My passion is collecting the throwaways; the scraps, the forgotten, the broken pieces and lending them into unique works of art using tools, color, imagination and a dash of whimsy. I am one of the pioneer recyclers and sustainable artists before these terms even existed or became popular. My work is either entirely made from re-purposed materials or have a high content of it. I was born an artist, living and breathing color, design, drawing and the desire to learn a variety of techniques and abilities that might further my quest for injecting re-purposed items into my art. An artist my entire life meant the constant daydreaming, anything I saw triggered ideas, and my brain was inspired in many different directions from painting to designing furniture, creating wallpaper for my room, creating, painting, daydreaming as long as I can remember. My inspiration comes from everywhere and no place in particular; from nature, architecture, and people in their daily life, children playing and movement. I am a multidisciplinary artist focused on marrying traditional and non traditional materials into a curious narrative of harvested objects. TrashionArtista, 2D and 3D artist, I compose works from everyday scraps, forging a story from what we leave behind. My satisfaction comes from observing the natural reaction from the viewers, of the possibilities. 


My Story

 

I am a sustainable artist residing in Columbia, SC. Born of an Italian father and an American mother, I was raised in Northern Italy where my work won numerous prizes and awards in high school competitions. I made the United States my home in 1979.

Founder of Art Ecologie Group a movement of like minded sustainable artists that bring the Annual ecoFAB Trash Couture, an acclaimed inspirational recycled fashion show and the subsequent traveling show “Re-Current” a display of each artist’s ecoFAB Trash Couture piece with cohesive wall art and a sculpted piece to show how art is influenced by everything.

I love the freedom of creating what I want from random objects. I am held to no parameters, I am sold to no particular media, I like them all and love to cross breed them. This allows me to create many fun pieces and allows me the ability to awe the viewer with a piece of disposed material that is turned into something so interesting when multiplied exponentially.

I was one of 4 artists/designers chosen to represent Sustainable Charlotte during the DNC in Charlotte North Carolina, September 2012. My work won the Charlotte ArtPop launching the 2014 inaugural event offered by the Arts and Science Council and Adams Outdoor, and I am one of the original group of artists chosen to be the inaugural Pop Up Gallery trend that started in Ballantyne Village in 2013 and lasted through 2015. I was invited to be a part of the Creative group to represent Charlotte in their Art Campaign for the Levine Center for the Arts in 2016; the ad was a tv spot and printed campaign.

Exhibits:
2019
Alternative Storytellers - Anastasia Gallery in Columbia, SC
2018
Craft Hilton Head 2018 - Art League Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC
Winter Show Exhibition - GreenHill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
Inspirations - Webster Arts Center, Webster Groves, MO
30 Anniversary Juried Show - South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC
Re Current - Anderson Art Center, SC
(Re)Current exhibition - Guinan Gallery (Art Institute of Charlotte), NC
Art Residency - Midlands Arts Conservatory in Columbia, SC
Re-Current exhibition - Tapp’s Art Center in Columbia, SC 
Recycle 2018 Art Exhibition - BWAC Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
The Great Barrier - ArtFields 2018, Lake City, SC
A Solo Show - Motor Supply Company Bistro of Columbia, SC
ReInvented Solo Show @ Bullpen Gallery, Gaston Cty Museum of Art, NC
Re-Current - Jones Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC
2017
Figure Out - Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Columbia, SC
The Great Barrier - Tapp’s Art Center of Columbia, SC
Deja Vu` - Tapp’s Art Center of Columbia, SC
Reinvented, a Sustainable Collection - Anastasia & Friends of Columbia, SC
Deja Vu, a Collaborative show - ArtFields 2017 in Lake City, SC 
2016 
Speculative Show - Gallery 120 in Clover, SC
Outdoor Is In Exhibit - The Mint Museum, Uptown Charlotte, NC
Deja Vu` - Tapp’s Art Center of Columbia, SC
2nd Forest Acres Art Tuesday - The Picture Place of Columbia, SC
Deja Vu` - Guinan Gallery (Art Institute of Charlotte), NC
Convergence - Cabarrus Art Galleries in Concord, NC
Art Exposure - Art In the Village Ballantyne of Charlotte, NC
A show by itself - Gaston Art Guild in Gastonia, SC
2015
Featured Artist - Aloft Hotel, Ballantyne in Charlotte, NC
Stick Fly Art Display - Actors Theatre in Charlotte, NC
Déjà vu Show - Gaston County Arts of Gastonia, NC
Featured Artist - 220 Café  in Statesville, NC 
Featured Artist - Charlotte Art League of Charlotte, NC
Art Exposure - DA's office in Charlotte, NC
Trashion Exhibit - The Hive in Gastonia, NC
2014
Passing Strange - Actors Theater of Charlotte, NC
Featured Artist - Louise Gilbert Art Gallery in Statesville, NC
Sustain Me Baby - Projective Eye Gallery @ UNCC of Charlotte, NC
Featured Artist - Actors Theatre of Charlotte, NC
ASC featured artist ArtPop Winner - Billboard in Charlotte, NC
Ballantyne Village Gallery PopUp in Charlotte, NC
members exhibit - Charlotte Art League, NC 
Homeward Bound - Actors Theater of Charlotte, NC
2013
Showdown Exhibit - Hart Witzen Gallery in Charlotte, NC
Members only - Art Depot in Mooresville, NC
2012
Showdown Exhibit - Hart Witzen Gallery in Charlotte, NC
My Carolina Home - Charlotte Art League, NC

