Sheila Dunn’s Authenticity on Life and Art—an Update

Back in 2012, I had the privilege of interviewing artist Sheila Dunn. I continue to follow Sheila because her paintings stir the spirit guiding me, the one called Ruach, the one that delivers divine inspiration. Here is the definition of this Hebrew word: Ruach is a Hebrew word meaning "wind" or "spirit." In its prophetic …

Illustrator Kathryn Rathke’s Iconic Illustrative Icons

by Lynn S. Schwebach Observing my favorite artists’ works on the Web soaks up hours of my time. I rationalize this pastime as “research.” I also love typing in long-tail searches such as current popular illustrators working today to retrieve hundreds of links where I find my favorite illustrations – and illustrators. While researching a …

Audrey Niffenegger: An Interview on Writing Books, Creating Art, and Teaching

by Lynn S. Schwebach When you discover an author who is also a visual artist, you’re on the path to uncovering the secrets of creativity. Someone who works in both artistic domains is defying those experts who say we are either “word” people or “image” people. Which happens to be the case with Audrey Niffenegger. …

Growing and Designing a Creative Community Garden in Chicago’s Logan Square

by Lynn S. Schwebach Sometimes when intentions are good and solutions for helping others and the world are the goals, creativity snowballs, breeding ideas that are truly innovative and unique. Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood has a corner – literally – on this type of creativity. The Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm at 3240 W. Altgeld St., …

Sheila Dunn’s Authenticity on Life and Art

"Nude in white" by Sheila Dunn by Lynn S. Schwebach If I could pick my neighbors, I would choose to live next door to Sheila Dunn. I want to be able to knock on her door at anytime to get a glimpse of her next creation. Maybe she would invite me in, from time to time, and I could ask her …

The Healing Energy of Bonnie Lebesch’s Art

by Lynn S. Schwebach Every so often, you meet someone whose philosophy on life causes you to pause and reflect, leading you ask yourself if you’re living out your life in a meaningful, truthful way. This type of introspection seems to especially haunt artists and those who find meaning through careers that don’t deliver monthly …

Tartx: Tiffini Elektra X Combines Art and Business into Successful Product Line

Tiffini Elektra X wears one of her Anne Boleyn scarves  by Lynn S. Schwebach Several years ago, I was strolling around an outdoor art fair in Fort Collins, Colorado when a booth of unusual jewelry caught my eye. I instantly fell in love with some domino necklaces – painted dominoes with images of fairy tale …

Keith Kimmels’ Eyes and Art Reflect the World

Organic by Keith Kimmel by Lynn S. Schwebach I connected with North Carolina artist Keith Kimmel through the organization “Artist’s Assembled” in Fort Collins, Colorado. After “friending” him on Facebook, I spent a long time viewing his art on his Timeline, and couldn't stop looking. As one of his friends commented: "It really speaks to …

Artist Tamarah Long’s Architecturally Inspired Drawings

by Lynn S. Schwebach Artist, architect, and actress, Tamarah Long calls herself “observer of the world.” That’s the name she gave herself in 1996, traveling around Costa Rica, writing in her journal. Having just finished graduate school with a master’s degree in architecture, she realized that she should be sketching as well. She had completed …