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Sometimes taking a chance turns out to be one of the BEST things that happens to you. “Mastrius was that “chance” for me; and I couldn’t be happier. Teaming up with a Master Artist and new art friends was the push I needed to move into the art world.I’ve learned SO MUCH, not only from my mentor but from my group.

I’m expanding my art community, and getting encouragement, support, & feedback that’s really making a difference.

I’ve not only joined my second group with Mastrius but one of their moderators @heatherkinehan just gave a presentation to artists on some tips and tricks on promoting art on social media. Love it!

Pam, 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!

Jen, 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.

Mavis, Emerging Artist

My first and most important reason is to be a professional artist, full time.
Mona, 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.
Leslie, 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.
Jane, Emerging Artist

I’ve been getting mentored by @artistheatherpant Mastrius and I’m loving it!I’ve learned SO MUCH, not only from my mentor but from my group. (I feel like networking has been difficult and this has given me a venue to network and ask the many pressing questions that I have had).

I’m finally meeting other artists like me and getting encouragement, support, & feedback that’s really making a difference.

Niki, Emerging Artist

The reason I joined Mastrius is because I have learned that there is so much to be gained from the experience of others, not just from this instructor but the other participants. If someone is willing to share their lessons learned with you, why wouldn’t you want to seize that opportunity?

Lisa, Aspiring 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.

Jane, Emerging Artist

Mastrius has helped me immensely with my confidence in showing up for my own work, continuing to make art in my own terms and unapologetically so. It has been such an honour learning from one of Canada’s best contemporary artists, Julie Himel.

It’s been one of the best investments i’ve made for my self and my art career. 

Aggie, Emerging Artist

Mastrius has opened up new possibilities for me.

The opportunity to learn ad hare the journey with others is inspiring.

David, Aspiring Artist

Mastrius provides networking opportunities which are very helpful.

Access to the Master Artists willing to support upcoming ones is a rare find, thank you.

Anonymous, Emerging Artist

It was excellent in all ways!
Anonymous, Emerging Artist

Probably what I learned the most is how to be brutally strict with myself and know the big gap between me and a master. Once I saw the gap i was able to ask the master how to advance.

It’s refreshing to have a personal guide.

Sergio, Emerging Artist

Learned an entirely new way to paint and approach the painting process.
Anonymous, Aspiring Artist

I loved having a group to talk things out with, feedback from the master and the community we built in our group. The extra sessions offered from other masters were amazing too.

Being an artist can be lonely, and often you don’t know what to do to grow, Mastrius solved both of those!

Kim, Emerging Artist

Mastrius has provided for me real time connection with Master level artists to challenge existing skill sets and explore new possibilities. Being mentored by Deborah Tilby has made a huge impact on the quality of my work and she serves as inspiration for my present and future painting projects.

The best part is connection, discussion and sharing with the group 🙂

Bonnie, Aspiring Artist

Mastrius has connected me with practicing artists to teach me HOW to be an artist.

It has definitely accelerated my learning the ropes as an artist and a business owner. It enriches my life with a community that I can call on for pretty much anything from art chat to business ideas to thoughts on my current work. I count my group as some of my best friends, and we ALWAYS have so much fun together!

Barbara, Emerging Artist

Sometimes you’re in the right place at the right time. Or scrolling through social media at the right time. My turning point was responding to a message from an artist on Instagram gaging interest in forming an art mentorship group. The artist; Julie DeBoer. The group became Mastrius - Mentorship Group 002. I met other artists, masters, mentors and friends. I’m so appreciative of a collaborative and encouraging art community.

The Mastrius experience has been fabulous and it makes the art journey so much more fun!

Pam, Emerging Artist

Mastrius has afforded (literally! It’s affordable!) me the opportunity to truly accelerate my learning as an artist.

Having access to direct instruction and feedback from a Master has probably cut at least a couple of years of fumbling around with YouTube tutorials and trying to discern “”the good, the bad, and the pointless “” off of the journey to my goals.

Martin, Aspiring Artist

Mastrius is a perfect balance of accountability, community and fun. It feels like family. Family that makes you a better you.

Elizabeth, Emerging Artist

Creating connections with other artists and learning from accomplished Masters has helped me find a better path for my own work.

Jodi, Emerging Artist

Mastrius has provided me with a way to network with artists in a way I didn’t know existed.

