Artists are innate problem solvers.
My guest for this episode is one of those artists. The list of what Michael Gadlin has done (legally) to earn a living as a working artist for more than 20 years is impressive. He sells originals, consults, teaches, designs, builds websites, and even hosted a show on public television. He has also sat on boards and committees in his local Denver art community.
Michael was gifted with what seems to be an endless supply of energy. I came at him with one topic and his mind connects it to numerous other experiences. The result is a wide-ranging interview. Michael waxes philosophically about the life of an artist, and you won’t want to miss his take on the lessons he learned from other working artists, the artist's collaboration with viewers, gallery representation, why it's important to be part of a community, and much more.
Michael Gadlin reflects on his journey as an artist and the key role of mentors along the way. (1:32)
The lessons Michael learned from reaching his first major studio goal. (6:28)
The payoff that comes with showing interest in every opportunity that crosses your path. (9:34)
Michael describes his approach to both figurative and non-representational art. (12:23)
Experimenting, problem solving creatively, and collaborating with the art community. (18:55)
You cannot be a one-person band and succeed in your art business. (27:00)
Figuring out who you are as an artist (beyond the art that you make). (29:20)
What does it mean to be an integral part of the art community? (31:24)
Positioning yourself in the places that will allow you to shape the decisions that are being made in your community. (37:28)
When can you truly consider yourself an artist? (43:18)
Creating a legacy with your art and with your life. (46:01)
Constant hustling — Micheal shares his multiple income streams. (47:36)
Staying organized and getting things done starts with finding the right tools. (52:13)
Intro and outro music by Wildermiss
About My Guest
Michael Gadlin began his art education at the Art Students League of Denver, followed by Metropolitan State University, Denver, and New York’s prestigious Pratt Institute of Art & Design in Brooklyn. He was awarded a residency at La Napoule Art Foundation in France. Gadlin sits on the board of directors at both Denver’s MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and PlatteForum, an artist’s residency in the city. He has won numerous awards throughout his career as an artist, including the youngest artist ever to win Best of Show at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Gadlin’s work now hangs in the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art’s permanent collection among other city and government collections.