On September 28, 2010, Serena Di Pinto was the guest for KZSC‘s (UCSC‘s radio station) Artists on Art Radio show. Serena is a local painter working in abstract. She is also participating for the first time in this year’s 25th Anniversary of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour. She’s opening up her doors to her studio, along with her husband, Greg Moore.
The tour takes place the first three weekends in October is divided by location between North and South County. The first weekend is South County. The second is North. And the third “encore” weekend is both. Serena’s studio is at the 17th Avenue space and therefore in the first weekend South County. She will also be open for the third encore weekend. From the redwoods to the sea, thousands of art enthusiasts visit with artists in their studios to see the creative process at work.
Our conversation included Serena’s evolution as a painter’s method and medium that was influenced by a head injury. Serena went from painting figurative and in oils is now a abstract acrylic painter. Either way, Serena is fascinated by the ability of the mind to create and find new ways of understanding.
Serena’s work is an emotional dialog between illusion and reality, using many translucent layers of color applied using a glazing technique. At first glance, bold streaks of color seem to be popping from a hazy, dreamy background. A closer look reveals that only soft edges appear, further drawing you in to this complexity. The paintings remind me of Mark Rothko.
Here’s a quick TwitVid we did before the show.