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Welcome to the

ARTIST MASTERMIND+

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

ARTISTS

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

YOUR Artist MASTERMIND+ group IS WAITING

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

WHAT IS A HOBBYIST ARTIST?

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!

YOU'RE INTERESTED IN:

  • 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!

YOU'RE INTERESTED IN:

  • 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

MASTER ARTISTs

Dominik Modlinski Headshot Square

dominik Modlinski

CSPWC

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.

FOR HOBBYIST ARTISTS

Dominik Modlinski Art 1
Dominik Modlinski Art 2
Dominik Modlinski Art 3
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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.

FOR EMERGING ARTISTS

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Jeff deBoer Sculpture 1
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Julie Himel

Sheila Davis

SCA, OSA, SFCA

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.

FOR EMERGING ARTISTS

Julie Himel

AMY DRYER

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.

FOR EMERGING ARTISTS

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.

FOR HOBBYIST & EMERGING ARTISTS

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.

HOBBYIST & EMERGING ARTISTS 

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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.

 FOR EMERGING ARTISTS

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
& ACCOUNTABILITY 

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

TESTIMONIALS

I would like to make a business selling my artwork. With the social networking taking off during this crazy time I'd like to learn how to take advantage of exposing my work so I can sell it.

Leslie - Emerging Artist

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2020-11-27T12:12:41-07:00

Leslie - Emerging Artist

I would like to make a business selling my artwork. With the social networking taking off during this crazy time I'd like to learn how to take advantage of exposing my work so I can sell it.
My first and most important reason is to be a professional artist, full time.

Mona – Emerging Artist

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2020-11-05T16:06:56-07:00

Mona – Emerging Artist

My first and most important reason is to be a professional artist, full time.
I highly recommend this program; it’s been very helpful to me so far… wish I could join each and every group.

Jen – Emerging Artist

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2020-11-12T11:07:53-07:00

Jen – Emerging Artist

I highly recommend this program; it’s been very helpful to me so far… wish I could join each and every group.
–As a second career possibility, art has certainly become my focus after a rewarding experience as an entrepreneur in early education. I am inspired by new possibilities, learning new strategy and homework that I actually enjoy doing! I know that I have the potential to grow in my technique and learn from the masters, and I most certainly need strategy and consulting to make supportive connections and understand industry practice to take my serious hobby to a career journey.

Allison – Emerging Artist

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2020-11-05T16:07:14-07:00

Allison – Emerging Artist

–As a second career possibility, art has certainly become my focus after a rewarding experience as an entrepreneur in early education. I am inspired by new possibilities, learning new strategy and homework that I actually enjoy doing! I know that I have the potential to grow in my technique and learn from the masters, and I most certainly need strategy and consulting to make supportive connections and understand industry practice to take my serious hobby to a career journey.
This has been such a positive experience so far. I really really like the other artists in the group and have learned SO much from everyone. You couldn’t ask for a more supportive and generous mentor than Julia Veenstra.

Jane - Emerging Artist

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2020-11-27T11:54:16-07:00

Jane - Emerging Artist

This has been such a positive experience so far. I really really like the other artists in the group and have learned SO much from everyone. You couldn’t ask for a more supportive and generous mentor than Julia Veenstra.
Without a doubt it was to get advice on how to improve and grow as a professional artist (I.e. learn a few marketing strategies). Also high on the list was the desire to connect with other artists, since I know very few artists personally!

Jen – Emerging Artist

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2020-11-05T16:06:41-07:00

Jen – Emerging Artist

Without a doubt it was to get advice on how to improve and grow as a professional artist (I.e. learn a few marketing strategies). Also high on the list was the desire to connect with other artists, since I know very few artists personally!
The first thing that drew me to the concept was being able to connect with other artists on the same journey and being mentored by someone who had already gone through that journey. Being an artist is quite a solitary endeavour and as I am just starting out I thought it would be a way to meet other artists and have a continued connection with them through the program. And then having access to the knowledge of an establish artist to guide me in my journey shortening my learning curve is wonderful. I would not have the courage to reach out to any of these artist mentors so I am very grateful to have the opportunity to do it here.

