Welcome to the Smart Art Business Podcast. Hosted by art business coach Rachel Wilkins, the Smart Art Business Podcast was created to help visual artists and creative entrepreneurs grow and sustain a successful business. Featuring tangible advice and inspiring interviews with artists and industry experts, you will learn how to brand, market, and sell your art the smart way.


In this episode Rachel Wilkins has a deep conversation with Michael Conroy around some of the real-life struggles and how to progress in your chosen career authentically during a transition from addiction to sobriety. It is important to take into account how creativity is being steered by current events around the world. How does one find effective ways to navigate the associated emotional shifts in a responsible way?



Michael’s paintings are a documentation of all his run-ins as visual outbursts depicting a life’s worth of clashes and epiphanies. He was born and raised in Dorchester, culturally diverse neighbourhood in Boston. Michael likens painting to writing visual poems, drawing inspiration from the city and community he lives in, the people he interacts with, fights with, falls in love with, and the music he listens to.

Hip hop pulses through his loose graffiti style while his love for punk rock gives it a society challenging edge. Michael’s paintings are full of  visual questions and affirmations, encouraging the willingness to be himself at all costs. Michael believes art is inclusive and resides on the ground floor, in basements, as close to the earth as possible. Primarily hoping you can feel something when you look at his work, identify with the content, or make it mean something for you personally.



In this episode we discuss:

  • The way artists’ creative nature is being steered by current events around the world
  • Ways to connect your emotions with your creativity as a conduit for conversation
  • How to progress in your chosen career authentically while transitioning from addiction to sobriety
  • How to navigate the emotional shifts in a mature and responsible way
  • Dealing with the burden of anger and giving yourself the freedom to choose the emotion you sit in everyday


Michael Conroy’s website: http://www.mconroyart.com/

Rachel Wilkins Website: http://www.smartartbiz.com/


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