Interview of Gifted Artist Brittany Soucy + an Art Class GIVEAWAY!



When Brittany Soucy and I first met, we realized that we had the same due date for our now 16 year old boys. Brittany's authentic and inspired art make her a remarkable friend and teacher. I'm thrilled to feature her here and learn more about her creative process!

Kirsti Call: What inspires you to create?

Brittany Soucy: That’s hard to answer because for as long as I can remember, the desire to create has just been an intrinsic part of me.  I’ve never questioned it. I just move through life with that need.   I love to surround myself with beauty and search for beauty in the natural world.  I find the search for beauty and light so inspiring.  It can be the way the light moves through the leaves on trees or an expression on someone’s face when they look at a loved one.  I don’t always express that desire in the form of paint or pencils, but also with food and song and words or whatever is available in that moment!

KC: When did you decide to become a professional artist?

BS:I think I may have come with that desire; I can’t remember a time when I didn’t tell people that when I grew up I was going to be an artist.  I spent hours drawing as a child.  However, after studying fine art in school, I felt less like an artist than at any other time in my life.  For the first time, I questioned that desire and whether I was good enough.  I became a mother and wanted to spend my time and energy on my children. Soon, though, the desire to paint was overwhelming.  I started creating in any way I could, and before I  knew it, my children were introducing me to their friends as an artist.  It was my children who gave me the confidence to claim the title and I knew that as they grew and became more independent, I would pick up where I left off.



KC: What’s your favorite part of making art for a living?


BS: I’m not one to pick favorites—I have too many!  I love that my job is to search for beauty and do my best to express that beauty.  I love that I feel divinely guided and that I can nurture that connection in my career.  I love that I get to walk barefoot to my studio and when I open the doors, the smell of art supplies makes me happy.  It’s such a great feeling when I get into the flow and time stands still.  I feel lucky and blessed that my career is meditative and fills me with peace.




KC: What’s your least favorite part of making art for a living?


BS: The business and marketing aspect does not come naturally to me at all and causes much anguish!  I wish I could just spend all my time creating and not have to worry about the rest, but I guess that’s what makes it “work.”


KC: What advice do you have for aspiring artists?


BS: Be true to yourself.  I think we get the message that we should aspire to be like This Artist or That Artist, but the world doesn’t need more of the same--the world needs us each to be our best and truest selves.  Another important piece of advice is to stay curious and take workshops and classes with people who you admire.  It has helped me grow so much to learn from other artists and see their process of creativity.  I plan on always continuing my education in whatever field sparks my curiosity.

Thanks Brittany!  Brittany is teaching an on-line art journaling course.  For you chance to win the course for FREE,  comment below.  If you share on twitter or FB you will get another entry.  Early registration ends soon! To learn more click here!



Brittany lives on the seacoast of New Hampshire. (Yes, that exists and it’s beautiful.)  She's grateful that all she has to do is walk across the yard to go to work in her 200 year old barn-studio.   It’s like the dream of her childhood and the wish of her heart have come true.

She makes art because it has always felt like a natural way to process her world.  She finds herself searching for beauty and craving to find interesting and nourishing ways to express it.  She is captivated by light and how its warmth, healing and truth illuminate everything it touches.

She believes that setting aside time for making and appreciating art is an act of self care.  She now understands that the process of art making is an important balm that propels us toward healing.  When she was younger she worried that being creative and artistic was a useless talent to have, but now she considers it both a pleasure and a sacred responsibility. 

11 comments:

  1. Great Interview. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. Wonderful interview! I have already signed up for your class but winning a spot would be so awesome!

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  3. Hello Brittany! Good interview, love your work. Excited to take your class!

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  4. Brittany, your artwork is exceptional! I think it's the highest form of praise to have your children introduce you as an artist; I love that their support gave you the courage and confidence to follow your passion.

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  5. Great interview. I think you will bring an interesting perspective to an art journal class.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your perspective on looking for ways to create throughout your day, ways to express your creativity. We are on opposite coasts. Pacific Northwesterner here!

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  7. Fun interview and the class sounds great!!!

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  8. Thanks for the opportunity and thanks for sharing in the interview.

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  9. Thank you, Brittany, for offering such a great prize. Thanks also to Kirsti for the blog. Shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynetteKimOxley/status/915443315507552256

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