The community that has emerged has been very beneficial in taking my art to the next level. And having a circle of art friends has been very encouraging. I’d highly recommend Mastrius to other artists.

Pamela, Emerging Artist

We created a warm community of like-minded artists challenging and supporting each other in goal setting and accomplishments achieved.
Diana, Emerging Artist

Being in Julie Himel’s group has been tremendous.

My goal going into the group was to start to develop my personal style. With Julie’s and the group’s guidance and feedback, my style is coming into focus. I find with the various exercises we have been given for homework, like blind contour drawing, I am finally loosening up in my art style.  

Suzanne, Aspiring Artist

Mark’s work is so incredible, but he’s so humble about it. His process is different than mine, but his angle, his method, his way of seeing things is fantastic. That’s why I’m here—not to paint like he does, but to learn by osmosis.

In my opinion, people should be jumping all over his class!

Holly, Emerging Artist

Super happy that I joined Mastrius. Ned is amazing! I feel like I am going to art school. Thanks again for the brilliant idea of Mastrius.

I just love the idea that art is not competitive.

I am no where near looking to sell anything and I may never, but I always feared there was great competitiveness out there so it would be hard to find camaraderie and support. I am so glad that is not the case.

Jo, Aspiring Artist

Mastrius gave me exactly the boost I needed to understand how to market and sell my work.

I made invaluable connections and the support was amazing.

Lori, Emerging Artist

I ♥️ belonging to the Mastrius community. It’s been amazing connecting with other artists, learning together from the masters as well as each other.

So many wonderful, supportive friendships have formed & I look forward to the day when I get to paint with my all my new artist friends.

I can’t wait to see where this all takes us!! ⁠⁠

Heather, Emerging Artist & Navigator

I benefited tremendously from the whole experience of being in this Aspiring Artist group; the mastermind expertise, the group interaction, the homework exercises.

My painting has improved so much and I am beginning to find my style.

Suzanne, Aspiring Artist

You & Julie have really developed a wonderful community. Thank you for inviting me to be part of it.
Veronica, Master Artist

I will say, I very much like your staff: quick to reply and answer any questions we have. Look forward to joining you in the future.
Otto, Emerging Artist

I am learning too much from Mastrius to quit.

Lynne, Emerging Artist

I learned way more in this course than I did when I was in art school. The combination of developing technical skills and discussing practical business practices is valuable for an artist. Maybe Mastrius should consider adding a student tier.

Patricia, Emerging Artist

I still have so much to go, but Mastrius has opened my mind and taught me things I had no idea about in regards to art and being an artist.

Not only do the instructors care and do their best to adapt to an online environment, but the navigators and other member artists are supportive and willing to share their ideas and knowledge.

Thank you Mastrius for accelerating my artistic journey and giving me a place of belonging!

Annae, Aspiring Artist

Mastrius has been a godsend for me as an aspiring artist.

It has provided a clear path on how to improve. It is so great to meet like minded artists and its a bonus when they live close by!

Carey, Aspiring Artist

Mastrius has again changed me and the way I see and approach my art practice.

Such an amazing community!

Ana, Emerging Artist

I came across Mastrius and after speaking with founder Julie deBoer I made the decision to join one of the mentoring groups.
I have been connected with a group of women that I’m sure we will be friends for life. I’ve had the opportunity to be mentored by Master Artists such as Julia Veenstra, Veronica Funk, Robert Burridge, Ned Mueller.

Being a part of this community has kept me focused on producing my artwork, improving my skills, learning about the business of art and connecting with the art community.

My group encourages and pushes me to do more. Looking forward to the future!!

Mavis, Emerging Artist

When covid started, my art group stopped.

Then came along Mastrius and these mentorship groups have given me the accountability and community I was looking for.

Brandie, Emerging Artist

Well, you could technically sign up for a month, attend the Master’s mentoring session and then cancel – but that’s not what the program is about. You will likely want to stay longer and learn more. Best way to know that is to give it a try.

Jeweliyana, Emerging Artist

Back in September, I joined the Mastrius community as a participant in & Navigator for the Artist Mentorship program. I already feel this has been turning point in my life as an artist. It’s too early to tell where it’s all going to lead, however the possibilities are very exciting.🙌🙌🙌⁠It’s only been four months, yet I’ve learned so much from both the Master Artists mentoring the groups, as well as my peers. Plus the connections I have made are amazing!! It’s been great chatting with fellow artists, sharing our journeys, goals, worries & successes.

