The Living Artist

Preston M. Smith (PMS Artwork)

Professional artist Preston M. Smith of PMS Artwork shares his insights, personal experiences in the art world and humor to help dispel the myth of the starving, or tortured artist. Instead, he sets his sights on the positive, abundant and joyful side of living this creative life. Preston shares his playful rants on a wide range of creative topics as well as interviews with interesting working artists, creatives and trendsetters from around the world. read less

Interview with Morgan Fox, Curatorial Assistant with Art In Embassies
Nov 8 2022
Interview with Morgan Fox, Curatorial Assistant with Art In Embassies
In this episode of The Living Artist, Preston sits down with Morgan Fox. Morgan is a curatorial assistant with Art in Embassies, an office of the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History at Furman University, and received her Master of Arts degree in Art and Museum Studies at Georgetown University in 2017. She has also studied and worked at many prestigious institutions, such as Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, the National Archives, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, to highlight just a few. During this conversation, Morgan shares her origins falling in love with the arts from an early age, her numerous studies and positions within the art world, landing a position with Art In Embassies, what AIE is and does as an organization, her love for connecting artists with ambassadors and communities around the world, how she discovered Preston’s work, advice to artists and art professionals, the importance of perseverance, and much more. Please enjoy this in-depth conversation with Morgan Fox! Art in Embassies' statement: “Art is, in essence, visual diplomacy. It accelerates cultural connection, sparks conversation, and helps diplomats convey who we all are as Americans. Art in Embassies creates exhibitions, installations, exchanges, and public programming that convey how art can transcend national borders and foster connections among people around the world.” Visit Art In Embassies at for more information, or to submit your artwork. Find out more about Morgan Fox at more information on Preston M. Smith and his artwork, visit or follow him on Instagram at (social media everywhere @pmsartwork). You can also now subscribe to his YouTube channel at can now support the Podcast with a donation. Go to to check it out and donate. Huge thank you to Feedspot for choosing The Living Artist for their list of the Top 60 Art Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. It is a huge honor to have made this amazing list (coming in at #11) with so many other wonderful podcasts. Big thank you to Feedspot! You can check out this list and more of Feedspot at theme music: "Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com"
Anxiety Ascending
Nov 1 2022
Anxiety Ascending
In this episode of The Living Artist, Preston delves into the topic of anxiety. Not only has Preston experienced intense bouts of anxiety in his own life, but he has also come across a large number of artists who also suffer from it. So many in fact, that it became apparent that it was a topic worth devoting a whole episode to. Learn how anxiety can affect us as artists and a handful of techniques to try to cope with it, so that we may better focus on the things that truly matter in life. Disclaimer: It is important to note that Preston is not a medical doctor, or licensed professional in treating anxiety. Always seek the help of a licensed professional if your anxiety is, or becomes unmanageable. Enjoy this episode! For more information on Preston M. Smith and his artwork, visit or follow him on Instagram at (social media everywhere @pmsartwork). You can also now subscribe to his YouTube channel at to announce that Artwork Archive just included The Living Artist on their list of the The Best Art Podcasts of 2021! Check it out. Check out The Living Artist in the Spotlight section of Discover Pods ( Great interview with links to all sorts of places! Thank you to Discover Pods. You can now support the Podcast with a donation. Go to to check it out and donate. Huge thank you to Feedspot for choosing The Living Artist for their list of the Top 60 Art Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. It is a huge honor to have made this amazing list (coming in at #11) with so many other wonderful podcasts. Big thank you to Feedspot! You can check out this list and more of Feedspot at theme music: "Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com"
Settle In
Oct 25 2022
Settle In
In this episode of The Living Artist, Preston relaxes into the topic of "settling" in our art and careers. Is it okay to settle, or compromise our integrity as artists? Preston gives many examples of settling in our art and how to change our mindset and even factor in a bit of compromise in our art practice. We are always adapting as artists and the concept of compromise and integrity will also change as we advance in our careers. Should we never settle, or should we learn to be more malleable as artists? Listen to the episode and decide for yourself. Enjoy! For more information on Preston M. Smith and his artwork, visit or follow him on Instagram at (social media everywhere @pmsartwork). You can also now subscribe to his YouTube channel at to announce that Artwork Archive just included The Living Artist on their list of the The Best Art Podcasts of 2021! Check it out. Check out The Living Artist in the Spotlight section of Discover Pods ( Great interview with links to all sorts of places! Thank you to Discover Pods. You can now support the Podcast with a donation. Go to to check it out and donate. Huge thank you to Feedspot for choosing The Living Artist for their list of the Top 60 Art Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. It is a huge honor to have made this amazing list (coming in at #11) with so many other wonderful podcasts. Big thank you to Feedspot! You can check out this list and more of Feedspot at theme music: "Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com"
