Figurative Paintings by Victoria Selbach.

Figurative Paintings by Victoria Selbach.
An Interview with Victoria Selbach.

​Who and where are you from?

Victoria Selbach, born in Pittsburgh PA, moved to NYC after high school and have lived in NY ever since.

How you got into this? 

I have always loved seeing and building images.


What is your driving force? 

The light and my connection to women.


What kind of work you do and why? 

I am primarily creating powerful images of women. This journey allows me to explore the diversity and makeup of who we are, uncover how we see ourselves, confront how we are seen and excavate the legacy of what we carry and then pass on to the next generation.

Figurative Paintings by Lou McCulloch.

Figurative Expressionism Paintings by Lou (Ella) McCulloch from Medina, Ohio, USA.
Bullied girl
An Interview with Lou (Ella) McCulloch.

Who and where are you from?

My name is Lou (Ella) McCulloch and I am from Medina, Ohio, USA, a rural town south of Cleveland, with a small village atmosphere.

What brought you to Art?

I have always thought of myself as an artist.  It is in my DNA, with both grandmothers accomplished artists.  One grandmother, who I never knew, was a fine artist who painted in a traditional style.  My other grandmother painted anything around here with a method similar to grandma Moses.

What is your driving force?

My driving force is my sanity.  I love to see that first splash of color on paper-to see what is in store for me from my muse.  I was trained as a watercolorist in art school, so that medium is the most reflective in my work.

What kind of work you do and why?

I am a ‘Figurative Expressionism’ artist. I do my background first-whether it be acrylic, ink or graphite, then I generally set it aside until I start to see figures in it.  I let the canvas or painting speak to me.  I seldom have an idea in mind for a drawing, unless I have been inspired by a vintage image I have seen. I have always been fascinated by old photographs and even wrote a book about them.


Tell us more about your thought process.

I frequently have paintings in various stages of completion.  I will survey my drawings or paintings each day and see which one needs attention.  my feelings for that day are often expressed in my work.  I also like to experiment with new supplies.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

Marc Chagall is a modern artist that I have always admired.  He has a dream-like quality to his paintings and finds figures in the shapes and color patterns.  His work is also mainly based on emotional association.

Paintings by Pedro Covo.

Paintings by Pedro Covo.

From the Brush of Artist Pedro Covo.


I am from a city by the Caribbean coast of Colombia called Cartagena de Indias, my mother is a teacher and my father is a Neurologist. My love for art started when I was a little kid, around 4 years old, I was amused at that time by my older brother ``paintings``, he used to do draw this cardboard characters, from superman to Sigurd the famous hero from Nordic mythology, and put them to fight in front of me to keep me busy while my parents were not at home.

At the age of 10, my mother was named headmistress of the University of fine arts in Cartagena, so I got to spend most of my evenings after school running around those classrooms. But actually I didn't wanted to study arts until I was 16 years old and I faced the hard question of what do you want to do the rest of your life. It was not an easy choice but my parents and all my family where very supportive.

I studied visual arts at the Javeriana university, to do animation, but soon enough realized that I wanted to focus on drawing and painting, and I was really lucky to had amazing teachers such as Felipe Machado, Nicolas Uribe and Justiniano Duran.

Coming from an illustration background I developed a very specific method for image making, to be very methodical really helped me with hard deadlines. So I applied this same method to my personal work, but instead of using someone else’s text I provide my own, from my quotidian experiences. That's how my swimmer serie started, basically from texts and drawings from my sketchbook.

I became obsessed by the idea of telling the story that only I could tell, to contribute with something exclusively personal, providing my vision of the world without falling in the most obvious visual solutions or clichés. That's what I attempted to do with the swimmers.
Obviously Cartagena is a city full of problems and contrast, but that was not my reality, I was just trying to be honest to who I am and where I come from, and I took the work of artist like Alejandro Obregon and Pierre Daguet who lived and painted in Cartagena as my main references.

I usually know all the subjects I paint, this is extremely important for me because I believe that if I paint my mother, there is no other artist in the world that can paint her the way I do, and this is something I want to believed is reflected in the final result,and could be appreciated by the spectator.

