30th Aug 2013

“No One’s Speaking For Me Anymore.” Interview with children’s book Illustrator, Nicole Rubel

"I remember once I was drawing a Halloween picture, and my art teacher came up to me and said, "The sky is not purple, and pumpkins do not fly through the air." ~Nicole Rubel, children's author/illustrator, Oregon, USA

03rd Jul 2013
Heidi Durrow

Novelist Heidi Durrow: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

I think all of us in some way or another are unknown to ourselves. We know parts of who we are but there as other aspects of ourselves that are constantly still being revealed. The book is about how events and people in our lives help create us and make us the story of who we are.

29th Jun 2013
Maria Kreyn

Russian-born Maria Kreyn, Figurative Painter, New York City

"I grew up thinking that one ought to paint and draw like a man. Then as I got to know what men and women are like, I thought that really one ought to try to paint like a god. Now I think I ought to paint like a human being." ~ Maria Kreyn

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
John Stanazzi

Let Me Tell You About My Father…

I invited some of the special people I know ~ from poets whose work has appeared in Combustus magazine to a dancer friend of mine who immigrated from Hungary ~ to share with us some of the wisdom they’ve received over the years from their fathers as well as what has been passed on to their own children.

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?

25th May 2013

Luca Bergero, Music Therapist, Composer, Field Recorder, Italy

Music therapy has allowed me to figure out how I can live a life of purpose by serving really unlucky people. That’s what has saved me.

19th May 2013

Why Beauty Matters: Philosopher Roger Scruton & Theologian, Painter, Michael Pearce On Why We Need to Reclaim Art for the Soul, Part II

"We cannot reach a consensus on the definition of beauty, any more than on the definition of other such volatile terms. But we can reach a consensus on the importance of beauty, and its place in our lives. The test of time is important, but the important time is now. And that is why we must educate children in the love of the beautiful and the capacity to distinguish the true from the phony examples." ~ Roger Scruton, philosopher, writer, Oxford University professor

11th May 2013

The “Slippery” Photographs of Robert Siegelman

"Honesty is dangerous. For my work to have honesty and candor: Dangerous... What we are aroused by can be very surprising... There are somethings we know that we are aroused by, and that we consider “proper” or consistent with our self image. But watch out! Surprises happen!"

10th May 2013
Matthew Shlian

Matthew Shlian, Paper Engineer, Michigan, USA

“There is immediacy to paper. You may take a sheet and begin to work, or plan something out methodically. It is a medium with a memory and one with which you can naturally create a dialogue". -- Matthew Shlian

10th May 2013
Fotini Hamidieli

Fotini Hamidieli, Painter, Veria, Imathia, Greece

“Whenever my hands itch, I want to work. When an idea is buzzing in my head, then I must. It is time.

04th May 2013

Ian Gamache: Outsider Artist

I don't consider what I do to be 'whining', in fact part of me agrees with the 'pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps' philosophy; but not everybody has boots, or even legs for that matter.

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