CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees: Greg Colson and Jeff Colson

In honor of Greg Colson and Jeff Colson’s induction to CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame 2016, California State University, Bakersfield Office of Alumni Engagement asked me to share my thoughts and experiences on growing up with the Colsons, two internationally recognized artists and good ole’ boys from Oildale. I was happy to oblige. The following links and narrative […]

The Quotidian Landscape: A Conversation with Susan Stillman

June 2015 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Summer Issue “Light has always been a major protagonist for me. The most ordinary scenes of everyday life are transformed by its evanescence, and something overlooked can momentarily turn into an image that demands to be captured.”       The landscape paintings of Susan Stillman are a confluence […]

The Aesthetic of Reflexivity – Interview with Helidon Xhixha

Helidon Xhixha_The Aesthetic of Reflexivity by Jill Thayer PhD See also: “Helidon Xhixha–Sculpting Light.” By Jill Thayer, Ph.D. Contributing Writer, ARTDISTRICTS FLORIDA Magazine NO. 33, December 2014 – January 2015 My sculptures react to the different exposure to light. They are influenced by the tone of light they are exposed to. Whether natural or artificial, light plays […]

Helidon Xhixha – Sculpting Light

Helidon Xhixha_Sculpting Light by Jill Thayer PhD See also: “The Aesthetic of Reflexivity–Interview with Helidon Xhixha.” 5 September – 7 November 2014, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf, Germany By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing Writer, ARTPULSE Magazine, NO. 21, VOL. 6, 2015 My sculptures mirror and converse with the surrounding landscape and their complex vitality becomes inexhaustible sources of reflections, […]

Enraptured Visions: A Conversation with Carlos Luna

December 2014 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Winter Issue Carlos Luna is an artist and storyteller whose emblematic themes engage fables and mysticisms, eroticisms and prejudices, religiosity, anthropology, and the socio-political contexts of life. His semiotic narratives depict not only his rich Latin American heritage, but also his take on the contemporary currents of […]

Synergy of Expression: A Conversation with Karrie Ross

See also: “A Catalyst of Meaning: The Art of Karrie Ross.” September 2014 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Fall Issue “I paint with abandon, driven by a belief that centers around being connected through vibrational energy of the universe.” Karrie Ross believes that everything has a frequency, a mechanism that stimulates response. […]

Life Imitates Art: A Conversation with Alba Francesca

May 2014 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Summer issue “Sometimes it starts by something as simple as a piece of fabric that triggers a memory.”      Alba Francesca Color-infused textiles of cotton and silk pieced into figurative narratives and geometric abstractions personify the life and multi-faceted career of Alba Francesca. Her work […]