All's Well
Oct 11 2022
All's Well
In this episode of The Living Artist, Preston talks about overcoming creative blocks and general disillusionment through using our own obstacles and cultivating our interests. Many times in our lives, the obstacles that are in our way turn out to be the path forward as well. As artist also, we should have no shortage of interests in our lives. Get obsessed with whatever you are interested in now (both related and not related to your art) and explore that. Preston uses David Bowie and chronic pain as examples of both obstacles and major interests in his own life that have sparked significant inspiration in his creative output. Learn how to spot and harness these in your own life and art. Enjoy the episode!  For more information on Preston M. Smith and his artwork, visit or follow him on Instagram at (social media everywhere @pmsartwork). You can also now subscribe to his YouTube channel at to announce that Artwork Archive just included The Living Artist on their list of the The Best Art Podcasts of 2021! Check it out. Check out The Living Artist in the Spotlight section of Discover Pods ( Great interview with links to all sorts of places! Thank you to Discover Pods. You can now support the Podcast with a donation. Go to to check it out and donate. Huge thank you to Feedspot for choosing The Living Artist for their list of the Top 60 Art Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. It is a huge honor to have made this amazing list (coming in at #11) with so many other wonderful podcasts. Big thank you to Feedspot! You can check out this list and more of Feedspot at theme music: "Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com"
Interview with Alex Farkas, Co-Founder and Gallery Director of UGallery
Oct 4 2022
Interview with Alex Farkas, Co-Founder and Gallery Director of UGallery
In this episode of The Living Artist, Preston sits down with Alex Farkas, Co-Founder and Gallery Director of UGallery. Alex co-founded UGallery in 2006 with the goal of helping emerging artists connect with patrons. As one of the first ever online art galleries, UGallery significantly improved the opportunities available for artists. The gallery has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, and Art in America. Alex shares with Preston the importance of UGallery being a family company, his love of art, changes in the online art world, a history of art in his family, the importance of focusing on what matters as a company, custom made boxes, curating a small and deliberate roster of artists, and much more. Enjoy this conversation with Alex Farkas! If you would like to learn more about or apply to join UGallery, you can visit here: You can also follow UGallery on Instagram: more information on Preston M. Smith and his artwork, visit or follow him on Instagram at (social media everywhere @pmsartwork). You can also now subscribe to his YouTube channel at to announce that Artwork Archive just included The Living Artist on their list of the The Best Art Podcasts of 2021! Check it out. Check out The Living Artist in the Spotlight section of Discover Pods ( Great interview with links to all sorts of places! Thank you to Discover Pods. You can now support the Podcast with a donation. Go to to check it out and donate. Huge thank you to Feedspot for choosing The Living Artist for their list of the Top 60 Art Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. It is a huge honor to have made this amazing list (coming in at #11) with so many other wonderful podcasts. Big thank you to Feedspot! You can check out this list and more of Feedspot at theme music: "Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com"
Don't Believe Everything That You Think
Sep 13 2022
Don't Believe Everything That You Think
In this episode of The Living Artist, Preston talks about questioning our own thoughts and limiting beliefs. Some of these negative thoughts and beliefs could have initially been constructed with good intentions, but now could be a major barrier in your growth and career as an artist. These can come in the form of rationalizations, myopic categorizations, cynicism, and many more. Learn how to spot these in your own life and push through to the other side. This can be difficult to discover within yourself, but is ultimately essential to expanding in your life, art and career. Enjoy the episode!  For more information on Preston M. Smith and his artwork, visit or follow him on Instagram at (social media everywhere @pmsartwork). You can also now subscribe to his YouTube channel at to announce that Artwork Archive just included The Living Artist on their list of the The Best Art Podcasts of 2021! Check it out. Check out The Living Artist in the Spotlight section of Discover Pods ( Great interview with links to all sorts of places! Thank you to Discover Pods. You can now support the Podcast with a donation. Go to to check it out and donate. Huge thank you to Feedspot for choosing The Living Artist for their list of the Top 60 Art Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. It is a huge honor to have made this amazing list (coming in at #11) with so many other wonderful podcasts. Big thank you to Feedspot! You can check out this list and more of Feedspot at theme music: "Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com"
