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Wonderful Candid Interview!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 10, 2019

You, Deanna, are a treasure. What a wonderful, candid interview! Thank you so much for your work in writing and sharing people’s stories. What a wonderful thing to wake up to this morning!

Ali Cavanaugh

Terrific Journalist

Rated 5 out of 5
October 10, 2019

Deanna, you are a terrific journalist because you bring the deepest answers from the artists and intellectuals you interview.

I love the article you did on me! It looks beautiful and catches the real essence of my thoughts!!! I think your beautiful interview is going to be read again and again! It was a real pleasure to do this interview and I hope we will talk again about art and the destiny of meaning again in the future!

Marc Vinciguerra

Thanks Deanna

Rated 5 out of 5
October 10, 2019

Thanks Deanna. Your interviews, your artistic choices, are a super bright spot, always in my day.

Kevin Doherty

Wonderful Journey

Rated 5 out of 5
August 27, 2019

A wonderful journey, Deanna, thanks so much.

Kenneth Peter Scott


Rated 5 out of 5
August 27, 2019

Wonderful interview by Dr. Pearce. I follow Brad Kunkle’s work on Instagram. I was surprised to see his work in the opening credits for the Netflix series of Anne of Green Gables (Anne with an E). It is one of many things that makes that show a gem

Kenneth Massey

Nurture My Soul!!

Rated 5 out of 5
August 21, 2019

Thank You! Deanna Piowaty!! Whose words nurture my soul!! Music to my thoughts! Air to my imagination!

Lori L. Brown-Craig

I find myself mesmerized

Rated 5 out of 5
August 17, 2019

Brad Kunkle’s work transcends imagination and beauty! I find myself mesmerized in the mystical world in which he transports us. Fantastic interview and article!


Sensory Elation

Rated 5 out of 5
August 11, 2019

From the captivating interviews to the stunning art forms, I find myself feeling very invigorated every time I visit the site. Thanks so much for the quality of work you share on here.


Truly Engaging...

Rated 5 out of 5
August 11, 2019

Combustus feels like an expression of my soul, it hearkens to a greater need within me..”


Love the interview

Rated 5 out of 5
July 26, 2019

Love the interview you did with the Edgar Noe Mendoza Mancillas. He is someone I would enjoy having dinner and a glass of wine with. What a soul! Thank you for presenting him and his work here

Sheila A. Burke

Great interview!

Rated 5 out of 5
July 24, 2019

Great interview!

Robin Trevor Tucker

Really Enjoyed!

Rated 5 out of 5
July 24, 2019

Really enjoyed this article! Right up my alley. Love his work. Thanks much.

Marc Ouellette

One of my favs

Rated 5 out of 5
July 23, 2019

Mitch Griffiths is one of my favs

Shana Levenson

Powerful stuff

Rated 5 out of 5
July 16, 2019

Powerful stuff (interview with Edgar Noe Mendoza Mancillas) And excellent interview with Andrea Kowch.

Brian Tracy

Very Interesting!

Rated 5 out of 5
July 16, 2019

Very interesting interview and work!!!!!!

Edgar Noe Mendoza Mancillas

Wonderful Article!

Rated 5 out of 5
July 14, 2019

Thanks so much for the wonderful article!

Richard Scott

So sweet

Rated 4 out of 5
June 15, 2019

Made me emotional when I read the piece about Kriszti VanSlyke. So sweet

Nancy Todd

Depth of Expression

Rated 4 out of 5
May 25, 2019

A fantastic article with depth of expression in both your words and interactive dialog, and by Laila’s exquisite Art.

Hugh McMunn

It is a Privilege

Rated 5 out of 5
May 10, 2019

Thank you Deanna for your publication. It has been a pleasure to get an intimate view at the life and thoughts of artists of interest to me as well as enjoy their work with generous images. It has also been a privilege to be part of your publication.

Andres Fidel


Rated 5 out of 5
May 4, 2019

Insightful, great interview. thank you

Diane Mantzaris

Beautiful Work

Rated 5 out of 5
April 21, 2019

Thank very kindly for all the work you have done with your publication, Deanna. The beautiful work and insightful interviews have always been a welcome landing for me. (Andrea Kowch is one of my favorite living artists.)

