The Independent Artist Podcast

The Independent Artist Podcast

Visual Artists! You are not alone! IAP gives voice to the working artist. Inspirational and entertaining conversations with successful road show artists. Every story delves into the process of self-discovery behind the work and the career path that creates financial success. Douglas Sigwarth is a glassblower, and Will Armstrong is a mixed-media artist. Both have been working as independent artists for over 20 years on the art fair circuit. As cohosts, their contrasting experiences and styles make for comical and relatable talks that affect today’s contemporary artists.


March 13, 2023 95 min

Joachim Knill describes himself as a conceptual artist who, once his idea comes into focus, becomes a slave to completing his vision. The individual pieces he creates fit into his installation narrative. Where some artists make a booth to display their work for sale, Joachim builds an entire installation where the viewer, knowingly or not, steps in and becomes part of the overall experience.

In the pream...

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Trés & Helene Taylor took a leap of faith in 2019 by relocating to Selma, Alabama, to further civil rights activism through their art. As they stood in the doorway of their home for the first time, they both cried, but for very different reasons. Helene expressed tears of joy, but for Trés, it was fear.  In this episode, the Taylors share the "signs from the universe" that have directed them ...

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Trés Taylor was a biochemist with a passion for writing. He was at a turning point in his life when a paintbrush fell from the sky and landed in his hand. The universe unfolded a path for him towards being an artist serendipitously at the time he met Helene. She "caught him" as he stepped into this new life, and together, they built a career as folk artists on a spiritual journey. This is the fir...

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January 30, 2023 81 min

It's every artist's nightmare to find that their work has been copied and stolen. Amy Flynn,, a mixed-media artist, describes how she navigated her way through that experience and how it "spurred her on" toward evolution. She talks about her time as an illustrator for Hallmark, as well as her connection to the theater. In the preamble discussion, Douglas and Will delve into topics relat...

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January 16, 2023 77 min

Each new year is a fresh start, another crack at that dream art show schedule. As working artists, we operate on sheer faith and determination while trying to stave off the insecurities that plague us. In this episode, we bond over what inspires us and reveal how we plan to reset our art practice in the new year. Join the conversation and share what's most important as the clock resets and we make our mark on the proverbial bla...

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December 19, 2022 87 min

"As artists, we have a story we tell ourselves. We have something we want to express and if we're lucky, what we've created is a vessel for meaning..............each person who comes up to the object, the image we create, they are going to bring their own image, their own background to it. And that's as true as any story we tell."  Benjamin Frey

Benjamin Frey grew up in a family of c...

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December 5, 2022 93 min

Working Artists! You are not Alone! Duke Klassen is the original independent artist. The art fair industry was built on the backs of artists like him and his wife LaDes. Being independent allowed him to craft a multi-faceted life that involved travel, friendships, family, and adventure. In this conversation, Duke shares stories from his 80 years on the planet that will resonate with anyone who sets a course to pursue their passions...

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November 21, 2022 61 min

Working Artists! You are not alone! In this week's SPECIAL EPISODE, Douglas and Will chat for the entire episode about current topics in the art show world. They also discuss the important moments from their past that have shaped how they navigate their current career choices.

Visual artists Douglas Sigwarth and Will Armstrong co-host and discuss topics affecting wo...

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November 7, 2022 90 min

Working Artists! You are not alone!! Oliver Schnoor tells his story of being at the top of his game when a traumatic injury could have ended it all. Tune in to how he made his way back to the other side and is better than before. You will be inspired by his perseverance.

Visual artists Douglas Sigwarth and Will Armstrong co-host and discuss to...

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October 24, 2022 77 min

Working Artists! You are not alone!!  Anthony Hansen describes his journey through chronic pain and how empathy from others helped him navigate through the struggle.

Visual artists Douglas Sigwarth and Will Armstrong co-host and discuss topics affecting working artists. Each episode is a deep dive into a conversation with a guest artist wh...

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October 10, 2022 75 min

Working Artists! You are not alone!! Lisa Kristine celebrates the humanity within us all that transcends language and culture through her fine art photography.  When approached to document modern-day slavery, she was troubled by what was hidden in plain sight. In this talk, she shares her harrowing experiences to do the work she felt called to do. Her powerful work encourages the viewer not only to form a ...

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September 19, 2022 91 min

Working Artists! You are not alone!! Ella Richards came to New York City as a child and a political refugee. In this conversation, Ella reveals how the kindness of strangers shaped her inner world and helped her find her way growing up in the busiest city in the world. Ella discovered that slowing down helped her to enjoy her life and to focus the imagery in her work towards minimalism, and to depi...

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September 5, 2022 103 min

Working Artists! You are not alone!!  Rey Alfonso tried to escape Cuba multiple times as a youth. At 17, he built a boat and set sail across the Atlantic, determined to make a better life for himself. In "Riding the Tide," Rey recounts his literal voyage and the metaphorical tide of finding his way as an immigrant in the US and, ultimately, a successful independent artist.  This is an amazing s...

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August 22, 2022 82 min

Working Artists! You are not alone!! When Cat Tesla,  heard her doctor say the words " you have cancer," her world was turned on its head. Cat describes her physical and emotional journey through a double mastectomy and how she handled stepping back from a thriving art career as an abstract painter only to come back with a renewed focus. Her revelation was that through public transparency of her di...

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August 1, 2022 79 min

Working Artists! You are not alone!! Patricia DeLeon grew up in a high-rise apartment in the bustling city of Caracas, yet the natural world found its way to her. Birds would perch on her windowsill and became her first pets. She grew up in the Catholic faith, which formed her love of symbols and mystery. Spirituality is a cornerstone of the imagery that influences her work. Our conversation comes on th...

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Working Artists! You are not alone! Michel Delgado was raised in Senegal and the impact of a creative mentor shaped his practice as a visionary. Michel's process involves working intuitively to arrive at images without preconceived notions. He strives to step away from his intellect to work viscerally in a manner that will elevate his spiritual intelligence. In his talk, he shares the experience of re...

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July 3, 2022 117 min

Join co-hosts Douglas Sigwarth and Will Armstrong, professional working artists who talk with other independent artists about what's important.

Look back at the Pearls from The Independent Artist Podcast

Featured clips from:

A Constant State of Becoming/ Justin Teilhet
Breaking the Boundaries/ Bennett
Ballpoints, Legos, and Blues Bars/ Tai Taeoalii
My Ridiculous Little...

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Join co-hosts Douglas Sigwarth and Will Armstrong, professional working artists who talk with guests about ART & SELLING.  This week's topics include the Old Town Art Fair, showing other works within the same vision, and incorporating new tips into our business strategies.

This week’s guest is Dolan and Ali Marie Geiman Denver, CO.  This...

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Join co-hosts Douglas Sigwarth and Will Armstrong, professional working artists who talk with guests about ART & SELLING.  This week's topics include ACC Baltimore, show producers, and rejections.

This week’s guest is Thomas Wargin, a sculpture artist from Menomonie Falls, WI. Thomas talks about his past and describes how the struggle fro...

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Episode clips from season 2.

Raised Fearless/ Kimber Fiebiger
A Constant State of Becoming/ Justin Teilhet
Breaking the Boundaries/ Bennett
Pyros and Glass Holes/ Tony Cray
The Boss/ Betty Jäger

PLEASE RATE US AND REVIEW US.......... and SUBSCRIBE to the pod on your favorite streaming app.

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