Miriam Hughes quickly built a great following as an artist and a teacher

 Miriam Hughes sells her art and teaches a variety of art workshops at many different venues.

In our conversation for Inspiring Teachers,  Miriam shares how she’s built a significant following for her art and her classes in a relatively short period of time. She also shares great insight into developing course material, supply list and finding balance between time painting in her studio and teaching. You can LISTEN IN and get the entire series HERE 


Would you love to turn your passion for cooking or healthy food into a teaching career?


Jennifer Cornbleet

 Jennifer Cornbleet of Tasty Life Coaching is a cooking teacher, coach and author who has taught over 1000 cooking teachers and provides business coaching for people who want to turn their passion for healthy food into a career they love.
Jennifer’s signature mentorship program is the Tasty Life Teacher Training. Each year through this program Jenny coaches a group of cooking teachers-in-the-making about how to find their unique vision and turn it into a fulfilling, successful business.  In our Inspiring Teachers conversation,  Jenny gives great suggestions on where to start to turn your love of cooking into a profitable and fun teaching career. Many of her suggestions can also be transfered to teaching other culinary arts and pretty much anything. You can join our conversation and register for the entire series HERE 

Chris Enns, opera singer, teaches artists how to manage their money.

Chris Enns

Chris Enns describes himself as “just your run of the mill opera-singing, financial-planning farmboy.”  Chris actually IS AN OPERA SINGER who teaches artists how to get control of their money.

You can join us as Chris and I chat about why he has such an unusual niche and how he helps artists develop a better understanding of and relationship with money.  And, you can get the entire inspiring Teachers series HERE 



Penny Arrowood teaches book and paper arts

  Penny Arrowood  is a mixed media and book artist from eastern North Carolina.  Her work, often featuring letterforms and text as design elements, is a visual representation of a lifelong love of reading and word-play.  Her art has been featured online and in print, most recently appearing in Making Art from Maps by Jill K. Berry (2016, Rockport Publishers).

Her motto is: “Have paper, will travel,” and for the past 5 years, she has been teaching bookmaking regionally and nationally.  In early 2017, she will join the faculty at Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh, NC offering workshops in book and paper arts.  She also designs unique creative experiences for small groups and events for people of all ages and artistic abilities.

Teaching is a special joy for Penny, who states that she relishes the sharing and receiving of information and skills in the classroom.  As a proud member (and former President) of the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild, she enjoys being able to give back to the community at large by working with the children’s art programming and creative outreach for the guild.   She actively seeks new ways to collaborate with individuals and organizations to use art as a means to celebrate, document, and reflect this wild ride we call Life.

I’ve had the priveledge of participating in a bookmaking class that Penny instructed and I must say that her enthusiasm and joy of teaching is palpable.

In this conversation, Penny shares how getting involved and connected in the community and an arts guild brought teaching opportunities. Penny also shares valuable information about what happens before, during and after a class that makes her a great teacher. You can JOIN US and get the entire Inspiring Teachers Series HERE 

Body Memory and How Art Heals

  I’ve been following Connie Solera’s 21 Days of EmBody Challenge  and it got me thinking about how much freer, lighter I’d have felt if I’d found something like this decades ago.

The first week of my freshman year in college, I sat in a converted warehouse that served as an art studio for Life Drawing 101. I felt embarrassed looking at the model who appeared to be completely at ease stretched out on her side with thirty pairs of eyes tracing the contours of her naked form. Then I realized I could simply view her body as lines, planes and shadows. My method worked until after break when our model changed positions and disrobed to expose large plum-colored bruises on her buttocks.

Instantly, I heard the snap of a long-ago belt and Continue reading

Salianne McClelland talks about Art is You:Eat Cake-Create Artist Retreats

Sallianne McClelland

  Salianne McClellan is the founder and director of Art is You -Eat Cake-Create. As a guest Inspiring Teacher, Sallianne shares her experience strating and operating a multi-national artist retreat that’s run for the past eleven years. Sallianne tells us what she value most in teachers who are invited to teach at the workshops and retreats in the US and Australia . You can join us and get the entire Inspiring Teachers series HERE


Molly Middleton Meyer brings poetry to Alzheimers and dementia patients

Molly Middleton Meyer

Molly Middleton Meyer, founder of Mind’s Eye Poetry. Molly conducts facilitations, workshops, seminars, and training programs in her method of bringing poetry to dementia patients and their families.

