It all began with the death of my 7-year-old brother in 1970. After his passing, I spent a lot of time observing the natural surroundings of my family home located in the city of Modena, Northern Italy. At the same time, I developed a fascination for printed images of nature and works of art, and became an avid reader. One weekend I had the chance to spend an afternoon with a horse. It was a gray mare called Luna(Moon). The horse owner was a family friend.
Soon after that encounter, my first creative frenzy began. I would draw horses with a pencil or pen on every conceivable piece of paper I could get my hands on wherever I was. During middle school, I introduced color to my drawings and started to take my first photographs with an Instamatic camera.
I kept photographing and drawing on my own for years. Eventually, after several life changing twists and turns, I moved to Scotland and earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000. As an art student, I began to experiment with different media and incorporate written language in my work. I created site-specific installations with drawings, photographs, video, sound, found objects and bilingual text.
In 2001, I had the opportunity to work for the Forest Service as a cultural resource technician at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. I marveled at the sheer beauty of the Pacific Northwest landscape and native Indian art. During my free time, I filled sketchbooks with sketches, developed map-drawings and created acrylic paintings. In the end, I called Washington State home and exhibited my two-dimensional work and interactive multimedia installations extensively throughout the state.
Later, American national magazines, such as Orion and The Sun, published my photographic work. I received several awards including the GAP Grant from Artist Trust, Seattle, and Patron Award from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2018. I am currently experimenting with written language, books, paper, origami, chance, strangers, writers, poets and editors.