Piece description from the artist
An abstract realist style floral landscape painting, depicting violets and perennial sunflowers – I call them daisies – on a dappled bit of grassy hill. I like to stroll through the neighborhoods surrounding Boston – Somerville, Arlington, Cambridge, Medford and admire the little microgardens in so many peoples’ front yards. Often these have an abundanc of small brightly colored flowers – reds, blues and violets with a mound of daisy-like tall flowers in the background or topping a fence. To me, these little scenes are the look of warm weather in urban New England.
This was painted using dilute washes of oil on unprimed cotton canvas to create a loose watercolor effect. Alkyd impasto medium was used to paint in details that lay on the canvas like appliques. The final layer of details was sculpted onto the canvas using a palette knife. This gives the effect of glossy foreground flowers in relief against a fading background and adds to the visual energy of the piece.
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