Meet Artist, Christina Hale, 12/18/17

Check out the video above for details on Hale’s amazing drawing, “Chance.”

Q: How long have you been painting?

A: Seriously and with focus since 1994.

Q: Who are some of your greatest influences?

A: Rothko, Basquiat, R. Crumb, Pollack

Q: What inspired you to get into the arts?

A: Boredom.

Q: Why drawing rather than another medium?

A: It’s good for introverts.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?

A: Pencil, eraser and paper.

Q: What kind of work do you own or show in your house or do you only have your own work displayed?

A: I own art my friends have made…a Kevin Evenson triptych – my roommate in the mission district, a drawing of a woman in bondage by SANO, an L.A. based graffiti artist, a photo of Cypress Hill by Estevan Oriol, etc.. I like looking at work that takes me back to a time and place I remember myself.

Q: What is the philosophy behind your work?

A: Women are allowed to express themselves.

Young Collector’s Club, 11/13/17

Today we present 5 beautiful works of art all under $3,000. These artworks would make fabulous additions to any home, office or set.

They are, from left to right:

  1. Sangre by Kathe Madrigal, 30×30, oil on panel, $2400 or 120/month
  2. Driving PCH by Lesley Grainger, 22×28, acrylic & mixed media on canvas, $1,000 or 50/month
  3. Port Hueneme #0019 by Morgan Hagar, 16×20, archival pigment print, $850 framed or 42.50/month
  4. Cinders by Lori Dorn, 30×30, acrylic on canvas, $1,300 or 65/month
  5. Lovesick by Trine Churchill, 24×30, oil on canvas, $2,700 or 135/month


Interview with ADI Artist, Lesley Grainger, 10/9/17

Q: How long have you been painting?

A. Sort of on and off my whole life. I have always been creative, since childhood. I went to art school in England, first for my Art Foundation and then a BA Honors in Illustration. I took a break to raise my children. In 2007 I started illustrating again. I found success in licensing my art on products. I wanted to move away from licensing and began painting over a period of time and started selling originals in my shop in 2014. I’ve never looked back.

Q: Who are some of your greatest influences?

A: There are so many current artists available to us today that inspire me. I love social media and how it makes art and artists so accessible. My favorite artists are: Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Rich.

Q: What inspired you to get into the arts?

A: It’s been my passion my whole life. I started as a illustrator and moved into abstract painting. That’s why I still love to do abstracted faces.

Q: What was the first work of art you sold?

A: It was a painting of a guitar still life I sold for  £20 that I painted in high school.

Q: Why painting rather than another medium?

A: Abstract painting is pure, creating something that has never existed or been seen. There is such beauty in something that is not recognized.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?

A: I love using mixed media, acrylic, pastels, graphite, spray paint, oils, collage. Just whatever I’m feeling for the painting.

Q: Why do you like using acrylic more than oil or watercolor?

A: Simply because it dries faster, I love oils too but I’m not into watercolors, for me they are too simple.

Q: Do you have a message in your work?

A: The messages are always different, but I do hope that my work inspires the viewer. I want one to feel something, whatever that is to him/her at that moment in time…like listening to a meaningful song.

Q: What is the philosophy behind your work?

A: My work is about being in tune with myself, my thoughts, emotions, what I’m feeling. My work is intuitive but also thought out. It’s a collection of marks, color, practice, discovery, exploration, failures and joy! Sort of a creative library in my head created over the years. Each painting is an evolution from the past.

Check out Lesley’s paintings by clicking here:


How to Care for Your Art, 9/11/17

Check out this short video on “How to Care and Handle Art” that was made with my good friend, Valerie Mekki from House Therapy Staging!

Introducing Artist, Shelley Lake, 8/21/17

“Son of Man,” digital metal print, 54 x 36, #5/8

In the artist’s own words: “Thinking of the computer as an intellectual and creative partner, instead of an inanimate tool, can lead to completely new esthetic experiences, making the computer analogous to art, as numeration is to the mathematician.  The computer, the most sophisticated machinery to date, and the camera, the most sophisticated art form of our time, when combined, can yield images of insurmountable quality and when divided, may never have been conceived at all.

To consider every variant of the problem and every effect of the possibilities, I focus on the attributes of the computer, i.e. its ability to store, process and organize information, not on its efficiency or precision.  An understanding of the computer’s core differentiates the machine from being a slave to being an alternate nervous system.”


New Installation at Bar Toscana, Brentwood, 8/3/17

The Giclees are works by Los Angeles-based artist, Melissa Wenke. Her work reflects a focus on the aesthetic experience and the inspiration of energy. Mixing an elevated palate of colors with prints are a reflection of the artist’s process and overall aesthetic. Part of her 2015 collection, “Travelers,” these works are prints of original collage on canvas paintings.

Summer is Here, 7/12/17


“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” So wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby, and as summer washes over Los Angeles, his words have never felt more relevant. As Angelenos, we cannot escape the transformation that brings otherworldly heat, or gridlocked traffic, or tourists that come in droves; we can, however, take solace in warm nights, a generally slower pace, and opportunities to commingle with people we might never otherwise meet. The images above evoke a sense of liberation from the harsher elements of the year, and a reminder not to take a single day for granted, or overlook the beauty that surrounds us.

From left to right:

  1. Sun Drenched by Melissa Sophia Wenke, 27 x 27, limited edition print
  2. Currents of the Sea by Helen Youngblood, 48 x 48, mixed media on canvas
  3. Lifeguard Stand by Amy Smith, acrylic on canvas, commissions available, as well as digital prints



Studio Visit with Laddie John Dill, 7/3/17

When Laddie John Dill was a teenager, his father, a lens designer, helped instill in the young artist an appreciation for technical and scientific analysis that he found came naturally to him, working in tandem with his own creative desires. After graduating from the Chouinard Art Institute in 1968, Dill apprenticed with the likes of Pop Art darlings Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg, artists who left their impact on the art world by revolutionizing ways of seeing and engaging with everyday materials. Decades later, he divides his Venice studio space into two areas, one for his artwork and the other for unbridled experimentation. To quote Dill himself, “It enables me to separate the ideas of making art and just experimenting with materials and seeing what relationships I can get between myself and the materials.”

You can see more of Dill’s work at:


Interview with New ADI Artist, Sahba Shere, 6/5/17

Q: How long have you been painting?

A: From the age of 10 years old, I’ve been painting and drawing. Later in life I moved to Paris, France. This is where I learned and practiced sculpting and documentary photography. I traveled all over Europe and parts of the African continent documenting people and their places.

Q: Who are some of your greatest influences?

A: My parents are my greatest influence. My father was a math professor and writer. My mother is a prolific artist and musician. As far as artists, Rothko and James Turrell have greatly influenced and inspired my thoughts, work and creativity.

Q: Why painting rather than another medium?

A: I’ve always expressed my self in visual ways – through colors. The sense of sight and colors has such a deep impact to our senses.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?

A: Acrylic and ink paints

Q: Why do you like using acrylic more than oil or watercolor?

A: Acrylic has bold, strong colors reflecting the emotions of my work. I like that they are environmentally more friendly.

Q: Do you have a message in your work?

A: My recent work is all about nature…. the love of nature and how we need to take care of our precious planet.


Professional Artist Magazine & Art Dimensions Inc., 5/10/17


Read this excerpt about Art Dimensions Inc. in the February/March 2017 issue of Professional Artist magazine! Hope you find this interesting.