Nicholas Wilton

Bringing Art to Life: An Interview with Artist, Nicholas Wilton

Bringing Art to Life: An Interview with Artist, Nicholas Wilton

Have you struggled with integrating the various aspects of your day to day into a workflow that respects your responsibilities AND your passion for art? How do you avoid burning out and feeling like you’ve wasted too much of your life? 

If you’ve ever wondered if there was a way to truly bring your art to all aspects of your life - you’ve come to the right place! Here to help me dive into this critical topic that burdens so many of us is my friend and fellow artist, Nicholas Wilton. 

Hailing from San Francisco, California, Nicholas studied art at the College of Creative Studies in Santa Barbara and then went on to receive his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Wilton’s paintings are seen in yearly gallery exhibitions, International Art Fairs, and are included in numerous private and corporate collections in both the United States and Europe. Nicholas is also the founder of Art2Life, an online platform that strives to build, empower, and inspire the creative community. 

I can’t wait for you to get to know my engaging and insightful friend as he helps us explore what it really means to bring our art to life - you don’t want to miss it!

What is ART2LIFE? 

Thousands of artists listen to and believe this lie every day and they walk away from the passion and energy that set them on their creative path - what is the lie? 

You aren’t good enough. You’ll never make it. No one wants to buy your art. Only the supremely talented can make any money off of their art. Do any of these lines sound familiar? 

What if there was a way to silence those lies that swirl around and re-train your mindset? With his Art2Life program, Nicholas strives to build, empower, and inspire the creative community. Nicholas wants to flip the script and help us shift our focus away from competition to sharing. His program is all about finding what inspires and brings you joy, and making art that is more and more like yourself.

The process of becoming yourself 

If you’ve been around the Savvy Painter community for very long, you know that I am passionate about empowering artists like you to fully realize your potential and chase after your dreams. It’s been so encouraging to meet and speak with artists like Nicholas who have dedicated their lives to their craft but to also helping others discover the joy of creative fulfillment. If you find yourself wondering if you’ll ever be able to talk about your art like Nicholas does - STOP! Remember, this isn’t about who you can be most like, it’s about discovering the real YOU. Give yourself patience and space to continue the process of discovery - we are all works in progress! 

Pay attention to your energy and mindset

While it might sound silly, the truth is, the energy you bring to your studio matters. Maybe for you, it is all about that cup of coffee or maybe it’s about getting in an early morning run - the actions we take before we decide to sit down and create can have a huge impact on our artwork! As you continue to explore this critical topic with Nicholas, I encourage you to begin paying attention to what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how it is impacting your creative process - the result might surprise you! 

Outline of this episode

  • [0:25] I introduce my guest, Nicholas Wilton. 
  • [4:00] Nicholas talks about the moment when everything came crashing down. 
  • [8:00] Setting intentions and turning over a new leaf. 
  • [11:00] What is, “ART2LIFE?” 
  • [15:00] Why the world needs YOUR art.
  • [20:30] The process of becoming yourself. 
  • [28:45] Nicholas opens up about “getting stuck.” 
  • [33:30] Pay attention to the energy you want to bring to the studio. 
  • [37:00] How you can learn from Nicholas’ innovative approach. 
  • [40:30] Closing thoughts. 


You know how I like to experiment both in and out of the studio? Here's one of those experiments - Nicholas and I did ANOTHER episode, but this time, it was LIVE in the Savvy Painter community

It was a TON of fun, and Nicholas even stayed a bit longer to do a LIVE DEMO to show us how he starts a blank canvas and what his thinking process is as he plays with paint:

If you would like to join the Free Art2Life workshop Nicholas is hosting on February 15, 17, and 18th, CLICK HERE TO JOIN

Nicholas's Paintings

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  • Great interview! Inspiring story of how Nicholas rebounded and is doing what he loves. Loved the comment about discernment.

    • Kathryn – we did a follow up interview with Nicholas live and talked even more about discernment – If you didn’t get a chance to join us live, the recording has been posted above! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • The conversation about commissions was one of the most helpful things I’ve ever heard. Thank you SO

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