Alisa Burke

Alisa Burke is a painter, mixed-media artist, and author who quit her job in 2009 to become a full-time artist. Her paintings are in galleries and private collections around the world. Her work has been featured in print and on television including Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV, Bon Appetit, PBS, Readers Digest, Disney and more. Even though Alisa grew up with two full-time artists and entrepreneurs for parents, her path to success was a slow, difficult journey. Here Alisa speaks candidly about the struggles, the challenges, and her eventual path to freedom.



I was squeezing my dream so tight it almost didn’t have room to breathe. And the moment I let go, of even my unhappiness with it all, was the minute I had new ideas, and inspiration and that’s when things began to snowball and really began to take off in my creative career.

I was squeezing my dream so tight it almost didn’t have room to breathe. And the moment I let go, of even my unhappiness with it all, was the minute I had new ideas, and inspiration and that’s when things began to snowball and really began to take off in my creative career.

Some things we talk about…

  • Miscarriage and how art pulled her through what was one of the hardest years of her life
  • The challenges of being a full-time artist
  • What happened when she just got really brave and put herself out there
  • How to find your own creative voice amongst the millions of others and
  • What it took for Alisa to leave the world of a steady paycheck and health care and leap into the world of art, dreams, and freedom.

“The more you’re in your own life – not on Pinterest, not on Instagram – the more you are present in everyday stuff in your world the more you are able to bring those things into your creativity and your authenticity will shine through.”

“I learned that putting yourself out there and setting goals that are crazy really can bring a lot of good stuff your way. And if you don’t try, if you don’t set that goal and go after it, you’re never going to know.”