My name is Florence, and I am a New Jersey based artist who is passionate about painting and music. When I was a child my heart was set on performing, but a gift set of acrylics from my dad redirected my focus and I began painting at home while raising four children.
In addition to working full time at The College of New Jersey I began taking art courses. I had a remarkable painting course teacher. She taught me how to express my inner thoughts and emotions through color and texture. It was a revelation and I began working in an abstract manner using acrylic paints and mixed media. Intuitive paintings began springing up from bits and pieces from my memories—places, family mementos, loss, travel, and above all, music. If I can’t sing it, I will paint it.
Today, I am known for colorful abstract Venetian plaster paintings. Through this medium I have learned to create bold new ways of mark making using metal scrapers and various tools. I apply multiple layers of tinted plaster then I use sand paper to reveal passages beneath. It takes a lot of hand rubbing to burnish the surface, but the results produce a tactile texture that is as smooth as a stone tossed by the sea. My paintings evoke a range of moods from playful to mysterious. Yes, a mystery waiting to be revealed to me and to be interpreted by you, the viewer.
I continued to work and study at The College of New Jersey, while building a professional art portfolio. In December 2002, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude from TCNJ. I retired in 2007 and began painting full time.
My paintings have been selected for numerous juried shows, invitationals, and group exhibitions throughout the United States including: The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ; Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD; Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY, and GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, (First Prize Award), Reading, Pennsylvania. It is an honor to tell you The New Jersey Emerging Artists Series of Monmouth Museum has selected my work for a solo exhibition. Variations: Abstract Explorations in Venetian Plaster opens on March 23, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Musée Picasso