It’s all about artists supporting artists!⁠ ♥️ ⁠

Heather, Emerging Artist & Navigator

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

A few months ago I joined with Julia Veenstra which was a definite turning point. Not only is Julia a brilliant mentor, with @heatherkinahanart as our positive and well organized navigator, the other artists in the group share their experiences and support one another. The experience has been a turning point for me in terms of how to set up my art as a business.

It’s been a real game changer.

Jane, 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.

Allison, Emerging Artist

Sometimes you stumble into something amazing. Mastrius is that “something amazing” for me as I began to explore a career path as an artist.

It’s been supportive, educational, fun and the people/artists I’ve met are seriously awesome.

It’s been an inspiring journey so far and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. 💙

Pam, Emerging Artist

I want to give more than a number rating. My Mastrius experience has been amazing. I love sharing with my group and the support I get in return.

Our twice monthly meetings and chat in between is such a great resource for me, and I have met wonderful, supportive people at every turn.

It motivates me to make art and to try new things with my business. I learn from my group’s experiences too- what has worked or not for them. I look forward to our meetings and always learn something new. It’s great to be a part of this community!

Anonymous, Emerging Artist

I joined the Mastrius Mentorship group with @artistheatherpant a few months ago and it’s been amazing to connect with and learn from @artistheatherpant, @heatherkinahanart, and all the other artists!

It’s been such a rewarding experience, particularly living in a remote community during covid times.

It’s so nice to share your artistic journey with others.”

Niki, Emerging Artist

Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time. Or scrolling through social media at the right time. It was my good fortune to stumble upon Julie DeBoer and answer a zoom invitation about interest in an online art community. That meeting in July 2020 provided me with an opening to an art community like no other. Mastrius enabled me to have access to the masters and other aspiring artists; many of whom became friends.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without their mentorship, support and push.

For that, I am eternally grateful.

Pam, Emerging Artist

Mastrius provided me insight into how other artists approach their work.

It also gave me the opportunity to network with people who shared similar interests as mine and learn from them.

Lisa, Aspiring Artist

Mastrius has really boosted my confidence and skills as an artist.

I am no longer figuring it out alone, I have 7 others in it with me and lots of Yodas to guide us!

Barbara, Emerging Artist

At times it’s just tough to have fluid discussions via zoom! That’s the only limitation I can think of. The group I’m in is so supportive, knowledgeable and intentional in growth and encouragement.

Being part of Mastrius has had a hugely positive impact on my focus, growth and success as an artist.

I’ve been privileged to learn from expert mentors and highly professional artists while gaining friends and community. Mastrius offers incredible value through ongoing workshops, live demos and panel discussions. I’m so excited to see where the journey leads next!

Jen, Emerging Artist

Mastrius has done wonders for my confidence.

I have managed to step way outside of my comfort zone which has in turn given rise to so many more opportunities to further my art career.

Deb, Emerging Artist

I am fairly new to the art world and I was looking for classes to help me grow my skills and Julie at Mastrius reached out to me. I have absolutely no regrets in taking the plunge to join this amazing community. Not only do you get to do art from the comfort of your home and learn from a master artist tailored to your group’s needs, but you also get to meet a lot of amazing artists in your small art groups. I am learning so much from the master artists as well as the other artists in my group.

It has meant so much to be encouraged along my journey by this wonderful and warm community. They are all so open to sharing their keys to success and their methods. Truly artists helping artists!

In a place where I feared I would get judged, I have been welcomed with open arms and can’t even imagine life without the Mastrius community! Mastrius offers so much variety as well and at a very cost-effective price. They really are inspiring artists around the globe to dive into what they love to do. Thank you for inspiring me!

Annae, Aspiring Artist

My turning point came the moment I joined Mastrius in Oct 2020, an art mentorship group created by artist Julie DeBoer. Our group (003) was initially mentored by the amazing master artist Julia Veenstra, and since that time we have been mentored by incredibly talented and generous masters Veronica Funk, and Robert Burridge.
I loved Mastrius so much that at one time I was in 4 different groups being mentored by such incredible artists and masters like Charlie Easton, Keiko Tanabe, Camille Przewodek, and Brent Lynch.

The experience has been like no other - the masters, mentors, friends and community are wonderful! Thank you Mastrius!

Jane, Emerging Artist

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