Anna Oneglia – Born 1951 NYC, NY / Lives by the ocean in far Northern California
Art Students League, NYC, NY
Cooper Union School of Art, NYC, NY
Cyclades School of Fine Art, Paros, Greece
Boston Museum School of Fine Art, Boston, MA
After living in Santa Cruz CA for more than 30 years, I’ve returned to Humboldt County, where I’ve built a new studio and am beginning again. I work primarily as a painter in oils on canvas, but I also play with mixed media on paper, encaustic on panels and make block prints. Moving between media allows different parts of my brain and imagination to engage.
Travel greatly inspires my work, as does the natural beauty of the world. During the last decade, trips to Asia have been a strong influence, as is my Buddhist practice, the ocean, and whatever is going on around me in the day to day.
Paintings begin as drawings made anywhere I am. By filling sketchbooks, I collect both images & ideas, as well as items to collage. I bring it all back to the studio to use as the starting point for the larger works on canvas. Although I begin with the combined sketches, the paintings then develop as they progress.
Oil paint allows the possibility for a piece to keep changing, constantly evolving on the canvas. Gold & silver leaf, as well as stamps and bits of collected papers, are sometimes added to the paint, giving texture & variety to the canvases. I tend to work in series, with one idea leading to another, and I work on many paintings at the same time, as each has it’s own pace & progression. Sizes range from 8″ x 10″ to 4′ x 6′, with most falling somewhere in the middle.
I’ve also been making a series of relief prints since 2004, producing a few more each year. Intrigued by the combined power of words & images, the prints are based on the quotations within their designs. I publish them as postcards (which seem to have a life of their own), in hopes of making them accessible to all.
I am interested in making art that makes a difference and so often lend my images for publication by a large variety of organizations & causes, including SC Business Aid for AIDS, Bike to Work Week, The National Nurse Midwives Association, Celebration of the Muse, Burning Man, the San Jose & Santa Cruz Women’s Commissions , and Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage.