ahtcast Visual artist interview conversations about process and inspiration.

December 3, 2022  

Words of the day: layer. linen. weird. excavation. Alice. Neel.

This episode’s guest is Becky Yazdan, a painter who splits her time between Brooklyn, NY and Maplewood, NJ.

In our interview conversation we talk show prep for her solo exhibition titled Aftermath at The Front gallery NYC, with an opening reception Thursday December 8th 2022 from 6 to 8 pm. And that is at 131 Chrystie Street New York, NY.

We also talk a bit about the early days in Becky’s journey in art and the traditional methods of preparing her linen used for painting which provides a perfect surface for producing truly amazing layering techniques. And stay for a rich glimpse into the content in the work as well.

Also in the episode is a multi-part question submitted by previous Ahtcast guest Sarah Boyts Yoder…(thanks Sarah!).

Listen in for more…thanks!




The artist's website: beckyyazdan.com/


Thanks for listening!


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

October 5, 2022  

Words of the day: scale. organic. layer. complexity. intuition.

Welcome Brooke Mullins Doherty back to the podcast!

Brooke and I first spoke in the early days of ahtcast back in 2011 and I thought it would be a good thing to catch up and talk about Brooke’s current show and the work in it, along with details regarding her varied and focused working methods.

Brooke’s show is titled Divulgences, catch it if you are in the New Bedford, MA area for the reception October 13th 2022 from 5:30pm. The exhibition runs September 12 – October 20, 2022 at the Co+ Creative Center at 137 Union Street in New Bedford, MA.

Also featured in the interview are 3 questions submitted by previous podcast guest and Chicago based painter, Renee Robbins!




The artist's website: https://www.brookemullins.com/index.html



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


Thank you for listening!

May 23, 2022  

Words of the day: transitive. tension. experimentation. looking. passages.

This episode's guest is Ronan Bowes! In the conversation you'll hear Ronan share some of his early formative experiences with art and how they helped him in the right direction. Also what practice helped shape his identity as an artist, he expresses his love of materials and how work can take on the studio patina, also part of the interview is talk of painting as installation and blurring the lines of painting and constructions...listen in for more...

Wanted to also send a quick thank you to previous podcast guest Heather Yip for sending me an interview question for Ronan, thanks Heather!

Welcome Ronan Bowes!




The artist's website: https://www.ronanbowes.com/



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

March 14, 2022  

Words of the day: figuration. abstraction. sketchbook. practice. driven.

Guest host Lauren G. Levine takes over the interview mic to talk with fellow painter Paul Behnke about his work and practice, as well as his move to Taos, NM with his wife.

Paul also shares his thoughts about ways of working on his paintings, his sketchbook practice, and how his current living conditions and location influence, or don’t influence, his current body of work. And more…




Paul Behnke's website: https://www.paulbehnke.net/


Thanks for listening! And many thanks to Lauren Levine for guest hosting!


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

February 19, 2022  

Words of the day: history. ritual. open. magic. portrait. This episode’s guest is Barbara Laube.
In the conversation you’ll hear personal accounts and connections between the artist and her work. As well as the surprising, and not so surprising, places the work derives from. Also a list of artists’ studios she would like to visit.
This interview also features a few questions submitted by previous guest Brigid Watson. And more…..

Welcome Barbara Laube to ahtcast!




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



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

January 24, 2022  

Words of the day: gesture. vulnerability. consciousness. Zero gravity.

For this episode Sabine Tress returns to the podcast, from her studio in Cologne, Germany, to discuss the work in her solo show Space Oddities.
This conversation acts mostly as a virtual tour of Sabine’s exhibition. Detailing the relationships between the actual exhibition space, the paintings, the viewer, and the painter herself. Somehow I make my way into the mix as well.

I did not know this interview would journey in the direction it did, it wasn’t until editing did I realized how these states were apparent.

This recording creates a virtual venue where the show takes place for those who can’t make it to the brick and mortar space, and yet helps make it a show not to miss in person.




Sabine Tress' website: https://sabinetress.de/


Space Oddities runs until February 12th 2022
At Esther Verhaeghe Art Concepts
Brussles, Belgium


More info on the show: https://estherverhaeghe.com/



Thanks for listening!


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

November 21, 2021  

Words of the day: energy. intuition. rigor. patience. faith.

Paris based painter Astrid Dick joins ahtcast for a conversation. We talk the daily practice of painting, faith in the work that triggers more faith in the work, words and how they mix, and don't mix, well with painting and more.

Also, listen as I share a question and some thoughts by previous guest Lauren G. Levine. Tune in for more!




The artist's website: https://astriddick.com/home.html


Thanks for listening!


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

September 22, 2021  

New Bedford, MA multi-disciplinary artist Carl Simmons joins me for a discussion on creative breaks, not just blocks. An art residency doing nothing, if ever that was a thing. We also talk using instagram and facebook as a venue and medium for visual art formats. How do these platforms differ for painting and video work etc.

Carl and I share a few laughs, and some serious accounts on working as an artist using one of the near only venues for showing work during a pandemic without making the episode a total downer. Besides, how could an art chat where Star Wars comes up multiple times be anything less than a galactic experience?




Follow Carl in instagram at: carlcarlsimmons



Thanks for listening!



June 6, 2021  

Welcome the The Mixed-Media Tapes! Sarah Boyts Yoder was a previous guest on Ahtcast and I thought to invite her back on the share more on the subject of parallels regarding dance and her art-practice. There was more to dig into so here we are back on the topic.

Sarah shares how dance came to her life and how she met it in the middle! Making their way into the talk are a couple quotes that are fitting for the subject as well as some wisdom coming from both dance and painting. Listen in for more!



Sarah Boyts Yoder in her studio


The artist's website: https://sarahboytsyoder.com/home.html


Thanks for listening!


April 24, 2021  

Words of the day: color. improv. hungry. iteration. attention. guru.

This episode's guest is Charlottesville, Virginia based painter Sarah Boyts Yoder. In the conversation Sarah draws parallels between music and painting, collecting visuals subconsciously through experiences outside of the studio, not to mention the practice of hoarding paint, and what the viewer can be for a finished piece of art… Sarah also shares a bit on being a mother and what the artist in her was doing while reading books to her children. And more…

We have the 'five words' question making its appearance in the interview so don’t miss that.

And keep your ears tuned in for a few questions submitted by previous ahtcast guest Fiona Stanbury, thanks for the great questions Fiona.

So listen in and welcome Sarah Boyts Yoder to ahtcast!




The artist's website: https://sarahboytsyoder.com/home.html


Thanks for listening!


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

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