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Tom Ray's Art Podcast

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Tom Ray's Art Podcast is a podcast about trying to become a full-time artist.In each episode, I meet artists of all types and places in their careers. Beginners, hobbyists, and professionals.I'm Tom Ray and I started this show because I wanted to get back into making art and getting involved with th… read more

175 Episodes | 2017 - 2023

Peter Schenck: Painter

May 28th, 2023


On this podcast episode, I meet Peter Schenck. Peter is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Their artwork is abstract, with what Peter calls a …

Drew Sternitzky: Mr Hugh's History comics

May 21st, 2023


On this podcast episode, I meet Drew Sternitzky. Drew is an artist living in Wisconsin who draws a comic called Mr. Hugh’s History. It's a weekly …

Stephen Gilpin: Cartoonist and illustrator

May 14th, 2023


On this podcast episode, I meet Stephen Gilpin. Stephen Gilpin has been working professionally as an illustrator since 2001. He’s illustrated numerous picture books, chapter books, graphic novels and illustrations for a …

Joseph Iorio: Painter

May 8th, 2023


On this podcast episode, I meet Joseph Iorio. Joseph is an artist living in New Jersey. Joseph had pursued art in the past but somehow it got away from him. Then a few years ago he found inspiration again and started …

Ryan Haugland: Painter and musician

April 30th, 2023


On this podcast episode, I meet Ryan Haugland. Ryan is an artist I know from Instagram who I knew as a musician. But recently Ryan has started painting and I was very interested in the paintings they were posting. So we …

Liora Paniz: Children's Book Writer, Mediator and Dancer

April 16th, 2023


On this podcast episode, I meet writer Liora Paniz. Liora tells me about how a combination of dancing and Mediation led to being a writer. And how a vacation trip inspired Liora with the idea to start making children's …

Rob Parkinson: Relik Ragwear, Graphic design and T-shirts

April 9th, 2023


On this podcast episode, I talk with artist Rob Parkinson. Rob is a graphic designer who has worked as an artist for different companies and …

billy Z duke: AI Artist

April 2nd, 2023


On this podcast episode, I meet AI artist billy Z duke. billy lives in California and has been a musician for years. But recently billy started making fantasy paintings using AI. These aren't just prompted that billy is …

Araceli Zuniga: Painter

March 26th, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I meet painter, Araceli Zuniga. Araceli who used to live here in Madison is a painter that creates amazing work using …

Jeanette Nørgaard: Animation Artist

March 19th, 2023


On this podcast episode, I meet animation artist Jeanette Nørgaard from Denmark. Jeanette creates stunning animations that are a mixture of hand-drawn and digital. Jeanette has taken the work to festivals, received …

Shipping and packing orders from my online store: Q and A

March 12th, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I talk about some of the things I've learned over the years about shipping items I sell. Things like setting up shipping costs, the difference between priority mail and first-class mail, …

Sara Harvey Patrick: Comics artist

March 5th, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Sara Harvey Patrick. Sara is a comics artist living in Rochester, New York. Sara tells me about starting out as a newspaper reporter, then writing comedy with improv groups, and …

Christian Bernal: Collage, tattoo art and music

February 26th, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I meet artist and musician Christian Bernal. Christian lives in Illinois and is a tattoo artist. That work is also …

Amanda Wirig: Pop artist & musician

February 19th, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I meet pop artist and musician Amanda Wirig. Amanda creates acrylic paintings, mixed media pieces, and screen prints …

Krista Allenstein: Maps Painter

February 12th, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I meet painter Krista Allenstein. Krista is an artist here in Wisconsin who paints reimagined old roadsigns on maps …

Pranav Sood: Painter

February 5th, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I meet painter Pranav Sood. Pranav is an artist living in New York. I had originally seen the paintings Pranav did …

Julie Navickas: Writer

January 29th, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I meet writer Julie Navickas who lives in Illinois. Julie writes contemporary romance books and is the executive …

Michael Filippello: Painter

January 22nd, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Michael Filippello. Michael is a painter living in Hendersonville Tennessee. Michael paints landscapes and tells me about doing painted illustrations for children's books. Michael …

Jake Jensen: Painter

January 15th, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I talk with Jake Jensen. Jake is a painter that I met in the first season of the podcast. He lived here in Madison and since we last spoke he had moved out of town to Beaver Dam and found …

Casey Hulbott: Illustrator

January 8th, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I meet illustrator Casey Hulbott. Casey lives here in Madison WI. I've run into Casey around town many times over the …

Rod Garcia: Writer and publisher

January 1st, 2023


On this episode of the podcast, I meet writer and publisher Rod Garcia. Rod lives in Arizona and is a writer and their most recent series of books is called "indGame" in the YA genre. Rod also runs a publishing company …

