Painting in Series, and Why my Trees Leave

By C.J. Lori / March 8, 2021

On a trip to France in 2005, I was inspired by the agricultural landscape and sky to paint “When the Trees Leave”.  I was thinking about the threat we have become to our natural environment and remembering Rene Magritte’s floating men in bowler hats. I had always anthropomorphized elements of landscape in my work (blades…

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Our face of ours is revealed in the New Year

By Jen Okumura / January 27, 2021

Art and its ability to elevate people inspire me and how I perceived 2020 felt like every day for creatives. On some level, art is life—telling a story or simply creating is our lives. As artists, we are in tune with the activity of those, both past and present, who push the envelope to the…

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The futility, contradictions and fulfillment of creating art

By Steven Edson / September 29, 2020

Pablo Picasso once said, “We all know that art is not the truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”     Artists create work to discover…

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Are you in or are you out?

By Joanne Tarlin / August 27, 2020

Are you in or are you out? It’s a relative question and the name of this painting. When we were teenagers, being “in” meant you were part of the “in crowd”; you were popular, part of a group. In 2020, being “in” tags us all, young and old, as part of a popular group, people…

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By Jen Okumura / August 21, 2020

Well, what a difference in 2020 makes… Even in the most “normal” of years, summer brings a time of reset and travel. But if the last 5 months have taught me anything it is how inherently resilient and optimistic our creative community is. This doesn’t mean that every day of remote life has been smooth…

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