03rd Aug 2013
Steven DaLuz

Metalheads: Steven DaLuz, San Antonio, Texas

I think there is a kind of yearning that we have, as humans ~ to know that we are not alone in this vast plane of existence. I try to pull the veil back just a little to reveal just a glimpse of something that could be.

19th Jul 2013
Absolution | Mitch Griffiths

Mitch Griffiths: When All Hope Is Not Lost, Gratitude

Art can be a medium for escape and take you on wonderful journeys. However, it must have the resonance of reality to truly connect. There needs to be gravitas. The best work is monumental, not ornamental.

06th Jul 2013
Regina Davis Izaguirre

Regina Davis Izaguirre, Figurative Painter: What the Songbirds Carry

I grew up in Mexico City, where my dad and I bred a collection of close to 70 birds – mostly songbirds. As lovers of both music and nature, this was our way of converging the two ~ and to keep our surroundings as pure as possible while living in the big city. Since then, birds have been a source of inspiration for my paintings.

29th Jun 2013
Maria Kreyn

Russian-born Maria Kreyn, Figurative Painter, New York City

"I grew up thinking that one ought to paint and draw like a man. Then as I got to know what men and women are like, I thought that really one ought to try to paint like a god. Now I think I ought to paint like a human being." ~ Maria Kreyn

29th Jun 2013

What’s on Dino Valls’ Mind?

Making a quick dismissal of Valls’ work because it seems a bit kinky and a little disturbing would be to wildly underestimate these paintings, which are much, much, deeper than superficial erotica.

29th Jun 2013

Dino Valls, Madrid: When a Surgeon Paints

Consider the work of Spanish artist Dino Valls, trained as a surgeon yet who upon graduation made the decision to focus all of his energies on painting. But be forewarned: Valls does not ease into his subjects; he works forcefully and seemingly without fear. Or is it precisely because of personal fears that he makes these incisions?

08th Jun 2013
Joanne Nam

Joanne Nam: Into the Woods

"Living on a mountain as a kid was not easy. I was a depressed child, and I had to go through a lot of painful situations. However, now I understand I was blessed to have stepped in the mud, looked at wild animals, and smelled rain in woods. It became a spiritual place in my head, and I wanted to share that feeling with the audience." ~ Joanne Nam

07th Jun 2013

The Lies We’re Told, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, and the Hopeful Truth

"If only I had parented differently, if only I had been a better child, if only I had been more desirable, then the addict would never have chosen their addiction over me. The truth is that addiction is a complicated process that no other person can be responsible for, only the addict. To believe otherwise is at the heart of codependency." ~Andrew Nargolwala, psychotherapist

26th May 2013
Jolanda Richter

Jolanda Richter’s Magical Surrealism

While my paintings are a part of myself, completely and authentically, I am reflecting also our society with its hopes, fears and problems. In particular, my female subjects are a mirror of the position of women in our time and society.

19th May 2013

Why Beauty Matters: Philosopher Roger Scruton & Theologian, Painter, Michael Pearce On Why We Need to Reclaim Art for the Soul

Political philosopher, Hannah Arendt defined artworks as “thought things,” ideas given material form to inspire reflection and rumination. Dialog. Sometimes even discomfort. We know that art matters. But the question posed by modern philosophers such as Roger Scruton, of Oxford University, is, How do we want it to affect us?

19th May 2013

Why Beauty Matters: Philosopher Roger Scruton & Theologian, Painter, Michael Pearce On Why We Need to Reclaim Art for the Soul, Part II

"We cannot reach a consensus on the definition of beauty, any more than on the definition of other such volatile terms. But we can reach a consensus on the importance of beauty, and its place in our lives. The test of time is important, but the important time is now. And that is why we must educate children in the love of the beautiful and the capacity to distinguish the true from the phony examples." ~ Roger Scruton, philosopher, writer, Oxford University professor

18th May 2013
Steven Kenny

Through Beseeching Eyes and Beautiful Bodies

Stories told through beseeching eyes and beautiful bodies working to free themselves from physical and emotional strain and constraints.