Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Richard T. Scott Paints America’s Identity Crisis Handsome Devils: Alessandro Tomassetti on Painting the Sensual Man ASTROBLAST: Astrophysicist Raymond Frey Remembers Stephen Hawking “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 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 Intimacy With the Unseen: Interview with Figurative Painter Mia Bergeron Women Under Glass: The Paintings of Alyssa Monks

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.

ASTROBLAST: Astrophysicist Raymond Frey Remembers Stephen Hawking

Today’s column is dedicated to English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, researcher and author, Professor Stephen Hawking.

“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

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.”

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.”

Igniting the global community through exploration of the arts

26th Apr 2014

Laura Krifka: Of Predator and Prey

"Ultimately, I think the paintings are about the push and pull of predator and prey, and the way we encompass those roles within ourselves. This relates to sex, but also religion and history. The ways we justify or do not justify our own agendas to the world and to ourselves."

26th Apr 2014

To Remain Astonished: Interview with Concert Pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi

"There is nothing more astonishing, and rewarding, than to play through a work you've played hundreds of times, and all of a sudden discover a new hidden line..."

19th Apr 2014

Sam Roxas-Chua, Eugene, Oregon: “Poetry is a Raft”

"Poetry is a raft for me. A safe raft that allows me to go into great depth and explore all the scary stuff. To make sense of what happened. Because if I wasn't able to make sense of what happened, I would be mute."

12th Apr 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole with Symbolist Painter Gail Potocki

"In my paintings, the woman is often a stand-in for all of humanity. I use the seduction of feminine beauty to act as a sort of 'lure' to encourage viewers to look longer and more closely at the work. She leads the viewers in, presents them with the unfolding scenario and makes them her co-conspirators. Without this human element in the painting, I think it is easier for the viewer to remove him or herself from the situation."

12th Apr 2014

Something Lost, Something New: Interview with Painter Maya Kulenovic

"This is how history unfolds, after destruction some things are forever lost, and some can be rebuilt. The result is something new, founded on the lifeline of what was before."

16th Mar 2014

When Courage and Goodness are Synonymous: Interview with Classical Figurative Painter, Luke Hillestad

"It's when characters in a picture are overflowing with Dignity, when I feel empathy for them, and I can sense they feel that for each other. All of my favorite work seems to have an abundance of dignity, empathy, and fantasy. For me, Courage and Goodness are synonymous." It seems to me that if we meet our truth with goodness/bravery - the result is beauty...Comfort - protection - consolation - we definitely long for these. Irony - at least as a philosophical groundwork - seems a shortcut - with no real satisfaction

22nd Feb 2014

To Paint That Eternal Music: Interview with Sol Halabi, Argentina

"I enter my paintings as if I am wandering through dreams, recognizing people, places and things, and yet the situations are of such strangeness and intensity that my mind must work to try to interpret and decode what I see. It is in that process where I find the value of my work: not what you see, but what is not. What generates my work internally, and when the painting is done, what it represents to the viewer."

15th Feb 2014

Vangelis Rinas, Greece: “The artist is born to suffer from incurable romance. No matter how hard reality becomes, he always believes that his work may change the world.”

"Don’t forget that we are born of the same land as Ulysses, made for travels and adventures, captains and fighters and explorers at the same time. Even when events don’t provoke us, we provoke events to happen. The artist, from wherever he comes, is born much like Ulysses."