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…

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…

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…

Short Focus: Joshua Toritto

Why do you make art? Art is the hand inside of me that reaches out to touch the very core of the people you will never know. It is the connection that lives on when your child is holding its first grandchild. I make art to remind a person that I existed when my name…

Short Focus: Pooshy

Why do you make art? My name is Pooshy. I am 36 years old .. I began to draw very early, when I was 15 years old … Then there was a stand by and hold on my art for 20 years for various reasons … For 2 years now I’ve been drawing and painting again. Today…

Short Focus: Roger James

  Why do you make art? “I am kind of an introvert, so through brush/pencil/mouse, etc.,  I am able to speak in the way I want through visual means. If that makes sense.” –Roger James Follow us on Instagram:   5 Questions for the Artist, © Julia Travers    

Short Focus: Anna Wise of Solid Hex (Art and Music)

Why do you make art? “I make art and music because they transcend language. The things that I want to say about faith, life, joy, despair, and the supernatural…I oftentimes cannot explain and what I want to say gets lost in translation and muddied by feelings of extreme awkwardness, insecurity, and fear.  Art is my…

Short Focus: Reahanna Parker, Naked Eye Studio

Why do you make art? “I make art because I love to make people wonder.  I want them to question why things look ‘beautiful’ and what it is that’s making them think that.  I want them to see a piece of art and feel an unexpected emotion, and then question what that emotion is and…

Short Focus: Matthew Harding

Why do you make art? “Now there is a question. I consider myself to be a creative person, with a head full of ideas and opinions; drawing is a way to ‘bring closure’ to those thoughts, to ‘scratch the itch’, if you will. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by vivid influences, and have access to…

Short Focus: Richard Littlefield

Why do you make art? “Nothing satisfies me more than making art. It is similar to sex or eating in that it is great while in the process and also similar in that I do it over and over and over again. On occasion if a few days or weeks pass by and I am a bit down…

Short Focus: Luar Zorrillo

Why do you make art? “Why I make art? Because I am alive.  Because I love my best resemblance to the creator.  Because I refuse to die in life. I like to explore, to channel to connect.  I like the unknown and the uncertain.  I love life, therefore I create, I allow and I reflect. …

Short Focus: Joey Graziano

X-tra’s Cafe, Carytown- W Cary Street/S Crenshaw Ave, In Progress Mural, Richmond, Va, USA Why do you make Art? “Cause I’m addicted to it…” –Joey Graziano   Follow us on Instagram:   5 Questions for the Artist, © Julia Travers