Beyond the Studio is a podcast that focuses on the behind the scenes work of visual artists—how they're supporting and sustaining themselves and their creative work. It features candid conversations about their business practices, time management, financial planning, and how they're navigating the unique challenges of making a living, creatively. Artists are inherently resourceful, resilient, and ambitious, with a unique and diverse set of skills. We want to know how they're connecting the dots in their own life, and demystify the process. We believe that by sharing these stories openly and honestly, artists will feel more empowered and become better equipped to live out their own creative life's work.
About the Hosts
Nicole Mueller is a visual artist and painter who grew up near Atlanta, GA, moved to Baltimore, MD to study painting and begin her art career, and has recently relocated to San Francisco, CA. She earned her BFA in Painting and Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Since then she has worn many hats as a creative entrepreneur, while on the road to becoming a full-time studio artist, including professional muralist, co-founder of an app startup, dog-sitter, and college admission counselor. She loves bright colors and collage, and enjoys spending time devising ways to bring her pup Remy with her everywhere she goes.
Amanda Adams is an illustrator, felt sculptor, and printmaker from South Florida, based out of Baltimore, MD. She earned her BFA in Photography and Bookmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been exploring new ways of creating art ever since. She loves botany, entomology, pop culture, and puns. She spends time caring for her ever-growing plant collection, being overly affectionate to her reluctant cat Brussels Sprout, and collecting books faster than she can read them. She is recognized primarily as "the peddler of plants that can’t be killed" through her business Close Call Studio but she is always looking for new ways to make her ideas come to life.