On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about creativity and drawing and making art with my guest Alisa Burke.

If she’s not making art in her Oregon Coast studio, you can find freelance painter and mixed media artist Alisa Burke blogging, teaching art workshops or crafting her handmade accessories. Whether it’s running her creative business, being a mom or adventuring outdoors, she is always looking for inspiration. From drawing, painting, cooking and even the way she raises her daughter, Alisa seeks to infuse creativity into every part of her life.


Alisa talks about the creative household she grew up in and her own path toward a creative career. She explains how she developed a 5-year plan to quit her day job and pursue art full time. Alisa has an open mind when it comes to trying new avenues to earn money from her art and has tried many avenues including writing books, licensing, selling finished goods on Etsy, teaching online classes and working with brands. In our conversation, she explains what’s worked for her and why.


A few years ago Alisa and her husband had a baby and decided to move from California to the Oregon coast to live a simpler life. Hear about that move and what it’s meant for her creatively. Alisa also talks about her approach to blogging and social media including the importance of giving away good content for free.


And, of course, I ask Alisa to recommend great stuff she’s enjoying right now. Alisa recommends:

Keep up with Alisa on her blog and on Instagram.



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