Piece description from the artist
Island Dawn is a very large example of the glittering light manipulating seascapes I've been creating using acrylic and mixed media. Acrylic media dry clear and glassy when not tinted with paint. This creates all sorts of possibilities, because it adds transparency to the palette along with more traditional colors and shades. I have been experimenting with different methods of applying acrylic to create deep agate like transparency effects. These novel techniques lend themselves to seascapes. When acrylic transparency effects are combined with spherical retroreflective elements, dimensional soft reflections from mica and mirror-like metal foil, the acrylic and media create dynamic and fluid renditions of water. The water in the painting moves with the viewer and the light.
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