Ginger & Jonathan
The Creative DoubleShot is Ginger Danz, a visual artist, and Jonathan Danz, a writer, who’ve shared a creative journey together and enjoy rich, ongoing creative practices. By sharing what we’ve learned building our own creative practices—as well as from our countless conversations about creativity—over the past two decades, we want to help you develop your own creative practice on your own terms.
The Creative Doubleshot podcast was born out of our creative and interpersonal journeys and our need to help people experience the same joy and understanding we’ve encountered along the way.
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Recently someone said my paintings made her “feel things,” and that is my ultimate goal as a person. I want my creative pursuits (painting, teaching, speaking, coaching) to inspire people to feel like enough, to love others from an overflow of self-love, and to recognize and nurture their own creativity. Growing up my parents encouraged creativity in daily life, my Mom did ceramics and wrote poetry, my Dad wrote prolifically and got really into paint by numbers for a while. Neighborhood friends and I put together a variety show ala Donnie & Marie, and I nurtured secret dreams of being a Solid Gold dancer. Back in the day I didn’t think art was a viable career path, so I got a counseling degree and enjoyed a long and rewarding career as a mental health counselor, followed by several years as a life coach.
I dabbled in the arts throughout my counseling career, providing crayons and paper to adolescent and adult counseling clients, encouraging them to color with me while we talked. My non-work hours were spent drawing my sleeping pets, painting my friend’s pets as gifts, sawing away on a violin, and taking ballet lessons. I began selling my paintings at art shows in 2010 and when my employer closed his practice in 2012 I decided to take the leap and pursue my art full-time. Since that time I have aspired to let my life inform my art and vice versa. I love honoring my creativity on a daily basis and want to share that spark, helping others follow their fun every day, at work and at play!
When I’m not in the studio you can find me spending time with Jonathan and our 15 year old, playing with our cat, reading, spending time in nature, doing yoga, or (admittedly) scrolling through my Instagram feed.
Creativity is everywhere. Looking back on how I’ve arrived at this moment tells me it’s true. From the college volleyball court to guiding on the rivers of West Virginia, from learning to play guitar in my thirties to starting to write fiction in my forties, creativity is always there.
I believe creativity is what makes things fun, what gives us the thrill that makes us seek it out and incorporate it into our lives on the regular.
You know what else is everywhere? People.
Shocking, I know. Working with people throughout a variety of careers has been a lifelong education in understanding why people do what they do and how to meet them on their terms to help them be their best. This was as true when working with crews to tackle world-class whitewater as it was sitting at a table with multiple federal agency stakeholders working to build consensus and common vision. In addition, I served as president of a non-profit school for eight years and learned as much about my own behavior as that of my fellow board members.
Over the last two decades I’ve developed a creative practice of my own, starting with learning to play guitar before moving into writing fiction in 2009. I humbly offer my experience and insights to you so that you can live the creative life you know is inside you.