Fine Art Paintings and Commissions
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Leaving behind her birthplace Germany, Edith spent her childhood in Australia. Her parents later immigrated to America where she studied Theater and Dance at the New York High School of Performing Arts. Edith turned her creative inspiration to painting while raising her family and decided to begin her college education. She began teaching and exhibiting her art. In 1997 she moved to the artist community of New Hope PA. the home of the Pennsylvania Impressionists where she was represented by Nagy Gallery and also in Philadelphia by October Gallery and Artworks Gallery of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Edith arrived in Avon CT in 2006 where she has her studio and continues her involvement in the art community by painting, teaching, writing and exhibiting.
Edith's paintings Meditations on Nature are based on her surroundings of hills, woodlands, ponds, streams and rivers. This work explores her thoughts about nature as the source of all life taking into account the actual physical process and its spiritual implications as well. She wants her paintings to be experienced as environments.
“Nature is my inspiration beginning with my observation of the woodland pond near my studio where I daily witness the primal activity of this unrestricted environment. The reflections of overhead clouds and trees change shape and intertwine with plants and wild life in the shifting water, conflating reality and illusion. I combine impressionist with expressionist techniques to contrast the transparent and textural quality of the paint, and I choose color themes that will evoke specific atmospheres. I arrange rhythmic lines and forms to generate the sensation of movement. My compositions involve static tension set within ongoing motion. Our human nature undergoes the same cyclical process of creation, survival and death. Our life experience incurs periods of waiting stress knowing that the movement of changing circumstances will determine our fate. Overall my work plays out of my fascination with the mysterious nature of reality.”
Edith Skiba LaMonica has a BA in Drawing and Painting from SUNY Empire State College and MA in Art History from SUNY at Stony Brook. She taught Art History, Studio and Design at The College of New Jersey Trenton, Empire State College NY, and Suffolk Community College NY. She teaches art appreciation for the Bend in the River Program Tunxis Community College. Her career experience includes producing and curating exhibitions, event production, art direction, set design and writing press.
Exhibited at the Heckscher and Islip Art Museums LI NY. Represented by ARTWORKS Gallery of The Philadelphia Museum of Art 2003-2009. Collections include The University of PA Hospital and UCONN Health Center. Featured reviews include Newsday LI NY, the New Hope Gazette PA, the Beacon Trenton NJ, the Spotlight in the New Britain Museum of American Art Bulletin.
The Object as Process and the Sublime in the Abstract Expressionist Landscapes of Joan Mitchell. (c)Edith Skiba LaMonica 1997. Stony Brook University Press.