Karen McAlister Shimoda glacial paintings are part of her painted series addressing climate change.

Conversations with an Artist: Karen McAlister Shimoda

Karen's After Life and Glacial paintings at 4x4" square create an intrigue with their multidimensionality that asks you to look beneath the surface. Her 6x6" cubes are observations of the natural world in patterns, textures, surfaces, layers, folds, and recesses.
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Monotype artist Louesa Roebuck and subject and collaborator of the book Foraged Flora. Fine Art Monoprints available at Poet and the Bench.

Conversations with an Artist: Louesa Roebuck

Louesa Roebuck is co-creator and subject of the gorgeous book, Foraged Flora. She is a multi-faceted artist across foraged flower arranging, foraged candle adornment, monotype art and more. While she employs different media, all of her work has the same ethos, harmoniously hangs together and the emotion that springs from them comes from a place of free-spirited animation. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Linda Benenati

Conversations with an Artist: Linda Benenati

We met Linda and were charmed by her amusing encaustic paintings with their complex themes that often begin with a simple lyric, a favorite phrase or vivid memory. Colorful, humorous and provocative, she is also inspired by the art masters, theater, 1920’s and 30’s collectibles, bees, dogs, cats and anything French. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Obi Kaufmann

Conversations with an Artist: Obi Kaufmann

A birthday gift to Jeffrey of The California Field Atlas introduced us to the world of naturalist Obi Kaufmann. Obi pairs data with art in his stunning and compelling way; each page, each experience with his books invites us to discover aspects of our beautiful and complicated state and inspires us to joyfully adventure, dig deeper and help protect its natural environment.
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Conversations with an Artist: Terasu

Conversations with an Artist: Terasu

Mountain, ocean and food culture are at the root of Terasu's endeavors–as a way to experience the world and build community. With HQ in both Sausalito and Tokyo, you can't help but find seduction in the authentic, nuanced, deeply textured productions this collaborative of multifaceted artists and artisans, led by Max Houtzager, manufacture, print and share experientially. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Pure Mana Hawaii

Conversations with an Artist: Pure Mana Hawaii

It was a fortuitous meeting when Hawaiian farmers and creators Sue Mandini and Kollette Stith introduced themselves and their beautiful Pure Mana Hawaii skincare. My next step was to try their vegan and organically farmed macadamia nut oil-based line, free of all the things I regularly avoid. After weeks of research, Pure Mana's clean face, eye and body serums are now available in the shop. So excited to share this with you! ~ Bonnie
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Conversations with an Artist: Mason Bowen Bondi

Conversations with an Artist: Mason Bowen Bondi

We found ourselves compelled by Mason's paintings–drawn to this collection that was from his red period. These very powerful, evocative and yet sensitive portraits make a lasting imprint. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Jeffrey Palladini

Conversations with an Artist: Jeffrey Palladini

You can't help but become absorbed in the vibrant, saturated colors and purposeful brush strokes, feel the emotion captured in the frame, and want to unravel the mystery of the subjects painted. Jeffrey Palladini's work is a study in moments where the details–life's stimuli, memories, experiences–are simplified, leaving only an intense suggestion. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Laura Roebuck

Conversations with an Artist: Laura Roebuck

The paintings of Laura Roebuck highlight the interplay of color, shape, and texture with intuition and movement. She both brings her background in psychology into the abstract concepts of her work and reimagines everyday worn-in objects into mixed media art. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Jean Jack

Conversations with an Artist: Jean Jack

Jean Jack's artwork conveys the quiet dignity of architectural shapes as she rearranges them, tries them out from different perspectives, composes them in varying color relationships, and emphasizes the specific beauty of different forms.
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Conversations with an Artist: Betsy & Iya

Conversations with an Artist: Betsy & Iya

Betsy & Iya is the jewelry line designed by Betsy Cross and run with her husband Will Cervarich, out of Portland, Oregon. We love their varied influences, approachable and fun culture, and their celebration of beauty in details big and small. Betsy's response to our interview really gives you great insight into what moves her.
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Conversations with an Artist: Mariella Pilato

Conversations with an Artist: Mariella Pilato

Mariella designs bold, sexy statement pieces that will add texture and depth to your wardrobe in a way we really haven't come across before. Her architectural references  and use of organic materials in unusual ways reflect sophisticated taste and innovation. These are strong, fierce pieces that link her Italian heritage of heroic legends, myths and mermaids with the magical history and ancient arts of the Indonesian archipelago. In her collection, Mariella pushes both her imagination and creativity to new artistic levels. 
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