Ryan Roberts: Bonebag comics

December 18th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet webcomic artist Ryan Roberts. Ryan lives in Dallas, Texas, and has a comic series called Bonebag Comics. He created Bonebag Comics back in early 2012. He has spent much of his time …

Eylul Dogruel: Mixed media artist

December 11th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I talk with Eylul Dogruel an artist from Istanbul, Turkey. I went to Prague to talk at the Ubuntu Summit to talk …

Hilary Falk: Fovea Works Bone Jewelry

December 4th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Hilary Falk a creator here in Madison. Hilary runs Fovea Works and makes natural science bone jewelry. So of course I needed to know how does someone get started working with bones …

Susan Hensel: Textile Artist

November 27th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Susan Hensel. Susan is a textile artist in Minnesota who blends commercial embroidery processes with …

Pumpkin Hollow Art Center: Old school house turned art gallery

November 20th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Marla and Val of Pumpkin Hollow Art Center. They tell me about how Marla started running the Momentum Art Tech …

This type of Facebook ad really works for me

November 13th, 2022


In this podcast episode, I wanted to talk about a Facebook ad I use all the time. It's called a Facebook lead ad.

It's a way to collect emails to …

Posts that bring traffic to my artist website

November 6th, 2022


In this podcast, I talk about the different types of posts I tried on my website to get free traffic from Google by finding the questions people are searching for. I also talk about how I found a way to make money from …

Different ways I make money with my art blog

October 30th, 2022


In this episode of the podcast, I talk about different ways I make money with my art blog website.

I didn't have a store or anything really to sell when I started out. So I used other ways to make money doing what I …

I started my art website with no products to sell

October 23rd, 2022


On the podcast, I continue my series talking about some behind-the-scenes information about what I do to create and manage my websites and my own business.

I explain how this site actually didn't start as a podcast. I …

Easy websites to start an artist blog

October 16th, 2022


I'm going to be doing a series of podcast episodes that are some behind-the-scenes information about how I started my site and different things that I tried to get it started.

I'm doing this because I am going to Prague …

Jeremiah Logemann: Flags Over Wisconsin

July 17th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Jeremiah Logemann. Jeremiah is a creator living in Madison WI. Jeremiah started his whole business by creating …

James Griffiths: Pottery, The Kiln Shed

July 10th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet James Griffiths. James is a pottery artist living in Madison WI. James had started out working in retail but …

Arielle Harmann: Pottery

July 3rd, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Arielle Harmann. Arielle is a pottery artist living in Madison WI. We talk about how Arielle started making pottery by taking some classes. Then eventually started teaching classes …

Amy H. Peterson: Playwright

June 26th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Amy H. Peterson. Amy is a Playwright based out of Iowa. Amy started writing plays as a child but didn't pursue it until later in life. Amy submitted one of the plays they wrote to …

Ashley Shaw Adams: Watercolor Artist

June 19th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Ashley Shaw Adams. Ashley is a Watercolor Artist living in Baraboo Wisconsin. Ashley talks about their …

Bruce and Vox Henderson of Prejippie Music

June 12th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, musicians and podcasters Bruce and Vox Henderson of Prejippie Music are back on the show. They recently finished an online course about marketing as an artist and we talk about what they …

G.A Dominguez: Webcomic Artist

June 5th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet G.A Dominguez. He is a webcomic artist based in Mexico. We talk about how he got started making webcomics, his …

KG Fletcher: The Singing Romance Author

May 29th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I talk with Romance author and singer KG Fletcher from Atlanta GA. Not only is KG Fletcher an author but is also a backup singer in the National Tour, "Remember When Rock Was Young – the …

David Van: Running The Madison Makers Market Pop-Ups

May 22nd, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I talk with David Van who runs the Madison Makers Market. I had originally met David when I talked to him and his partner Megan on the podcast about their company Tacocat Creations. Back …

Paul Leonard Williams: Writer, Detective Stories and Martial Arts

May 15th, 2022


In this episode of the podcast, I talk with writer Paul Leonard Williams. Paul has written a series of detective novels based on his central …

Thinking out loud about being my own creative enemy

April 3rd, 2022


I turn on the mic and try to talk myself out of a creative rut. One of the things that motivated me? A podcast interview I did recently.

