Renata was born in Italy, where she received traditional fine arts training in drawing, painting and sculpture. Her portfolio today includes awards from national and international competitions (see bottom of page) and her work is exhibited in the United States, England, Italy, Slovenia, Mexico, Russia, Germany, Canada and Argentina.
"I have been involved in the arts all my life. Moved to the United States in 1952, taught for many years at the San Diego Community colleges with credentials for all the arts and crafts. Simultaneously I worked on commissions, mostly sculptures, where I specialized in reliefs done in wood, stone and bronze.
"Twelve years ago I was introduced to the computer, and as soon as I discovered the potential of the digital tool, I decided that I would not like to try and make a digital oil painting, a digital watercolor, or a digital woodcut! Nothing could substitute for the beauty of the real thing.
"I am now working on my own art and my preferred tool is the computer ~ no unpleasant smells, no dirty clothes, no clean up. It's a wonderful way of creating! I've also discovered a great pleasure in experimenting, and lately, most of my work has been just that.
"I started investigating the possibility of taking advantage of what the programs written by special programmers could give me. And, starting from a gradient, or a photograph, or a doodle, or sometimes a fractal too, and transforming them with the use of filters and any aids furnished by the programs written, I developed, most of the time, abstract compositions.
"Sometimes the whole is too busy, then I have to start all over and eliminate some of the mess. Then sometimes, the whole is not enough, and I may add another photograph or another gradient and overlap the results with it.
"For this kind of work I feel I need a good inventory of materials. This is when my scanner comes in, and the albums of photographs I have taken throughout my life come in very handy. It is also exceptionally good having a CD writer, to save all the materials, and lots of shoeboxes to store the CDs!
"The photographs I like most of all, and I think those that have a great deal of possibility are the ones I have been taking of architecture, especially modern, because of its simplicity. Gradients are also very handy, as they are ethereal and can give good effects whether used by themselves, or overlapping other subjects.
"Vegetation can be of use in experimenting too. But careful, it may get busy.
"Even though I use photographs in a great part of my work, I like to abstract them. This gives the finished work a certain simplicity free from preconceived objective ideas.
"I like abstractions and non-objective works. The reason is that I like the viewer to look at my work and feel, through his eyes, what a piece of music would make him feel by listening to it, with his ears. Too often, people looking at a painting get side tracked by the subject and never get to the real beauty of a work.
"I like to travel to discover new worlds, new habits, new ways of doing things, and knowing new peoples. In all my travels I take lots of pictures, and my inventory of places and details of architecture especially, are transformed into works of art.
"I have two computers, one is for light works, thinking process, and burning CDs. The other, a Compaq with 4 processors, 1.25 gigs of RAM and 23 gigs of hard disk is the one I use for finished work.
"I have an Epson 1600 scanner, an Epson 3000 printer which I use with Lysonic Inks for archivability, and a large Encad Printer for my big finished work.
"I print on different substrates: paper for a "Fine Art Print" which I sign and build into an edition, sometimes of 10, sometimes of 25 prints. Other times I print on a canvas which can be stretched on bars, and then it assumes the aspect of a painting.
"I am extremely elated to have discovered the computer! It is clean and terribly stimulating. In fact, I like my painting to show that they have been done on a computer.
"As far as the message in my work is concerned, I am an optimist. Therefore you will see that I do not complain, but pause on the beautiful things in life.
"I enjoy work. I think it is the greatest blessing we humans have been given. I try to make every minute count. I think it is a shame that we have to sleep so many hours and wish we had the possibility of canning the time so many people waste and use it for ourselves!"
1345 Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA. 92037-3727