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I Like Your Work supports artists! Each week artist Erika b Hess interviews artists, gallerists, collectors, and curators to cover topics that will help you in your art practice! From inspiring interviews from the lives of artists to business practices you will walk away ready to get in the studio!
 
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“I paint to create a deeper connection to my identity and history as a Black American. Metaphorically, I see Black people as personifications of the magic that is the ocean. My paintings and drawings combine abstraction with realistic renderings of Black noses and lips to rejuvenate the relationship of my history to my ancestor’s history with water…
 
Hannah Cole is an artist based in Asheville, NC and the owner of Sunlight Tax. She also runs Money Bootcamp, a yearlong membership program to get artists from financial chaos to financial control, so you can get back to your studio. In this mini episode, Hannah joins us to talk about her journey as a painter who had miserable experiences with accou…
 
Internationally recognized artist Amir H. Fallah is known for his vibrant figurative work that draws from western painting vocabulary and turns the history of portraiture on its head. The work explores how one reconstructs identity and asks the question, how do you describe someone without showing their physical likeness? It’s incredibly powerful w…
 
Johnson’s work draws on a vastness of experience and a persistent desire to make paintings that explain the world through color and shape. He has always moved seamlessly between abstraction and representation and the art historian Peter Selz described Johnson as an artist who makes “realist paintings that are basically abstract paintings and abstra…
 
Matt Bollinger is an artist living in Ithaca, NY who works across painting, animation, sculpture and music. Bollinger earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2003 and his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. He has had 6 solo exhibitions at Zürcher Gallery, New York and 3 solo exhibitions at Galerie Zürcher, Paris. His ani…
 
Dana Frankfort’s paintings engage the history of abstract painting and feature bright colors, gestural brushwork, and text. She earned a BA in the History of Art from Brandeis University and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was a Core Fellow at the Mu…
 
Mark Joshua Epstein is a gifted storyteller and artist. If you want a great evening, hang out with Mark and talk about what you are working on and be prepared to laugh and think differently about what you have created. Born in Rockville, Maryland, Mark spent his early school years at a conservative Jewish Day School and his summers at a progressive…
 
Since becoming a mother in 2014 Hofer has been involving her children in her painting process, creating a 44-piece series with her first son and will soon be launching a new collection with her other 2 children in fall 2021. Brandi continues to be extremely prolific with her 3 little boys at her in-home studio, creating several bodies of self-motiv…
 
I have followed Jessica Pinsky’s work since 2007 because this woman was my best friend in graduate school at Boston University. We would visit each others studios, talk about art over drinks and overall support and give feedback to each other. Jessica’s drive to create artwork and start major projects is unmatched which is evident in her prolific w…
 
The work of Will Hutnick is filled with movement and plays off of the landscape and pattern. As an artist, he draws inspiration for his work through what surrounds him such as objects he collects or the landscape that shifts as he travels between Brooklyn and Wassaic. In this episode, I learned Will has a background in music and plays the cello. Mu…
 
Madeline Donahue’s work functions on multiple levels. Her figurative paintings have a strong abstract presence that allow the shapes to create the narrative on the canvas. The figures depict sweet chubby babies in the midst of creating chaos. Funny and dark, filled with love and overwhelm, all these emotions grapple for center stage in her work. Ma…
 
How do you take the leap from working full-time to becoming a full-time artist? Erika Lee Sears did just that when she felt unfulfilled by her day job. In this episode, Erika shares how she planned her exit, how she got her work out there by applying to everything which led to her work being featured in Portlandia and on the cover of Lana Del Ray’s…
 
The work of Anissa Lewis dives into memory, yet is entrenched in her current community. Her photographs depict the present-day area in Covington, Kentucky, where Lewis grew up, and addresses the societal changes such as race, identity and relationships that have impacted the area over time. Images of the former residents are superimposed over image…
 
The time in between is something we all deal with in life. The time between waking and coffee, the time between arriving in a doctor’s office and waiting to be seen, the time spent in transportation going from one point to the next. Hilary Doyle took that time and claimed it not only as studio time, but it became a jumping off point for her recent …
 
It was such a pleasure to have Catherine Haggarty on the show! Catherine is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY who recently had a solo exhibition at Massey Klein Gallery. She is also co-director of NYC Crit Club, a space offering community, connection and critiques for artists. In this interview, Catherine talks about learning how to make work when no…
 
Amy Reidel makes work that I can relate to. She brings the viewer into her world that is filled with color, sparkle, and rainbows but all the while, underlying insidious imagery creeps in to complete the picture. Amy’s painterly vocabulary allows for her sophisticated application of materials to slam up against visions of the figure in various stat…
 
Amanda Rowan's provocative still life and self-portrait images depict playful and sensual moments, eliciting humor through an exploration of the power and vulnerability of sexuality. Rowan is both curator and subject in each richly styled vignette depicting moments of mysticism and seduction. Her work explores domestic labor and gender using a mix …
 
Adrienne Elise Tarver is an artist who makes hard work look easy. From her expansive studio practice, to her position as the Associate Chair of Fine Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta Campus, Adrienne is able to gracefully accomplish making insightful, challenging work while also organizing a great spreadsheet. In this episode, we…
 
Raised in an artistic family, Rachel talks about memory, spirituality, motherhood and how the process of making is embedded in her life. Raised in New Jersey, Rachel received her M.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and her B.F.A. in painting, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Rachel has exhibited…
 
Kaylan Buteyn is an artist, curator, founder of the Artist/Mother Podcast and founder of Stay Home Gallery & Residency. Her practice primarily focuses on female empowerment, the maternal experience, and community engagement. Her paintings are rooted in abstraction, often referencing the maternal form. She has exhibited in galleries and community sp…
 
How do you make work, write about it, and host a podcast when 2020 throws us into a spiral of change? Jamaal Barber, a printmaker and the host of Studio Noize Podcast, talks about how the changes of 2020 have impacted his work and about his prints that celebrate Blackness. As a printmaker who makes large work, Jamaal was forced to shift gears when …
 
Susan Carr captured my attention over a year ago when I saw the work she sent in to be a Studio Visit Artist and I was hooked. Soon I was able to see her work in person and again, I couldn’t stop looking and thinking about it. Susan is an artist’s artist. She works hard, she is in tune with the materials, and her work takes us to another place of t…
 
What is it like to work with fibers in Senegal and the artist Kehinde Wiley at his residency Black Rock? Artist Heather Jones whose work questions and pushes traditional conceptions of both quilt making and painting talks about her experience being part of Kehinde Wiley’s inaugural class at Black Rock Senegal. Heather’s work explores the formal pos…
 
How do you balance being an artist and a mom while dealing with haters who voice their opinion on your life choices? Kate Sable is a painter who talks about having kids when the opinion surrounding her was children and art do not mix. Spoiler alert, this was less than ten years ago, and sadly this is a sentiment many of us still face. Kate shares s…
 
Thinking about taking the leap into becoming a full-time artist? Erin Loree did just that and through a crazy twist of fate, landed in Kim Dorland’s old studio in Toronto. Erin talks about how she approaches her large paintings, color palette and materials. From artist residencies in Peru, Plant Medicine, and observing the inner and outer world aro…
 
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