June 14

Umar Hameed


The Business Side of Art by Karl Saar

Karl Saar is a sculptor working predominately in steel, aluminum, and bronze. He has been a self-employed sculptor and furniture builder since 1998. Karl says “I don’t really have a cohesive reason for why I make what I make. I believe my subject matter is driven by experimenting with techniques in the shop which leads to an idea. Sometimes a found object, pop culture, or even a client requesting specific criteria in a piece can inform what I produce.”

Podcast Highlights:

  • The three faces of art: illusion, delusion, and authentic self 
  • Stay true to who you are. This is where greatness lives
  • Art is all about evoking emotions within others
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Karl Saar is introduced as the first artist to appear on the podcast. He discusses the challenges of balancing the creative and business aspects of art.

The Business Side of Art

Karl shares his struggles with transitioning from commercial jobs, like creating handrails for the National Aquarium, to focusing more on his passion for sculpture and art. He mentions the challenges of setting up his shop more as an artist than a tradesperson.

Personal Encounters

Umar recalls how he met Karl at a garage sale and bought a unique chair designed by Karl. This leads to a discussion on the subjective nature of beauty and how different people perceive art.

The Artist's Mindset

Karl delves into the self-doubt many artists face, especially when comparing their work to others on platforms like Instagram. He also touches on the challenges of pricing art and the internal battles artists face regarding their self-worth.

The Three Faces of an Individual

Umar introduces a concept where individuals have three faces: the illusion they show to the world, the delusion of who they think they are, and the authentic self. He believes that great art emerges when artists tap into their authentic selves.

Karl's Artistic Journey

Karl agrees with Umar's perspective and shares his journey of trying to create art that resonates with his true self, despite external judgments and self-imposed stigmas.

The Value of Art

The conversation shifts to the commercial aspect of art, where Umar emphasizes the need for artists to separate their creative process from the valuation of their work.

Karl's Background

Karl shares his upbringing in Factoryville, Pennsylvania, a blue-collar town. He speaks about his parents' support for his artistic pursuits, especially his father, who encouraged him to attend art school instead of joining the Marine Corps.

Memorable Sales

Karl recounts a memorable sale from an antique automobile show in Hershey, where a customer deeply connected with one of his pieces, leading to a significant sale.

Breaking Through Limiting Beliefs

Umar discusses the power of understanding the mind and how beliefs from childhood can shape an individual's life. He introduces techniques to identify and overcome limiting beliefs.

Karl's Creative Process

Karl admits that he often faces creative blocks and shares how he overcomes them by sometimes setting projects aside and returning to them later with fresh insights.

The Power of the Heart

Umar guides Karl through an exercise to connect with the spiritual side of his heart, emphasizing the importance of combining both logic and emotion in the creative process.


The podcast concludes with Umar thanking Karl for the insightful conversation, likening it to a therapeutic session.

Questions & Answers

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About the author 

Umar Hameed

Umar Hameed is an expert in changing individual behavior and improving team dynamics. He uses techniques and tools from the world of Applied Neuroscience and NLP to make individuals and organizations more successful. His business savvy and neuroscience combination gives him the unique ability to help salespeople become exceptional. Umar is an international keynote speaker who has done presentations in 16 countries. ✅✅✅He is the author of three books; the latest is Unleash Your Crazy Sexy Brain!


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