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Find your trusted, master-led community. 

Get the very best advice, training, support, & positive pressure to help you grow your talent with speed & confidence.

Choose Master:   Sheila Davis  |    Jeff deBoer   |   Amy Dryer  |   Julie Himel   |   David Langevin  |    Dominik Modlinski   |   Julia Veenstra


launch your skills, confidence & career

Taking your talent to the next level is tough to do on your own. Whether you’re honing your unique style or approaching galleries with your work, you don’t have to go it alone. I had the good fortune to get the leg-up I needed to launch my art career early on.

And now I’m determined to give every artist that same opportunity, through affordable access to Master Artists, alongside a small, supportive group of artists like you.

Join a high-trust Mastermind+ Group to experience for yourself  the game-changing power of peer-to-peer learning AND the motivating, POSITIVE PRESSURE of mentoring, from an established, successful, career artist, who has walked the road before you.

I look forward to joining you and curating your experience to meet your needs.


Julie deBoer

Professional Artist | Mastermind Navigator | LevellingUp Co-Founder


6 to 8 Peers

We’ll match you with a small group of peers who align with you in career stage & facing similar challenges & opportunities.

Focused Training by a
Master Artist

Choose your mentor - a Master Artist who will teach, encourage and train you to bring your skills to the next level.

Choose a new Master Artist every
4-6 months!

Led by a Navigator

Navigators will facilitate sessions and will ensure your training needs are met.

For Hobbyist and Emerging Artists


As a hobbyist artist, you have been creating on the side, as a hobby, and now you’re ready to take it to the next level!


  • technique - color and composition
  • art critiques - get feedback on your artwork to help you narrow and hone your style
  • supplies and tools - where to save and where to spend
  • marketing - learn to write your artist statement and CV, build your brand, launch a website, maximize your social media
  • price artwork – because your time and talent have value
What Is An Emerging Artist?

As an emerging artist, you have been painting regularly and feel fairly confident in your one unique style. 

You’ve taken workshops/courses and have already been selling your work to friends, family, and in community shows, markets and beyond.

Now you’re ready to take it to the next level!


  • art critiques - getting expert feedback on your artwork
  • selling - learn how to sell your artwork
    • pricing
    • building your brand and marketing, leveraging social media well
    • earning a steady income in an unsteady economy
    • how to approach galleries and/or go solo successfully
  • business skills - learn the mechanics of creating and sustaining a business as an artist
  • production - studio set-up and time management to maximize production
  • art licensing - what products to create, how to find a reputable producer


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dominik Modlinski


Dominik’s painting journeys are a wilderness experience based upon weeks of traveling rugged and barren lands to capture in plein air style the majesty of nature. His northern travels have inspired him to explore further and visit many of earth last remaining wilderness areas. Some of the most extreme painting expeditions took him across continents and hemispheres such as Antarctica, High Arctic, Greenland, and Patagonia and most recently in to the wilds of Namibia and South Africa. As we witness disappearance of wilderness around the globe, Modlinski’s quest is to portray a need to preserve the beauty of our planet and inspire people to do so through his paintings, photographs, stories and videos.


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Jeff deBoer

Jeff de Boer, RCA, ASA, is a Calgary-based multi-media artist with an international reputation for producing some of the world’s most original and well-crafted works of art. With an emphasis on metal, he is best known for such bodies of work as suits of armour for cats and mice, armour ties and sword-handled briefcases, rocket lamps and pop culture ray guns, and for exquisite high art, abstract works called exoforms.

Jeff has successfully established two companies: The Little Giant Rocket Company Ltd., which is the production house for his art and sculpture, as well as Armét, a jewellery manufacturing and marketing company. Over the past fifteen years he has also founded LEXM, The League of Extraordinary Makers, a guild-like organization made up of artists and industries that share resources and knowledge.


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Julie Himel

Sheila Davis


My attraction is most definitely the play of light and movement in our natural environment. I am not attracted to ‘landscapes’ or ‘pretty scenes’. It’s the flash of colour and texture in a fleeting moment that gets my blood rushing.

While unfettered forests are my muse the subject has come to be the paint itself. The surface tension created with drippy transparent passages sliced with heavy opaque brush strokes as well as hits of light where the brush barely touches the surface and calligraphic mark-making. All lending itself to more abstraction than actual place.