Steven DaLuz


Rated 5 out of 5
January 22, 2019

Thank you very much Deanna! The quality of your Magazine is amazing and I’m delighted to collaborate with you. I love your work.

Miguel Ángel Moya

Your Work Shines

Rated 5 out of 5
January 15, 2019

Thank you, Deanna, your work to shine a spotlight on artists and writers worldwide is a wonderful mission!

Samuel Peralta


Rated 5 out of 5
January 5, 2019

Thank you for the delight you have provided me

Edison Jennings

Interesting Article

Rated 5 out of 5
December 14, 2018

Interesting article. Thank you. Putting a look of longing on a subject has long been a technique of artists.

Fred Fisher

In-Depth Interviews

Rated 5 out of 5
November 21, 2018

Thank you for teaching me so much with your in-depth interviews. You open so many doors of enlightenment for me.

Francoise de Felice’s art reaches deep inside me to almost yank a visceral response. It’s achingly haunting but also unsettling in its gentle beauty. She talks about roses having special meaning. I noticed that many of the pieces you showed contain some connection to nature, even if just a rose. I think it helps ground the often ethereal figures. These pieces will stay with me. Thank you for the introduction to an artist I knew nothing about.

Bravo, Deanna you’ve done it again. This interview and Stanka’s art will live with me for a long, long time. It’s like enchanting gauze to soften the hard edges of my mind.

While reading this interview, my mind kept wandering to e.e. cummings and lines from one of his poems: ‘In Just / spring when the world is mud / luscious . . .’ In Teresa Elliott’s paintings of steers, it’s as though one can reach out and touch the silkiness of their fur. The texture is so inviting, with its whorls and windblown swirls

Kerry Holjes

Thank You

Rated 5 out of 5
August 21, 2018

Thank you, Deanna. I’ve found out about more wonderful artists from you than from all the other sources combines.

Anatoly Molotkov


Rated 5 out of 5
July 3, 2018

Thank you for the interview with Icelandic drag queens. It’s really a fascinating world to me

Bruce Ciero

Intellectual & Engaging

Rated 5 out of 5
April 1, 2018

In literature one has the luxury of objective analysis. I think that is why we feel more intellectual after reading these interviews. Thank you, Deanna, You are inspiration.

Deanna Phoenix Selene, it is a compliment the gift of seeing beyond the moment and gazing at an existential infinity. Deep sea fish have no concept of bottoms. It is your ability to engage that is the quality that makes you beautiful.

Chet Bogar


Rated 5 out of 5
December 29, 2017

Wiesenfeld’s work is intriguing and his trait is exceptional. I’m a follower of his FB page

Franck Ficatier


Rated 4 out of 5
December 20, 2017

Art, music, poetry, theatre ~ it all adds to our stability when something or everything else in the world drives us toward the breaking point

Mary Margaret Carlisle

Great Interviews!

Rated 5 out of 5
December 20, 2017

Great interview, Deanna. And such striking art that goes deep. Aron Wisenfeld is such a powerful artist. His work is amazing. Using such finely detailed realism to create such ominous, atmospheric paintings that create a story in our imaginations. I think it would be exhilarating, but perhaps also a bit haunting to live with one of his pieces.That’s what makes great art. I love all your wonderful interviews you, Deanna.

Love Olivia Pendergast’s art. And very insightful observations about the brave life in Africa she documented versus Americans’ ‘extreme need for security.

I immediately see the powerful love and respect Gary Briechle captures in his raw, stunning photography.

Beautiful paintings and wonderful story about seeds and art.❤

Ellen Schoenberger Day

I’d Be Lost Without You

Rated 5 out of 5
December 20, 2017

I’d be lost without you . . .?

MaryAnne Kolton

Great Stuff

Rated 5 out of 5
December 18, 2017

Great stuff!

Merwins Art

Personal and Refreshing

Rated 5 out of 5
November 19, 2017

Personal and refreshing interview as usual. Great job!

Thank you, Deanna. The art you post enriches my life. Your interviews go far beyond the ordinary.

This is…..incredible. I’m fairly speechless with the power of the words and images here. Well done.

One of my favourite interviews (Andrea Kowch). Your queries are always so intuitive, and elicit such deep responses. I bet you’d make an excellent psychotherapist!

