Just Be Yourself, You Are Wonderful: Modern Fresco Painter Ali Cavanaugh On Finding Forgiveness and Freedom We Were All Women in the Womb: Icelandic Drag Performers On Feminism and Free Expression Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Richard T. Scott Paints America’s Identity Crisis Handsome Devils: Alessandro Tomassetti on Painting the Sensual Man “Beauty Is Not Perfection, It Is Sublimating the Imperfect”: Interview with Helene Delmaire, France For the Love of Music and Beauty: Interview with Singer, Songwriter, Halie Loren The Sea Casts Its Spell: Interview with Oslo, Norway Figurative Painter, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

Just Be Yourself, You Are Wonderful: Modern Fresco Painter Ali Cavanaugh On Finding Forgiveness and Freedom

“I know what that is like when you can’t hold it together any longer, when it just all comes down on top of you.”

We Were All Women in the Womb: Icelandic Drag Performers On Feminism and Free Expression

“Gender is a social construct and drag breaks it down and reconstructs it.”

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Richard T. Scott Paints America’s Identity Crisis

“We become ourselves precisely when we drop the narrative, when we give up trying to construct our identity.”

Handsome Devils: Alessandro Tomassetti on Painting the Sensual Man

There is something to be gained from straight men being able to see the beauty in another man and in women being able to see the beauty in a man outside the masculine norm.

“Beauty Is Not Perfection, It Is Sublimating the Imperfect”: Interview with Helene Delmaire, France

“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”
― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

For the Love of Music and Beauty: Interview with Singer, Songwriter, Halie Loren

“…And you are reminded of just how strong this medium is and yet also how little it has to do with you. You realize that it’s not just about you.”
~ Halie Loren

The Sea Casts Its Spell: Interview with Oslo, Norway Figurative Painter, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

“If you as a child would approve of how you live your life, then you’re doing it right.”

Igniting the global community through exploration of the arts

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?

23rd Jun 2013
Kelly Rees

Embracing Intimacy: Conversation with Sexuality Coach Kelly Rees, Portland, Oregon

Just as every element in a dream can be seen as reflecting a different aspect of the dreamer, so also Kelly Rees feels that fantasies can work the same way.

15th Jun 2013

The Naked Paintings of Teresa Oaxaca

Consider the paintings of 22-year-old Teresa Oaxaca, a classically trained aritst who layers elaborate costumes onto her portrait subjects ~ as well as onto her own body. By all rights, what we take in before us ought to be thick with disguise. But are they? Or is the psyche somehow rendered even more transparent to the viewer's eye?

15th Jun 2013

A Poet Talks About Fatherhood

It happened quite naturally. I liked to quote lines of poetry for them. Once when we were visiting the Atlantic coast and watching the waves crash and the sea spray spouting up, I quoted a favorite line from Hart Crane's poem, "The Dance": “what laughing chains the waters wove and threw.” My children never forgot that. Several years later when looking at another wild body of water, they would remind me of that same line.

08th Jun 2013
Wilhelm Matthies

Wilhelm Matthies, Visual Artist and Teacher

"After playing with prepared guitars, and later prepared mandolin, I realized that perhaps I could create an instrument that would suit what and how I wanted to play" ~ Wilhelm Matthies

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

Matteo Marchisano-Adamo, Narrative Filmmaker, Hollywood

"With the Internet and the advancements in technology and equipment, a new breed of moviemakers is evolving. This helps in making it an art again – it makes it democratic. It has been a long time coming, but now the technology and quality of the image and sound have surpassed storytelling. Now we need to relearn now to tell stories. We are still telling old stories." ~Matteo Marchisamo-Adamo, Hollywood filmmaker, musician