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I Like Your Work is dedicated to interviewing creative people from painters and artists to collectors and curators. People who are involved in a creative lifestyle and also in building community within the arts. Join artist Erika b Hess every Saturday as she talks to someone new about what they are exploring in their work.

I Like Your Work is dedicated to interviewing creative people from painters and artists to collectors and curators. People who are involved in a creative lifestyle and also in building community within the arts. Join artist Erika b Hess every Saturday as she talks to someone new about what they are exploring in their work.
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I Like Your Work is dedicated to interviewing creative people from painters and artists to collectors and curators. People who are involved in a creative lifestyle and also in building community within the arts. Join artist Erika b Hess every Saturday as she talks to someone new about what they are exploring in their work.




Eps 19: Good Witches & Fairy Godmothers: Creating Opportunity in the Art World with Sarah Potter

I had such an amazing time connecting with the kind and exuberant Sarah Potter! Also known as, The Good Witch of the Art World, Sarah is the founder and owner of SP Projects, an independent art advisory and consulting business based in New York. With more than a decade of experience in the fine art world, Sarah has placed an emphasis on curating private and corporate collections with artwork that is aesthetically satisfying and a good financial investment. Sarah graduated with honors from...


Eps 18: Shandra Smith: What is Surface Design, Licensing Work and Learning on the Ground

I am really excited to introduce you the artist and surface designer, Shandra Smith! Shandra is based in British Columbia, Canada who uses a variety of mixed media techniques to create vibrant work that are sold on various home decor items and fashion accessories such as wallpaper, shoes, and books. Shandra talks about her process, how she got into surface design, having the guts to go for it, dealing with rejection and her experience and tips for licensing work. Shandra's work...


Eps 17 Artist & Tax Pro Hannah Cole

Hannah is a painter living in Asheville. She studied at Yale University and Boston University and has exhibited internationally. She is represented by Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville, NC and Slag Gallery in New York. Her work was shown recently at The Drawing Center and at Volta, Basel. Last year she had her fourth solo show in New York at The Lodge Gallery and her first solo museum show at the University of Maine Museum of Art. Hannah is a tax expert who specializes in working...


Eps 16: Gallerist and Entrepreneur Bridget Mayer- Not Giving Your Power Away

Bridgette Mayer is an art dealer & art consultant with locations in Philadelphia & Jacksonville, Florida. She opened Bridgette Mayer Gallery on Philadelphia's historic Washington Square in 2001. In this episode, we discuss her book The Art Cure, empowering artists through her story, how she started her gallery, and how she is now working with artists as an Art Coach. She gives tips to artists from her experience as a gallerist and from privately working with artists in her coaching...


Eps 15: Curator Kate McNamara Discusses Curation & Criticism Today

Kate McNamara is the Director of Galleries at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where she has organized recent solo exhibitions with Polly Apfelbaum and Anna Craycroft. Previously, she held the position of Director and Chief Curator at the Boston University Art Gallery where she organized exhibitions with Leidy Churchman, Destroy All Monsters, and Vlatka Horvat, among others. McNamara is also co-founder of Cleopatra’s, an alternative Brooklyn-based project space founded in 2008....


Eps 14: Artist Lanie Wurzel

Today I am so excited to introduce you to the artist Lanie Wurzel. Lanie is an artist and teacher living and working in Cambridge, MA. Lanie has found successes outside of the traditional gallery sphere. In 2011, she started working with the online start-up www.20x200.com, which sells high-quality archival prints of her work. It was through this venue that a design director at Kate Spade saw her painting “My Butt” and asked Helena to paint an ad campaign for the promotion of their new...


Eps 13: Artist Angela Conant

This week I talk to the artist Angela Conant. Angela is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. I became familiar with Angela’s work recently when we were on a panel together at Boston University. I enjoy looking at her work bc it has such a meditative quality. Angela works fluidly across mediums, from marble sculpture to paintings and video. Her work parodies the politics of gender and media. Part of the reason I react so strongly to her work is the fact that the work contains social...


Eps 12: Collector Myra Tucker, Collecting Art & Curating Your Space

In this episode, I talk to collector Myra Tucker about how being around art, both in museums and in her home, has impacted her. We discuss how she was blown away by work in the Phillips Collection, her connection with her first purchased piece of art and her suggestions for how artists can connect to collectors. Myra shares how her love of artwork has grown from first being a maker to having her kid's artwork on her walls to then purchasing work from galleries. Phillips Collection Beth...


Eps 11: Artist Nina Bellucci-A Studio of One's Own

This week I am so happy to introduce you to Nina Stolz Bellucci. Nina is an artist who lives in Boston who creates mixed media paintings that deal with line, light and reflect her surroundings. Nina has since been the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in Painting. Nina’s work is represented at Uprise Art Gallery and can be seen this coming March at Musa Collective in Allston MA and in June 2019 at Slag Gallery in Brooklyn. In this...


