About

Welcome to Dirty Footprints Studio, I’m Connie Hozvicka.

My mission is to inspire Artists to deepen their connection to their creative source, trust their innate expression, and be fearless in living their truth.  

I believe that Artists are not only here  to make things.  

Artists are called to be the edge-walkers, the architects of a new paradigm of thinking-working-living.  Artists are the anointed ones--the connected healers and stewards of all things divine, wild, and free. 

My work here at Dirty Footprints Studio is about helping Artists tap in and let go.

I call it FEARLESS® Painting.

It’s really more than just brush against canvas.  It’s about clearing the path to your creative truth and allowing the light to channel through in your most powerful expression.

At Dirty Footprints Studio I share with you the power of my FEARLESS® Painting Process through my personal blogging, online workshops, retreats, and IGNITE my FEARLESS® Painting Facilitator Certification program.

I want to see you be the Artist your heart is calling you to be.  But most of all, the world needs you to be that Artist, so don’t hesitate--trust and believe.

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Here are a few other things about me, Connie Hozvicka:

--I ANSWERED THE CALL TO BE AN ARTIST when I was just an itty bitty and was blessed to have a family that supported me.  I graduated with a degree in art and art history, and years later went back to get  my art education licensure.  I’ve been making art since as early as I can remember, and I’ve been teaching art for over 20 years now.  In 2010 I quit my full time, public school art teaching gig to pour my heart 100% into Dirty Footprints Studio--best decision I ever made.  I’ve been supporting my family financially with Dirty Footprints Studio ever since.

--I AM A THRIVING, HEART-CENTERED ENTREPRENEUR--so much so that there’s actually a whole chapter about me in Marianne Cantwell’s book: Be A Free Range Human and in 2010, right after quitting my job, the pioneer of self employment herself: Barbara Winter personally invited me to speak at her Joyfully Jobless Jamboree convention in Austin, Texas.  What most Artists fail to see is that we have the total advantage at being an entrepreneur--creativity and courage is the key to success--not a business degree.

--I AM THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR of the wildly popular, online art journaling workshop: 21 SECRETS--which is going on it’s fifth year in 2014.  I founded this workshop with the intention of bringing the healing forces of art journaling to Artists and non-Artists everywhere--making it affordable, accessible, and inspiring. 

--I CREATE ART PURELY AS PART OF MY SPIRITUAL PATH.  Even though I have sold my work world wide and have been in numerous gallery shows, I consciously choose now to create Art that is purely for my own spiritual development and not for commerce.  

--I WRITE.  And then I write some more.

-- I AM A DEVOTED YOGINI.  I first was introduced to the practice by my Dad when I was just five years old and ever since it has been a constant in my life...In 2011 I even graduated from the Yoga Pura 500 hour Teacher Training.

--I BACKPACKED BY MYSELF THROUGH ITALY for a whole month in 2001.  

--I HITCHHIKED AROUND COSTA RICA with the great love of my life (who is now my husband) Hansel in 2006...then the following year we sold almost all our belongings and took a road trip across the US of A, landing in Arizona where we’ve been living ever since.  

--I GAVE BIRTH TO THE MOST INCREDIBLE SOUL--a son, in 2012.  My whole life changed in the most magical and mysterious ways.

--I CHANT DAILY and start almost every day with a dance party.

--I'VE BEEN A VEGETARIAN since I was 17. I love smoothies and that green juice stuff is starting to grow on me! 

--I USED TO HAVE DREADLOCKS. (Somedays I miss them.)

--PURPLE is definitely my favorite color.

--I LOVE LOVE LOVE my sketchbook.

--MY SUN SIGN IS CAPRICORN.  MY MOON SIGN IS SCORPIO.  That explains everything.

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Here are a few things about Dirty Footprints Studio:

--I STARTED BLOGGING HERE 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 left ceramics and went back to painting.  I started this blog to share my process and connect with other Artists.   Even though Dirty Footprints Studio has evolved much since those first days, my intention still is the same.

--THE NAME DIRTY FOOTPRINTS STUDIO came from my days 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 truthfully, embedded in the name is my practice of staying grounded to beloved Mother Earth and my reverence for this blessed journey of discovery I truly am on as an Artist.  

--AT DIRTY FOOTPRINTS STUDIO I SHARE my own personal journey as an Artist and creative entrepreneur--but it takes a tribe  to make the magic happen.  I am super grateful for my amazing team which consists of my business coach Selina Barker who keeps me grounded and always helps me organize my thoughts and ideas into do-able steps, for Shirlene Brenes at Premier Customer Service--she does all the administrative stuff that feels like finger nails on a chalkboard to me, and for Quinn Whissen of Sukha Creative--she is a graphic designer / mind reader / marketing priestess whom I feel was born for Dirty Footprints Studio--she’s that good, and Elizabeth Potts Weinstein--she keeps things real and legal!!  Along with this team--I am blessed with beloved mentors who have been an anchor and a trusted wisdom circle always encouraging me to grow and expand as an Artist and creative entrepreneur--I want to show my great, great love and appreciation towards Chris Zydel, Barbara Winter, Heather Plett, Jamie RidlerJai Uttal, Sukhdev Jackson, and Yogi E.  They have all challenged me and loved me oh so sweetly.

--A BEAUTIFUL TRIBE OF FEARLESS® PAINTERS has grown around Dirty Footprints Studio and I will always be grateful and in awe of these amazing women who have taught me so much about being fearless as well as painting FEARLESS®.  I love you all. 

--MY MANTRA here at Dirty Footprints Studio is: Be love, spread light, paint FEARLESS®.

--ONE DAY DIRTY FOOTPRINTS STUDIO WILL be made of brick and mortar.  No, scratch that!! More like bamboo, hammocks, and easels!

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