Matthew Willey: “We MUST Make Ourselves Vulnerable”

Artist name: Matthew Willey Featured Work 1: Mural at Estes Hills Elementary School Matthew Willey is a gifted artist and designer who is in the midst of an inspiring international art initiative called, The Good of the Hive. He is painting 50,000 honeybees around the world to draw attention to the bees’ current environmental peril and to express…

Marco Gallotta: “Art for Me is Love.”

Artist name: Marco Gallotta Featured Works 1 and 2: Diandra and Rain (“Thank you to amazing Diandra Forrest and her beautiful baby Rain”) and so hard to say I love you Gallotta’s fascination with layering, exposing, and questioning the edges of lines, people, and images in his work mesmerizes the viewer. His characters appear to us intimately revealed, dissected, and also…

Short Focus: Juan Cossio

“Wise lines”120 x 75 cms. Mixed media on aluminum. Why do you make art? For me make art is something inherited,natural. I was always a good draftsman, it´s like breathing. It´s a necessity to express my ideas through painting and to see the world around me with an artistic point of view. Beside is the…

Nadia Colburn: “It Feels a Bit Like Flying”

Writer’s name: Nadia Colburn Featured Work 1: Poem, “At The Shopping Mall,” published with OnBeing At The Shopping Mall Dear God, teach me how to pray anywhere. Teach me that you live not only in the open field, the birds singing at first dawn, but also in the concrete parking lot of the Everett Mall, in the…

Martin Whatson: “Go for it!”

Artist name: Martin Whatson Featured Work 1: Martin Whatson’s works are  full of playful and moving juxtapositions. They capture the tension between subdued graysacle and jubilantly colorful worlds. His art creates a sense of release, unveiling, and surprise. Whatson currently has work in the exhibition “LAX / ORD” at Vertical Gallery in Chacago. Featured Works Slideshow: 5 Questions for the Artist: 1. What is…

Dan Goldman: “Art is Choice”

Artist name: Dan Goldman Featured Work 1: Cover of Priya’s Mirror Dan Goldman is a gifted artist, designer, and writer who creates comics and graphic novels, such as Priya’s Mirror, pictured above, screenplays, and video games. In Priya’s Mirror, the second story in the Priya’s Shakti series, he again lends his deft hand to illustrate a heroic tale…

Bolajoko: “Break Your Mouth Open and Speak Freedom”

Artist name: Bolajoko Featured Work 1: In her multi-media WitchDoctorPoet project, Bolajoko weaves together feminine power, the magic of words, and her identity as a “daughter of the Diaspora.” The result is a collection of evolving, moving, healing, exploratory, and expressive poems, creative works, and rituals. Featured Works Slideshow: 5 Questions for the Artist: 1. What is art to…

Khalid Albaih: “Now I Can’t Stop”

Artist name: Khalid Albaih Featured Work 1: Khalid Albaih is a a social media independent political cartoonist, designer, and public speaker. Albaih’s About Me page explains that his images “rose to prominence during the early stages of the Arab Spring protests in 2011.” He explores and translates many moving and controversial international topics into his accessible drawings. The cartoons are…

Laurence de Valmy: “Our Basic Need to Imagine, Create, and Share”

Artist name: Laurence de Valmy Featured Work 1: Time to take a swim Laurence de Valmy’s description of the above: “this painting is from a trip in the Caribbeans. I loved how the light reflected on the water, on the ladder, and how the shadow of a coconut tree completed the tropical atmosphere.” Laurence de Valmy takes her viewers…

Lauren Lovejoy and Lyme Warrior: “Show Compassion to Someone Fighting for Their Health”

Artist name: Lauren Lovejoy Featured Image 1: Members of Lyme Warrior working on the Chronic Beauty Calendar Lyme Warrior is an awareness and advocacy group that also raises funds for “research, awareness, and impoverished Lyme Warriors.” Chronic Beauty is a calendar and fundraising campaign featuring the struggles and beauty of women with chronic illnesses including “Cerebral Palsy, Severe Asthma,…

Erica Bryan: “An Emotion Stopped in Time”

Artist name: Erica Bryan Featured Works 1 and 2: Billboard and Haunted House (and photos) Erica Bryan is a passionate, captivating, and gifted singer and musician whose powerful narrative songs cross and transcend genres. Her voice is compelling and beautiful. Here’s how her sounds is described on One Stop Country: she [uses] “her soulful vocal against…

Pretty Rik E: “Make Waves That No One Can Ignore”

Artist name: Pretty Rik E Featured Work 1: Pretty Rik E Performance of 5 O’clock In The Morning (these videos contain somewhat adult lyrics and content) and photos Meet and enjoy Pretty Rik E, who knows how to own the stage with his captivating Hip Hop drag king performances. You’re welcome. Another performance is here, and you can check out clips from…

Paulo Ito: “Fortunately, There Still Are Many White Walls”

Artist name: Paulo Ito Featured Work 1: World Cup Mural Paulo Ito is a Brazilian artist who specializes in thought-provoking, narrative street art. In a style that bends and stretches through perspectives, dimensions, dreams, and harsh realities, Ito explores the often destructive societal systems and patterns he observes around him. He portrays relationships, love, diversity, injustice, and loss…