04th Apr 2015

A Cold Story On a Warm Night: The Mischief-Making of Pamela Wilson

"I like the juxtaposition of a cold story in a warm light. It creates confusion and room to explore."

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."

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."

26th Jan 2014

In the Apex of Love and Suffering: Interview with Painter and Photographer Andres Orlowski

I think when one is in the apex of love or suffering it is difficult to understand the ride. Patience. And then perhaps the reward: the value of solitude.

25th Oct 2013

Alexandra Manukyan, Figurative Painter, Los Angeles: “Every Solution In Life Requires A Struggle”

These women wear their wounds with pride. Every solution in life requires a struggle. The mistakes of the pasts, the wounds of pain and loss, and the icy stabs of betrayal. And yet none of these specters weigh them down or define their destinies.

05th Oct 2013

Daniel Barkley, Allegorical Figurative Painter, Quebec

I am always telling the kids that there is nothing new under the sun, it is you and what you bring to it that will make it new again.

31st Aug 2013

Aron Wiesenfeld, Narrative Painter: Don’t Look Now, But We’re No Longer On Solid Ground

"Fantasy by definition is an escape, and it was a way for me to avoid difficult situations and emotions in my adolescence; however, I don’t think of reading as escapism. I think the activities of daily life are more commonly an escape from difficult or strong emotions. It’s in literature and art that one can usually come into more direct contact with those things. That’s why art is so fascinating. Even fantasy books, ironically."

31st Aug 2013

The Primordial Dreams of Aron Wiesenfeld

Many artists enter the dream world, but few can so inhabit it as to give us not only its semblance but the meaning of the dream. Wiesenfeld’s genius lies both in the interiority of his figures and in the exteriority of his dreamscapes.

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?