Piece description from the artist
Red and Blue is one of my “floral landscape” paintings, where the flower motif is used to pattern the canvas and create a complex landscape of color.
While the floral elements are there, they are used to create the subject of the painting – an abstracted landscape – rather than being themselves the subject. Very wet washes of oil were used on unprimed canvas and built up in layers to create a vibrant almost watercolor effect. The details in the flower elements were then painted using brush and palette impasto techniques. The topmost layer of detail was applied using a knife and heavy gel medium, acting almost as an “applique”.
Red and Blue is one of my earlier impasto oil paintings. The floral subject was used to explore color and texture contrasts, building up an image from cool deep flat washes to vibrant warm impasto.
Dr. Regina Valluzzi has an extensive scientific background in nanotechnology and biophysics. She has been a scientist in the chemical industry, a green chemistry researcher, a research professor at the engineering school at Tufts, a start-up founder engaged in technology commercialization, and a start-up and commercialization consultant.
Even during periods of intense activity as a scientist, Dr. Valluzzi has always held a strong interest in the visual arts and in visual information. While she majored in Materials Science at MIT, she also obtained a second degree in music and a minor in visual studies. Visual arts have managed to permeate her technical work; during her Ph.D in Polymer Science and Engineering at UMass Amherst, she completed a thesis that required advanced electron microscopy, image analysis, and theoretical data modeling. These experiences provided the visual insight and information that now influences much of her artwork.
Dr. Valluzzi’s work has been included in private collections across the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Dubai and Malta, and in the corporate collection of "Seyfarth Shaw" Boston law offices around Boston. She has a selection of pieces on loan to the MIT Materials Science and Engineering Department as indoor public art. Her accomplishments include having published thirty articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, having made several scientific patents, having been a subject matter expert for an encyclopedia chapter, and having been invited to speak at science talks across the US, Europe, and Japan.
Her newsletter is a good source of ongoing information: http://eepurl.com/daiLQ