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My Facebook Video Ads Experiment

March 13th, 2022


What I’m trying out currently with Facebook and YouTube ads to promote what I do. And I’m testing this out for $1 a day

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Marlene Santos: Webcomic artist

March 6th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I talk again with webcomics artist Marlene Santos. Last time I spoke with Marlene on the podcast she was just starting a new series on the comic site tapas called JumpHero. Since then …

Making a Webcomic Book on Amazon Part 3

February 27th, 2022


This is the last in a 3 part series I've been doing about publishing my webcomics as print-on-demand books on Amazon. I thought I would share this on …

Making a Webcomic Book on Amazon Part 2

February 20th, 2022


I recently made a series of videos about publishing my webcomics as print-on-demand books on Amazon. I thought I would share this on the art podcast …

Making a Webcomic Book on Amazon Part 1

February 13th, 2022


I recently made a series of videos about publishing my webcomics as print-on-demand books on Amazon. I thought I would share this on the art podcast …

Amie Waters: Musician, composer and YouTuber

January 30th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Amie Waters. Amie has been making music and videos on YouTube for years and has turned it into a career. After …

Jason Lambeth: Artist, collage and music

January 16th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Jason Lambeth. Jason is an artist and musician here in Madison. Jason paints, draws, and makes music. I actually heard about him from a video suggestion on YouTube he was on a …

Xizhou Xie: Painter, Galleries and online promotion

January 9th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Xizhou Xie. Xizhou is a painter that lives here in Madison WI. We talk about finding her art style, getting work hung in galleries, and even turning her own home into a gallery for …

Tiffany Babb: Poet, Cultural Critic, and Diary Comics

January 2nd, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I meet Tiffany Babb. She's a regular contributor to many online publications and writes about the comics and not just …

Promoting my webcomic and drawings with Google Ads

December 26th, 2021


In the previous episode of the podcast, I talked about how I used Facebook ads to find people that might be interested in the things I make. I wanted to tell a story this time about something I tried to find people to …

3 Facebooks ads I used to grow my audience, including one I'm trying now

December 19th, 2021


This week I was unable to book an artist in time for the podcast. So I thought I would try something different.

I've been working on ads to promote …

Terry Huddleston: Comic book art, pop art and pinups

December 12th, 2021


Terry Huddleston is an artist living in Indiana who has been making comic book pinup posters and more. I saw his work at a ComicCon that came through …

Craig Hutchinson: YouTube Cartoon Animator

December 5th, 2021


Craig Hutchinson is a YouTube cartoon animator living in Jamaica. Craig contacted me after seeing one of my animated cartoons I posted online. I had checked out his YouTube and he has been posting his own cartoons for …

Philip Salamone: Painter, Fine Arts and Teacher

November 28th, 2021


Philip Salamone is a painter living here in Madison WI. He was actually one of the first people I met on the podcast back when I started it in 2017. I was given the chance to do this podcast live on a local radio …

Amy Regutti: Painter, Surrealist Paintings and Portraits

November 21st, 2021


Amy Regutti is a painter living here in Madison WI. Amy had gone to school for art and gave it to become an acupuncturist.

Years later Amy started …

CJ Standal: Writer, Rebirth of the Gangster Comics

November 14th, 2021


CJ Standal is an indie comic book writer living here in Madison WI. We met while he was at the Mighty Con here in Madison. CJ writes and publishes …

Neil Moherman: Comic book writer Cog & Flame

November 7th, 2021


Neil Moherman is an indie comic book writer living in Dayton, Ohio. We met while he was at the Mighty Con when it came through here in Madison. Neil contacted me to tell me about his Kickstarter campaign for his next …

Zipporah Michel: Illustration, Painting and Fine Arts

September 26th, 2021


Zipporah Michel is an artist living in Florida. Zipporah has been painting and illustrating artwork highlighting underrated ancient figures, religious icons, and even current events in hues, and profiles as vibrant as …

Emma Groom: Comics and cloning plants

September 19th, 2021


Emma Groom is a comic book artist and writer living in Florida. Emma is working on a comic book called Recursions End doing the writing and the …

Chris Conidis: Comics, fantasy, Horror and Sci Fi Art

September 12th, 2021


Chris Conidis is an artist that lives in Florida. Chris started out with an interest in animation and how it worked and that evolved into figure …

Christine Merriman: Sculpture, Raku and Tile Artist

September 5th, 2021


Christine Merriman is an artist that lives in Vermont who is originally from here in Wisconsin. Christine has run an artist studio called Marry Woman …

Dan Hardesty: Illustrator, 3D Art and Webcomics

August 29th, 2021


Dan Hardesty is an artist in Pennsylvania who does illustration and also makes computer 3D artwork that actually gets created and 3D printed for live stage sets for performances at the Sight & Sound Theatres a …

Jamal Moore: Musician, Deeray Music

August 22nd, 2021


Jamal Moore is a blind independent R&B artist that lives here in Madison, WI. We talk on this show about how in the past few years Jamal decided to pursue what he really wanted to do, make music. He's been recording …

Joseph Arruda: Illustration, collage and mixed media

August 15th, 2021


Joseph Arruda is an illustrator in San Jose, CA. We talk on this show about the work Joseph does and other things like Illustration influences, the pens he likes to use. Plus, new things in life like finding a creative …