 As a featured guest Inspiring Teacher,  Molly shares her experience using poetry to connect with Alzheimers patients and how it’s enriched their lives and hers as well.
You can JOIN US and get the entire Inspiring Teachers series HERE 

Connie Solera inspires artists online and at retreats in Mexico, Sedona and around the world.

  For more than 20 years , Connie Solera has taught at art museums, art organizations, summer camps, after school programs, intimate gatherings, as well as public, private, and parochial schools.   But in 2010 she left a full time art teacher gig (with benefits, paid vacation, and my summers off) to devote herself  fully to Dirty Footprints Studio and she says it was “the best damn decision I ever made!”

At Dirty Footprints Studio she offers tools, mentoring, and sacred space for artists to dive deep and experience the transformative work of owning their creative gifts, discovering their greatness, and expressing their truth as an artist— all while sharing an honest peek into her own life as a heart guided artist, teacher, and creative entrepreneur.

Connie teaches online from her home studio and in-person at her own art retreats in Sedona, Az , Mexico and other spots around the world. She also facilitates a year-long Ignite program for creative entrepreneurs. 

In our Inspiring Teachers conversation, Connie shares how she grew her business from scratch by pioneering the art journaling, multimedia collaborative and about her journey to a life that is full of color, creativity and intimacy. You can join us and register for the entire Inspiring Teachers Course HERE.  


How does an artist create a livelihood traveling, sketching and painting with friends in beautiful cities around the world?

Jane LaFazio

Jane LaFazio is a mixed media artist working in paper and cloth. She has been published and feautred in major art magazines, books and television shows. Jane travels and teaches at retreats and workshops all over the world.

In our Inspiring Teachers conversation, Jane shares about starting her art teaching business, publishing and about creating wonderful sketching and painting tours to cities around the world. Jane is a beautiful example of how an artist can creative a sustainable livelihood that supports an enviable lifestyle.  You can LISTEN IN to our conversation and get the entire Inspiring Teachers Course HERE.


Susan Johnson teaches mandala as a healing and spritual practice

Susan Paul Johnson

Susan Johnson facilitates workshops and retreats at women’s groups, congregations and mental health groups. On the Inspiring Teachers Course Susan talks about her teaching philosophies and shares her experience transitioning from college professor to  faciliating Mandala and intuitive movement workshops and using mandala as a spiritual practice.  You can listen in to our conversation and get the whole Inspiring Teachers Course HERE

Inspiring Teacher Jodi Ohl

Jodi Ohl

Jodi Ohl is a self-taught mixed media artist. Her work, known for its distinctive texture, bold color combinations and whimsical or abstract compositions has been published in over 27 mixed media magazines.

She is a popular mixed media art teacher at local and national workshops around the US and offers online classes as well.

In our conversation Jodi talks about how she has built her art and teaching as a full time business.  You can get this video and register for the Inspiring Teachers Course HERE


Chris Zydel talks about Intuitive Painting and Sustainable Right Livelihood

Chris Zydel
Chris Zydel

Our guest Inspring Teacher today, Chris Zydel,  AKA the Wild Heart Queen, is head creative goddess at Creative Juices Arts. Chris is a compassionate creativity guide who has unshakeable faith in the power of creativity to heal hearts and change lives. She provides nurturing and joy-filled creative sanctuaries overflowing with encouragement, permission and trust in the sacred energy of play and creativity that lives inside of us all.

Chris facilitates Wildheart intuitive painting workshops at beautiful retreat locations and teaches “Painting with Fire” online. She also runs a year-long intensive Wildheart Teacher Training.

On the Inspiring Teachers Course, Chris shares wisdom from 36 years of guiding deeply meaningful transformations and what it means to be financially successful and spiritually aligned in your right livelihood.

You can tune into our conversation and register for the entire course HERE