The Heroine’s Journey of Marianne Goodell

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The thing I love the most about my work is being immersed so deeply in the process because it is so pleasurable that I lose track of time. The sheer joy of allowing emotions to pour through into my work releases them from me and onto the canvas or into a piece of jewelry. From there, looking at or wearing the art allows me to heal.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? As it relates to what I do, perfect happiness is the act of creating something. Whether it is a piece of jewelry or a painting doesnt matter; its just the act of creation that is my perfect happiness.

What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear probably has to do with being unable to do what it is I do. However, even as I think about that, I figure Id probably come up with a different way to create because Ive been making something in some form or another for as long as I can remember.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I dont like how obsessive I can get about things, especially working. Because I love doing what I do so much, I can often lose sight of everything else in the world because Im so focused on working.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? The living persons I most admire in my profession include the jewelry of Ricky Frank, Holly Ginsberg Gage, and Janet Alexander. I love the art of Malcolm Liepke, Milt Kobayashi, and Lara Provost.

What is my greatest extravagance? My Pilates membership is probably my greatest extravagance. It costs more per year than anything else I buy, but I love it so much that I freely spend the money.

On what occasion would I lie? I would lie because I wouldnt want to hurt someones feelings. It would probably be along the lines of half truths or not answering if I felt what I would say could hurt them.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I really dont like the marketing element of my work, specifically, I hate emailing people. I dont like to think I am bothering them, so I become lax in sending out emails.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? In all honesty, Im really happy in my work right now and have been for easily 4 years. Two years ago, I really committed to what Im doing and we converted our formal living room and dining room into my studio space. Right then, I knew I was committed 100 percent to being a full time artist and jeweler.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Im not sure what I would change about myself. Possibly, my obsessiveness could soften a bit. It is a good trait in the fact that I can get very focused and work towards my objectives. However, softening could come in handy when its time to take a break.

What is my greatest achievement in work? I think my greatest achievement in work is that I dont doubt myself as an artist and jeweler any longer. I will always continue to learn and grow because I love to do just that, but it is not coming from a place of feeling I am not good enough. I know with everything I put out in the world, I am doing the very best that I can with what I know at the moment and am perfectly fine with that. That was a huge hurdle to overcome for me.

Where would I most like to live? I am really content living where I live right now. I enjoy nature. We have access to the mountains right outside our back door. In a few short hours, we are in several different National Parks. We have four incredibly diverse seasons.
What is my most treasured possession? I actually have two treasured possessions but both mark a huge milestone in my artistic career. One is a painting I did after attending a Plein Air course. I was devastated during the course, came home, wiped off all of the paint and just painted what came from my heart. It marked a turning point in my career because I honored my own calling. Almost the exact same thing happened with a piece of jewelry I was making. Both are treasured because they represent me and who I am as an artist.
What is my most marked characteristic? Id say my most marked characteristic is my laugh and the fact that I do it a lot.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? There is a street here in my city called Wasatch Blvd. that runs along the base of our mountains. I cant tell you how many times Ive walked or run on that street and have been bombarded with ideas. Somehow, its a magical place for me.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I love exploring coffee shops with my family. Recently, we discovered a new little shop near our home called Honeysuckle Cafe. Their coffee and tea is well crafted and their desserts are fantastic. Plus, the ambiance is so welcoming that we can sit in there for hours just talking amongst ourselves. Another coffee shop we frequently visit is called the Red Moose for that exact same reason.
What books influenced my life and how? Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach were both books that were instrumental in my questioning my purpose. By doing that, I was able to realize what it was I truly wanted to do with my life.
Who are my favorite writers? I usually read for pure entertainment and I love mysteries. Some of my favorite authors include: Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, Robert Crais, and David Baldacci. I could go on and on here.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I would listen to a compilation of alternative music including artists like: Linkin Park and Fallout Boy and then Id add some Lady Gaga and Adele into the mix.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? There are too many characters from which to choose. All of the heroes or heroines that I love are a little bit flawed. Theyre all highly intelligent and incredibly good at what they do, but theyre not perfect. Karin Slaughter has a whole series of books with the same characters and I love all of them starting with Will Trent.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? It may sound cheesy, but one of my heroes in real life is my husband. He is a sweet man who is so incredibly supportive of what I do. When I get a little to obsessive, he reminds me to eat or take a break. He makes me laugh. The other two heroes are my mother and my grandmother. Both are incredibly strong women and fantastic role models.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? I loved Inception. I loved how they portrayed the world and how it might not always be as it seems.
What role plays art in my life and work? Art consumes me. I love looking at art, learning about art, learning about artists, learning from artists, making art and repeating the entire process with jewelry.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I have two best friends who are both so supportive in what I do. They have both listened to me work through my fears, supported my growth, and cheered my success. Neither of them are artists or jewelers, but they listen to me and offer suggestions and help in any way they can in an effort to help me succeed.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I would love to work with some of the living artists I mentioned above: Malcolm Liepke, Milt Kobayashi, Ricky Frank, and Holly Ginsberg Gage.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I have been exploring different ways of painting the face; specifically, Ive been exploring graffiti art and really enjoying that. I have also been exploring making a series of Egyptian God related jewelry pieces. I will continue to do both as the year continues.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Currently I am offering some of my work in a local shop called The Divine Intervention.The majority of my work can be found online on Facebook and Instagram. Quite often it sells directly from those two sites before I can even add it to my website.

My YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCThJtfE5G_bkHpUb2vMYLOQ

Three publication links from my webpage to Amazon:

http://www.mariannegoodell.com/product-category/create-with-me/publications/

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? To me, passion never retiresmeans that if what you are doing is coming from the heart and is truly inspired, the flow of inspiration never ends. If you set aside rules and ideas and let what really wants to come through you pour out, it will be an endless river of passionate creation.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Helaine Abramson (she has a beautiful story), Janet Alexander

How can you contact me?

website: http://www.mariannegoodell.com

email: mariannegoodell1@gmail.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marianne.goodell/

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariannegoodell/

cell: 801-232-6632

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