Julie Himel


My gestural style - characteristic of German Expressionism - emphasizes the subjective expression of inner experiences. The truest picture of a moment - the figure of a place - occurs in a balanced abstraction of everyday perspectives. To convey this I combine line, form and color to represent and yet slightly distort my subject matter. This creates a field of view that is both familiar and enigmatic.


Julie Himel

Julie Himel

Himel’s work is about human experience. And in that theme, she looks closer, to the elements of that experience, to worlds lived and imagined, the spiritual and the emotional, memory and promise. 

Julie Himel carries a Diploma of Fine Art from Langara College in Vancouver, a Bachelor of Fine Art Honours Degree from York University, and a Graduate Diploma from the Toronto School of Art. Her award winning paintings can be found in private collections internationally, public collections including The University of Calgary, Calgary’s Civic Art Collection, Westfield State University, the Armenian Centre Art Collection Canada, and several corporate collections nationwide.


David Langevin

David Langevin’s dramatic renditions of the Canadian wilderness and his bold ‘tree portraits’ have become almost as familiar as the subject they depict. His art is represented in galleries across the country and has inspired many nature lovers, artists, and of course, collectors.

Moreover, his striking use of light and unique painting methods have creating a captivating vision of this country’s landscape that has even influenced the way many art lovers and collectors of his work view those same subjects; a hike in the forest or the mountains is never the same for those who have come to know Langevin’s imagery.



julia veenstra

Julia Veenstra is a Canadian artist whose work is found in collections around the world. Julia has lived in four different countries, and brings the influences of each to her impressionistic representational, and lively style. Her work reflects the joy she sees in her surroundings, and so her medium of choice is acrylic as she enjoys the immediacy and the bright colours.

In the past few years, Julia’s work has highlighted here native Canada’s vivid landscapes, leading to nationwide recognition and a feature as the cover on the Royal Winter Fair. Most days you can find Julia in her studio, a converted garage, at her home on Beach Boulevard in Hamilton.


Be the First to Know!

When you join the Artists' Network you'll get FIRST DIBS on all NEW Mastermind Groups.

You'll also, receive helpful advice, articles and book suggestions to help you level-up your talent.

WHAT to expect... 

Advice, Training & Mentorship by a Master Artist + Peer-to-Peer Learning in a Trusted Small Group

2-hour monthly
videoconference meeting with MASTER ARTIST & NAVIGATOR & small group

Practice-based HOMEWORK

INFORMATIVE & HONEST conversation 

Navigator permanently assigned to your group, accountable for your growth trajectory

CONFIDENTIAL discussion board & access to all session RECORDINGS

Travel with a new Master every 3-6 months to bring NEW EXPERTISE & SKILL TRAINING


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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start?
Pick your level, then pick your Master.

Choose the group level – aspiring or emerging – that best matches where you are at in your artist journey. Aspiring artists are generally focused on developing their signature style, and want to focus on technique, materials, colour and composition. Emerging artists are generally focused on making their passion a profitable career, and want to focus on sales and marketing, achieving technical excellence, and making their studio time efficient.

After picking your level, choose the Master Artist who aligns with your medium, your subject matter, and who personally resonates with you. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your Master, so make sure you choose a Master who you believe will truly help you.

Why am I being charged for my Mastermind Session before we meet?
Your membership is always “forward looking”.


Your registration today gives you access to your Mastermind Group for a one-month period, and payment is required before your session just like a typical workshop or course. Your membership will renew each month on the same date as your initial registration, and you can cancel anytime through the My Account portal.
Membership guarantees you one of the 8 seats in your Group. It includes:
  • a 2-hr live & interactive group mentoring session with your Master
  • access to your private discussion board on LUchat, so you can:
    • get to know the Navigator and the other artists in your group
    • suggest topics for your Master to address in an upcoming monthly session
    • support each other’s work on the assigned homework
If the Group has met previously, you can access the last session’s recording to review what the Master taught, and discover the homework that was assigned.
What is the curriculum?
The curriculum is not pre-decided, and your individual needs will determine what your Master teaches you.
After you register for your Mastermind group, we’ll email a Member Profile form for you to fill out. In this form you’ll tell us about your goals, your challenges, your current skills – all the stuff your Master needs to know to be able to help you out.

Before meeting you, your Master will review your form to understand how to best help you. The curriculum is not pre-decided. The mentoring and training your Master Artist will provide depends on what YOU need to learn. It will be tailored specifically in response to what you’ve told us about YOUR goals and challenges.