Art and Asanas: Painting and teaching classes

August 8th, 2021


Art and Asanas is an art studio in Ringwood, NJ that teaches a combination of stretching and drawing/painting for kids and adults. The focus is on …

Stephen Lee Rich: Singer/Songwriter and Vaudeville

August 1st, 2021


Stephen Lee Rich is a singer and songwriter living here in Madison. Stephen has been playing music since the 1970s and has done so many things since then. We get together in my own band's studio to talk about what he …

Julia Hacker: Painter, Mixed media and Fashion Design

July 25th, 2021


Julia Hacker is an artist in Toronto Canada who moved there from Russia where she worked as a fashion designer. After trying to find work in Canada …

Craig Snodgrass: Sci-Fi Artist and Robot Art Toys

July 18th, 2021


Craig Snodgrass is a painter, graphic designer but a few years ago, Craig decided to break into the designer toy world with his own Kickstarter-backed action figure, DUP-1, or “Duppy”. Now he makes what he calls …

Mortimur K: Photographer, Writer and Musician

July 11th, 2021


Mortimur K is an artist, writer & musician living in Seattle. We talk about his work and how he ended up moving to Seattle on a whim. His …

Cullah: Musician

May 23rd, 2021


Cullah is a musician from Milwaukee WI. Every year for the past 15 years Cullah has released an album on his birthday. And this year was no …

Forrest Voedisch: Jewelry designer

May 16th, 2021


Forrest Voedisch is a Jewelry designer here in Madison WI, Forrest along with making and designing jewelry also bought a local jewelry-making studio and started what is now known as Metric Forrest Studio. We talk about …

Angelica Contreras: Painter and mixed media artist

May 9th, 2021


Angelica Contreras is an artist here in Madison WI, Angelica is a painter who also includes mixed media into her work exploring the relationships …

Ciara Nash: Expressionist and Graphic Designer

May 2nd, 2021


Ciara Nash is an artist here in Madison WI, She currently has a degree in art therapy and a minor in graphic design. She plans to become a certified art therapist to introduce the therapeutic benefits and positive …

Judy Robb: Painter, Bee Keeper and Technologist

April 25th, 2021


Judy Robb is a Wisconsin-based painter who is inspired by history and the stories behind it. Judy's background also includes technology and running a …

Caroline Lee: Illustrator and Podcaster

April 18th, 2021


Caroline Lee is a podcaster based in England who in the past few years has started learning illustration and graphic design. I have actually known …

Ben Walker-Storey: Illustrator, Author and YouTuber

April 11th, 2021


Ben Walker-Storey is an Illustrator and a YouTuber who also publishes coloring books and different types of low content books on Amazon. This is the …

Scott C. Hamilton: Caricature artist and Illustrator

April 4th, 2021


Scott C. Hamilton is a self-taught illustrator and caricature artist living in Massachusetts. He started his caricature art career while working a comic book booth at a convention. He's been doing live drawing streams …

Bruce and Vox Henderson: Prejippie Music

March 28th, 2021


Bruce and Vox Henderson are musicians living in Michigan. They have been making music for years. They decided to start vlogging about their process and also run a Facebook group for musicians to talk and share their …

Raheem Nelson: iPad artist

March 21st, 2021


Raheem Nelson is an artist based in New Haven, CT. Raheem has a BFA in Cartooning and is now working exclusively on my iPad. Raheem has been creating paintings, travel journals, and children's books. Raheem also has …

Neal Tse: Fantasy Illustrator

March 14th, 2021


Neal Tse is an artist living in Indiana. He is a Fantasy Illustrator and has done artwork that ranges the realm of science fiction and fantasy genres. Neal also started live-streaming his drawing and painting process on …

Shannon Wang: Illustrator, Painter and Tattoos

March 7th, 2021


Shannon Wang is an artist living in Maryland. After college Shannon worked for the Discovery Channel making larger-than-life window displays and …

Jeaux Janovsky: Cartoonist

January 24th, 2021


Jeaux Janovsky is a cartoonist living out in California. He is a person I have known online for maybe 15 years but we've never actually met... Until now! He has worked with legendary animator Ralph Bakshi, Fred Seibert …

Mike Lloyd: Animator

January 17th, 2021


Mike Lloyd is an animator and artist living out in California. He currently makes promotional animation and more for his day job but he has also done animation shorts for comedians and also for the Netflix documentary …

Free Music Archive: A talk about the future of music and art on the internet

January 10th, 2021


One of my favorite music sites is opening again, the Free Music Archive!