That is why you would notice most of my nude paintings, wich are all live digital paintings had no faces. This is in order to be able to share this images in social media without creating gossip and pre judgment, something typical in Cartagena`s society.

After finishing my university undergraduate in 2011 I got a job at the French Canadian illustration agency colagene, where I learned a lot about the illustration and advertisement business and did several jobs for important magazines and tv channels. My last job with them was to illustrate Margriet Ruus beautiful children`s book  ``The elephant keeper`` which is going to be publish by Kids can press in Ontario Canada this October. This has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my editorial career because of the audience and the story itself.  
A tale of an African Child that after saving an elephant from drowning, becomes an elephant keeper in an orphanage. A good portion of the royalties of the book are going to the Lilaya elephants Orphanage.

But after finishing the book I found myself unhappy with the result of most of my editorial work and enjoying more and more the work I produced In my spare time, so I decided to try to pursuit career on painting.

That is how I won a full scholarship in the Savannah colleague of art and design in Georgia United States, to do a 2 year MFA on painting. 
I decided to study visual arts 11 years ago to be able to do what I enjoy the most as a job for the rest of my life, and my ambitions have not change since then.

Paintings by Czech Miguel Barragán from Mexico.

Paintings by Czech Miguel Barragán from Mexico.
An Interview with Czech Miguel Barragán.

Who and where are you from?

I'm from Mexico.

What brought you to Art?

Since I was a little kid I love to make art, it was my way to feel alive and to stop the time. later in my life, i keep doing it for the same reason. The differences are that I am much better doing it.

What is your driving force?

The ability to stop the time and be free, so I want to pass this experience to other people and to give them the opportunity to feel alive.

What kind of work you do and why?

I paint, why because I love it 

Tell us more about your thought process.

I look for the things that move me, that provokes me. the things I feel that they need to be free and to be shared with the world 


Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

His Name is Cesar Biojo and Why because he is not just another painter he is an inspiration for another artist, he invites them to keep doing what they are doing.

Black cartoons by Zeinab Niche.

Thought Provoking Black cartoons by Zeinab Niche from Tehran, Iran
An Interview with Zeinab Niche.

Who and where are you from?

My name's Zeinab Niche, born on May 13, 1984 in Tehran, Iran. Graduated in Graphic Arts and Master of Animation.

What brought you to Art?

First of all, my passion and desire made me strive for the arts, but after completing my academic career, I became more serious in art, and it was also due to problems that occurred in my community.

What is your driving force?

I am convinced by my driving force for painting and caricature or so-called designs ... Sometimes my concern is sometimes my concern and sometimes the events of the day or the actions that have been done in the past and its impact is already in our lives.

What kind of work you do and why?

Well, after a real painting period, I was drawn to the cartoon, and I liked this space more and impressed me ... and the reason why I was working out a black cartoon:

I live in a limited, censorship country, a country that looks different and different. A tremendous rich and wealthy nation, and disadvantaged people, class differences, lies and the absence of a nation and state And these are the hidden pains among my people. I really liked to paint flowers and nature rather than drawing black and white images, but living conditions are not normal here.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

Yes
A talented artist called saeed baba'ee
Which unfortunately is not raised.

Figurative Paintings by Ráth Márton.

Figurative Paintings by Ráth Márton.
An Interview with Ráth Márton.


Who and where are you from?

My father and grandfather were artists too, in this case I herited some talent from them.


How you got into this?

I love art so much, that the good music, everyday happenings in my life inspires me. My goal is to know my art in  world wide.

What is your driving force?

Oil paints, aquavarell also pen is my favourite tools. This is how I can show my thoughts myself in my artworks. The colours is really important to me, like every artists I like to use them, to make every work unique.

What kind of work you do and why?

Once I addicted to oil paintings, other time I like aquarell. It depends what I draw and paint, much like pure nude works and erotic pictures.

Tell us more about your thought process.

