Francesco Manetti: “A Form of Spiritual Exercise”

Artist name: Francesco Manetti Featured Works 1 and 2: We are honored to share Francesco Manetti’s artwork; it is is thoughtful, narrative, and beautifully executed. He invites us into a variety of stories and landscapes where reality and dreams merge in balanced, lovely scenes. With both vibrant and muted tones he builds worlds within words, blending surrealism, whimsy,…

Velvet Kensington Burlesque: “To Use My Art to Continue to Empower Women and Femme Presenting People to Love and Own Their Bodies.”

Performing Artist name: Velvet Kensington, also known as Helen Fourness Featured Works: Performance and Pin Up Shots  Insightful, gorgeous, funny, and inventive: burlesque artist Velvet Kensington is a vivacious and creative entertainer. She is a trained and gifted dancer and thoughtful performing artist who engages her audience in inspired and sexy performances, combining the personal, political, erotic, humorous, and shocking, with a tone of empowerment, exploration, and…

Kentaro Yamada: “I Want to Contribute Something Positive”

Artist name: Kentaro Yamada Featured Work 1: Uplifted Project with Chef Rick Gresh Kentaro Yamada’s photography project “The Uplifted” shows people with their most prized possessions levitating before them. It bridges the everyday and the otherworldly. I think this creative and unique honoring of humanity’s diverse personalities and life paths has an “uplifting” effect for the viewer and for the subjects…

Molly Williams: “Making Feminism an Inclusive Space is Crucial to Me”

Artist name: Molly Williams Featured Work 1: Artist Molly Williams has created a collection and tribe of feminist drawings based both on women who inspire her and whom she dreams up. As I peruse her extensive drawing collection,  I am drawn into conversation with many woman whose voices resonate in my heart. Featured Works Slideshow: 5 Questions for…

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…

Betty Fei: “Just Do What You Love”

Artist name: Betty Fei Featured Works 1 and 2: Betty Fei’s works are beautiful, intricate, intriguing, and mesmerizing. In viewing her work we get to meet a wide range of ethereal, strong, and eccentric figures in settings which blend fantasy and reality. Other Featured Works: Slideshow and Speed paint video 5 Questions for the Artist: 1. What is art to…

Julie Gough: “Something that Shows Women and Girls That There are Role Models for Them to Look up to”

Artist name: Julie Gough Featured Work 1: Gifted illustrator and artist Julie Gough creates beautiful portraits of Women in History. The portraits are realistic and vibrant, crafted with flowing lines, a cool , limited pallete, and subtle, sensitive shading. I appreciate the respectful, celebratory, and honoring tone this project takes toward under-acknowledged historical women. The portrait above…

Karen Francis: “Freedom”

Writer name: Karen Francis Featured Work 1: Distracted By the Past? Daunted By the Future? Find Your Present In South Africa, article on Huffington Post We are excited this week to feature the beautiful written work of Karen Francis. From pieces ranging from a nourishing journey through South Africa (linked above), to Life Lessons From ‘Game of Thrones’:…

Olga Oilikki: “Art is Something That is Always With You”

Artist name: Olga Oilikki Featured Work 1: Sloth I am a big fan of sloths, and of Olga Oilikki’s drawings and designs. Her characters are unique but warm and familiar. Adulthood and childhood, light and dark, humor and beauty, flora and fauna all meet in her engaging illustrations, scenes, and stories. Featured Works Slideshow: 5 Questions for the Artist:…

Scott Lawson: “The Directness and Simplicity of Painting from Life”

Artist name: Scott Lawson Featured Work 1: Dave, Oil on linen, 2013, 24×30″ Featured Works Slideshow: By only painting from direct observation, Scott Lawson commits to truly study and reveal his subjects.  This commitment results in works of sensitive realism in which the subjects’ physical weight, interaction with light and shadow, and skillfully rendered expressions have a powerful presence. 5 Questions for the…

Ken Nagakui: “Where Imagination Meets Reality”

Artist name: Ken Nagakui Featured Work 1: Flower Vase Ken Nagakui’s pottery is quiet and strong.  It has a skillfully hand crafted feel and also has an organic life of it’s own, and seems to have grown right out of the earth.  Each piece mimics the beautiful lines, colors, and textures of nature and also has it’s…

Ngozi Okechukwu of Nigerian Hippie: “I Feel Fortunate to Be Passionate about Something.”

Artist name: Ngozi Okechukwu of Nigerian Hippie Featured Work 1: Selection of Clothing Ngozi Okechukwu of Nigerian Hippie creates stunning handmade apparel with beautiful prints and contours.  Each custom piece, with it’s stylish, unique, and expertly handmade folds and shapes, accentuates the beautiful curves of the human body as well as the beauty of the colorful, patterned fabric. Featured Work…