I talk with  Hessel van Oorschot from the Netherlands who's company Tribe of Noise bought the site after it was shut down a few years ago. We talk …

Sean Chappell: Independent Artist and Game Creator

January 3rd, 2021


Sean Chappell returns to the show to tell me about how life has been going since the last time we talked and he had just quit his job to pursue his …

Awesomeness Studios: Webcomic artist

December 27th, 2020


Awesomeness Studios is the name Marlene S. uses for all the webcomics and drawings she makes online. Awesomeness Studios has created several different series and story ideas on the webcomics website We talk …

Thann Clark: Photographer, professional and artistic

December 20th, 2020


Thann Clark is a photographer who lives in California who not only does personal artistic photos but found a way to do it professionally for an …

Mark Piotrowski: Drawing, painting and public art

December 13th, 2020


Mark Piotrowski is an artist in Michigan who has been painting public works since high school. He also creates his own personal work painting on …

Jessie Taylor: Painter and podcaster

December 6th, 2020


Jessie Taylor is a painter living in New Jersey who also hosts a podcast called Dream a little dream. We talk about her artwork and how she manages …

Angela Puerta: Music and Community

November 29th, 2020


Angela Puerta is a Colombian singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Madison. We talk about music, making videos and about how she also works with …

Mr. Hydde: Canvas Art and Murals

November 26th, 2020


Mr. Hydde is a painter based in Canada in the greater Toronto area. He tells me how he went to Japan and while there got the chance to meet artists in the field of printmaking. He's done gallery shows and painted murals …

Lynda Edwards: Freelance artist and teacher

November 15th, 2020


Lynda Edwards is a freelance artist who not only paints but has created an art school in the community where she lives. We talk about the interesting …

John Hazard & Lisa Burdige of Background Noise Comic

November 1st, 2020


John Hazard & Lisa Burdige are a couple that creates the autobiographical webcomic Background Noise Comic. John spent over a decade working at Nickelodeon where he provided game design, online animation and avatar …

Sophia Voelker: Painter and mixed media artist

October 25th, 2020


Sophia Voelker is an artist here in Madison who is a painter but also works with mixed media using alternate material, such as joint compound, paper products, cement and layered gesso texturing in her artwork. Sophia …

René Gauthreaux: Instagram comic artist

October 18th, 2020


René Gauthreaux has been creating autobiographical comics on Instagram this past year. But before that, he had gone out and tried a number of different things including starting a music zine and traveling to another …

Henrique Nardi: Graphic Designer & Type Educator

October 11th, 2020


Henrique Nardi is a Graphic Designer & Type Educator. I got the chance to meet Henrique while he was working on the Madison mural that was …

Scott Pyburn: From comic art to making action figures

October 4th, 2020


Scott Pyburn is a person I actually met before on a previous season of the podcast. He was traveling with the Mighty-Con comic-book circuit.

While drawing at his booth and selling original artwork and custom drawings he …

Bonus Episode: Tom Ray on the WFMU Radio Free Culture Podcast

May 24th, 2020


From 2010 - 2018 I used to do a show about creative commons and free culture music with a guy named Doug Whitfield called Music Manumit.

Years ago we …

ReVINYLized: Creating things from old records

May 17th, 2020


ReVINYLized is an account I've been following on Instagram that makes things out of old records and pop-culture items. I got together with Betty who …

American Bandit: A Band Making Music In The Mid-West

May 10th, 2020


American Bandit is a post-hardcore band from Milwaukee WI. I got the chance to talk with them when they came through town to play a show at the High Noon Saloon. I'm a musician myself in the band Lorenzo's Music and I …

Becky Weber: Mannequin Art, Horror Cosplay & Fashion

May 3rd, 2020


Becky Weber is an artist here in Madison, WI who makes things from Mannequins and also makes horror and music-themed clothing. We sit down at a local coffee shop to talk and I find out that her other obsession is horror …

Lindsay Kovnat: Animation, Illustration & Man Man Music Video

April 26th, 2020


Linsay Kovnat is an artist I reached out to online because of an animated video I saw she made years ago for the band Man Man. She's been living in New York and we talk about how she ended up creating this video and …

Mike Lroy: Murals, Spray Paint & Digital Media

April 19th, 2020


Mike Lroy is an artist living in the Madison area. I had seen his work and was very intrigued by what he was doing on his Instagram. What he was doing there seemed surreal compared to the mural and other artwork he had …

Mandy Kron: Curator, Artist & Skull Enthusiast

April 12th, 2020


Mandy Kron is an artist in Madison who is also a curator for the UW Health clinic. Mandy creates prints and multi-media artwork that include found …

T.L. Luke: Illustrator & Selling Prints

April 5th, 2020


T.L. Luke is an artist here in Madison, Fascinated with the potential that children’s picture books have on the development of a child’s creativity, Luke explores this concept via dark and whimsical subjects with the …