When I paint or work on my latest arts, I can let my thoughts fly, I can thinking clearly.  For istance, love everyday happenings, or new ideas, I like listening to music while I doing my work.


Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

Serge Marshennikov is my inspired artists because I love his erotic pure nude works, I love his ideas of women bodies and the lambrequin harmony.

Figurative Paintings by Jerney Marisha.

Figurative Paintings by Jerney.
An Interview with Jerney Marisha.

Who and where are you from?

I was born in the Netherlands 38 years ago, but I live in Antwerp at the moment. I'm a bit of an idealist but I try not to be too dogmatic about it. I work in mental health care, which I love, but on mondays I'm not doing anything but making art. 

What brought you to Art?

I always had a creative spark inside of me. Whenever my mother was painting or creating sculptures in ceramics I would join her. There have been some periods of creative outbursts from time to time, but sooner or later I would always find myself distracted. About a year ago I realised how much I missed creating. I decided then and there that I would make time for it at least one day a week and now I'm really starting to find my way as I'm tumbling down the rabbit hole. 

What is your driving force?

It makes me happy.

What kind of work you do and why?

I'm still exploring and experimenting, but I do have a preference for limited palettes and this summer I fell in love with painting on wood. The wood helps me to work intuitively and I like to incorporate the little imperfections of the wood into the story now and then.

Tell us more about your thought process.

Honestly, the less I think about it, the better. Usually I like to work my way out of a dark background. Often I try to find my story in the wood grain and just take it from there. I'm drawn to symbolism, story art and wistful women. 

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find interesting and why?

There are so many! But I really like Victor Otero Carbonell. I love his use of colour and his work reminds me of Schiele. I have a soft spot for artists who aren't afraid of self portraits.

Longest Alpona or Rangoli Art to celebrate Durga Puja Festival Kolkata.

Longest Alpona or Rangoli Art to celebrate Durga Puja festival Kolkata. Photo Credit :-  Camellia Bhowmik
Longest Alpona or Rangoli Art to celebrate Durga Puja festival Kolkata. Photo Credit :-  Camellia Bhowmik
It's a sensational Art created by 322 Art College Students overnight and gifted Kolkata one unique creation Longest Alpona (sacred art painting to celebrate the upcoming Durga Puja festival). A 1.4km long Alpona or Rangoli art on Lake Road in South Kolkata, India.

Surreal Paintings by Boris Indrikov.

Surreal Paintings by Boris Indrikov.
THE PREMONITION 
An Interview with Boris Indrikov.

Who and where are you from?

I’m a surrealist artist from Russia. My mother gave drawing lessons while working at school, so I was familiar with art since my childhood. Then I decided to become an engineer and then I studied at the National University of Science and Technology (MISiS). In 1990, I left the university and decided to become an artist. This idea had been slowly crystallizing while I studied. And one day I asked myself: “what do you want, man”? And the answer was to become an artist. And now I’m doing something I’ve always wanted to.

How you got into this?

I attended the courses at the different art studios taught by professional artists. But my principal teachers are the masters of the European Renaissance of XIV-XVII centuries.

What is your driving force?

I guess this is constant asking myself about who I am. In my opinion, an artist is a creator of parallel universes and going through them is a kind of ritual. For me working with a painting is like a meditation. A language of art is the language in which we talk to God.

What kind of work you do and why?

Taking about the format of my works, I prefer large canvases. Further I'm going to do some sculptures and some kind of fabric design.

Tell us more about your thought process.

Can you remember Michelangelo’s words? «Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it».My method of making a painting is a bit similar with the only distinction: the extraction of the image takes its place from the texture that I create on a canvas.


Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting?

Alexander Sigov, Vladislav Erko, Olga Dugina and Andrej Dugin.

Portrait Paintings by Nena Stojanovic.

Portrait Paintings by Nena Stojanovic.
An Interview with Nena Stojanovic.

Who and where are you from?

I’m Nena Stojanovic and I was born on September 28th, 1973 in Ivanjica. Just prior to the year 2000, I left my homeland Serbia to move to Nafplio, the first capital of Greece, where I still live today, happily married and a mother of two beautiful children.

