Saturday, July 11, 2020

It’s about Light: The Art of Life
Art & Fate
“What we call fate does not come into us from the outside but emerges from us.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Life is a journey and I have the strong impression that it’s in connecting the dots that it all makes sense.  Like a puzzle, each piece is part of a bigger picture that brings more meaning and clarity as to our unique human existence. Time is the essence of a better understanding as we have a better perspective.  “We follow a thread of connection that reveals itself as a necessary art of being.” Mark Nepo (Drinking from the River of Light) 

The Kiss of Eros, Love in Lake Como
New York has been part of my life and my destiny for this is where I fell in love when I met my second ex-husband. I will never forget when he proposed to me in a restaurant called ‘Trattoria Dell’Arte’, across the street from Carnegie Hall.  How appropriate for our honeymoon took place in Italy.  I had no idea that Italy would remain, to this day, one of my favorite places for creative inspiration, especially Lake Como where I have shown my artwork at Villa Carlotta. 

During the 17 years of marriage, I felt so blessed for I was able to travel a great deal to Europe where my two step-daughters lived in Paris and London and who became my friends over the years. They are both extremely bright young women who are still in my life and whose strength of character is such an inspiration to me.  I will always be grateful to them for reaching out to me during the divorce. 
Romeo & Juliet, Love in Lake Como

As the song from the movie Moulin Rouge goes: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.” I strongly believe in true love and it all starts at the core of my being. 

Once I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from McGill University with a Major in Political Science, I decided to focus on my artistic activities.  One of my first exhibitions, which was about Eastern Europe, took place in 2000 at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Montreal and I used my limited diplomatic experience I gained while working earlier at the United Nations to have the ambassadors of the four countries to participate; namely, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Hungary, the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation.

As I was spending my days in the lab developing and printing my images, I came up with a new technique, exploring further my creative aspirations, which consisted of printed black & white prints that I dipped in trays filled with different tints & chemicals.  The technique I developed and created is called Pintography, which led to creating larger images once scanned and transferred on canvas, and finally painted over with oil paint.  This process combines the timelessness and classicism of photography to create images that challenge the current boundaries between the artistic categories of photography and painting while adding a more emotional aspect. 
St. Petersburg, Russia
Le Louvre, Paris

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