Jenie Gao: From the corporate world to full-time artist

March 29th, 2020


Jenie Gao is a full-time artist, creative director, and entrepreneur. She specializes in printmaking, murals, public installations, and arts project …

Carli Ihde: Comic Drawing Tattoo Artist

March 22nd, 2020


Carli Ihde has worked for comic book companies such as DC, IDW and Dynamite. Carli is a freelancer here in Wisconsin and has also created murals, installation art, chalk drawing and currently is working as a tattoo …

Martel Chapman: Painting And All That Jazz

March 15th, 2020


Martel Chapman is an artist around the Madison area. As a kid, his interests were very similar to what mine were back then, comic book art and …

TacoCat Creations: Creating For Cats

March 8th, 2020


TacoCat Creations was born out of a need for cool, quality, and unique cat toys and accessories. Megan started out making products for a pet store …

J.L. Westover: Mr. Lovenstein Webcomics

March 1st, 2020


J.L. Westover is the artist behind the webcomic Mr. Lovenstein. His work is known for its dark humor paired with a soft, cartoonish art style. I got the chance to meet him over a video chat and talk about how he made a …

Red Fracture: Air brush and game design

February 23rd, 2020


Sean Chappell decided to try and give being a full-time artist a go. Sean created his own brand called Red Fracture and dedicated his time to …

Gray Miller: From Bondage to Visual Practitioner Artist.

February 16th, 2020


Gray Miller got involved with an event known as "Open Space Technology." in a very unconventional way... In the kink and bondage community. He has …

Triangulador: From Street Art to Murals

February 9th, 2020


Triangulador, Liu Szwako is a Mexico City-born street artist and muralist working in Madison, Wisconsin. I got the chance to meet with him in an …

John Sanford: From Animation To Webcomics

September 15th, 2019


John Sanford is an animator from California who has made cartoons working for Warner Bros. Animation, Walt Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks Animation & Pixar. And during that time he created a webcomic called …

Margaret Dent: Animal Portraits and Jewelry

September 1st, 2019


Margaret Dent is another person who contacted me from the American Bandito mailing list. Margaret is an artist in Canada who creates several things, including jewelry and portraits.

But her favorite type of portraits to …

Tim Togstad: Abstract Art and Letting Things Go

August 25th, 2019


Tim Togstad is an artist here in Madison who I actually met right outside of the train car that I'm renting that I'm trying to turn into my own business. He was loading in his paintings into the place next door. So I …

Chris Prunckle: A Webcomic Artist Tells What He Really, Really Wants

August 18th, 2019


Chris Prunckle is an artist out of Illinois that makes webcomics. Then one day he started drawing bands and music reviews in his comic called "Wannabe The Comic". And we also talk about what it's like trying to make a …

Brennen Reece: Designing For Games And Tarot Cards

August 11th, 2019


Brennen Reece is an artist and designer from Auburn, Alabama. He has also worked in film and makes music. But what really stood out when he contacted …

Jay D'Ici: Writers, Art & Kickstarter

August 4th, 2019


Jay D'Ici is the writer and creator of the comic "Conceptual Heist" a comic that is being created by using Kickstarter to fund it. I've always been too scared to start a Kickstarter myself, so I take the opportunity to …

Matty Sheets: Creating a music and art community

July 28th, 2019


Up to this point I’ve only talked to people that are in or around where I am in Madison. Matty Sheets is a musician from Greensboro, North Carolina. …

John Porcellino: Creator of the King-Cat minicomics

July 21st, 2019


I mentioned in a previous episode of the show I had participated in an annual zine fest in Madison called Print & Resist. One of the people showcasing his work at the event was John Porcellino, creator of the …

UnderBelly: Turning a zine into an app

July 14th, 2019


I went to a local coffee shop to meet the people I talk with today, Olivia and Elizabeth from the start-up UnderBelly.

So from time to time, I like to do a nearby location search on Instagram just to see if there is any …

Lacey Smith: Artist and Resident Fan

July 7th, 2019


Lacey Smith aka Luluweird is someone that I heard about after I met Lauden from American Trash back in August. I had connected with her on Instagram …

SmereTactics: Woodcuts Are The Storybook

June 30th, 2019


Sara Meredith and I have actually tried to set up an interview several times in the past year. I don’t know why we kept having trouble doing that. But we finally were able to sit down and talk.

She goes by the name

Scott Pyburn: Joining Comic-Cons and Zine Fests

June 23rd, 2019


Scott Pyburn emailed me after he discovered the podcast. He is also someone like me who decided he wanted to get back into drawing and creating again …

The Artistry Studio & Mississippi Mayhem: Art, Trains and Online Carts

June 16th, 2019


In this season of the podcast, I decided to try and start my own business. It's going to be a multimedia podcast studio and retail space.