What brought you to Art?

As the daughter of an engineer, painter and wood craftsman and designer, I grew up being amazed by the art created around me. The arts existed in the lives of many in my family circles, always feeding and influencing my growth and development as an artist. When at school, this was evident as my curiosity urged me to be the best in my classes. I was always involved in the arts and my artwork was always featured in displays. In 1987, when I was a sixth grade student, my project was selected in the contest "Best children's drawings of Yugoslavia" to be printed in the book "Poems for grandfather” by famous Serbian poet, Milovan Vitezovic. Outside art, I excelled in gymnastics where I collected 10 medals, a broken tooth, and what became an interest in dentistry. I graduated from the Medical School of Belgrade earning a degree as a dental technician.

What is your driving force?

Undoubtedly, my feelings and only my feelings … Very ordinary conversations, the joy of my family members, meetings with dear people, exchange of experiences, presence in innocence and intact nature, exploration of new destinations ... these are the things that make me happy and which are the main drivers of my feelings and therefore the inspiration that leads me towards painting.

What kind of work do you do and why?

All artists evolve through their work seeking a way in which they will recognize themselves. I am the type of person who is not always satisfied with the same results. After years of researching myself in my work, I feel I definitely belong to abstract art, as well as to painting portraits in some specific way, covered with elements of abstraction. Although technically, my abstract works are the best, my portraits are more effective. The point of my portraits is not perfection painting but the subject's characteristic eye expressiveness through which I try to convey all mental tensions and transitions to the psyche of each observer. This is all about my own continued personal exploration and research.

Tell us more about your thought process.

The process of creating my works, as I already mentioned, depends on the current mood and my feelings. For me there is no planning. My approach to any kind of work is always instinctive and intuitive. This includes material selection, selection of color combinations as well as the technical approach. I would like to point out that I am among the rare painters who use enamel paint. Surely this is a difficult way to reach the desired effect. This is my personal challenge and a way to create a unique and different result.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

This is definitely the hardest question for me. I generally do not use the word favorite. I would usually say one of my favorites but when it comes to painters, I cannot even say that. There are so many talented artists whose creations I adore and whom I admire and so many branches of painting it is impossible to choose only one artist. Although I haven’t been overly active lately, you can check out the list of artists I love and follow on my Saatchi Art portfolio. Thank you.

Art by Beppo Zuccheri.

Art by Beppo Zuccheri.
Untitled - Mixed media on paper - Cm 50x70 - 2017.
From the Brush of Beppo Zuccheri.

On Knowing and Making.

The key element lies in the union of two different natures meeting, and often fighting, within me. On the one hand, the necessity, at times to become obsessive, to observe, know, understand… On the other, an impatient istinct to create, build and represent all that I realize, or think I know.

I have a great passion for philosophy, ancient history, mythology, the sciences in general, and all those branches of knowledge that somehow give me the feeling that I can give meaning to my life, to life more generally, to death and to all that is known or unknown. To know, elaborate, realize, identify myself as much as possible with someone else… To manipulate… To play with time, space and the awareness of it all… Art (the act of making with one’s hands, and through the medium of matter) comes as a consequence of this. It is the instinctive and natural means to give shape and an apparent logic to what I have devised in my mind, or to what I haven’t devised at all but which is nevertheless there and makes itself felt. I would never be able to write, or tell such things in words… I am far too impatient for that… I need to ‘fix’ what I have in my mind through matter and stroke, and I certainly do so… I tie it, I paste it, I nail it and show it to others. I need to have witnesses… Not in order to explain or teach… Nor in order to share… It is merely the illusion, or the unmistakable proof of having captured what is obsessing me.


On Matter and Painting.

