The Heroine’s Journey of Ginnie Cappaert

What is the best thing I love about my work?

I love the color! Color comes naturally to me and whether it be vibrant or subdued it doesn’t matter because the color is what speaks to me and gives me joy!

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness to me is this present moment and being filled with gratitude and appreciating all that I have and do. Having loving friends and family that support my dreams, having good health surrounding myself and all those I know are some of the best gifts of happiness.

What is my greatest fear?

Probably the physical loss of my eyesight or bodily injury that would leave me incapable of working. I cannot imagine a day without painting!

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

My ability to focus, at times! Although, I am dedicated to my painting process and have a regular studio practice I sometimes find way too much time to play outside like going for hikes, horseback riding or bike rides. I sometimes feel guilty but I need to realize that these adventures always enhance my painting inspiration.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Actually two, husband and wife, Lawrence and Lucy Carroll. I admire artist Lawrence Carroll for his artistic works as well as his humbling mentoring and friendship. And I adore his wife because she is so supportive of his art, career and life. They are a great pair!

What is my greatest extravagance?

Travel! I wish I could do more! I’ve traveled the world and don’t want ‘any moss growing under my feet’. It certainly is a blessing and an inspiration to be able to experience so many different cultures and countries which continue to fuel my creativity.

On what occasion would I lie?

I just cannot lie. Period.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I’m lucky enough that most times the work just ‘flows’ so I am happy almost all the time. I think though when I travel and see new landscapes and return to my studio that I feel the most happiest and excited about my work.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I wish I could be more of a team player. I am so flippin independent and always have my way of doing things which works for an independent artist/gallery owner but sometimes I think I could be better.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Just the simple growth in my art, seeing changes and feeling more confident about my work. Also, the continual support of collectors both public and private that purchase my work for their art collections.

Where would I most like to live?

Anywhere as long as I am with a special someone! But Santa Fe, New Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal are all good options as well! Michigan will always be a part of my life, my past, but Always, Always Door County, Wisconsin will be my new home.

What is my most treasured possession?

Life, Family, Friends, Horses, Properties. Those are the most important, but I did splurge once and bought myself a turquoise bracelet from a Navaho (I believe) artist in New Mexico. It’s my favorite piece of jewelry ever!

What is my most marked characteristic?

My smile and outgoing personality and my ability to see the positive in everyone I meet. Honest and giving.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The water! No matter which home I am at, Michigan or Wisconsin, it is the beautiful lakes and waterfronts that I love. Especially walking to the beach a mile from my Door County gallery and having the entire space to myself. I also immensely enjoy the water view from the deck at my gallery! It continues to inspire painting after painting! I am blessed!

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

My deck or outside! In Door County we have so many fabulous restaurants I could never choose one! Most importantly it’s who you are with…that’s why always, always with friends is the best!

What books influenced my life and how?

“The path of the yoga sutras” Nicolai Bachman

“The Untethered Soul” Michael A. Singer

“You are here” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Big Magic” Elizabeth Gilbert

“How to Love” Thich Nhat Hanh

As you can see, my list is long, but most importantly are books that reflect upon my yoga path, being a better person, and surviving the ups and downs of a creative life journey.

Who are my favorite writers?

No specific one but I love artists that write about their life, process and creativity.

You only Die Once, What music would I listen on my last day?

Some good soul stirring music – Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, David Grey, Leonard Cohen-Hallelujah. And for fun maybe some BoDeans and MeatLoaf.

Who is my hero or heroin in fiction?

Elizabeth Gilbert and Oprah Winfrey for their gut-wrenching honesty!

Who are my hero’s in real life?

Probably my Mom and all the hard-working women who continue to be mothers while often sacrificing their dreams for their husbands and family.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Two. Eat Pray Love and Sweet Home Alabama because they reflect on what is out in the world if you explore and reach outside your box.

What role plays art in my life and work?

My life and work is my art. I am a full time artist and gallery owner. My life is centered around art and my studio practice as well as all of the business aspects of art.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

I have so many! I am blessed with wonderful family and a HUGE amount of very special friends who have supported me and my dreams through decades! I am eternally grateful!

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

Well, maybe not all in one year but in a lifetime! Hyunmee Lee, M. Shemchuk, Jeff Hirst, Melinda Cootsona, Madeline Garrett, Janice Mason Steeves.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?

Melanie Parke (husband Richard Kooyman) who are a husband and wife duo operating the Provincial and sharing their space in a small Michigan town for exhibitions. They are two true artists who dedicate their life passion to the arts!

Which project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

After a huge solo show in Santa Fe two years ago, I have been working on several new series that are showcased at my own gallery as well as the other galleries that represent me. I have a lot of other ideas gelling in my mind: possible workshop/study combining yoga and creativity; another solo show possibility; another series of paintings inspired by my bedroom door while staying in Paris – this is a series I have wanted to start but haven’t yet.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

You can see ME on my yoga mat! Or riding horses! Or exploring and hiking the beautiful outdoors! I will also be at my gallery, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, in Door County, Wisconsin. I am also represented at Globe Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico and spend some time there every winter. In Michigan you can find my work at Lafontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids, Tvedten Fine Art, Harbor Springs, Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids. In Wisconsin be sure to check out my work during the summer at Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Door County.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

When you are doing what you love, what you are passionate about it hardly feels like work. Notice I did not say it is not difficult because it surely is. True artists never retire, they always think they have their next best painting about to happen.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Rebecca Carlton, Door County, WI

Margaret Lockwood, Door County, WI

Stephanie Trenchard, Door County, WI

How can you contact me?

Via Facebook or Instagram: Ginnie Cappaert

Via my website: email:

Personally by visiting my gallery, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, in Door County, Wisconsin from May-October or by appointment.

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