Life With Art

Explore the purposes of art, get familiar with the genius artists that shine throughout history and get lost in the beauty of your aesthetic. There is nothing more powerful that art to transmit multiple emotions in a single statement, to catalyze political issues, to bring depth to a day and to illuminate the mystical in tangible terms. Art-obsessed me has learned a tremendous amount about myself and life from art. Sharing my art obsessions, hopefully you will find your artistic expression, a bit of inspiration or the key to unlock the aesthetic potential of your life!

jen stark

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When I see impossibly beautiful, impossibly concieved art it is expansive in ways hard to articulate.  When I first encontered Los Angeles artist Jen Stark’s art, I was floored. Paper: paper sculpture, paper animation, paper turned into layers of intrigue and joy.

I am still floored, today, looking at all this work.  Get ready to gasp at the impeccable genius of Jen Stark’s paper wizardry!

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raphael hefti

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Big, transparent, explosive, space-shaping, challenging, luscious… these are just a few of the words that spring to mind when I experience the art of Raphael Hefti.  Today’s art ‘spiration is dreamy, gorgeous and multimedia fantastic.  It gives me many ideas to use space and art with more dimension… and its the perfect blend of sold and transparent that reads as pure divinity.  Continue Reading…

gabriel dawe

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When you see art so dreamy that it looks transparent yet solid at once there is a special effect of optical illusion happening so profound that it is chilling.  In the case of Gabriel Dawe‘s sculptures made from string- yes, all string!- the spectrum of color and the planes of geometry that emerge in space are like a real, fleeting rainbow in the sky.

This is art that puts an exclamation point on how space can transform with color and light.  If you wonder why I am so emphatic about living in and with and in the exploration of art, this is the perfect example.  His art creates new possibilities, fashioning something grand from something as simple as colored thread.  And it is massive.  And it is brilliant.   Continue Reading…

Ara Osterweil

A world of color, inky, trasparent, dripping… yet sometimes geometric and deliberate. It feels to me like you can walk right into the rainbow colored world of Ara Osterweil and play in the layers of dreamy flow.  This art is spectacular for me to kick start my own imagination. I hope you love it as much as I do, in an excited flash of magenta and whispery glazes of pastel! Continue Reading…

alicia scardetta

Now, this I plan to collect.   It’s art made of fibers, twisted, knotted, knit, pulled, constructed and deconstructed.  It’s handmade. It feels like you can read the lines and rhythms of each piece.  This is the textile art of Alicia Scardetta and I want it all!  Continue Reading…

gerry barry artwork

I love a great ring of stones, a field turned into sculpture, even sand carved with shapes.  The thing about land-based, Earth-borne art is that it is just like Nature itself- fleeting, not meant for forever, yet enduring in such a magnificent way long after the stones are washed away, the grass grows and the delicate installation has been churned back into Nature.

Gerry Barry doesn’t just make brilliant land art, he captures it in ways that feel vintage and timeless yet modern and fresh.  This is such raw inspiration and true beauty.  Continue Reading…

shane mcadams nature art

Some art is lit from within.  These landscapes created with ballpoint pen, oil paint and resin by Shane McAdams are an ultimate example of the luminous.  Streaked skies like this make me want to hike a trail this afternoon and watch the sunset.  Continue Reading…

tim rollins and kos

When art becomes much more than just something to hang in a gallery, when it becomes a tool for social change, a piece of history and life-changing in ways you just can’t fathom… this is the stuff I dream about.  And this is what artist Tim Rollins created with K.O.S..   Continue Reading…