Eps 10: Artist Elizabeth Mooney: Creating Space & Responding to Location

Today I am psyched to introduce you to the artist Elizabeth Mooney. I was introduced to Elizabeth through a good friend of mine who met Elizabeth at the artist residency, Skowhegan. I not only love her paintings because of her paint handling but also the concept she is working with. Elizabeth’s paintings talk about how technology and the economy have impacted the North American landscape and the tradition of landscape painting. Her work explores these ideas through play with the horizon...


Eps 9: Flexible Stability in the Arts

This week's episode of I Like Your Work is the first solo episode where I dive into stability as an artist. I reached out to the ILYW community and you guys told me you were interested in how to balance being an artist parent and also how to balance other things such as applications etc. I decided to share my own life and experiences in both of these avenues. For all my non-parent artist friends, don't worry there is a TON of info that is applicable to your life. I try to keep it real...


Eps 8: Artist Anna Valdez: The Presence of Painting

In this episode, I talk to the incredible painter, Anna Valdez. Anna is an artist based in Oakland, CA. Anna has had a wonderful amount of success exhibiting her work extensively. In this episode, we talk about her life and community in CA, being present in painting and also in her other interests such as gardening, fermenting and beekeeping. She was recently in an amazing show The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges. The show has traveled and is currently at...


Eps 7: Artist & Curator: Bethanie Irons

Bethanie Irons is a painter, digital artist and curator of PLEAT Gallery. In this episode we talk about Instagram as an educational tool for artists, getting a PhD and being a social advocate for the arts. Bethanie's work responds to playful objects that talk about our relationship with consumerism. We discuss how after grad school she was looking for community and ended up forming PLEAT Gallery, an online gallery that features two artists each month. You can find out more about Bethanie...


Eps 6: Collector & Coffee Shop Owner Liz Wick: Creating Opportunities for Artists and Starting Your Collection

Liz Wick is the owner of Astoria Coffee in Queens, NY and art collector. In this episode, we discuss being a small business owner and providing space for artists and how Liz began her collection. Liz talks about how she started collecting as a broke college student who loved art and now her collection has grown to even include a Braque. What I love about this episode is it makes collecting accessible. I hope this episode helps artists who are intimidated by collectors and encourages others...


Eps 5: Artist Tess Bilhartz: Collaboration, Film and Bob Dylan

This week I am talking to the wonderful and hilarious painter, Tess Billhartz. We met up in her Brooklyn studio to talk about collaboration, narrative and how film plays into her paintings. Bilhartz grew up in Dallas, Texas and received her MFA from Boston University in 2010. She has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, and the DNA summer residency program, among others. Solo exhibitions include On A Good Night...


Eps 4: Artist and Entrepreneur Ekaterina Popova of Create Magazine

Today I am talking to Ekaterina Popova, Kat is a painter and creator of the magazine Create Magazine and the podcast Art and Cocktails! Kat was born in Vladimir, Russia and after moving to the United States, fell in love with painting. Her work has been exhibited all over the place nationally and she has been featured in multiple blogs and publications, including Aesthetica, The Jealous Curator, Artistic Moods, Art Reveal Magazine and a ton of other publications. In this episode, we...


Eps 3: Artist Kerri Ammirata-Finding Your Center in the Arts: Creating, Yoga and Meditation

In this episode I talk to the Queens-based artist, Kerri Ammirata. Kerri was born in Long Island and partly raised in the Midwest. She earned her MFA from Boston University in 2010 and a BA from Anderson University in 2006. Her first New York solo exhibition 'Deep in the Knowing' was last month at Space 776. Kerri’s work is in the form of painted shaped panels that utilize the grid and geometry. Her work responds to home altars and the idea of a spiritual domestic space. In this...


Eps 2: Artist Ariel Basson Freiberg: Painting the Female Body

Ariel is a Boston-based painter whose work explores the accelerators and brakes of sexuality through the body and gestures. In this episode, we hang out in her studio and discuss how her personal history has impacted her work, memory and how her work has grown over the past few years. Ariel has had multiple solo and group shows including exhibitions at Howard Yezerski Gallery, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Samson Projects, Dartmouth College, Tufts Art Gallery, Danforth Museum, Montserrat College...


Eps 1: \Artist Rebecca Sargent: Finding Your Passion and Exploring Forgotten Spaces

Welcome to the first episode of I Like Your Work! In this episode, we meet, Rebecca Sargent, an artist living in Dayton, Ohio. Rebecca is a painter and also the program director at a non-profit art center where she works with students to give them a creative and productive outlet. We discuss how we both fell in love with painting while in our early twenties in Italy, road tripping through the rustbelt to find and explore forgotten spaces, and how her dreams and anxieties inform her...