Anna Schantz


Rated 5 out of 5
November 19, 2017

I adore Andrea Kowch’s work!!!

Kirsten Stingle

Thank You For Sharing

Rated 5 out of 5
September 9, 2017

Sol Halabi’s paintings are fantastic. Thank you for this great interview, Deanna! It was a pleasure to read! I’ve been reading & following Combustus for a long time. I always enjoy your interviews.

Daniela Roughsedge

Makes You Think

Rated 5 out of 5
September 9, 2017

That was a beautiful interview… makes you think, like good art does

Leizbeth Vallejo

One of the Best Art Sites

Rated 5 out of 5
September 9, 2017

Combustus is one of best art sites! It gets my eyes, my mind opened. Through your site, I have learned about many outstanding artists.Thank you for your hard work, Deanna Selene!

Lijun Lei

Nicely Done

Rated 5 out of 5
September 9, 2017

Yet another interview nicely done, my friend. . .?

MaryAnne Kolton

High Standards

Rated 5 out of 5
September 9, 2017

Always fascinating to look at Steven Kenny’s work and always a pleasure to read Combustus. Thank you, Deanna, for keeping up these high standard conversations in Combustus. I really am enjoying them.

Deanna, I read your article about Carolyn’s filmmaking. I was impressed and have been following her work ever since.

Thank you for sharing with us invaluable articles about art and artists! I appreciate every single article you publish and hope you’ll continue to enchant us with more high-quality articles.

Daniela Roughsedge

Great Interview!

Rated 5 out of 5
July 2, 2017

Thank you, Deanna. It’s a great interview. Connor Walton is a wonderful painter. I wasn’t familiar with him until this.

Zoe Murdock

I Am Moved

Rated 5 out of 5
July 2, 2017

This is excellent. I am moved. Thank you Deanna.

Lillian Almeida

Just Amazing!

Rated 4 out of 5
July 17, 2016

Just amazing!! The text and the art! Thank you, Deanna Selene.

John L. Stanizzi

Poetry Heals

Rated 5 out of 5
June 24, 2016

I appreciate Ralph Pennel’s openness and the insights your questions elicit. You both share such lively rapport in this interview. Beautiful, powerful poems, too! Poetry heals.

Bob Dixon-Kolar

Great Interview

Rated 5 out of 5
November 17, 2015

Great interview.

Julyan Davis

Opened My Eyes

Rated 4 out of 5
November 15, 2015

Deanna, the woman who is my art historian and exceptional woman of everything I consider amazing. Thank you for opening my EYES Forever.

Amanda Louise Campbell

Fantastic Interview!

Rated 5 out of 5
November 12, 2015

Fantastic interview! To say the least! Her paintings and words speaks of the consummate artist: ‘I will do this until there is nothing left to do.’ Nice work

Gerald Darbeau

Great Article

Rated 5 out of 5
October 10, 2015

A great article, and art work….can relate to it.

Tom Flanigan

I am so honored

Rated 5 out of 5
April 4, 2015

Oh Deanna. No words. I am just bawling. I am so honored. You made it magic! I have never seen anything more beautiful ~ put together from my raw… self. You are a wizard. I am more than impressed. You seem to know me; it’s so uncanny. I love you. thank you, thank you, thank you.

I am SO PROUD of this. Like nothing ever before. And I absolutely love the pieces you selected. More genius. I see all the connections, and…you are just magical. You are genius. And an angel.

Pamela Wilson

In-depth interviews

Rated 4 out of 5
February 4, 2015

I always enjoy your in-depth interviews and this is no exception

Alexandra Tyng

Well Done!

Rated 5 out of 5
November 23, 2014

Well done, my dear, well done! Now I have a new artist to (joyfully) follow.

Deborah Marcus

Brilliant Work

Rated 5 out of 5
September 1, 2014

I love this, brilliant work.

Pam Hawkes


Rated 5 out of 5
September 1, 2014

Amazing how art can reach into the depths of feeling!