The tecnique, style and pictorial research in my works are a consequence of all this… They are a means, a go-between… A frenzied weapon of both creation and destruction at the same time. At the very moment that I start a work, I use everything I have at my disposal, I almost never keep at hand a list of the instruments I need. That is why to me, matter and materials come even before painting itself. First I must build, tie and compose… No blank canvas in front of me, for the principle inherent in my whole work is not that of the void. The principle is chaos… The undetermined… Creation, on the other hand, is determination, it is a backward journey undertaken in order to grasp the mold. Principle and mold… Chaos and harmony… The starting point and the ends… A motionless journey. The ship lying still, stuck into matter. It is not the art of recycling, nor is it ‘Arte Povera’… It is the art of frenzy, of struggle. Painting comes after matter, I said, for painting, differently from mere matter, pushes you into entering another dimension… its purpose is to give depth… it is the key that opens a door, so as to persuade one to enter what the humble creator has created, or re-created. By contrast mere matter, just as is the case with sculpture, represents elements that actually enter the dimension and spaces of those who are observing them

I have the presumption to open myself up and open up a world, too. Even when I am only employing the stroke, such as in drawings or in less matter-oriented works, I feel the necessity to dig a groove on paper or wood… Always hard surfaces, all of them… Pencils or brushes that dig, enter and hurt… And hurt me, too. It is always a small battle, anyway. The sensation of having completed a work never, or almost never comes from an aesthetic, visual or conceptual point of view… But from the knowledge of having been the winner in a painful duel that has deeply scarred me.

On Masters, Heroes and Imitation.

It is not by chance that my own, once unknowing cultural education features few painters, sculptors or specific artistic movements.

I have always chased madmen and visionaries… Warriors, philosophers, poets, scientists… Myths, explorations and events that satisfy my hunger for knowledge through the destruction of dogmas and the search for the unknown. A gnostic, intuitive kind of knowledge… No theorem or equation. No idealism… The awareness of intuition and the re-evaluation of a certainty that has been revealed and proved… Just a small and presumptuous catalyst paying tribute to the Heroes of the time, destroyers of time. An artisan who is in a hurry to reveal to himself, too, that he has understood, realized and captured… That he, in his own way and through the use of matter, has put time and space into perspective within a small perimeter. The mind that is hungry for knowledge… The hands that are eager to do


Technique, style… there are so many artists I esteem and chase! I don’t even know the name of some of them…  Another kind of masters, to me… From them I have stolen and still steal through my hands, enriching myself by a small loot, a little treasure. Technique… no illusion of creating or re-creating anything new, no claim to any likeness or unlikeness. What is indeed there is the presumption to use them as my instruments for making… Instruments which are useful to figuration and composition, as are the symbols that often recur in my works… Ladders, knots, rags, fishes, nudes, masks, Pinocchio noses, unintelligible writings, boats that lie abandoned or tied to the pier, all of them lying still… Kiefer, De Dominicis, Vedova, Bacon, Rohtko and who knows how many others... Instruments. Extremely esteemed instruments for making and representing.

Paintings by Genevive Zacconi.

Paintings by Genevive Zacconi.
Hindsight- oil & graphite on panel, 13x11 inches.
An Interview with Genevive Zacconi.

Who and where are you from?

My name is Genevive Zacconi, I'm an artist from Philadelphia.

How you got into this?

As far back as I can remember, I knew that I wanted to be an artist, and spent my childhood immersed in creating things from simple drawings to illustrated books, and even making my own toys. 

What is your driving force?

To make art? I believe that perhaps there's a unifying, yet inexplicable driving force shared amongst all creators... and by “creator,” I mean not only artists, but also musicians, inventors, poets, and anyone else who is driven to produce something that is inessential to their own survival. 

What kind of work you do and why?

Subject matter-wise, my work includes symbolic imagery, through which I try to create an expression of both my own, and collective human experiences. I frequently combine several traditional mediums within one composition, and my work in oil tends to be on the tighter, more realistic side. I think that in painting representationally, it's much easier to communicate an idea to the viewer. Also, personally, I find a catharsis in painting in a carefully rendered, detailed manner – that even when I'm making work about a painful ordeal, one in which I felt powerless, I have the capability to turn it into something shiny and polished, something wherein I have forethought and complete control over the outcome.

Abstract Paintings by Cecilia Arrospide.

