THRIVE Art Studio

Make Art. Meet Your People. Do The Work

THRIVE is a membership community of female, non binary and gender fluid visual artists from all over the world. We're all here to accomplish our goals as artists in our art practices and art businesses while following our own unique paths and supporting each other. Our mission is to make it less lonely to be an artist and THRIVE is here to provide community, accountability and support.

Unfortunately, gender inequality is an issue in the art world which makes being an artist so much harder than it needs to be for trans and cis women as well as genderqueer and non binary artists. It doesn't have to be this way. We're proving that, with our community of artists at THRIVE, we can support each other as we do the important work of becoming the thriving artists we are all truly meant to be!

We are looking for artists who believe in community over competition, generosity, gratitude, creativity and doing the work!

If you want to learn more you can:


Our Story

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The short and sweet story of THRIVE Art Studio…

It all started in 2015 after THRIVE’s Founder Jamie Smith quit her teaching job to follow her dream of becoming a professional artist. When she did she found that being an artist was lonely and that she had no road map to success. In art school she had been told that all the good artists had three things in common - they were starving, alone and male. She knew there had to be a different way and that she needed to find her community!

Jamie organized a Mastermind Meeting of six of her artist friends and they talked about the ups and downs of being working artists running their own businesses. Connecting over shared values of community over competition, it was the beginning of something special! At that first meeting was Tara Lee Bennett who would join Jamie as THRIVE’s Co-Founder a year later.

From that first meeting to today the THRIVE Mastermind Program and membership have grown and developed to include over 200 current members worldwide!


Our Values

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We have chosen to support not compete. We are in this together.


We come together with an open mind to be generous with our knowledge, experiences, stories and kindness.


We are so fortunate to be artists and to benefit from the work done by those who came before us.


We can creatively problem solve anything.

Do the Work

It is the only way.


Our Team

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Jamie Smith


Jamie started THRIVE in 2015 because as an artist she was lonely and needed an artist community! Jamie is a pattern finder, a botanical lover and adventurer. When not running THRIVE and making art you can find her bouldering. Jamie loves Frida Kahlo, drinking tea and meeting amazing artists in THRIVE!


Tara Lee Bennett


Before becoming a co-founder of THRIVE Tara started as a member in 2015 when it first started! Tara is an artist who is obsessed with paper. When not running THRIVE and making art you can find her practicing yoga. Tara loves her pets, she has two cats and a dog, and the supportive nature of the THRIVE community!

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Nadia Al-Wahaibi

growth and membership queen

Nadia helps artists find the right fit for them in THRIVE! She is here to help, with all the answers to your membership questions and is also the person who will chat to you when you apply. When not working at THRIVE and riding her bike you can find her kicking butt in kickboxing. Nadia loves chicken shuwarmas, water parks and getting to know new members of THRIVE.



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Select Press and Features

If you’d like to feature THRIVE please contact us at!

Art and Cocktails   Podcast  | 2019

Art and Cocktails

Podcast | 2019

CAREER RELAUNCH   Podcast  | 2018


Podcast | 2018

beatroute   Feature  | 2018


Feature | 2018

The Jealous Curator   Mention  | 2019

The Jealous Curator

Mention | 2019

Two Artists Walk Into a Bar   Podcast  | 2018

Two Artists Walk Into a Bar

Podcast | 2018

Montecristo Magazine   Feature  | 2018

Montecristo Magazine

Feature | 2018

Scout Magazine   Feature  | 2019

Scout Magazine

Feature | 2019

Sad Cast   Podcast  | 2018

Sad Cast

Podcast | 2018


Contact Us

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We’d love to hear from you!

Email us

Let's be social

Social media is the only time we like to be followed! We’re all about Instagram and yup, we’re on Facebook!


Jamie 604 916 4279 and Tara 604 788 4261

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Our Happy Place

535 Thurlow Street, Suite 100
Vancouver, BC  V6E 3L2

This location is wheelchair accessible.

Appointment only not open to the public. 

Vancouver is on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō  and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.