Become a Fearless Artist with Lisa Daly Kangas – Part 1

Please note: Because the interview was longer than 40 minutes, I broke the audio only in half for listening convenience, as is customary for the average length of a podcast. There is only ONE video (shown below) which is the complete interview.

Show notes pages accompany the audio episodes, so there is a page for the first half of the interview and a page for the second half. This video is posted on each of the show notes pages for convenience, but it is the same video.

Meet American Painter Lisa Daly Kangas

Welcome back. Before I introduce my guest, I want to thank all of my listeners for your loyalty and encouragement. I love creating episodes to encourage you to chase down your art dreams and keep moving forward. That's why it's been a difficult decision to put the show on something of a sabbatical for the near future, to give me time to advance my own art career.

Producing a quality show is extremely important to me and I enjoy it, but it takes a lot of time. I do plan to continue, though at a more spaced-apart pace.  As I make progress on my own fine art journey, I'll produce shows to share my experiences with you in hopes of helping you along your own path.

I appreciate each of you, and as a thank you, I will be giving away two scholarships to my complete masterclass, the portrait code on March 26th, 2023. Sign up for my email list to be automatically entered to win by going to the sidebar of this podcast.

The course comes with modules on design, composition, anatomy, perspective, color theory, mixing skin tones, a full portrait demonstration, and so much more, including a seven-lesson module on confidence.

Now, on to today's guest. I am happy to introduce you to an artist who is nothing short of a fireball. She began painting full-time in 2017 and in just a few short years seems to be everywhere in my adopted hometown of Escanaba and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

She's fearless and tenacious and upbeat. And in the short time, I've been here in Northern Michigan, I'm happy to say, she's also become a friend. When I asked Lisa Daly Kansas — known professionally as LDK — to come on the show, I explained that you, my beloved listeners, are in all stages of your art journeys. She's got great advice to share from her experience of being largely self-taught and getting her work into the world. And I know you'll find inspiration and encouragement from her take no prisoners, never say die energy, and optimism.

This interview rand long, so I've broken it into two episodes for listening convenience.

Part two is available now at

American Painter Lisa Daly Kangas
American Painter Lisa Daly Kangas

Lisa's Bio

Lisa Daly Kangas, known professionally as LDK, is an acrylic artist born in Bay City, Michigan.

Most of LDK's childhood traversed Lower Michigan and included 4 years in Indiana. She's been focused on art since high school, where she found her artistic spark with the help of art teacher Kim Diment.

LDK has been a full-time artist since 2017, working in acrylic on canvas to create a wide range of subjects on commission. Her work ranges from animals to architecture, people, and the occasional glittery abstract. Whether a painting is wildly colorful or dramatically dark and moody, LDK's personal edge, energy, and spiritual vibration always shine through. The result is always ambitious, playful, and often audacious. It's a combination that brings out a magical unexpected quality her clients love.

LDK has shown and sold her paintings throughout the Midwest, through juried shows, fairs, and commissions. Her reach has been prolific in her hometown of Escanaba Michigan, where many local businesses proudly decorate their offices with LDK originals and prints.

In addition to showing and selling her work, LDK teaches a 55-student class twice a year at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Michigan

Links & Info

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LDK's mentor, Kim Dimente:

LDK's art can be seen locally in the upcoming Upper Michigan area shows:

Whitefish Bay Art Fest

Waterfront Arts Festival

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Until next time... Go make something.