And I'm …

S04 Episode 9: Emily Balsley, Illustration, Murals and Publications.

March 3rd, 2019


Today I get to meet Emily Balsley. She's a full-time self-employed artist whose illustration work I really admire. We've tried to get together to …

S04 Episode 8: Grant Baciocco - Cartoons, Stories, Puppets, Movies & Wrestling.

February 24th, 2019


Grant Baciocco is a puppeteer, comedian, writer and professional wrestling host from time to time. He also is the creator of the podcast series The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd which I happened to make an animated …

S04 Episode 7: Ben Walker Storey, Print On Demand and Horror Flicks.

February 17th, 2019


Ben Walker Storey had listened to the podcast and contacted me on Instagram. The funny thing is I had actually been looking at his work online earlier that day. So I asked him if he wanted to meet with me on the show.

S04 Episode 6: Peter Krsko, Public Art and Science!

February 10th, 2019


Peter Krsko had been listening to the podcast and contacted me. And meeting him was a delight! I had checked out some of his stuff on his website and …

S04 Episode 5: Tack Video - You're gonna make it after all.

February 3rd, 2019


Spencer Blesi and Rob Griffen are two guys I used to work with at a corporate job. They were in the video department. Spencer even recorded a video for my band Lorenzo's Music. After I left that company I later heard …

S04 Episode 4: Steev Baker, Shauna Koszegi - Libraries and Landing Pages.

January 27th, 2019


Steev Baker & Shauna Koszegi work at the library. They spend their whole day trying to get people to think about it as a place that has tons of …

S04 Episode 3: Bradley Flora - Photography, Painting & Finding Multiple Outlets.

January 20th, 2019


There was an art installation at a local coffee shop in the fall and the artist, Bradley Flora heard my podcast and asked if I wanted to stop by and …

S04 Episode 2: Zines & Personal Comics With Emily Mehr

January 13th, 2019


My wife and I were taking a weekend trip to Minnesota. I took that opportunity to meet someone that lives there that I'm friends with on Instagram, Emily Mehr. Listen to the episode Listen on: Apple Podcasts | …

S04 Episode 1: Jessica Abel

January 6th, 2019


What cool way to start off the new season of the show, I got the opportunity to meet Jessica Abel!! Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google …

S03 Episode 13: Ivan Brunetti

September 30th, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Previously on American Bandito, I spoke with artist Rachal Duggan and I discovered we had a mutual person that inspired us both. After I posted that …

S03 Episode 12: Stripe, Tattoo Artist

September 23rd, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Back in the first season of the show, I talked to a young artist named Salma …

S03 Episode 11: Luke Bassuener, Art Teacher

September 16th, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube The person that I meet today I read about in the Isthmus. He was creating a stop-motion film with the students he teaches in his art class at Crestwood …

S03 Episode 10: Stitch Boom Bang, Embroiderer

September 9th, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube The first thing I saw by Heather Boggs of Stitch Boom Bang, was a portrait of Hall & Oates she embroidered on a doily. After seeing that, I kinda …

S03 Episode 9: Lakeside Press, Printers

September 2nd, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube The person I asked to meet with me today I contacted out of pure curiosity. I’ve driven past the lakeside press on Willy street like a million times and …

S03 Episode 8: Rachal Duggan, Illustrator

August 26th, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I met Rachal Duggan at the Tone Madison anniversary party. She had a table set up to …

S03 Episode 6: Gavin Folgert, Animator

August 26th, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I went to a local animation meet up in February and afterward Gavin had posted a stop-motion short he made on the meet up's Facebook event page. I've only …

S03 Episode 5: Eli Quinn, Illustrator

August 26th, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Eli had contacted me through the American Bandito Facebook page. He's an illustrator and also tells me about work he's done as a 3D artist for game …

S03 Episode 7: American Trash, Graphic Design

August 26th, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I found American Trash while looking at stories located in the Madison area on Instagram. I liked the style. It reminded me of the type of skateboard art …

S03 Episode 4: Hailee Von Haden, Embroiderer

July 29th, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I saw Hailee's work on Instagram while searching for local artists. She is a fashion designer turned embroidery artist who recently graduated with a B.S. …

S03 Episode 3: James Kreul, Filmmaker

July 22nd, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube James Kreul has been very involved with films in Madison, he runs programs like The …

S03 Episode 2: Linda Lenzke, Writer, Showrunner

July 15th, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Linda is a writer and blogger. She has a site called "Mixed Metaphors, Oh My!" that she has been doing since 2013. She joined a Facebook group called …

S03 Episode 1: Kelly Sauvage Angel, Writer

July 8th, 2018


Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Kelly is a writer who contacted me through the American Bandito Facebook page. She's written a book called "Om Namah..." available on Amazon. As she …

S02 Episode 10: What mistakes do you wish you would have known when you started?

