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All Gates Open by Rob Sussman

Though named after a song by Can, I drew this upon hearing David Lynch talk about where great ideas come from. “Trillions and zillions of ideas,” he said, “and they’re all there, waiting to be caught.” I wanted to communicate that sense of abundance — a kind of blossoming, voluptuous life force. Fertility run amok. READ MORE

Rob Sussman

My sons have been the center of my life for 20+ years, lighting up my existence and offering great feedback (when they can be bothered). A couple teachers at Otis and SVA, my girlfriend, my mom, lots of amazing friends. Some favorite illustrators are Drew Friedman, Chris Ware, Zoe Matthiessen, Henrik Drescher. READ MORE

'black shirt' by Paul Torres owned by Chris Bonno

His portraits have a sensuality to them and he clearly knows how to do a more traditional portrait (that can be stunning to observe) with excellent paint technique, volume, and creative use of color. Mostly, I see the creations, the people, the personalities, the vibe, the time he captures and the core or heart of his subjects. As a spectator, I am “let in” on how Torres’ cares for his work and his subjects. He creates an atmosphere while capturing the heart and attitude of the characters that we see around us but might not closely observe. By Chris Bonno READ MORE

Norma Jean aka Marilyn Monroe by Paul Torres

“norma jean aka marilyn monroe” – Oil on wood, 20 3/4 x 13″ Paul has been called a visionary artist with soul. His creativity comes from utilizing various mediums. He works with an assortment of media ranging from oil to acrylic, wet inks to dry and prefers oil. Although he feels most comfortable working from life experiences and live models, he uses this vision to bring his work into a more personal level. He aims for a magical realism rooted in the tradition of the old masters with undertones of modern influences. TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview.2 Back: If you could choose a past literary/art/music movement to be a READ MORE

So what do you do for a living? by Paul Torres

Naturally gifted with a keen observation of everyday life and the cultural, social, political and religious landscape in the world we live, Paul Torres’ art embodies a rich imagination and is laced with social commentary and a soulful interpretation of everyday life. Paul was born in Chile, his interest in art began at age 3 after being introduced to comic books. READ MORE

Rebeca by Paul Torres

Coming to the United States for a one-year stay at the age of nine to Mar Vista, CA is when Paul fell in love with the art culture here. After immigrating to the United States permanently at age 18, he served in the U.S. Army, attended Otis Parsons Art Institute forum for two years and in 1998, he received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. READ MORE


Synthia SAINT JAMES is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, an award winning author and/or illustrator of 17 children’s books, several poetry and affirmation books, a cookbook, a play, a monologue, and the autobiographical book titled Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing (which was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in 2012). READ MORE

AARP Expo Line by Synthia SAINT JAMES

Synthia SAINT JAMES’ art and celebrity have been utilized in numerous promotional campaigns for such companies as Royal Caribbean International, Johnson & Johnson’s Ambi, Liberty Mutual, Seagram’s, Union Bank of California, Washington Mutual Bank, Maybelline, Kayser-Roth, Coca Cola USA, Essence Communications, Barnes and Noble, and AARP (a painting design for a Metro Rail Train). READ MORE

Smitten for Mr. Write by Janice Bremec Blum

In my hand are a dozen helium balloons clunking me on the head and a peach cobbler is teetering in the crux of my arm. I’m struggling to get the key in the front door of my bookstore, The Book Bin. The balloons will decorate the outside sandwich board announcing today’s book signing event. Barton Wallace, the number one male author in the romance genre will be here to autograph his latest book, My Woman. I’ve been a fan of Barton ever since his first book, Together, We, hit the New York Times best seller list. I’ve read… READ MORE

Martin Luther King – Called to Serve by Synthia SAINT JAMES

“I was so honored when the City of Rocky Mount, NC, the city where Dr. King first gave his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech nine months before he delivered it at the March on Washington, chose me to be the Keynote Speaker for the 30th anniversary of their MLK Unity Breakfast (which was held on Monday, January 15, 2018). I was truly humbled when I received a standing ovation for my presentation.” READ MORE

Honors Mindset by Synthia SAINT JAMES

Synthia received her first Honorary Doctorate Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters) from Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC on May 8, 2010; the Historical Black College, where her foundation, The Synthia SAINT JAMES Fine Arts Institution is being established. Synthia, is also the recipient of the 2008 Woman of the Year Award for the 26th Senate District, and she has garnered numerous other awards, including the a Parent’s Choice Silver Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and an Oppenheim Gold Award all for her books. READ MORE

Synthia SAINT JAMES-Studio-Shot

“I’ve been told that I have a golden and magnetic aura, and love that description which I hope to always live up to. I think of myself as a 68 year old petite woman with the heart and energy of a child. I’m always open and love to embrace new ideas, and creative challenges.” READ MORE

Artist Alexandra Dillon

A native of Los Angeles, Alexandra Dillon received her B.A. in film from UCLA, then returned to her lifelong passion for making art. Her love of Old Master painting led her to study classical realism in Florence, Italy, then New Orleans, finally settling in Venice, CA. She has since appeared in group and solo shows in Los Angeles. READ MORE

Palimpsest burned brushes by Alexandra Dillon

…Alexander Dillon told TribeLA Magazine that she took the burned brushed home, and at first, she didn’t know what to do with them. She played with them turning them back and forth … then she began to paint and stories evolved. With all of her brushes, “They show up and tell me who they are,” she says. Working on each piece over the course of several days, she finds the emotion and personality of her characters. The results are beautiful and engaging faces, often reminiscent of Roman-Egyptian mummy portraits or Baroque painting. “I’m influenced by the art of every era”, she says. READ MORE