We asked some of the city’s leading artists and creatives to tell us about how they decided to pursue an artistic or creative career. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Juli Cady Ryan | Artist & Mental Health Advocate

I’ve always been creative, making up stories and illustrations as a kid. Painting didn’t become a part of my life until my late 30’s. My kids were all in school and I picked up acrylic painting as a hobby while I decided if I wanted to return to college to finish my degree to be a therapist. That is when I fell in love with painting! I grabbed as many books as I could to learn about techniques and color mixing. I later watched YouTube videos from all the art teachers I could. Mostly I just painted and through trial and error and practice, decided I wanted to try and sell my art. When they began to sell, I was hooked and wanted to see if I could really do this as a career. Read more>>

Mitchell Charron | Creative Photographer

I pursued an artistic career because I had no passion for anything in my life other than expressing my struggles and joys in life into conceptual meanings. I wanted to bridge a gap in someones life as so many artist have done for me. The beauty behind relativeness is so unbelievably power and truly manifests something beautiful when you connect with art. It’s non-discriminating and art does not judge it’s very, only does it help us question what we think and know. Art is an introspective road if you open the mind. Read more>>

Antoinette Van Sluytman | Co-Founder & writer

My sister (co-founder Rose) and I have were brought up in a family of illustrator scholartists, and therefor trained in traditional illustration from an early age. From this foundation we opened many other doors that would cultivate a multi-faceted range of creative skills, such as writing and animation, which inevitably branched into our multimedia business, Broken Chalice Studios. Being a creative not only runs in our family but in our blood. There wasn’t a doubt that our future would be paved in artistic vision. Read more>>