We don’t always know where exactly our creative path will take us. Thankfully there are clues, breadcrumbs that we can glean from others who share this journey. Each week Nicholas Wilton, artist and founder of Art2Life, will be sharing stories, insights, and inspiring talks with creatives from all walks of life from painters, writers, filmmakers, thought leaders, and all those just super passionate about sharing their wisdom of self-discovery. So whether you are new to art, an established artist, or just creatively curious, this podcast is a weekly invitation to discern, discover, and then dive deeper into what brings you alive.


April 3, 2024 34 mins - What does the journey of bringing your art to life look like? How does the process of creating inform who you are becoming? The truth is that you are a work of art. With every brushstroke, you’re becoming what you’re created to be. And that energy will show up in your art. In this episode of Art2Life, I’ll walk you through the three stages of creating powerful art. 



Mark as Played - In this special throwback episode of Art2Life, we revisit one of our most beloved conversations with award-winning art critic Jerry Saltz. 

Making art is hard enough, but hearing from others whether it is good or not is especially so. Every artist I know already has, hard-wired within them, a pretty tough critic. I certainly do. So I never have been particularly drawn to listening to...

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March 20, 2024 50 mins - Artists are always asking questions. When you’re always questioning, it’s only natural that a lack of clarity arises. Your soul is always pulling you to the unknown.

We’re living in a world where opportunities are boundless. The curiosity to see what’s possible is a driving force. When you’re in congruence with who you are and what you’re making, it’s the best feeling in the world. And when the expression doe...

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“My calling is to help you answer yours.” – Chérie Healey

Chérie believes that we all have a calling that we have to answer in this life. If we simplify it down to its essence, we are supposed to be ourselves, with all of our flaws, traumas, and wounds. Her purpose is to help people step into being all the way themselves. 

Chérie is an Executive Coach and Brand Strategist for women leaders. She’s guided great Leaders for over 25 ye...

Mark as Played - Caroline Millar was creatively blocked for a long time. She loved art as a child but had a terrible experience with an art teacher when she was 16. Because of it, she stopped painting for 25 years. She went through a difficult time where everything creative disappeared from her life. 

Five years ago, Caroline joined our Creative Visionary Program. She embarked on a journey of self-discovery and artistic explo...

Mark as Played - Austyn has completed art residencies all over the world. She landed in a residency at the Mendocino Art Center right before Covid hit. Before Covid, the majority of her work was black and white and ornate. She’d sculpt solid and draw with an ebony pencil on the surface. 

Her time in Mendocino allowed her to crystalize what she wanted her art to convey. She shifted toward bright dominant colors and hasn’t look...

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February 21, 2024 34 mins - Do you feel like every waking moment has to be dedicated to your art or thinking about your art? When you finally have the time to create, are you already exhausted? When I’m talking about balance, I’m talking about setting up your energy. You have to curate your life so that you’re energized when it’s time to create. In this episode of the Art2Life Podcast, I share 10 ways I strive to balance my life and my ...

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February 14, 2024 59 mins - Jon Ritt is a close friend, artist, designer, and next-level storyteller who helps brands identify their core principles and brings them to life. Jon takes the fundamentals he learned as a painter and applies them to how he works as a designer. He helps brands sculpt their identity in visual form. 

In this conversation, we dive into gaining clarity around your “why,” why knowing yourself is the most important...

Mark as Played - As a brand strategist, Bonnie Wan’s job is to make meaning from messiness. A great brand can distill their purpose into 1–3 words to create a clear focal point from which they can create, innovate, and make decisions. Most of us don’t realize that we can do that in our own lives. 

The Life Brief is the essential playbook to unlock what you want in life. It’s a three-step tool to help you realign your path wit...

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January 31, 2024 30 mins - Have you ever chosen a single word to orient your entire year? I’ve made a practice of it, and on this episode, I’m going to show you just how beneficial this is! Join me as I dive into the importance of choosing a word, how to do so, and how it relates to the five essential human needs of the Art2Life matrix.



Mark as Played - Promoting your work can feel like a terrifying task for many artists. But with the right mindset, promotion can feel like another extension of your creativity. Join me as I dive into the proper way to frame promotion as an artist, the difficult necessity of galleries, the problem with over-polishing your work, and critical steps for building an audience for your creations.


Mark as Played - As artists return to their studios after a winter holiday hiatus, many of us are experiencing the familiar struggle to drop back into our art after a break. Taking even the smallest pause can sometimes make us feel like a stranger in our studio. Join me as I tackle the three biggest challenges to reconnecting with your work after a break and how to overcome them to get the creative fires stoked a...

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January 10, 2024 34 mins - Are you looking to take your art to the next level in 2024? Do you know the steps needed to make that happen? On this episode, I'll unpack the three biggest obstacles to going big with your art. Join me as we examine why confidence is the key to scaling up, the problem with thinking too small, and the importance of knowing why we make art in the first place.


Mark as Played - So much of annual planning has to do with all the things we want to accomplish in 365 days. But what if we started our planning process with the question: How do I want to feel in 2024? Join me as I discuss a few different approaches to planning and prioritizing your year to make it the best one yet.



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December 27, 2023 40 mins - It’s amazing what we can create when we do so from a place of pure authenticity. Art-making is a journey to discover yourself, and our work is the artifacts we collect along the way. But what if your art isn’t a canvas, but a place? Meet Sajeela de la Borbolla, founder and healing instructor at the Haramara Retreat located in beautiful Sayulita, Mexico. Her personal journey has led her to create,...

Mark as Played - In what may be the final installment of making a painting for my daughter’s birthday, we’re going to be talking about finishing. Or at least, what the beginning stages of that process look like. Join me as I talk about the delicate balance of refinement and letting go, knowing when we need perspective, and holding an idea for a painting while remaining authentic to ourselves and the process.

Mark as Played - As artists, it’s so important that our work continually moves towards authenticity. The more personal our work becomes, the more universal and accessible it becomes for everyone else. Join me as I discuss five reasons why this occurs and how you can take your artwork to the next level through authenticity.




Mark as Played - Now that our 54 by 60-inch canvas is no longer white, it’s time to take a second pass at it! Join me for Part 2 of the journey to create a birthday painting for my daughter. We’ll talk about freedom, working on commissioned pieces, the power of contrast and change, staying instinctual, and using all of your resources to create something truly unique. You don’t want to miss it! 


Mark as Played - After putting it off for a few years, I am finally starting the painting I promised my daughter and giving it to her for her 30th birthday. So I thought it would be fun to take you on the journey with me! Join me as we dive into a real-world example of how you start a painting and keep it your own when it’s meant for someone else.



Mark as Played - Where does vulnerability fit into your art practice? Is it something you embrace or avoid altogether? Embracing vulnerability is the key to creating authentic and powerful artwork. It’s also how we grow, not only as artists but as human beings too. Join me as I discuss the necessity of vulnerability, how it impacts our work, and how leaning into it can be a powerful catalyst for our life and art.


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