Alaskan Filmmaker Ben Sturgulewski draws his inspiration from his love of the outdoors, so it’s no surprise that after spending some time in the lower 48, he took a risk and moved back to a tiny Alaskan town. The risk paid off and he’s been able to both stay busy with work and create a life that suits him well. In our conversation, we talk about why collaboration is key, how relinquishing control can reduce stress + why you should follow your own path.
Flip McCririck is a photography veteran, working for various publications, big brands (like Nike, Red Bull, Target) and some of the most well-known skiers of our generation. The industry has no doubt shifted since he got into the game some decades ago, but much of his advice has no expiration. In our conversation, we talk about how to pivot into another industry, how to target ideal clients + how to make yourself more marketable to commercial clients.
After spending many years away from Colorado painting commercial billboards and murals, Patrick Kane McGregor is back in his hometown of Denver honing his style and developing his commission business. His reputable standing as an artist, work ethic and solid network of collaborators are gaining him the artistic control he desires.
“From that point on I gave up caring about what everybody else was doing and focused on my art. That’s my drive, to prove to myself that I can be a successful living artist.” Originally from South Carolina, Denver-based painter James André has been a full-time artist for over 5 years. At 25 he decided to follow his dream and dedicate himself to his art. In our conversation, James shares how he knew he was ready to go full time, his biggest challenge as an artist + how he structures his time.
Married artists Lindz and Lamb play off of each other’s strengths to keep moving forward in their business + marriage. They also understand that their long-term success depends not only on themselves, but also on the collective strength of their community. In our conversation, Lindz and Lamb share why reinvesting profits into your art pays dividends, how no artist gets to where they are entirely on their own + what key factor is imperative for surviving as an artist.
Matchstick Productions’ (MSP) partners Murray Wais, Steve Winter + Scott Gaffney have created some of the most important and groundbreaking ski films of all time. We sat down with Murray in MSP’s office in Crested Butte, Colorado, to talk about how they’re stayed relevant for 30 years, how they’ve navigated the digital revolution + how they’ve managed to maintain a healthy business partnership.
Illustrator Ted Kim’s early life revolved around skateboarding. But after being sidelined with a knee injury, Ted turned to drawing as an additional creative outlet. After gaining recognition for his intricate and imaginative way of storytelling in his work, Ted now sells his art all over the world. In our conversation, Ted shares why artists should follow their hearts and never force anything + why sharing a “good vibe” through his art is more important than making money.
Tucked away in a small mountain town in Alaska you’ll find painter Dawn Gerety who successfully transitioned from a 25-year career in graphic design into painting full time. In our conversation, Dawn shares the steps she took to create her new art career, how living in the right location can help you mentally thrive and why you sometimes have to do the work yourself to get the results you want.
After establishing himself as a sought-after tattoo artist and fine art painter in Columbus, Ohio, Scott Santee took a leap of faith and moved to Golden, Colorado. A self-taught artist, Scott’s always improving his tattooing + fine art skills through a never-ending process of trial and error. In our conversation Scott shares how being associated with the right local community can quickly grow your fan base and why using better quality paints, tools + materials matter.