Short Focus: Brighton Demerest-Smith

Why do you make art? I have been drawing and painting all my life. It is a part of who I am and has always been there. I paint objects because there is something incredibly meditative about making an everyday object that we take for granted seem like a big deal. It is the everyday…

Don Lisy: “Follow Your Own Vision”

Artist name: Don Lisy Featured Work 1:  “Politically Transmitted Disease,” Oil, Charcoal on Paper Don Lisy’s works capture a  unique interaction between an artist and his medium during a single painting session. Bold, vivid brushstrokes weave and tangle positive and negative space, building striking, emotive compositions. The final pieces are guttural and vulnerable, offering viewers an intimate…

Jungho Lee: “Art is the Potential to Arouse Human Inner Strength.”

Artist name: Jungho Lee Featured Work 1: “Ernest Miller Hemingway” from the picture book, Promenade Illustrator Jungho Lee speaks to the soul of the book lover. In his pale, twilight-hued works, books are understood in many forms; as buildings, vehicles, totems, spells, landscapes, desserts, universes, gateways and undefinable mysteries. As a loyal book devotee, it’s no surprise…

Noah Buchanan: “It’s Important for Artists, From Fledgling to Veteran, to Remain True to Their Vision and Instincts in Making Art.”

Artist name: Noah Buchanan Featured Work 1: I.Crow X Oil on Panel, 12″ x 12″, 2016 Noah Buchanan draws the viewer deep into relationship with his paintings’ subjects. Within both intimate scenes and mythic narratives, each figure’s personal vulnerability and strength; unique physical form; and lush momentary presence is conveyed with a classical sensibility. Buchanan has exhibited internationally, received numerous…

Sophie Argetsinger: “A Way to Understand and Hold onto the World”

Artist name: Sophie Argetsinger Featured Work 1: “Protector No. 5: The Wild” Sophie Argetsinger‘s drawings and illustrations are graceful, poignant and full of life. She conveys mysterious, novel, playful and somber narratives with great detail and sensitivity. She illustrated the wonderful zine, “OMG I’M GAY,” a collaboration between Autostraddle and Everyone is Gay. Her recent series of “Protectors” addresses…

Una: “The Thing That Helps Propel Me Forward Through My Life”

Artist name: Una Featured Work 1: Becoming/Unbecoming Becoming/Unbecoming is the incredible illustrated narrative of one individual’s life as a girl and woman who experiences abuse, misogyny, wonder and growth. The book-length comic is interlaced with meticulous, poignant illustrations as well as deeply personal and lucid reflections on the painful and beautiful experience of surviving and evolving. Featured Works Slideshow:…

Steve Lyons: “The Best Art is That Which is Organic to the Person Creating It.”

Artist name: Steve Lyons Featured Work 1: “At the Mudflats” (Acrylic, 24″ X 36″) Artist Steve Lyons explores and conveys the textures and layers of both the natural world and human experience. Lyons uses rich color and poignant gestural marks to create tangible landscapes, expressive figures and balanced, abstracted works. He also sometimes ventures further into three-dimensional realms with found object incorporation and assemblage sculpture. Lyons is…

Travis Lawrence: “Appreciate More.”

Artist name: Travis Lawrence Featured Work 1: Secret Master (19″ x 6″ relief print, water color and tea, edition of 28) Print maker Travis Lawrence honors and preserves archetypal symbols while re-imagining them within unique, esoteric mythologies. The viewer is transported into striking, balanced and textured scenes imbued with beautiful muted hues and the quiet tension of…

Isabelle Truchon: “Being an Artist Is the most Noble of Professions”

Artist name: Isabelle Truchon Featured Work 1: painting from the “Breaking Through” series Isabelle Truchon uses her deft rendering and painting skills to capture her explorations of the natural world, particularity among horses as of late. She sensitively conveys their weight, agility, beauty, and mystery in pale earth tones that haunt and invite. As a self-defined Transcendentalist,…

Short Focus: Don Stephens

Why do you make art? This is a funny and interesting question for an artist like myself. Meaning I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT.  Really! I found this profound interest early on and since those times Art, for me, is liken to normal bodily functions. I know TMI but I create from that place where…

Ross Hendrick: “I’ve always Found it easier to Express Myself through my Artwork”

Artist name: Ross Hendrick Featured Work 1: “Escape” Ross Hendrick’s paintings, comics, and animations offer the viewer and reader a range of experiences; their mood can be thoughtful, conversational, surreal, funny, disturbing, woeful, refreshing, honest, and somber. We get to see familiar cartoons re-imagined and political figures and social topics caricatured and meet new characters navigating the…

Yanina Angelini Arismendi: “I Understand the Restorative Power that the Arts Hold”

Artist name: Yanina Angelini Arismendi Featured Work 1: “Show Girls” #6, 2016, mixed media on canvas Yanina Angelini Arismendi is a fiercely creative, talented,  and inventive individual. This Uruguayan-born artist has produced and exhibited numerous works of 2-D, 3-D, and street-based art throughout the U.S., including a piece in the Amber Rose Foundation’s Slut Walk Gallery. Their paintings feature rich, layered, curving…