Abstract Paintings by Cecilia Arrospide.
Aire Primaveral - Oleo Sobre Lienzo - 37x51in
An Interview with Cecilia Arrospide.

Who and where are you from?

I am Cecilia Fernández de Arróspide, peruvian, I live in Lima, Perú, nearby the ocean.

How you got into this?

My mother was also a fine artist, so from my early childhood I have been in contact with art, museums, books, and so on.  I started drawing and painting with pastels, much like impressionists, especially Degas.

What is your driving force?

My main inspiration in nature and its colors, my driving force, I would say like Rilke, is a need to express myself, to enjoy colors, it is a passion for me.  I have learned to respect my creative process where sometimes I do not feel inspired to paint and I just draw or do some collage until I feel ready to begin again.

What kind of work you do and why?

Mainly I do abstract painting where color is the main subject, sometimes I use very bright colors and then I need to use more quiet colors.   Inspired in flowers, skies or the ocean, my paintings have an aereal athmosphere.  The  series I am working on now is called "Reflections"   Mostly dyptics where one has architectural references and the other flower references, joined by the same color scheme.   I also work on collage, which I enjoy very much the fact that I find special relations between the elements forming a more surreal composition.  Same as in drawings.  When I draw i let the ideas go out without any purpose or control, then I decide which could be a painting.

Tell us more about your thought process.

My thought process happens while working,  I start each work  without any intention, in fact sometimes I start several works at the same time, choosing the colors I want to use in each ocassion.   At a set point I  decide, or the picture decides, how to continue, where to add an element or withdraw another element.  At that point the work has a way.
Thus I paint several works and later on I decide the name, the series to which it belongs, the concept that is behind.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

One artist I follow is Rhony Alhalel.   I personally know Rhony and have followed his career,  he is really authentic in his work, and masters his techniches.   He works with oil, Japanese ink, sculping stones,  and draws.

Male Portraits by Joshua Miels.

Male Portraits by Joshua Miels.
Brothers in Arms
An Interview with Joshua Miels.

Who and where are you from?

Based Adelaide, South Australia 

How you got into this?

I was initially a graphic designer, but felt I was getting enough creativity in my work. I decided to try my hand at water colour initially and as my confidence grew I turned to large scale oil painting. 

What is your driving force?

My driving force is my passion to create. Within my work I am looking to remove the stigma of mental health in males. Due to a family history of mental health and addiction, art for me is a way of dealing and understanding. 

What kind of work you do and why?

My works look to capture the vulnerability of people and the emotions that people try to hide from others. Spending countless hours adding layer upon layer of paint I produces artworks that are not only striking, but deep and powerful. Painted predominantly with oil paint, each piece begins with a subject, but with a large amount of experimentation, each art piece takes on its own journey from start to finish. The pieces challenge viewers to draw upon their own emotions and personal experiences.

Tell us more about your work.

People give false fronts, to give the illusion that they are fine. This is particularly true with males. Men are still being asked to live up to old fashioned expectations – be strong, be brave, be protective. I look to challenge this assumption. Through my portraits I aim to express the ambiguity of physical emotion by limiting what feelings my subjects portray. These large-scale paintings of males, most of whom I know personally appear somewhat nonchalant. Unable to immediately relate with direct human emotions, viewers look past what they see at face-value, prompting people to question the real individual.

Drawings by Nicholas Odhiambo from Kenya.

Drawings by Nicholas Odhiambo from Kenya.
An Interview with Nicholas Odhiambo.

Who and where are you from?

Hi, I am Nicholas Odhiambo aka Nikomambo an artist from Kisumu, kenya. earned a diploma in arts and design from Mwangaza art school in 2014. I started out as a painter before venturing into graphite  drawing.

What is drawing for you and tell us more about your thought process?

Drawing is for me a way to tell a story and evoke a feeling. I use graphite as a tool to create imagery that is both real and surreal laced in ideology. In a attempt to create allegory I combine my ideas and observance of daily human activities and behavioural changes, reactions on war and conflicts. I put all this experiences into a new context, the story continues to grow as I explore more and more of my consciousness and subconscious.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

I admire the works of Laurie Limpton an American graphite artist who's works are based on social political issues among other local and international great artists who inspire my work in one way or the other.

