Allison Coelho Picone
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Raised by scientific and philosophical parents, I always knew that I would be an artist. My desire to unite aesthetics, science, and spirituality inspires my painting. I am particularly influenced by artists who take on light as a subject of inquiry in itself: Turner, Monet, and Van Gogh, for examples. Degas’ dynamic compositions are also an influence. In September of 2010, an art encounter and retreat with Mary Moquin, a Cape Cod landscape artist, reawakened my sensitivity to nature. I placed representation aside to explore the peaceful and restorative power that nature yields through an application of various mediums and techniques.
My series speak to different aspects of spirituality and belief: my Queen Anne’s Lace series addresses the idea of life after death, and my paintings in Freedom of the Seasons - The Pace of Nature speak to the innate goodness of all living things.
A life-long resident of Massachusetts, I have traveled to Europe, Saint Lucia, New Orleans, Mexico and most of the Eastern coast. I currently reside in Grafton, MA, with my husband, two growing children, and a dog.
As I observe Nature, I often dwell upon the light and goodness within every living thing. A backlit leaf will hold me in deep thought. Every color invades my line of vision, especially the elements filled with light. This color absorption blurs the objects; the leaf and its surroundings are transformed to swatches of vibrating color, similar to a painting itself. The light in the image becomes a dreamy and glowing ethereal presence. What I see, feel, hear and imagine, I paint.
My paintings have grown to incorporate pencil, ink, and now collaged textures. I collage my original water- and digital-manipulated photos onto a canvas. The results are chaotic, and through my process, I reveal a simpler image, with applications of acrylic paint, pencil, and ink. Nature has a magical tranquility that connects mind, body, and soul; we being living entities connected by earth, air, and water. Life’s chaos can be transformed into peace if one takes a moment to breathe. Each painting embraces what Nature provides, that of a stillness, a peace, and light in our hearts.