In my latest series of abstract paintings I use paint textures and colour combinations to achieve a painting that is aesthetically pleasing while at the same time challenging the viewer's emotive response
Heavy layers of paint are applied one over the other and sculpted, scratched and scribed, to give the surface visual impact. Smooth planes exist next to textured intervals, and warm colours next to cool, giving the viewer a tapestry of visuals on which to explore their personal response and reactions.
My current series of abstracted florals, however, resulted form a spontaneous burst of energy that needed to be expressed brightly, directly and without hesitation. The vivid colours, textures and vigorous mark-making are in contrast to my series of non objective abstractions.
While the non-objective abstracts came from deep introspection, the current florals are a direct expression, an immediacy from my heart and soul. Although this is essentially a personal expression, it nevertheless finds universal appeal. One's soul responds to joy, its innate state, and colour is an element that helps nourish and invigorate our souls.
I emigrated from Treviso, Italy to settle in Montreal, Quebec. After beginning my art studies at McGill University, I decided instead to pursue a travel career. This brought me to Toronto, where I simultaneously worked and attended the Ontario College of Art and Design. My focus was drawing, painting and sculpting the human figure, and portraiture.
I graduated in interdisciplinary studies in 1998, and subsequently changed my career to enable me to make a full-time commitment to painting.
I continue to take classes and workshops and have been privileged to study with many respected artists, including ChinkokTan, Editt Davidovici, Lila Lewis Irving, John Leonard and Steve Rose.
In spite of an intense travel career, I have continuously painted and exhibited in various venues, have been accepted in well-regarded juried shows, and won several awards. My work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, Germany and Japan.
I am a member of Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke Art Group, Gallery Committee Neilson Park, Oakville Arts Council, Oakville Artworks, Sunrise Gallery Hamilton, Visual Arts Mississauga and AFAC (Art for all Canada). JMR Gallery in Bayfield, Ontario represents my work.