Batik Paintings by Rafael López Baz.

Batik Paintings by Rafael López Baz.
The nobodies - Tribute to Eduardo Galeano and Goya 
An Interview with Rafael López Baz.

Who and where are you from?

I am Rafael López Baz, born in Uruguay and have been living in Gran Canaria, Spain for the past 16 years. 

What brought you to Art?

A great cultural explosion was experienced in my country, Uruguay, at the end of the dictatorship. Brutally and beautifully impacted my quest for expression at the early age of 10. First came theater, then at 16, music and painting using batik as the underlying technique. And I have been walking this path since then. 

What is your driving force?

Chaos. To try to sort out the confusion and the unpredictable from the truth that lays underneath. To find a way to express feelings and emotions that arise in that awareness of chaos, then find the point of relax and return to chaos with a different perspective. 

What kind of work you do and why?

Painting with wax and dyes is definitely not conventional or popular in artworks, but is certainly a fascinating and challenging medium. The beauty of batik is that it requires careful planning and visualization of the final work before you even start, as there is no step back once a layer of dye has been applied. It requires lots of patience and time. Also, it requires absolute trust, as you never really know the result until the very final step, when the wax is removed. With other techniques, you can paint and repaint, correct errors, go back. Batik asks you to be very present. There is only one opportunity to color each part of the fabric. Mistakes become opportunities for change. Each step in the process is fascinating for the risk and discovery it entails.

Tell us more about your thought process.

The hallmark of batik painting is cracking, which is attained braking the wax layer and letting the pigments seep into the cracks. This idea attracts me strongly. From matter to feeling, there is almost nothing that does not crack and does not let the true colors find their way. 

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

Josh Bowe. Just because. 

Figurative Paintings by Dorian Vallejo.

Figurative Paintings by Dorian Vallejo.
An Interview with Dorian Vallejo.

Who and where are you from?

Dorian Vallejo. Born in New York. Currently residing in Pennsylvania. 

What brought you to Art?

Genuine interest.

What is your driving force?

Life as the absolute value.

What kind of work you do and why?

I create work ranging from symbolic to realistic, with some mannered representational idealism. Usually, I focus on the figure and the feminine in particular, doing the best I can to create a poetic response to the world around me. 

Tell us more about your thought process.

Whether I'm painting or drawing, my work explores an interest in symbolic ideas, that hint at a larger narrative and or a love for the poetry of life, I like to create art along several tangents. These lines of thought frequently over lap both philosophically and aesthetically, either symbolically or in actuality. 

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

I can't limit myself to one, because the range is so wide.

Mixed Medium Artist Susan McCarrell.

Optical Illusion.
An Interview with Susan McCarrell.

Who and where are you from?

I am a painter living and working at my home studio in a rural area of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.  

How did you get into this?

Art has always been a part of me – I was determined at a young age both at home and at school, to become an artist and was active in both music and in visual arts.  My mother and father were very  encouraging, and with four sisters - it was a good way of keeping us all occupied at the same time.  So I would say I came by it - i.e. being a self-taught artist, honestly!

We relocated to the South Okanagan from Vancouver, purchased land, and planted grapes which became the beginnings of Black Hills Estate Winery. We later sold the business which allowed me to pursue art full-time, which led to me leading a well balanced life of producing and selling art in private and international collections. At the same time I was also able to enjoy my family life and be part of nature in the country which is now very much my daily life in this lovely fruit growing region.

What is your driving force?

Working daily in my studio plays a huge part in allowing me self expression. This has now become a requirement and is very much my driving force. There is a thread that continues to connect all of my interests, from using natural elements - vintage items, old book covers, fabrics, papers, wood, along with different mediums - they all play a large role in how my work has evolved.

What kind of work you do and why?

I thrive on exploring many mediums. All are bound by discipline and tradition in their making - the results are rich, aged, chromatic, highlighted and layered surfaces. 

