The Trailblazer's Palette

Welcome to "The Trailblazer's Palette" with Sanchia Marshall, where we uncover the stories of those who've fearlessly turned passions into thriving businesses and fulfilling lives. Join us as we explore inspiring journeys and dive into my own artistic insights, kindling your creativity and ambition. Unveil the boundless world of passion, resilience, and possibilities.

Music: Roa – Snowflakes



7 Light and Shadow: A Deep Dive with Dorian Iten

In this episode, we explore the artistic journey of Dorian Iten, a multi-talented artist and educator who finds joy in collaboration and creation. Dorian's dedication to understanding the physics of light transforms the way art comes to life, both in his teachings and in his own work.

Born in Austria, raised in Switzerland, and educated in classical painting in Italy and entertainment design in the U.S., Dorian's diverse background enriches his approach to art. He draws, paints, sculpts, and teaches, finding his greatest joy in creating alongside others.

On his website, you'll find a wealth of resources, including courses, articles, and an archive of live streams—all crafted to enhance your artistic skills and appreciation. Dorian’s commitment to making his insights accessible is evident in everything he does, aiming to enrich the creative community.

In this episode:

The Physics of Light: Dorian shares his fascination with how light can animate art, leading to the development of his renowned online program, "The Shading Course."
The Shading Course: We dive into how this course helps artists grasp the nuances of shadow and light, elevating their work to new levels.
A Life in Motion: From relocating to the Swiss Alps during Covid to his artistic adventures in Japan, Florence, Austin, San Francisco, the Russian Academy, and Barcelona, Dorian discusses how these diverse environments have influenced his work and teaching style.
Artistic Challenges: Dorian opens up about his struggles with perfectionism, procrastination, and the personal themes in his artwork, like in his striking "The Pearl of Pain" painting.
Inspiration from Poetry: Discover how Dorian uses poetry as a muse for his creative expression, inspired by words to create sublime visual art.
Expanding Horizons: We talk about Dorian’s collaboration with Proko to offer "The Shading Course" to a wider audience.
Courage in Creation: Dorian advocates for taking meaningful, courageous actions in art, even in the face of fear.
The Emotional Journey: From dealing with social anxiety and loneliness to embarking on profound personal healing—including experiences with ayahuasca—Dorian shares his path toward self-acceptance and love.
Kinetic Healing: Learn about the role of contact improvisation dancing in Dorian’s life as a form of physical and emotional therapy.
Staying Informed: We touch briefly on the importance of understanding AI and its implications for artists.

Join us as Dorian delves into the mechanics of artistic creation and the emotional voyages that shape not only his art but his life philosophy. Whether you're an artist or simply an art enthusiast, this conversation is sure to inspire.

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6 Gwenn Seemel: Painting Outside the Lines

In this episode, we explore the vibrant and boundary-pushing world of Gwenn Seemel, an extraordinary artist who's been reshaping the art scene since 2003. Starting her journey in France and Portland, Oregon, Gwenn now creates her innovative pieces from her studio in Lambertville, New Jersey.

Her work is bold and thought-provoking, using a unique polka-dot cubist style to explore issues of identity, connection, and mental health. She's not just an artist; she's a rule-breaker and a storyteller, especially evident in her impactful series 'Everything’s Fine,' where she brings the conversation around anxiety and mental health to the forefront.

During our conversation, Gwenn opens up about her unique path in the art world, one that's marked by a fierce independence and a decision to sidestep social media. She delves into her creative process, her drive to challenge artistic norms, and the profound satisfaction of creating work that resonates deeply with today's societal challenges.

But this episode goes beyond just sharing art talk. It's a glimpse into the heart and mind of an artist committed to her craft and her message, offering insights on perseverance, authenticity, and the power of art to communicate and connect.

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5 Inside the Studio with Amy Nordby: Art, Instincts, and Innovation

In this episode, we dive into the creative world of Amy Nordby. Amy isn't just any artist; she's someone who pushes the envelope with her resin art and mixed media pieces. In our chat, we're getting into everything from how she got her start in art to the ins and outs of creating an artwork every day for a year, along with AI and digital art to create new pieces.

Amy gets real about why she steers clear of commissions, sharing her belief in the power of intuitive art and the importance of following your creative instincts. We also touch on some interesting topics: the importance of art, getting noticed in an art world that's bursting at the seams, and how to keep making art even when it feels difficult.

This episode isn't just shop talk. It's about the passion and perseverance that fuel creativity, and Amy's take on the challenges and joys of being an artist in today's world.

