ahtcast Visual artist interview conversations about process and inspiration.

Words of the day: optimism. audible. flying. direct. whale.

Martina Nehrling, painter based in Chicago, joins ahtcast to talk process, scale of the work, and how some pieces require a lot of "think time." Martina Nehrling also shares her reasons for wanting to have had the chance to speak with a special list of artists who's work means a lot to her and her being an artist. Please tune in as I also share my thoughts on the work, as well as which musical act I feel would make an appropriate soundtrack to some of Nehrling's paintings.

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The artist's website: martinanehrling.com/home.html

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

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Words of the day: weird. snow. cat. chewing gum. shift. color.

Jamey Hart is an artist, poet, and musician based in Cleveland, OH. In this interview we talk about his ways of working with materials, and the relationship of those materials, to his hands, and to the viewer. It's a journey that Hart himself hopes to meet the viewer on the other side of the works in a relatively close proximity. These encounters occur somewhere in a conversation of honest, and somewhat unfinished works, objects, words and songs.

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The artist's website: jameyhart.com/

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

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Words of the day: intuitive. doodle. travel. process. environment.

Splitting her studio time between Santa Fe, NM and Delray Beach, FL, Brenda Hope Zappitell finds her work heavily influenced and inspired by travel and life experiences. Family and scheduling studio time are also part of the gig. Movement, gesture and energy all come to mind as Zappitell translates these factors into her expressions in paint. Listen in as she shares the details of her studio practices and inspirations.

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The artist's website: http://www.zappitellstudio.com/

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

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Words of the day: simultaneous. absurd. journey. celebration. intervention.

Brooklyn, NY artist, Jennifer Shepard joins ahtcast and shares a bit on her art and practice. Early on, Shepard was active in both art and music, and thought it was tough to decide which to focus on. As an artist in adult life, things appear to be a little clearer in the way that location, art community, and an organic studio practice all help contribute to success as an artist. Listen in for more.

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The artist's website: http://www.jennifer-w-shepard.com/

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

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Words of the day: immediacy. environment. intimate. respond.

This interview is with Ian White Williams. With roots as a sculptor, Williams finds himself drawing and painting as of late. He gives us a history of 'why the shift to painting?' Also in this interview, Ian shares what has helped him stay connected and current on what is going on in contemporary painting, and how this continues to be valuable to him today. Listen in for more!

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The artist's website: http://ianwhitewilliams.com/

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

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Words of the day: immediate. energy. inform. nature. color.

This interview is with Philadelphia based painter, Adam Lovitz. We dig in and talk a bit about education and how Lovitz was encouraged to create daily while growing up. Balancing work and painting can be a challenge, listen in as he shares how he has dealt with that issue. Nature also comes up and we talk the importance of it's image in painting. Lovitz also shares his thoughts and practices in color, space and dealing with paintings as objects. Listen in for more!

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The artist's website: http://www.adamlovitz.com/

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

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Words of the day: shape. space. arrangement. up-side-down.

London based artist, Fiona Stanbury, shares her thoughts on painting and process in this interview. Inspiring to Stanbury, early on, was her time living in Africa, she details that the "Colors, deep shadows and..." were part of what she took away from her time there. Also inspirational was her studies under painter, Stass Paraskos, who was teaching at Cyprus College of Art Lemba. Stanbury has some nice words about Paraskos, who recently passed away. His inspiration lives on, as mentioned throughout the interview, for Stanbury who studied his teachings on being a brave painter, and also to draw with color, among other disciplines. Listen in for more!

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The artist's website: http://www.fionastanbury.com/

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

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Words of the day: grid. imagination. fundamental. intentional, and pair.

Stephen Wright, based in Kentucky, is a painter deeply moved by color, not just any color, but greys. Wright talks at length about his relationship with the perceived meaning of his work by others and would prefer...
As one who works on a number of series at once, Wright is interested in how each approach has it's independence as well as....

Listen in for more(some strong language).



The artist's tumblr blog: http://stephenwrightblog.tumblr.com/


(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

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Words of the day: share. stories. share. community building. share.

David A. Linneweh joins ahtcast to share his experiences as host of the esteemed Studio Break podcast. Linneweh talks about the beginning of his podcast and how it has grown to enrich his own studio practice as a painter. Listen in as we both express some of the rewards and inspiring aspects of hosting an artist interview podcast. Thanks for listening! (Some strong language)





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ahtcast host, Phillip J. Mellen



Studio Break website: http://studiobreak.com/




(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani Difranco and Utah Phillips)

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"There's no place for being careful when making art." This episode is with Rapid City, South Dakota artist, Matt Schaefer. Schaefer's beginnings with art worked in tandem with playing music. Painting shortly took over his focus and his unique ways of studying art history was born. He let's you in on his thoughts over an important artist that has let him down. He also share's his feelings on planning as it relates to process. Listen for more! (Some strong language)







(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)
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