What happens in a Mastermind Group?
LevellingUp’s Mastermind groups are high-impact apprenticeship communities.

There are a maximum of 8 Member artists in each Mastermind group, plus a Navigator facilitator, plus the Master.

Your group meets with your Master Artist once monthly for a 2 hour live mentoring session using Zoom. Between monthly sessions, you get support and encouragement from your artist peers on LevellingUp’s private discussion board, LUchat.

During the first hour of each monthly session the Master provides feedback on the homework you completed since your last session. The second hour of each session is spent in new teaching, with the teaching focused on what your Master feels you need to know next to progress on your artist journey. Every session ends with a homework assignment related to the teaching.

Since there is no homework to review in the first session, the first hour of the first Mastermind session typically has the Master ensuring they fully understand the needs of each Member. This time is also a great opportunity for you to get to know the other artists in the group.

Our Members tell us the safe community their group provides gives them the encouragement and support essential to venture out into new territory.

What happens between my monthly mentoring sessions?
Between monthly sessions you share your progress, get help from your peers, and celebrate & encourage each other on LUchat.

LUchat is a discussion board that we’ve built specifically for our artists. There’s an area on LUchat that’s completely private to your group, and your Navigator will also be there to connect with you. Recordings of every monthly session are also posted on LUchat just in case you miss a session or want to review the discussion.

Your group’s Master will not generally connect on LUchat. The availability of a world-class Master Artist is extremely limited, so take full advantage of the face-to-face monthly live videoconference sessions. Your
Navigator will bring questions raised by the group on LUchat to your Master, ensuring your needs are addressed in the monthly sessions.

How long do I stay with a Master?
After 4-6 months, your group is welcome to invite a different Master Artist to come and mentor you.

By bringing in a new Master, your learning journey never needs to grow stale, and you can access the wealth of experience our many different Masters have to offer.

Changing out your group’s Master is optional, and your Navigator will help you through this process.

What do I get for my money?

Our Members tell us they discover 4 key benefits at LevellingUp:

  1. You get to know (and to be known by) and become part of the community of a successful & skilled Master Artist
  2. You’ll develop skills – both technical and business – in just a few months that otherwise would have taken years, if not decades
  3. With face-to-face conversation and feedback on homework assignments, you’ll learn quickly how to take your artwork from good to excellent
  4. You get to connect daily with a safe and trusted community of your fellow artists, giving and receiving encouragement, helpful ideas, and opportunities to network
What is a LevellingUp Navigator?
Your Navigator is a growing artist just like you, and is provided by LevellingUp to ensure your group operates well, and to ensure your learning needs are met.

Every group includes a Navigator. Navigators are not Master Artists, and are also benefiting from the Master’s mentorship. As fellow artists, they understand your challenges and successes. As experienced facilitators, they’re well equipped to ensure your group runs well and you get full value from your time at LevellingUp.

Some of the things your Navigator does are:

  • Ensure the monthly sessions run on schedule, and everyone gets a chance to speak and share
  • Support the Master with preparation
  • Help everyone with the technology
  • Help your group select a new Master (your Navigator will stay with your group after your Master changes)
Can I join a group that has already started?
If a group has space available, you can join anytime.

That means the group you’re joining may have already been meeting for a while. Don’t worry that you’ll feel left out or left behind! Your Navigator will be sure to bring you up to speed – and because mentoring is all about responding to your personal needs, the Master will work very hard to ensure your questions are addressed.

How does the billing work? What am I committing to?
Your Mastermind group membership is billed monthly, and there is no minimum commitment.
We do encourage Members to plan to spend at least 6 months at LevellingUp, as it takes time for your skills to grow and for meaningful community to develop.

The monthly billing is automatic, and you have access to your account so you can cancel anytime.

What happens if I’m not happy?
We truly want LevellingUp to give you the support you need, so if you find your first choice of level or of Master isn’t a great fit, we’re happy to help you move into a different group.

In case its ever needed, we also offer a 90 day full money back guarantee.

All members are screened to ensure the best fit. 

Sages are masters & experts in their field. All sessions facilitated by a trusted Navigator.

Group members commit to vulnerability, confidentiality & personal growth.

90 Day Money Back Guarantee!

What is LevellingUp?

Many of us feel “abandoned” or alone in our relationships & careers, and we’re looking for people to join us on our journey.

By combining interactive coaching and collaborative community, LevellingUp offers a unique, powerful and affordable opportunity for growing professionals like you to secure success and experience joy.


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