Susan Heney

Wonderful Article

Rated 5 out of 5
August 30, 2014

Wonderful article (interview with Stephen Bauman)

Robert Oren Eades

Power of the Blue

Rated 5 out of 5
August 15, 2014

Especially in the paintings in the forest and in the twilight blue, there is a sense of being in someone else’s psyche, whether awake or sleeping. It is interesting that Morimoto says that he could not do without the color white (which, technically, is all colors)….yet, for me, it is the power of the blue (whether pure in itself or transformed into greens) that dominates or underlies his work. If you were asked, ‘what color is longing?’ wouldn’t you say blue? (For those who are interested in exploring the experience of longing, I would highly recommend Susan Stewart’s On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection.)

Laura Stanziola

Beautiful Artwork

Rated 4 out of 5
August 12, 2014

You always find the most beautiful artwork, Deanna Selene.

Richard Krawiec

We Recognize Ourselves

Rated 5 out of 5
August 12, 2014

Fabulous interview with Maya Kulenovic. There is a special value in work involving the human form that is neither too detailed nor too abstracted. We recognize ourselves embedded within the universal. We walk away with a better intuitive understanding of who we are and the tender if restless longings of the soul, but amazingly more deeply connected. In the end it is that connection directing attention to the fundamental condition of unity where we will eventually find our resting place.

Gerald Porter

Great Works Vitalize

Rated 5 out of 5
June 27, 2014

Great works don’t take us to another place, they vitalize the place we are in.

David M Stallings

Great interview!

Rated 5 out of 5
June 24, 2014

Great interview! I can’t express how much Teresa Elliott continues to amaze and inspire this old man.

Terry Ward

Touched My Heart

Rated 5 out of 5
May 23, 2014

Thanks to the artist and your magazine for the story behind the boy with the key painting! It touched my heart. When I saw this painting I was wondering about the story behind it. The article gave the answer, thanks again, Deanna!

Robert Værslev Alfsen

Emblem of Hope

Rated 5 out of 5
May 23, 2014

I love how he gave the painting of his son to the hospital. What a beautiful thing. Our use of our most precious talents are so often to depict what we deeply love. To invest in our commitments and challenges and honor them. I was holding my breath as I read about that journey ~ and the gift of the story of survival, the emblem of hope for the other parents in that beautiful painting along with the reason behind where it hangs is important and profound. Another excellent interview, Deanna!

Heather FZ

Great Fan of Combustus

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2014

Deanna, I just wanted to write to let you know how incredibly grateful and indebted to you I am for that beautiful interview in Combustus. I have gotten so many positive responses already. The questions you asked were so evocative and the images you used were perfect. Thank you again for all your hard work on behalf of artists. I’m honored to know you. I continue to be a great fan of Combustus

Adrienne Stein


Rated 5 out of 5
March 8, 2014

Thanks so much for all of your thoughtful work on the interview! I am honoured to be on your site!


Majestically Beautiful

Rated 5 out of 5
October 19, 2013

Majestically beautiful: the images resonate with stolid strength, energy and life. There is a power and a dignity to them. Stunning!

You’re always challenging, always thought-provoking, always affirming the exquisite challenges and remarkable beauty of art: don’t ever change, amazing woman!

Tamae Frame’s work is stunning in simple lines and graceful curves. And her remarks in this interview are true. We have lost the sense of touching and being touched xxx

Annie Rose

Touched Me

Rated 4 out of 5
October 5, 2013

Apart from being good paintings, Aleah Chapin’s works have touched me further: troubling, made me uneasy.

Fotini Hamidieli

Quite impressive

Rated 5 out of 5
October 5, 2013

Quite impressive work, her approach to creating “an important painting” even moreso. Wonderful interview, Deanna.

Tess Gregory

Beautiful Article

Rated 5 out of 5
September 28, 2013

Thank you all for such nice comments about my painting. I am humbled by them and the beautiful article that Michael Pearce wrote. I also have deep gratitude to Deanna for publishing it. The support you have giving to art goes beyond words.

Michael Lynn Adams

Enriching Interview

Rated 5 out of 5
August 31, 2013

Enriching commentaries AND the art is simply beguiling. My friend once said – Art should make you feel like something just happened to you.

Kolleen Bowers


Rated 5 out of 5
August 31, 2013

Ideas challenge us to confront and embrace life – that is what I read from your Wiesenfeld interview, Deanna.

Bill Ursel

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