Piece description from the artist
Bare Branches is essentially a drawing using acrylic paint and texture media with fine tipped pigment ink pens on canvas. Much of the canvas is bare except for the primer. It is still archival. Some people really don't like bare canvas – if this is you, this probably isn't the right painting/drawing for you.
The subject is winter trees. The style plays with negative spaces and neutral colors. Coarse textured media were used as neutral colors, along with white paint and inks.
A pure black and white painting brings out the subtle colors and tones of the various substances used to make black and white pigments. In Bare Branches "white" takes on blue and gold tones, while blacks range from blue violet to reddish. The rough graininess of the texturizing gels suggests textures in the wood and emphasizes the shape of each brushtroke. Fine line details in archival ink with a felt-tipped pen help create and maintain the patterns of fine branches. Other fine line details abstract bark textures.
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