Art Bound Podcast, Ep. 14: Taking the Leap to Full-Time Artist

James Holmes and Michael Dowling share their experiences and lessons learned on the journey to becoming full-time artists.

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In this episode of Artists Network’s Art Bound podcast, host and K Contemporary gallery owner Doug Kacena sits down with artists James Holmes and Michael Dowling to discuss their paths to successfully pursuing art full-time. Listen as they share why they strove to make art their full-time gigs, when they knew it was time to take the leap, how they overcame the obstacles on their path, and more. Enjoy!

About James Holmes

JAMES-ALLAN HOLMES is a visual artist based in Denver, Colorado. Holmes creates brilliant abstract paintings using bold colors and rich textures on large canvases in order to translate his inner life through a unique visual language. In addition to his painting practice, Holmes also serves the larger creative community through his service as a Trustee of the Denver Art Museum, and a Board Member of the Arts District on Santa Fe. Holmes operates a studio gallery in Denver’s Golden Triangle District, where collectors, gallerists, and art advisors can visit the studio gallery to learn about his process and see his work in the context of a traditional gallery space. Learn more at and on Instagram at @jamesholmesstudio.

About Michael Dowling

MICHAEL DOWLING is an artist based in Denver, Colorado, whose work employs a combination of traditional practices in realism and explorations of mark, pattern, and color to disrupt that reality. In many compositions, figures presented as portrait morph into their surreal self, and lone objects tell stories through their subtle positioning. These objects and characters sit in bizarre spaces with intentionally disrupted atmospheres in order to find further meaning within the imagery. Dowling has worked with and shown at Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art and theDenver Art Museum, and has work in several private and public collections in the United States and throughout Europe.  His work has also been featured in the films “The Frame” and “Ink,” and will be the focus artist on the upcoming showtime release “Devils.” Learn more on his Facebook page and on Instagram at  @michaeldowlingstudio.

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