All art forms provide that ecstasy of potential which reaches into our deepest parts to plumb the mysteries of life. I have been involved throughout life with the art forms of dance, music and poetry and now in later life visual art, through the medium of oil paint.

       I fell in love with oil the first time I opened a tube in my first class with Todd Bonita four years ago, where I caught a peek into the door of layers and glazing. On Todd's recommendation, I began taking classes with Chris Volpe to, “loosen up”. Chris’ coastal paintings evoked a deep sense of yearning in me to learn to express myself through painting the multi-faceted moods of the sea.

       Having grown up coming to Rye Beach most weekends and summers, where my grandmother lived, I took its beauty for granted until I moved to Ohio and remained landlocked for 18 years. I appreciate the ocean now as never before and expression through visual art has become for me an enchanting stroll through the woods at twilight, calm and serene with a delicious morsel of apprehension which wrenches me from my comfort zone to new heights of self-discovery.

       As a music teacher, I value the process of the journey and consider myself fortunate to have had such amazing art teachers as Dr. Annette Cohen, Todd Bonita, Chris Volpe, Carole Keller and most recently John LeCours to guide me along my journey of visual artistic expression. Each has unlocked different doors of understanding for me and I greatly value their unique teaching styles and artistic expression.

 

       “Art after all is but an extension of language to the expression of sensations too subtle for words”, Robert Henri, The Art Spirit,

and I am hopelessly given over to its charms.

Laura Cassinari King

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