RedDot Podcast | Episode 009 | Panel Discussion – Dealing with Criticism from Spouses, Close Family, and Friends

I talk with Massachusetts artist Mara Levin, and Bay Area artist Naomi VanDoren about how they’ve navigated the challenges of taking criticism from spouses or close friends. We discuss the importance of developing self-confidence and perspective when criticism, whether solicited or not, undercuts your confidence in your work.



Guests: Mara Levin & Naomi VanDoren


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About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.


  1. Thanks, Jason, for the dialogue on How to deal with criticism from spouses, etc…… really hit home for me as it has been an ongoing theme in our household for over a year. I decided last spring to get looser and more colorful in my paintings and just have ‘more fun’ in the process. My photographer husband who is a stickler for sharpness in wildlife wanted me to stay with ‘painting every feather, etc’ ……..we had several discussions each one getting no where until I decided to move my studio into a spare bedroom and away from critical eyes. I think he got the point, and now lets me paint in peace , lol.

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