. Using mostly acrylic and sometimes oil, Vargas builds the surface of her large-scale canvases with densely textured brush marks and bursts of bold color. Informed by her background in fashion and international travel, Vargas weaves together different forms of creative expression in a variety of styles. As a result, each painting pulses with universal human emotions, providing a shared space for connection and reflection. Vargas lives and works in Milan and Miami. This month at Agora Gallery, Vargas will be part […]

3 Ways to Find Digital Nomad Jobs: How to Work From Anywhere

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Not All Remote Jobs Are Created Equal Most remote jobs are not fully remote. According to FlexJobs, 95% of remote jobs have a state or country restriction, often due to employment or tax laws. And, while only 5% of the jobs listed, “work-from-anywhere jobs,” are 76% of survey respondents’ first choice! There are a lot fewer companies offering opportunities to “work from anywhere.” If you’re interested in being able to travel while you work, or find a job that allows you to be anywhere in the world, stay tuned. In this article and video, I’m going to go into exhaustive […]

The Puzzle Master, The Ninja, And The Pop Star

Desert Sojourn, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 30_ x 22_ $1650

A few weeks back one of my readers sent me a link to a video on the Tube Of Yous of a guy named Chris Ramsay who has amassed millions of followers as a result of working on puzzles and recording it. The story goes that when the pandemic hit, he had a puzzle that he wanted to work on and he decided to record himself working his way through it until completion and when that puzzle was done, he did another one and recorded another video. At some point, the videos took off, and now he has a massive […]

Featured Artist: Jerry Anderson

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Jerry Anderson is an artist based in Healdsburg, CA. His paintings are an expression of his appreciation for the mysteries of life, the cosmos and the continual dance of male and female energies. Working in acrylic on canvas, Anderson creates abstract compositions that sensuously pair color with form. Series of undulating contours and cascading crevices give life to anthropomorphic shapes and elements from the natural world that seem to extend beyond the picture plane. Informed by extensive travels to exotic locales like Morocco, Turkey and the American southwest, Anderson’s paintings explore manifestations of the archetypal female image. As a result, […]

Emma Mcilroy on Entrepreneurship, Feminism, and Community Activism

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In The Interview: Episode #20, Ciara Pressler interviews Emma Mcilroy, founder and CEO of Wildfang. Emma and Ciara talk about… Dealing with high expectations and a lack of resources as a small business Learning in real time and having the world watch you make mistakes Creating Wildfang to combat widespread miseducation about feminism Making decisions from the heart rather than through a business lens What it means to be a feminist right now in the business world Emma Mcilroy is a queer-feminist-Irish-immigrant-female-CEO. As founder and CEO of Wildfang, she’s been smashing the patriarchy and gender norms in fashion and beyond […]

The Remote Job Coach: How to Communicate Without a Workplace

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If you don’t see someone in person, how can you develop a real connection with them? Communicating without a physical workplace can be hard. Many companies and employees who’ve never been away from a central office for this amount of time are feeling disconnected. But the symptom is not the problem. To foster a connection to a company’s vision and mission, employees need to feel challenged, rewarded, and they need to be able to “feel” the culture, even if they can’t physically see it. Many remote/distributed companies do this well (TaxJar, GitLab Inc., and Kinsta® just to name a few). […]

Featured Artist: Carlo Proietto

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  Italian artist Carlo Proietto creates graphic imagery through the age-old technique of pyrography. Using a heated metallic point, the artist wields fire into clean lines and crisp forms to compose contemporary designs. His monochromatic creations, which are at times offset by solitary splashes of color, convey deep passions and forms of expressionism within figurative and surrealistic styles. Working mostly in a square format, the artist renders boxlike montages which mimics the layout of a modern graphic novel. Within these vignettes, we see glimpses of universal themes like humans struggling with the mechanisms of the outer world, such as the […]

Jeffrey Madoff on Self Reflection, Creative Journeys, and Risking Failure

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In The Interview: Episode #15, Ciara Pressler interviews B. Jeffrey Madoff, filmmaker, brand strategist, and author of Creative Careers. Jeffrey and Ciara talk about… His work with legendary brands like Ralph Lauren and Victoria’s Secret Exploring and staying curious Staying true to your brand Myths of entrepreneurship The benefits of having a team, structure, and support behind success Building and expanding a network The discoveries and themes of a successful creative career B. Jeffrey Madoff is the founder of Madoff Productions, based in New York City. His company produces branded content for major brands such as Ralph Lauren, Radio City […]

Chasten Harmon on Art as an Outlet, Intuition, and Defining Values

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In The Interview: Episode #14, Ciara Pressler interviews Chasten Harmon, actress, entrepreneur, and advocate. Chasten and Ciara talk about… Her business Plush Armour Community spaces Healing as a person of color during these particularly challenging times The state of the entertainment industry Channeling anxiety, frustration, and tragedy into art Arming the spirit and soul and using violent and dramatic metaphors to talk about creating peace Chasten Harmon is a Los Angeles-based actress who holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and a […]