For the Love of Music and Beauty: Interview with Singer, Songwriter, Halie Loren Sifting Through Stardust: Conversations with Astrophysicist Raymond Frey 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 Her Sweet Excess: Interview with American Painter Adrienne Stein The Uber-Representational Paintings of John Brosio Intimacy With the Unseen: Interview with Figurative Painter Mia Bergeron Women Under Glass: The Paintings of Alyssa Monks And Down Came the Spiders: Narrative Figurative Painter, Katie O’Hagan “I Have Dreams Where I Can Breathe Under Water”: Interview with Figurative Painter, Teresa Elliott

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

Sifting Through Stardust: Conversations with Astrophysicist Raymond Frey

In his new column for Combustus, astrophysicist Raymond Frey, head of the University of Oregon physics department, takes questions sent in by readers on everything from, “Is time travel really possible?” to “What is dark energy, anyway?”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

“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.”

Igniting the global community through exploration of the arts

07th Aug 2014

The Unsettling Abstracts of San Francisco Artist Henry Jackson

"Every living thing on earth struggles for its existence. It's this struggle that I try to capture, as honestly as possible."

29th Jul 2014

To Feel Less Alone: Interview with New York Filmmaker, Fine Art Photographer, Carolyn Marks Blackwood

"There are so many ways that human beings are the same, and yet people feel very alone in their own stories. When you are able to tell a story, whether it be photographically or in film, that touches a core story in people, they and you react. They feel recognized and understood and you feel so much less alone in the world."

16th Jul 2014

Closer to Wildness: Interview with Oregon Artist Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

"I realize that many people might never read what I write in a painting, but I like knowing that if they do, they might find something interesting, like the text in one painting describes how to raise caterpillars, another describes aphrodisiac recipes from around the world. When I’m working on a painting about something deeply personal like family secrets, the text happens organically – I’m feeling, thinking, painting."

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."