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Meet Carina Francioso

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carina Francioso.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a photorealist painter. I have always believed that if one has the ability to use and share all of their talents then that is what they should do. My paintings and life are an expression of this belief and my heart and soul go into my work. I graduated with a degree in Honors Fine Art and Italian Language – two of my deepest passions in life! I am also a professional model and enjoy traveling the world when I’m not painting in the studio! Traveling allows me to collect photographs and inspiration to bring home and create from.

I was recently honored this year with a feature in GRAND Magazine and was awarded the 2018 Bernice Adams Memorial Visual Arts Award. I also won the Arcadia Contemporary Gallery Award through ARC and will be exhibiting there in February 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Living in a fast-paced world where the focus is on instant gratification, my intention with my artwork is to inspire the virtue of patience. Some of my paintings take months to create, not only because of the scale but because of my unending obsession with detail and meticulousness.

Please tell us about your art.
I have explored many different themes with my paintings including portraiture, hyperrealistic lips, nebulae and more. My current body of oil paintings is inspired by my love for the seas and oceans of the world. I grew up spending my summers near the lake and later spent my summers on the coast of Salento, Italy where my dad’s family is from. I have been surrounded by water all my life and never thought that it would find its way into my work, until one summer when I photographed the Ionian sea in Gallipoli, Italy. I was mesmerized and I knew that it would influence my next painting(s).

I hope to inspire others to remember that some beautiful things take time to create, whether that be a painting, a relationship, a career, etc. My work has taught me this virtue over and over again and finally, I have reached a point in my artistic development where I can begin to catch a glimpse into the processes/feelings that some of our realist renaissance masters may have experienced.

Along with this virtue of patience, I think my work expresses the memory and beauty of the waters of the world. My paintings capture moments frozen in time and yet they inspire the movement of imagination, offering the viewer their own interpretation. Everyone has their own experiences and memories when it comes to these bodies of water. Perhaps my work will spark in the viewer a memory of a vacation, a time spent with a loved one, or alone near the sea in contemplation. As a contemporary painter, I endeavor to express the world’s gift of water and to acknowledge that it must be cherished and preserved.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I think you are successful in art when your work not only satisfies you as the artist but also adds value to others. Art is not a hobby to me, it is my life. I feel I am successful because I am free to express myself in many different ways, and through those ways, I am able to enrich other people’s lives with creativity and beauty. I believe that at the end of the day it is our capacity and ability to serve others that brings the most fulfillment and success.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can view my work on my various social media pages:

Instagram, Facebook & Twitter: @artistcarina

Support me by following me there and help to spread my work, tell your friends who love art about my latest painting project sized 68″h x 102″w. Come see my show in February at Arcadia Contemporary Gallery and just support art as a whole… it is what makes the world a more enriching and happy place! 🙂

Also, I know that not everyone can afford a large oil painting and so my work is also available in limited edition prints (for sale on my website).

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Image Credit:
First image attached (with hair blowing in air) by Brent Wettlaufer

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