Artist Jaye Alison Moscariello presents a compelling collection of abstract paintings bursting with color and energy. View more of her portfolio on her website.
I’ve always been a patent observer. I was raised by a grieving grandmother who resented having to take care of two small children (my younger sister and me). It was a time in her life when she felt she deserved to be free of kids. I was very well-behaved. I kept quiet, listened a lot, helped her with chores and watched and listened to everything she said. My activities also included cooking, drawing (making art) and singing. No surprise those remain my favorite things to do!
Luckily, when I was a teenager, my aunt discovered my drawings during a visit to my parents. She proclaimed “This child should be in art school!” I attended Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut. Subsequently I went to the New School in New York, and took various creative courses. I graduated with a Masters of Fine Art at Transart Institute/Plymouth University. My work has been exhibited on both coasts, throughout America, in Europe and Asia.
My work is inspired by external and internal stimuli; personal tragedies, current worldly events, our environment and the wonder of the natural world. I enjoy working with paint and graphite on both canvas and other substrates.
Recently after moving from California wildfires and returning to the East, I regained possessions that were in storage for decades. Simply seeing them again triggered so many memories and overwhelming emotions! The objects were clothing (now vintage), photographs of my family, and items given to me or left to me by my deceased mother, father or sister. (They died nearly one after another, leaving me one of three surviving daughters.) I’d hold an object and recall the events that happened around the time of its acquisition. Those experiences led to my Bold New World/Abstracted Memories series.
My parents’ and my sister Leslie’s death, when she was just a 37-year-old artist, made me realize there was no guarantee that I’d live a long life. I had no time to lose and had better get going with my art! I was in my early thirties. Since then I’ve painted hundreds of paintings.
Being grief-stricken from those earlier losses and a divorce, my paintings reflected that state of mind and looked like large, dark, expressionistic shrouds. Art was a safe haven where I could release some of those emotions. It solaced me and was my salvation, giving me purpose.
Now as before, whatever is going on in the world or in my personal landscape goes into my painting. The difference today is that no matter what is going on, at the end of my working day (painting mostly) I realize how lucky I am to be alive!
I believe that I am approaching the happiest times of my life. I’m working and painting more. I’m engaged in curating local art shows, hanging art exhibitions, in addition to my own, meeting new people and thoroughly enjoying it all.
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