Interview with Nancy Hadley
Aug 23 2022
Interview with Nancy Hadley
In this episode of The Living Artist, Preston has a conversation with Orange County based artist and designer Nancy Hadley. Nancy has had quite the career working as both a fine artist and premier designer for residential and commercial spaces through her company Nancy Hadley's FAC, and on numerous hit television shows such as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Trading Spaces, Spike-TV’s Bar Rescue, and many more. Nancy sits down with Preston to talk about her countless exciting stories working on television and traveling across the country, lessons from Gordon Ramsay, creating and managing her own business, her wonderful working space at Studio Q27, fearlessness with reaching out to and starting projects, creating community and family, work/life balance, performing like a "muppet", her new work goals, and much more. Enjoy this delightful conversation with Nancy Hadley! If you would like to see more of Nancy's original artwork and projects, or commission her, you can visit here: You can also follow her on Instagram here: more information on Preston M. Smith and his artwork, visit or follow him on Instagram at (social media everywhere @pmsartwork). You can also now subscribe to his YouTube channel at to announce that Artwork Archive just included The Living Artist on their list of the The Best Art Podcasts of 2021! Check it out. Check out The Living Artist in the Spotlight section of Discover Pods ( Great interview with links to all sorts of places! Thank you to Discover Pods. You can now support the Podcast with a donation. Go to to check it out and donate. Huge thank you to Feedspot for choosing The Living Artist for their list of the Top 60 Art Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. It is a huge honor to have made this amazing list (coming in at #11) with so many other wonderful podcasts. Big thank you to Feedspot! You can check out this list and more of Feedspot at theme music: "Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com"
I Got Your Budget Right Here...
Aug 16 2022
I Got Your Budget Right Here...
In this episode of The Living Artist, Preston talks about creating and working on a budget. We all have to start somewhere, and we all have to work with some sort of budgetary constraints at any stage of our careers. This episode is all about finding ways to continue working no matter what your budget is. It is full of tips on finding affordable and even free materials, as well as sparking creativity with the materials you choose to work with. This episode is good for anyone starting out and a nice refresher for artists of any career level. Enjoy! For more information on Preston M. Smith and his artwork, visit or follow him on Instagram at (social media everywhere @pmsartwork). You can also now subscribe to his YouTube channel at to announce that Artwork Archive just included The Living Artist on their list of the The Best Art Podcasts of 2021! Check it out. Check out The Living Artist in the Spotlight section of Discover Pods ( Great interview with links to all sorts of places! Thank you to Discover Pods. You can now support the Podcast with a donation. Go to to check it out and donate. Huge thank you to Feedspot for choosing The Living Artist for their list of the Top 60 Art Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. It is a huge honor to have made this amazing list (coming in at #11) with so many other wonderful podcasts. Big thank you to Feedspot! You can check out this list and more of Feedspot at theme music: "Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com"
Interview with Michael Facchinello, Founder and CEO of Altamira
Aug 2 2022
Interview with Michael Facchinello, Founder and CEO of Altamira
In this episode of The Living Artist, Preston sits down with Michael Facchinello, the Founder & CEO of Altamira. Altamira is an exciting new platform for artist to showcase and sell their work online, while engaging with a community of fans, artists and critics. During this conversation, Michael shares with Preston his introduction to art (and the business of art) at a very young age, working his way up the tech ladder in Chicago, how Altamira is a unique platform for artists to showcase and sell their work, best practices for artists on the platform, low commissions and white glove delivery, the future of NFTs on the platform, the upvote system, engaging with critics and fans, exciting new developments coming down the pike, and much more. Enjoy this engaging conversation with Michael Facchinello! If you would like to learn more about or join Altamira as an artist, fan, or critic, you can visit here: Check out Michael's new seller's Guide tips here: You can also follow Altamira on Instagram: more information on Preston M. Smith and his artwork, visit or follow him on Instagram at (social media everywhere @pmsartwork). You can also now subscribe to his YouTube channel at to announce that Artwork Archive just included The Living Artist on their list of the The Best Art Podcasts of 2021! Check it out. Check out The Living Artist in the Spotlight section of Discover Pods ( Great interview with links to all sorts of places! Thank you to Discover Pods. You can now support the Podcast with a donation. Go to to check it out and donate. Huge thank you to Feedspot for choosing The Living Artist for their list of the Top 60 Art Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. It is a huge honor to have made this amazing list (coming in at #11) with so many other wonderful podcasts. Big thank you to Feedspot! You can check out this list and more of Feedspot at theme music: "Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com"