Consider the work of Spanish artist Dino Valls, trained as a surgeon yet who upon graduation made the decision to focus all of his energies on painting. But be forewarned: Valls does not ease into his subjects; he works forcefully and seemingly without fear. Or is it precisely because of personal fears that he makes these incisions?

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“we think that because we go bungee jumping, that’s enlivening, but there’s always a safety net. Just as there are always curbs to keep you from careening off the roads when you’re driving. Whereas in the villagers I visited, your life is in your hands there. And if you go off the road, there’s no one who’s going to find you, maybe for days. You are responsible for your own life in a way that we’re not required to be here.”
~Olivia Pendergast, figurative oil painter, Vashon Island, Washington

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