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A conversation with internationally acclaimed artist Tommy Simpson, in collaboration with Craft Alliance (Saint Louis, MO). Videotaped in front of a live audience at Tommy's 2023 Craft Alliance exhibition: Head Heart Hand. Joining us for Q/A is the talented artist Amy Firestone Rosen. Filmed, edited, and mixed by Shock City Studios.


Welcome to Tiny Sparks, Big Flames podcast, where we dive into inspiring stories and success secrets of people who are daring to live their dreams. You’ll hear from fascinating people in all walks of life—from creatives, innovators, and difference makers to business leaders and entrepreneurs. You’ll learn how they got started, what inspires and motivates them, and their plans for the future. You’ll also get the inside scoop on challenges and pivotal moments they have experienced, and their advice for getting unstuck and dealing with setbacks and epic fails. If you would love to pursue your passion, purpose, or dream and need a little inspiration or guidance, you’ve come to the right place. I’m your host, leadership and success coach, Deb Gaut.

Strength in Humility w/ Artist Mark Witzling

By Deb Gaut May 16, 2023

In this engaging masterclass in leadership and art, I talk with contemporary abstract oil painter, Mark Witzling. We talk about his unconventional journey from corporate America to leadership of a beloved, nonprofit arts organization and his work as an artist. In the process, we chat about three powerful words that drive his life and work, …

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You Can Do It Scared with Christi Nix Bloomer

My guest today is executive leadership coach, Christi Nix Bloomer, founder of In the Arena Coaching. In this wide-ranging interview, we talk about her remarkable journey from small town America to consulting for a global company to becoming the powerhouse coach she is today. With wit and wisdom, Christi shares …

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On the Road with Artist Michelle McLendon

In this delightful interview, I chat with award-winning artist Michelle McLendon, the founder and creative force behind The Purple Onion Books. We talk about her compelling story, the inspirations behind her exquisite, hand-bound journals and stationery, and the inside scoop on working and traveling on the juried art show circuit. …

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Yellow M&Ms and Quilt Art with Kris Edens

In this deeply personal interview, I talk with Kristen Edens, the talented quilt artist and founding owner of Edens Heirlooms. We talk about the difficult twists and turns of her earlier careers—and the month-long travel sabbatical that changed her life and launched her creative business. We also dive into the …

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