Today, as most of the world is in lockdown, facing an unprecedented world crisis, we find ourselves in perfect conditions for depression, anxiety, and all mental health issues to thrive. Artist, Devon Walz, and I talk about the ups and downs of living during a pandemic and how to feel creative amongst it all. Devon shares how she first found art during one of her most difficult chapters of her life and how painting has completely transformed her mental, emotional, and physical health. 

Devon shares tips and insights on what it's like to be a full time artist during a near economic collapse and why it's so important for all of us to be creating and sharing our work during a time like this. 

In this episode we talk about...

  • How we met (we've been best friends since sixth grade)

  • Why Devon decided to start making art

  • Why desire is so valuable when you're experiencing depression and chronic fatigue 

  • Devon's thoughts on selling and promoting her work during this time

  • Insight for artists wondering if now is the time to release new pieces and series 

  • How to start a creative practice when you have little to no energy

  • Why making art is so helpful with resolving trauma

  • Devon's personal emotional experience and creative practice during the pandemic

  • A ton more! 

Devon Walz is an abstract, mixed media artist, muralist and educator based in Southern California.

 

Her self-study of visual art began while earning a BA in Philosophy at UC Berkeley.  Known for her use of bright colors and etheric feeling, the development of her work has been influenced by her interests in mysticism, ontology and psychedelia, her love of the natural world and her coastal upbringing.

 

Devon has worked with clients such as Vans and West Elm, collaborated on all kinds of design projects from album covers to  planners, and her work is held by collectors around the globe. 

 

In addition to her studio practice she mentors other artists via her programs and workshops, and hosts thoughtful conversations about the artist’s path on her podcast, ART + MAGIC.

You can find more about her and her work on her website www.devonwalz.com and on Instagram @devonwalzart

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