003: The Secrets and Inspiration of Marrakech and the Sahara

There is nothing like travel to push you out of your comfort zone, introduce you to new ideas and new art forms, and expand your creative living and art-making potential.  This podcast is dedicated to the inspirations and stories I explored in Marrakech and the Sahara with my family in Read More …

Are You Creative and Curious?

This may be the podcast for you! I’ve been working on a stop-everything project and mega-experiment since November and I’m finally (so excited) ready to share it. Creative and Curious is a podcast to help creatives-at-heart keep creating. Here, we explore the nature of creativity, being human and how a Read More …

002: Eight Examples to Prove You Are Your Greatest Source of Inspiration

Do you think you need to look outside yourself for inspiration? Likely Not.   Here are 8 examples of how you can turn yourself into your greatest source of inspiration.  I discuss how everything from play, trauma, setbacks and transitions can feed your creative life.

001: Life Lessons of a Self-Taught Artist

In this episode I explore what inspired me to pick up the paint brush and teach myself how to paint, how and who inspired me to do it, the obstacles I encountered, as well as discuss the lessons, advantages and particular gifts of being a self-taught artist.

000: About Creative & Curious and Marika

Learn more about why I created this podcast, what you can expect from me and how listening can help you keep creating!

New Poems with Painted Inspiration

Divine A tangy mistress with hopes like the artist. Prayer is a painting. A transcendent wish to  become divine.     Thoughts Chased by or chasing, we road-wind into infinity. These swirl-chants and imagination spirals are a self-note litany. Sparsely kind, evenly critical, abutting obsessive,  a relentless rehash. The gentle Read More …

You are Invited to A Unique Studio Party and Benefit

Friends, It has been two years since my last Studio Party. Shortly after the 2017 party, I partnered with Airbnb and I’ve flourished as an art teacher since. I’ve led over a hundred watercolor and acrylic classes for vacationers, local creative explorers, birthday and anniversary parties, teambuilding sessions and on-site large Read More …

You are invited to my first gallery show in Seattle!

I’m  honored to be a selected artist of the Narthex Gallery’s A Community Inspired Group Show  from August 12 – Sept 26th.  I will have two acrylic paintings exhibited at this non-profit gallery in Magnolia! Please come!   SAT, AUG 24 / OPENING AND ARTIST RECEPTION 6-8pm – wine and snacks will be served. Sadly, I Read More …

The Many Faces of Inspiration in Cambodia and Vietnam

Have you ever wondered where inspiration comes from? Personally, I’ve long carried a bias that inspiration comes from the means of expression; a painter’s inspiration must be visual, like pretty things and landscapes. A writer’s must be words and phrases, poetry and beautifully constructed sentences singing like music. A performer Read More …

An Ultimate Goal

At the end of March, I FINALLY attended Flora Bowley’s Bloom True long weekend painting workshop. I’ve been wanting to attend this workshop for a few years.  The workshops often fill the day the email announcement comes which is hard to plan around family demands.  This year, I resolved myself Read More …