The Sea Casts Its Spell: Interview with Oslo, Norway Figurative Painter, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen The Fertile Ground of New York City Oil Painter Martin Wittfooth Art As Therapy for the Unsatisfied Man: Interview with Argentine painter, Martin Llamedo Her Sweet Excess: Interview with American Painter Adrienne Stein “We Live Our Lives in Circles”: Interview with Mary Chiaramonte The Poetry of Synchronicity: Interview with Erin Anderson The Uber-Representational Paintings of John Brosio And The Stars Fell: Interview with artist Julyan Davis Intimacy With the Unseen: Interview with Figurative Painter Mia Bergeron Women Under Glass: The Paintings of Alyssa Monks

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.”

The Fertile Ground of New York City Oil Painter Martin Wittfooth

“I’m exploring allegories of rebirth: the notion that we often have to let something die (metaphorically speaking) for something else to be allowed to be realized and flourish.”

Art As Therapy for the Unsatisfied Man: Interview with Argentine painter, Martin Llamedo

“Making a man happy, for more than a few seconds after consumption, is not very interesting to a consumer society; for them an unsatisfied man is preferable. Beauty and art, therefore, is fundamental therapy today.”

Her Sweet Excess: Interview with American Painter Adrienne Stein

“My work is personal, containing symbols and codes for things that are taking place in my life or what I yearn for. The stakes are high, so when others disapprove of your work, they essentially disapprove of you. It is a great risk. The life of an artist is full of self-doubt and isolation. Yet this is a part of everyone’s experience.”

“We Live Our Lives in Circles”: Interview with Mary Chiaramonte

“I like to entertain the idea that we live the same lives over and over. This is the thought behind this painting: that we live our lives in these circles, and all of our time will be experienced again.”

The Poetry of Synchronicity: Interview with Erin Anderson

“I think synchronicities are most noticeable when we look backward. In the moment, our experiences can feel disjointed, especially when the unexpected happens. But when you stand from a higher vantage point looking backward, the individual pieces of your experience fit together with a poetic elegance that just feels right.”

The Uber-Representational Paintings of John Brosio

“I am, of course, not entirely sure of what is going on in these images because, were I too certain, I would have no need to attempt them. But the dissatisfaction, or ‘frustration,’ as you call it, is very much a necessary ingredient. Maybe even the only ingredient.”

And The Stars Fell: Interview with artist Julyan Davis

“She came each day to stand in front of the murder ballad paintings. She had grown up listening to all that music. ‘I just stand here,’ she told me, ‘And the paintings pull the marrow from my chest.’ ”

Intimacy With the Unseen: Interview with Figurative Painter Mia Bergeron

“I’m a deep believer in physical rituals as a way to understand our world. Painting is a way for me to understand my own life.”

Women Under Glass: The Paintings of Alyssa Monks

“I want to somehow express what it’s like to be in their skin. I believe this is what art can do at its best. Maybe this way we will feel less alone in the world, more compassionate to each other, work with, instead of against, one other.”

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29th Jun 2014

For Beauty’s Sake: Interview with Stanka Kordic

"The work often goes through weeks of labor, with many layers of paint, because I like the idea of work to carry weight and substance. Scratches, scrapes, dark colors, soft edges, muted light, energy, quiet. Life contains all of it, why not a painting?"

27th Jun 2014

And Down Came the Spiders: Narrative Figurative Painter, Katie O’Hagan

"My usual coping mechanism during stressful times is to detach a bit emotionally and power through, but I guess there are always cracks in the armor, and these images seem to slip out unbidden."

27th Jun 2014

“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

20th Jun 2014

“I Have Dreams Where I Can Breathe Under Water” ~ Interview with Figurative Painter, Teresa Elliott

"There's something irreverent about getting muddy. Plus, its related to play and recreation. My mother was OCD about keeping the floors clean, her hair in place. This is all counter to my mud series, which by the way is not appreciated by my parents. They have a visceral reaction to my mud paintings. That's one advantage to being a mature artist, though, there's no time to waste and I do what I want, but they remain scandalized."

14th Jun 2014

Laila Bell, Sculptor, New South Wales

"Looking over my body of work, I realize that my figures do express a sense of stillness, introspection and quiet contentment. With the daily onslaught of harrowing news, it is easy to loose hope in the human race. It is my wish that my sculptures bring some beauty, peace and tranquility into people's lives. To connect them back to a place of hope."

30th May 2014

“It’s All About Risk”: Contemporary Abstract Artist, Jeane Meyers

"I've always believed that the painting is there if you're willing to do the work and put in the time. It's there if you believe."

23rd May 2014

Access to Incandescence: The Paintings of Conor Walton

"I want to paint images that are, in some sense, ‘icons,' that represent something I feel I can believe in. I want my pictures to carry conviction beyond technical competence."

03rd May 2014

Francoise de Felice, France: “My mother and the difficult relationship I had with her are what guide my work”

"My canvas portrays the different faces of the same woman. Fairy and witch are juxtaposed, there's a duel. I use women as a springboard to show that internal struggle within all of us, wrestling with feelings of happiness and yet unhappiness."