Thank you for stopping by my online gallery!
I have been creating art for more than 25 years and am generally over stimulated by cute, bizarre, and funny topics. I received my BFA from Jersey City University, teach art to a variety of audiences, am a certified life coach (see: Coach Filomena
), and am always learning all I can about my materials and processes. I do my best to only use materials that are humanely sourced. Synthetic brushes, gesso, and papers that do not have animal ingredients, and so on. I recently had a solo exhibit at the The Peeler Peacock Gallery in Corning, New York. According to the gallery staff, it was the most successful solo exhibit they have produced to date. Woot!
My paintings are made up of literal and metaphorical layers. Most paintings are created in acrylic and ink. Each new painting begins by me wiping the extraneous paint (used in my focus work) off my brushes and pallets onto new substrates. In this way the “DNA” of every painting lives in every other painting in my collection. I allow layers of paint, ink, and sometimes acrylic skins to collect on a canvas or panel until I am ready to begin a focused painting incorporating these surprising backgrounds.
When working en Plein Air, I paint not just what I see, but I also indicate the sounds, smells, breezes, and passing shadows around me. I take what I can see in 180 degrees and make everything fit onto my work surface, often stacking and layering components. I think of these as “Jazzy Plein Air” studies. They make me happy!
I am passionate about art and its history. I love what I do and am grateful every day to be part of the creative world. My goal is to lift people’s spirits, create beauty, and to engage with the world with an open heart.
With much gratitude,
(tiny painting, big easel, fat dog, and me)