Welcome to my on line gallery/studio. I hope you will visit the various galleries to see a sample of my art. Click on bio/statement if you want to know more about me .
I feel validated with Picasso's quote: "God is really only another artist, he made the elephant, giraffe and cat. He has no real style but keeps trying new ideas"
My work is an extension of my life. In one of my own quotes I say: "My focus in art is not the subject matter or style, but simply and solely the act of creating". I wrote this quote after the passing of my mother in March of 2012. Being at her bed side gave me time to reflect and analyze my life. The grief I felt was expressed in a new series of marine work , all I could paint was water and sky. During the process I didn't fully know what it meant but I do now. Water tends to represent the unconscious- a powerful and large part of who we are that we are not aware of and do not recognize as "us." Water is often associated with emotions and the expression of emotions. Emotions are often unconscious for us and we express emotions through tears. Water is associated with the womb, the very beginning of our life, our connection to our mother. I realized at that moment that I was staying true to myself. I was not forcing myself to paint anything else but what my sub-conscious was making me do thus expressing my emotions.
The longing to be back to Italy is inspiring me to paint a new series of inspired frescoes. Painting frescoes is like going back to my roots. The emotions I feel while walking on the narrow streets of Siena or walking through the campagna pugliese and finding a chapel or a cave with old frescoes, the paint peeling away giving life to what is beneath! I realize that my art is a link of the ancient to the contemporary world and that is enough for me.
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