To find more about Amy and her art visit her website at or connect with her on FacebookInstagramYouTube, Twitter and MeWe

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4 Starry Dreams Unleashed: The Magical World of Qinghong Wei

In this episode, step into the enchanting world of Qinghong Wei, an artist whose life story is as mesmerising as her art. Born into the embrace of China's rich artistic heritage, Qinghong's early passion for watercolour was the prelude to a profound journey. With a foundation in architecture and a tapestry of experiences in arts, design, and theatre, Qinghong found her true essence.

Living amidst the tranquil beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a farm, Qinghong embodies a beautiful balance of femininity and masculinity. For her, art is not a separate entity; it's intertwined with life, shaping and defining existence itself.

Amidst the tapestry of her life, Qinghong faced a brief setback in college, a moment of defeat from a professor, briefly dimmed her artistic spirit. Yet, it was from this moment that Qinghong's resilience and love for watercolour deepened. It transformed from a medium into a philosophy of flow, guiding her through life's challenges.

In her Starry Dreams Studio, she doesn't just paint; she orchestrates symphonies of emotions and experiences. Each stroke tells a tale of resilience and beauty. Through her art, Qinghong shares more than just her passion; she shares her journey of resilience and rediscovery.

Join us as Qinghong Wei unravels her extraordinary journey, showing us how art, in its purest form, is life itself.

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3 Diving into Imagination: Discovering Jess Swan's Artistic World

Hey there, art enthusiasts!

In this episode, we've got a fantastic guest—a talented artist who paints with pure passion.

We all know art has this magical way of touching our hearts, right? Well, today, we're diving into the world of creativity with Jess Swan.

Jess is all about creating vibrant, intuitive art, right from her beautiful studio at home in Perth, Western Australia.

We'll chat with Jess about her journey into painting, what makes her style so unique, and how she finds inspiration, painting everyday and following her heart. Her art is all about joy, freedom, and making us feel alive.

So, get ready to explore the world of artistry with Jess Swan.

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2 Chasing Dreams: A Musical Journey with Richard Goldsworthy

Welcome to a journey of tranquility through music.

In this episode, we're privileged to introduce a special guest—an accomplished and talented musician who crafts melodies that embrace stillness and calm.

Music's power to evoke emotions and create peaceful moments has always fascinated me. Today, we're delving into the world of music for serenity, featuring the gifted Richard Goldsworthy.

Richard's compositions are a beautiful blend of simplicity, all created on a resonant Grand Piano. His music possesses a unique ability to quiet the mind and bring profound peace.

In this episode, we'll explore Richard's journey as a musician—how he discovered his passion for crafting calming music. We'll dive into the experiences that have shaped his compositions and brought stillness to countless lives.

And now, as we immerse ourselves in the realm of these tranquil melodies, let's delve deeper into the artist behind them, Richard Goldsworthy.

About Richard:

"I have always had this thing about finding stillness. Searching out a quiet place, decluttering the mind, sleeping deeply and peacefully, mellowing my thoughts, pausing, breathing, and simplifying my life. These days, many people tell me they need more stillness in their life, but don't know how to find it.

So I decided to create some music for stillness. Music that is just the sound of a beautiful resonant Grand Piano. Music that is quiet and simple. Music that calms and embraces you. Music that doesn't have too many notes or frills.

I’ve taken myself on a few retreats and adventures to create this music, to places like Kauai, Hawaii, the red deserts of Arizona, the historic and deeply spiritual shrines and temples of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, the rainforest-covered mountains of my birthplace in tropical North Queensland, Australia, and the endless ocean that laps at the doorstep of my home on Australia’s Sunshine Coast.

Thanks for taking the time to listen to my music. I hope you will be touched by the stillness."

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1 Tech Explorations: Journeying with Josh Marshall

Step into a world of innovation and technology!

In this episode, get ready for an exciting journey alongside someone who's making remarkable strides in the world of software engineering and e-commerce.

Imagine delving into the realm of codes and digital creations. That's precisely where we're headed as we introduce you to the insightful and skilled Joshua Marshall.

Josh isn't just a tech expert; he's also the driving force behind his own web development business. He's reshaped the way his customers operate in the online world, finding solutions to digital challenges.

Today, we'll uncover Josh's fascinating story – his journey through overcoming obstacles and celebrating victories in the realm of online businesses.

But there's more to this episode than technology alone. We're also unveiling a special aspect of our lives – our unique approach to teaching our three kids, fostering creativity and learning in unconventional ways.

Prepare for an engaging conversation with Josh. We'll hear about his experiences and gain valuable insights along the way. Let's kick off this episode of 'The Trailblazer's Palette' podcast with a warm welcome to Josh Marshall!

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7: Light and Shadow: A Deep Dive with Dorian Iten