Mixed-media artist Carolyn DiGiovanni has a 3,000 square-foot studio in the historic South End District. Inside are works of art with vivid colors and eclectic lines and textures – DiGiovanni compares the experience to “looking out the window of a moving car traveling through the countryside at 80 miles per hour.” A New Jersey native, DiGiovanni is a self-taught artist whose works are featured in fine art galleries and juried shows across the United States. She generates a series of paintings by moving through her studio painting multiple panels of wood at a time. The Carolyn DiGiovanni studio is at 116 W. Bland St.; more information at www.carolyndigiovanni.com.
When and how did you realize you wanted to pursue art as a career? I realized in ninth-grade art class that art was my calling. I loved art in the earliest days of my life, but when the teenage rollercoaster hit hard, art became an outlet for my frustrations.
Describe the media you use. Being a mixed-media artist means I use oil as well as water-based acrylic paints in addition to the textures I add to the painting. I use materials such as cheesecloth, tissue paper and dried flowers. I also make my own paint from pure pigments from the earth. This allows more control over the density of color and how fluid I want the paint. How is painting therapeutic? Painting, for me, is more satisfying than any other outside element. Living your passion is just therapeutic, period! What would you tell someone who is thinking of pursuing this career? Pursuing your passion is always worth the effort. Live out your dreams no matter the cost! This career is something you have to be willing to give up everything for – only to get it all back again. Trusting your instincts, determination, and most essential..., focusing on your gift from heaven is the most important task of all. Some say it’s insane to work so hard. I say it’s insane not to.