My work began with mixed media creations: fiber dolls, mosaic tiled work, metal sculpture, and vintage jewelry. As my art turned to painting, I evolved to the “Abstract Expressionism” mixed media forms you see today: sculpture on wood, metal or canvas to form works with an impasto-like two-dimensional depth complete with layers and layers of paint, paper, found objects, Italian maps, love notes from my children, (or grandchildren), and paint. It feels to me that our lives have many deep layers and textures depending on what we are going through in life. I choose to paint like I live.....experimenting, adventuring and playing as I go. I add things, remove it, plaster it, remove it, process it, add more color and bling (with my favorite 24K gold leaf), then I wait a bit.......and the art feels finished.
You will find, on these fine website pages, 15 years of best sellers, and my most recent works in metal print form. As you can see, my favorite subjects are hearts, flowers, landscapes, trees, music, and photography. This is my world.
I have started painting people again. "The Prayer," was my first painting of 2108, and it sold before it was finished - to a very dear friend of mine.
Growing up in a large Italian family in Portland, Oregon, my art and written words are influenced by the passion and expression of my heritage. I thrive on culture, amazing food, and travel, having spent time exploring more than 20 countries from Europe, the Caribbean and Central America to all parts of the US. My gypsy heart sings the loudest in the Italian, French, and Spanish sunshine. I integrate in my designs the experiences drawn from living in the Eastern, Mid-Western, and Western United States, Hawaii, and the Bahamas. I currently live and create in Northern California.
I always revert to painting hearts. My five and a half year old niece, Alexandra Ellis, died of cancer nineteen years ago. I used to sit in the hospital with her painting hearts and rainbows during her chemo treatment. Thinking of Alex fills me with a treasured joy and keeps me grounded in my work. Using accents of gold and iridescent paint adds a sparkle to my art world.
My life is inspired by two themes, and you can find both in my art and poetry. A heart theme in my work expresses the soul-felt theme that guides me: “Follow your heart.” Iridescent accents and deep contrasting colors carry my personal motto “Live out loud.”
Commissions are welcomed. Fine art is carefully packed, and shipped worldwide. I will customize artwork to specific design and color palettes.
“Adventure lies not in the places we seek, but in the moments we create in the places we treasure.” –RMC