“In Expectation of Finding Balance” (2010): Mike Maxwell is a self-taught San Diego artist (born in 1979). In addition to painting his signature blue-faced historical-looking figures on various surfaces (some of my favorites are on smooth, rotund gourds), Maxwell hosts a weekly podcast called Live Free in which he interviews other creative types and talks about the current art scene. From his artist’s statement: “The work has a lot to do with his personal re-education & a desire to learn & understand things that are so prevalent in our society but are often forgotten by the masses”; one can almost see Maxwell working through an American history text and reinterpreting many of the characters, crimes, and triumphs that he discovers there. He has an upcoming solo show at the Subtext Gallery beginning mid-May: http://www.mikemaxwellart.com