We had the good fortune of connecting with El Nolan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi El, why did you pursue a creative career?
Art is a special type of magic that I discovered when I was young, and it led me to pursue a Creative Writing degree in college. I’ve been able to combine my psychic spiritual experiences with different media in art, including poetry, fantasy, painting, charcoal, and oil pastel drawings.

Through this process of grounding and connecting to my spirit, I’ve channeled other spirits and energies so they can express themselves through my work, which has been at times terrifying and other times exhilarating.

Lately, I’ve realized that being a channel for energy works in the reverse as well! Now I purposefully channel positive intentions and manifestations for myself, my clients, and the world and ground these visualizations through art.

In short, I believe that art has the power to change the world for the better. So I pursued a creative career to ground positive manifestations and teach others to do the same, so we can make the world a more beautiful place together.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was always an artsy kid. One of my earliest memories is finger painting while watching The Lion King! Art of all sorts came to me very naturally growing up. I played piano and cello throughout school, and dabbled in as many different art classes as possible, including music theory, music composition, painting, sculpture, drawing, knitting, spinning yarn and more. As a gymnast, I also learned a bit of dance and how to express myself through my body’s movements. I ended up choosing Creative Writing as my college degree because of how much poetry and books had influenced me as a kid. I loved being able to learn how to affect my readers so that they could see what I had built in my mind, and feel what I was going through.
During high school and college, my spiritual experiences began to pick up and I was having more deja vu and general visions that were delivered in the forms of daydreams or poems. One of the most concrete (and scary) instances where my psychic sense influenced my work was when a classmate died in a skiing accident, and I had written a poem that morning reflecting the way he died. This experience totally freaked me out, and I stopped writing and creating in general.
Without art, I ended up turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms and landed in an eating disorder hospital. There, in a safe space, I reconnected with my art and my spirit.
Now, I guard my artistic channel pretty diligently and make sure that I create when I’m in a positive headspace. I still work with energies and spirits in my art, and now have developed more of a co-creation process with the divine so I can begin to pull positive manifestations into the physical realm for myself, my clients, and the world!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Basically anywhere in the mountains is worth it. If you’re not a hiking person, drive through Rocky Mountain National Park and stop every once in a while to get out, stretch your legs, and take pictures! Otherwise, any hike, regardless of views or waterfalls or lakes, are gorgeous. The Denver Art Museum is always a good idea, and they typically have a revolving exhibit that’s there for a limited time!
I personally love going to the ax throwing set up in the Saloon with friends. Drinking and ax throwing, what could go wrong? Press Play is also very fun, though tends to have a bit of a younger crowd.
One of my all time favorite date nights to do with friends who are in for the weekend is to go to Pearl Street to eat, shop and drink; then hit up Boulder Baked– the absolute BEST bakery in Boulder– for some fresh baked cookies and vegan cupcakes. Take your goodies up to Chautauqua Park, or, if it’s dark, drive a little further up to Flagstaff. Enjoy your cookies and good company overlooking the lit-up city!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents have been so wonderful in supporting my artistic dreams, and I can’t thank them enough for raising me in a way that allowed me to cultivate my artistic abilities. My partner has been amazingly supportive and keeps pushing me forward whenever I feel like giving up. And of course, every person out there that has supported me by collecting my work inspire me to keep creating and push my artistic boundaries further!

Website: authenticallyel.com

Instagram: authentically.el

Image Credits
Charlie-Mac Drury El Nolan

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