161: Creativity Makes You Happy with Este MacLeod and Miriam Schulman

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Did you know that creativity makes you happy? Learn how to harness your creativity, and gain happiness, as well as how to level up your art business in our discussion with Este MacLeod!

In this podcast, you will discover…

  • Why learning new skills opens up pathways in your mind to other areas of your life.
  • How practicing skills, rather than copying projects, will help you develop your voice as an artist.
  • Why asking for higher prices for your art and classes brings you higher quality customers.

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About Este

Esté MacLeod is a professional painter, designer and educator with work informed by the real and the imaginary.
Her background in textile and ceramic design is noticeable in the stylised, abundant and colourful forms used in still life, landscape and floral paintings. Esté is known for her altered and distorted floral and simplified plant shapes, painted in layered colours with added patterns, textures and mark making. Esté is inspired by nature, travel, thoughts and the changing seasons. Her artworks have an ethereal quality, conveying an intrinsic beauty, impression or special memory.

As a designer Esté collaborates with manufacturers and producers of textiles, wallpaper, homeware and paper products. She is regularly asked to teach at workshops and retreats and has been running her online courses since 2017 to inspire artists of all levels to broaden knowledge and expand art practices with her alternative and dynamic teaching methods. Esté is represented by galleries in the UK and elsewhere with limited edition prints and luxury silk scarves available from her website.

Esté holds a Higher Diploma in Textile Design, a post-degree Diploma in Fine Art Printmaking, a BA Honours in Ceramics and Glass (1st Class) and a Masters in Contemporary Jewellery Design. Born in South Africa, she moved to England in 1999 where she lives with her husband and teenage son in Berkshire.

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies

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Listener shout out of the week!

Full of A-Ha moments!


I love Miriam’s podcast, she always has really interesting guests and every episode is jam packed with little nuggets that will help artists at any stage of their career! Thank you Miriam.


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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