Thursday, April 23, 2015

Interview with Tinam Valk

Sanssouci Triptych III by Tinam Valk

Tinam Valk is a German-born, well-traveled artist living and working in the Washington, D.C. metro area who lived in the Netherlands for most of her childhood and young adult life. Her paintings - visuals ranging from doorways and architectural elements to natural landscapes to the intangible - are highly textured and have an ethereal quality. Her style also ranges - from realist to more abstract. She studied at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague and received a post-baccalaureate degree in visual communications at the Maryland College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited extensively in DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York and New Jersey.

Her website is She agreed to answer some questions about what's behind her work...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Interview with Heather M. and Malcolm Bolivar

Holga 1 by Malcolm Bolivar

Husband and wife duo Heather M. and Malcolm Bolivar are partners and artistic collaborators. With a focus on visuals, they seem to often simultaneously tell their own stories and hold up a mirror to society. Their often-erotic and compelling visual work has been exhibited in traditional and non-traditional spaces in DC and the greater metro region, and they maintain a strong, often boundary-exploring online presence through various social media outlets.

Heather's website for the The Femme Project is Malcolm is more mysterious. We recently engaged the duo about their art and their thoughts on Eros...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Interview with Cherry Baumbusch

Scottsdale Valley by Cherry Baumbusch

Cherry Baumbusch is currently on travel. She divides her time primarily between Scottsdale, Arizona and her home studio in Washington, DC where she paints while usually listening to jazz or Spanish guitar. Among her work are abstracts, animal portraits, florals and landscapes - inspired by places she's visited and lived, including Dubai. She is a native to the DC area, having been raised on a farm in a small town just outside the capital.

She completed this interview from a restaurant in Sedona, Arizona. Her website is We interviewed Cherry about her approach to painting, and how art can inspire us to conceive a better world…

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Interview with Tati Valle-Riestra

Waves at Pulpos by Tati Valle-Riestra

Maria del Carmen (Tati) Valle-Riestra is an interesting woman. She is a critically acclaimed dancer - born and raised in Peru - who has toured extensively internationally. She is a marine biologist by training. She has also been painting since 2001 and exhibiting her visual works consistently in the Washington, D.C. region since 2007. She just wrapped a February exhibition at The Arts Club of Washington and her work is currently on display as part of the All-Media Exhibit at The Art League in Alexandria. She is the Artist of the Month at ENO in Georgetown for March, 2015.

Her website is We interviewed Tati recently about her work, methods, inspirations and her multi-discipline approach to artistic expression and thoughts on life in general…