For the month of January, the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library presents Rose Pizzi: Collection of Mixed Media on Wood. Pizzi’s artist statement describes her artistic process as well as the challenges so many artists encounter in pursuing their art.
“I majored in Art in high school and always had a natural artistic ability since my teen age years. When I lived in New York City, I enrolled at NYU for art classes. My professor inspired me to continue to express myself with techniques and subject matter drawn from nature. I had my first show in New York in 1979 at the Lynn Kottler Galleries. Soon after, I started my family. Although I did not have much time to devote to art, I would periodically paint when I could, whether on children’s clothing or decorative wall art in homes.
When I had a little more time for art, I became a member of the Ridgewood Art Institute and showed my work at their holiday show and at the The Valley Hospital Art Gallery, where I sold several pieces. However, my art was soon put on hold again when I went back to school for my Masters in Nursing to become a nurse practitioner.
More recently, after moving to Sparkill, NY, I enrolled in the Union Arts Center for their Winter/Holiday Show where I sold one of my paintings. I have also exhibited at the Outside In gallery in Piermont NY.
My paintings are distinctive with an air of bold uniqueness. Many of my pieces are on a wooden canvas covered in colors of mixed media- acrylics, watercolors, pastels- and then infused with silver, bronze or golds. Very rarely do I use oils. The natural wood grain is utilized for emphasis, depth and increased detail.
I enjoy the building of a variety of mediums on top of one another to achieve a muted pastel look, then connecting the piece with a luminous flavor employing a gold or silver speckled finish.”