From new photography and mixed media techniques, my work has shifted the past few years to more drawing, painting with acrylics and oils, charcoal, inks, as well as working in wire and clay sculpture.

My wire sculptures are a direct result of my daily drawings and sketches that I produce from both figurative work to birds – nature often an integral part. My interest (and joy) is in the final contrast of blending paint with light, shadow and wire.

Tell us more about your thought process.

My pieces are interlocked with mind, memory and imagination while being influenced by both traditional and natural elements. What is current and real – a distant memory – and the mind's ability to be creative and resourceful.  From working with found images, to using different papers, manipulating images and working with shadow and light, I find all of these processes really challenging and exciting!  

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find interesting and why?

One artist I have always admired is Spanish artist Lita Cabellut  One cannot miss her distinctive Dutch master influenced, fresco-style large-scale portraits. Her 'Dried Tear' series expresses her fascination with the Asian culture, being one of my favorites.

Figurative Art by Deb Weiers.

Figurative Art by Deb Weiers.
An Interview with Deb Weiers.

Who and where are you from?

My name is Deb Weiers, I am a mixed media artist, and I live in the country outside of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

How you got into this?

I had my first art class in Grade 6 and fell in love immediately.  I have 'dabbled' at creating here and there throughout my whole life.  In 2001 I enrolled in the Visual Arts 2 year program at our local college (Red Deer College) and it was the best thing I ever did - I LOVED it!!   However, life got in the way again and I didn't start working on a daily basis until 2011.  

What is your driving force?

My driving force is my love of creating.  Every piece is a 'problem solving' event for me and I am constantly challenged to try to get it to 'work'.  I love the journey.

What kind of work you do and why?

I do mixed media work, a lot of it is focused on faces and figurative, it is often abstract and I like adding distortion.  I love things that are odd or different.  

Tell us more about your thought process.

My pieces are often a reflection of current events or what is going on around me or a reflection of my ancestors and my history.  I believe everyone deals with pain of some sort in their life and I try to have some sort of emotional connection to the viewer in my work.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

I adore Linda Vachon's work!!!  She achieves so much emotion in her work and I find her work visually stunning!

Figurative Paintings by O'Neil Scott.

Figurative Paintings by O'Neil Scott.
Second Citizen 2017 Oil On Panel 18X24
An Interview with O'Neil Scott.


Who and where are you from?

I was born in Jamaica and came to America when I was 5 years old. I grew up in Camden NJ and I currently live and work just outside of Philadelphia PA.

How you got into this?

Growing up my grandfather was an architect and my uncle was always drawing me something. This is how I got captivated with art. I began drawing portraits out of magazines as a kid and it grew to me drawing friends and family members. In college, I had hoped to study art. But I’d been awarded a football scholarship from Syracuse University and therefore had to prioritize my activities, which meant dropping my studio courses since they conflicted with the school’s training schedule. While I
ended up majoring in Information Technology and then later earned my MBA at the University of Delaware, I never lost my passion for art. Rather, it remains a vehicle that I continue to utilize as a means to give voice to my innermost concerns.

What is your driving force?

There is an emptiness that takes over me when I’m not painting or creating something. Painting amplifies my voices and keeps my life purposeful  

What kind of work you do and why?

My work is realism. I work with oil paint mainly on portrait/ figurative subject matter with a few contemporary still life paintings sprinkled in. All of the work usually has a deeper meaning, many of them filled with social and political commentary. I want my paintings to invoke mindfulness, to inspire contemplation, and to convey understanding. 


Tell us more about your thought process.

I usually start with an idea that is constantly on my mind or is tugging at me in a specific way. I do lots of thumbnail sketches to work out the composition. Once I start painting it is very hard for me to make changes and decisions so I try to have that mapped out first. When painting I am constantly thinking about the mood of the painting and how the viewer will interpret the work. 

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

A contemporary artist I can never stop studying is Mario Robinson. Most of his paintings are in watercolor but the mood and feeling of his painting are unmatched in contemporary realism. It is hard to imagine someone being that good in water color because I feel it is one of the hardest mediums to work in.