March 11th, 2018


The shop owners this season should have some wisdom they can pass along to those of us trying to make it in the world creatively. So this week I ask …

S02 Episode 9: How do you make time for your personal life?

March 4th, 2018


If you do create your own things it's really easy to let it take up all of your free time. But you don't want to do it at the expense of enjoying life, family or friends. There has to be a balance, but when you're in …

S02 Episode 8: How Do You Tell Your Story And Promote It?

February 25th, 2018


When you make things the goal is usually you want people to come check it out? Like these local shops do? But how do you promote something like that? And where do you find the people to tell about it? That leads to this …

S02 Episode 7: How Do You Pay Yourself?

February 18th, 2018


I get following your dream as a creative person and artist. And so far, learning that was inspiration enough. But is it worth it? Lifestyle-wise that …

S02 Episode 6: What Risks Do You Take?

February 11th, 2018


We've talked about how seeing the work in public makes a huge difference. But what about insurance in those places, not only for you but the items you display? What about planning for the future like emergencies or …

S02 Episode 5: How do you find creators & the work you display?

February 4th, 2018


The question I ask this week: "How do you find creators & the work you display?" With all the things we've learned about the people I've talked with this season, I wanted to know how do they find the people they …

S02 Episode 4: Why open a physical place for art instead of an online business?

January 28th, 2018


The question I ask this week: "Why open a physical place instead of an online business?" With the ability to sell and promote anything you make …

S02 Episode 3: How long did you give yourself to succeed?

January 21st, 2018


The question I ask this week: "How long did you give yourself to succeed?" How long would it take for someone to figure out if the risk they took to …

S02 Episode 2: When were you ready to take the leap?

January 14th, 2018


This episode I ask the question: "When were you ready to take the leap?" It's one thing to say you want to open your own shop or gallery. But what does it take to go against everything you know and actually do it? …

S02 Episode 1: What made you decide to start your own business?

January 7th, 2018


This episode I ask the question: "What made you decide to start your own business?" It's the first episode of the second season. This time I travel around Madison and meet with people that own or operate galleries, …

Melanie Jones

December 22nd, 2017


This week we get to meet photographer Melanie Jones. Melanie is an editorial photographer now based in Madison, Wisconsin, specializing in making portraits of companion animals, families, small business owners, and …

Sharon Bjyrd

December 22nd, 2017


This week I meet Sharon Bjyrd Sharon is a painter who moved here from Chicago. She started out going to school for commercial art, which I realize is …

Holly Meyers

December 22nd, 2017


I begin my quest to meet artists in Madison, WI with Holly Meyers. After moving to Madison she was inspired by life changes and her new city's …

Robin Leigh Kling

December 22nd, 2017


This week I meet Robin Leigh Kling. Robin is an artist that has made watercolor landscape paintings over the years. She took time off to raise her …

Philip Salamone

December 22nd, 2017


This week I meet painter Philip Salamone One interesting thing I find out in this conversation... my studio is literally across the street from his and we have never met before. So I'm glad I got a chance to talk to …

Chris Lester

December 22nd, 2017


This week I meet author, Chris Lester. Chris saw my post about looking for artists in Madison for the show. He responded with the question, “What about writers?” I thought he had a good point. Writers are creative …

Salma Carreon

December 22nd, 2017


In this weeks episode, I meet Salma Carreon. She makes ceramics, etchings and paintings. This includes hand painted shirts and a few commissioned murals around town. But what she really wants to do is become a tattoo …

Jason Scott

December 22nd, 2017


This weeks episode I meet Jason Scott. Jason is a sculptor of large and small-scale pieces, which includes jewelry. And it all seems to relate back …

Colin Holden

December 22nd, 2017


This week I meet Colin Holden. Colin's work has a cartoon style, but he prefers to work on a large scale format, usually around five feet tall. He …

Jake Jensen

December 22nd, 2017


This week I meet Jake Jensen. Jake is a house painter that has the luck of being able to use an endless amount of art supplies thanks to his job. He recently changed the entire concept of what he makes because of an …

Hanifa Debling

December 22nd, 2017


This week I meet Hanifa Debling. Hanifa had a career in banking. During that time she went to school for Jewelry and Silversmithing. She made jewelry …

You are beautiful.

December 22nd, 2017


I was out riding my bike the other day. For some reason, I decided to take a different path than I normally do. 
I saw three people, one of them was on a ladder. They were just finishing up what looked like a mural that …

Stephenie Hamen

December 22nd, 2017


In the last episode this season, I meet Stephenie Hamen. She does crafts and helps teach people how to do them. But when it comes to her personal artwork she likes to paint and make things that are more abstract. 

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