Events:
2018
Time for Art Gala - COR Awards Columbia Museum of Art, SC
ecoFAB Trash Couture Grand Gala Anderson Art Center, SC
ecoFAB Trash Couture 2018 @ Tapp’s Art Center of Columbia, SC
Free for All - Hart Witzen Gallery in Charlotte NC
Artista Vista Lantern Parade - Vista Guild in Columbia, SC 
2017
ecoFAB Trash Couture 2017 @ Tapp’s Art Center of Columbia, SC
LookOut2017 for AOA - National Outdoor Advertisers Convention in New Orleans, LA
Condom Couture - Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Charlotte NC
Figure Out - Planned Parenthood Fundraiser Tapp's Art Center Columbia, SC
Statewide Art Convention - Columbia State Museum, SC
2016
A Private Affair - The Columbia Museum of Art, SC 
Dia de los Casi Muertos - Latin American Contemporary Arts in Charlotte, NC
Outdoor Is In Trashion Show - The Mint Museum of Uptown Charlotte, NC
Figure Out - Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Columbia, SC
Art Comes Alive - National art competition in Cincinnati, OH
Danstallation - the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC
ecoFAB Trash Couture 2016 - Discover You of Mount Holly, NC
Art Is Life ASC Art Appreciation Day - Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC
Earth Day Event - Gaston Arts Council for Sustain Charlotte, NC
Runaway Runway Columbia Museum of Art, SC
Art With Heart Fundraiser benefitting the Alliance Group of Charlotte, NC
Trash 2 Trend Show - Disney of Orlando, FL
Art With Heart Fundraiser benefitting the Alliance Group of Charlotte, NC 
Condom Couture - Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Charlotte, NC
2015
ecoFAB presentation - Sunday Fun Day @ Mint Museum Uptown Charlotte, NC
ecoFAB Trash Couture 2015 - Regal Cinema Ballantyne Village in Charlotte, NC
Sustainability Business Award - Sustain Charlotte, NC
Sustainability/ecoExpo - Aloft Ballantyne in Charlotte, NC
ecoFAB Runway Show - Mini Maker Fair at Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC
Disappearing Frog Show - Gastonia, SC
Light Up Literacy - Gastonia, NC
ASC Art Appreciation Day - Bank Of America HQ in Charlotte, NC
Art Is Life - Duke energy ASC art appreciation day kickoff in Charlotte, NC
Art With Heart Fundraiser benefitting the Alliance Group of Charlotte, NC 
Condom Couture - Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Charlotte, NC
Featured Artist - Domtar Performance Conference in Charlotte, NC
2014
Art With Heart Fundraiser benefitting the Alliance Group of Charlotte, NC
Kinnetic works meet ecoFAB Trash Couture - CPCC of Charlotte, NC
ecoFAB Trash Couture - Produced and Presented @ UNCC of Charlotte, NC
2013
Queen City Soup - Packard Place Gallery in Charlotte, NC
Sip & stroll Art Festival - EpiCentre in Charlotte, NC
Art Expo - Packard Place Gallery in Charlotte, NC
ecoFAB trash Couture Art Fusion - Mint Museum Randolph of Charlotte, NC
ecoFAB Trash Couture Show - UNCC Center City Campus in Charlotte, NC
Art With Heart Fundraiser benefitting the Alliance Group of Charlotte, NC
2012
ArtOberFest 2012 - Art Depot of Mooresville, NC
sip and stroll - Packard Place Gallery in Charlotte, NC
Resurrection, A forum on Sustainable Fashion - Packard Place in Charlotte, NC  
Sip & Stroll Art Festival - EpiCentre of Charlotte, NC
Sustainable art show - Green Goats and Gardens Festival in Charlotte, NC  
2011
Founded The Art Ecologie Group, a movement of sustainable artists to promote an alternate forum for Art, Artists and Art Enthusiasts by creating the yearly trashion show ecoFAB Trash Couture and the subsequent traveling Show (Re) Current Exhibition formerly known as Deja Vu art show
2009
Started an Artist Movement in Mooresville NC by organizing monthly art crawls in various locations, settling on Mooresville Town Square in the long run. That movement still exists in Mooresville.