Welcome to Dirty Footprints Studio!
My name is Connie Solera and I believe that art is a journey of the soul. An important facet of my own creative process has always been sharing with others. So for the last 20+ years I have poured my passion for art and creativity into teaching professionally, supporting the arts in various ways, and pursuing my own dreams as an artist wholeheartedly.
I started my career by teaching in art museums, art organizations, summer camps, after school programs, intimate gatherings, as well as public, private, and parochial schools. Basically anywhere I could find work. But in 2010 I left a full time art teacher gig (with benefits, paid vacation, and my summers off) to devote myself fully to Dirty Footprints Studio — best damn decision I ever made!
Here at Dirty Footprints Studio I offer tools, mentoring, and sacred space for artists to dive deep and experience the transformative work of owning their creative gifts, discovering their greatness, and expressing their truth as an artist— all while sharing an honest peek into my own life as a heart guided artist, teacher, and creative entrepreneur.
Here’s a few juicy tid-bits about Dirty Footprints Studio…
- I started blogging at Dirty Footprints Studio in April 2008, but Dirty Footprints Studio existed before it was a blog as my own personal ceramics business. When we first moved to Arizona I was making large ceramic vessels and selling them at craft shows and local galleries. In 2008 I took a break from ceramics and returned to painting. I started this blog to share my process and connect with other artists. Even though Dirty Footprints Studio has evolved tons since those first days, my intention still is the same — sharing, connection, and celebrating the artist journey.
- The name Dirty Footprints Studio came from my years creating at the ceramics studio barefoot. One afternoon, during a studio meeting, one of the artists said they always knew when I was in the studio because they could see my “dirty footprints” in the clay dust on the floor! Voila–Dirty Footprints Studio was born. But this too has evolved over the years and the one constant has been my commitment to embracing each of my own dirty footprints on this blessed artist journey I am on!
- In 2010 I quit my full time, public school art teaching gig to pour my heart 100% into Dirty Footprints Studio. What was my secret to being able to walk away from a “secure” paying job with loads of benefits and my summer’s off? I had to fall in love with it before I could leave — that’s my secret. I spent many years working in the public school system hating the system and miserable. Then one day I realized that this is my life and I could either love it or hate it — I decided to chose love. It wasn’t until I actually fell in love with my job that the doors to leave it and begin something new started to open for me.
- I’m blessed to state that Dirty Footprints Studio supports my family financially, creatively, and spiritually. Because of Dirty Footprints Studio, Hansel and I are both home full time and raise our son in an environment of creativity, consciousness, slow cooked meals, adventure, service, and LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Photos by Darrah Parker Photography.