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’m building a new studio and beginning again. I work as a painter, primarily in oil on canvas, mixed media on paper & encaustics on panels. I am also a printmaker, making mostly block prints. Moving between media allows different parts of my brain and imagination to be active, so that I work both intuitively and sometimes with more planning and forethought.
Travel greatly inspires my work, as does the natural beauty of the world, and the life of the spirit. Trips to Asia during the last 8 or 9 years have been a strong influence, as is my Buddhist practice, the ocean, emotions and whatever is going on around me in the day to day.
Paintings begin as drawings made out in the world in my many sketchbooks. While on the road, I make small ones with pencils, ink, watercolor & mixed media, and collect items to collage into the at-home works. Gathering images and ideas this way, I bring it all back to the studio to use as starting points for the larger works on canvas. Combining sketches, I like to blend inner and outer observation. The figure is central to my work, a grappling with how humans shape and are shaped by the world.
Oil paint is my current love, its’ richness & color unbeatable. It also allows the possibility for a piece to keep changing, constantly evolving on the canvas. Gold & silver leaf, as well as stamps and bits of those collected papers are sometimes worked into the paint, adding texture and another source of information. 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.
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, these are based on the quotes within their designs. I also publish them as postcards (which seem to have a life of their own), in hopes of making them accessible to all.
On this theme of art that makes a difference, my paintings have been published for and by a variety of organizations & causes, including 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 among others.