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Art & Cocktails: Exploring the World of Contemporary Art, Creativity, Business, and Inspiration


Join host Ekaterina Popova, artist and founder of Create! Magazine, as she uncorks the vibrant and multifaceted world of contemporary art, creative entrepreneurship, mindset, and creativity one episode at a time. Welcome to "Art & Cocktails," a podcast where artists, creatives, dreamers, and artpreneurs gather to share their journeys and their art over their favorite drinks.

Building on the success of the "Create!" podcast, Ekaterina steers the artistic conversation towards more intimate, heart-to-heart discussions that fuel the spirit and inspire the artist's soul. Tune in for insightful, honest discussions with leading artists, curators, writers, coaches, leaders, and artpreneurs who not only share their journeys in the creative world but also enjoy a "fireside chat" over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. This podcast offers a rich blend of inspiration, art business insights, and the simple joy of sipping your favorite beverage while discussing what lights your heart on fire.

Pour your favorite drink into a beautiful cup, get comfy, and settle down for a session of "Art & Cocktails" each week. Let's celebrate the artist in all of us with a toast to creativity and the limitless possibilities it brings to our lives.

May 16, 2024

In this episode of the Art and Cocktails podcast, Ekaterina Popova (Kat) interviews Mark Liam Smith, a Toronto-based oil painter and educator. They discuss Mark's inspiring journey as an artist, his transition to teaching online, and how he shares his work on social media. Mark's incredible growth from 20,000 to 2 million followers in just a few years is a testament to his heart of service and community.

Mark delves into his interest in narrative and storytelling within his artwork, sharing his passion for helping others reconnect with their creativity. He offers valuable tips for beginners and emphasizes the importance of privacy and experimentation in art practice. Additionally, Mark discusses practical ways for artists to support themselves, including selling prints and leveraging social media platforms.

Stay tuned to learn more about Mark's upcoming book, "The New Artist's Guide to Drawing," and his upcoming show with Treat Gallery in New York.


  • Mark's journey from 20K to 2M followers on social media
  • The importance of narrative and storytelling in art
  • Tips for beginners and the significance of experimentation
  • Practical advice for artists on selling prints and using social media
  • Information about Mark's upcoming book and show


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Tune in for an inspiring conversation filled with practical advice and insights!