Mavis – Emerging Artist

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2020-11-05T16:07:42-07:00

Mavis – Emerging Artist

The first thing that drew me to the concept was being able to connect with other artists on the same journey and being mentored by someone who had already gone through that journey. Being an artist is quite a solitary endeavour and as I am just starting out I thought it would be a way to meet other artists and have a continued connection with them through the program. And then having access to the knowledge of an establish artist to guide me in my journey shortening my learning curve is wonderful. I would not have the courage to reach out to any of these artist mentors so I am very grateful to have the opportunity to do it here.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the PLUS?

The PLUS in the LevellingUp Mastermind+ model is 2-fold! Not only is every Mastermind+ Group facilitated by a LevellingUp Navigator, who attends every meeting, the group also has access to LevellingUp’s community of certified experts. You and your group choose the expert, who then spend 3-6 months with your group, training you in essential skills, and providing feedback on your between-session practical homework. Pick a new expert every 3-6 months! AND, you’ll never be without your Navigator, who ensures everyone participates in discussions, and that your group’s unique training trajectory is met.

Most of the mastermind groups currently available on the market offer only peer mentoring. Some enhance their offering by adding professional facilitation. But with no expert in the room, these formats create a blind-leading-the-blind situation.

What is the time commitment?

Your Group meets once each month for 2 hours over videoconference.

In between Mastermind+ meetings you will connect with your group through a confidential discussion board. Recordings of each videoconference session are also posted here.

How does LevellingUp vet Navigators and Sages?

All Navigators and Sages have a proven track record of equipping others in their relevant subject area. The vast majority are certified coaches. All LevellingUp Navigators and Sages have been referred into the community through other trusted coaches. Most importantly, we constantly solicit feedback from you, our customer, on their effectiveness. Only those that meet YOUR high standards remain available.

What will being part of a Mastermind+ Group feel like?

Because our matchmaking process ensures each Mastermind+ Group is comprised of highly-aligned peers, each group will have a unique culture, values, and learning trajectory.

After spending several sessions getting to know your peer group, you’ll discover a safe environment with friends who have very similar goals and challenges as you. We want you to feel comfortable disclosing your greatest challenges, your biggest fears, and your loftiest goals. The trust-building process can take time, so we ask everyone to commit to 6 months with their group.

If you’ve never worked with a professional coach before, we expect you’ll find working with a LevellingUp Sage to be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make in your life/career/business. But – mastery of essential leadership and business skills is not always an easy process, and you can expect to be stretched as you learn skills that are far beyond what any book or video will ever teach you.

We require all participants to commit to non-disclosure and non-solicitation. We also expect members to share their personal experience, best-practices, strategy, opportunities, referrals, connections, and more. Because the more each group member contributes to the whole, the better off your entire Mastermind+ Group will be.

How do you assemble the group?

We undertake a rigorous matchmaking process to ensure each Mastermind+ Group is comprised of individuals who complement each other extremely well. This proprietary process uses matching algorithms based in the neuroscience of trust and the psychology of high-functioning teams.

You can be sure that your group will be comprised of individuals facing similar challenges, having similar values, and pursuing similar goals. And that participants will not be in competitive businesses, roles, organizations, or geographies. 

The LevellingUp Navigator has a background that aligns with the group. This ensures the Navigator understands the skills and needs of participants personally.

Can I meet my group members before we start?

Your first scheduled Mastermind+ session will be the first opportunity for a new group’s participants to meet. Due to the logistics of assembling and the matchmaking process we use, we cannot provide informal meet-and-greet session at this time. If you find you don’t mesh well with others in your group, we are happy to provide a 90-day full money back guarantee.

 

If we are adding you to a group already in operation, before being formally added to the group you will have a meet-and-greet with group members to ensure the perfect fit.

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!

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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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