"My inspiration comes from an intuitive muse deep inside. I find that I'm stopped in my tracks by a guttural pull to create an impression of what's before me. My intention is to capture the essence of an object, rendering a sense of the ethereal. I take my queue from nature and follow my intuition."
Inspired by nature, Monica Loncola creates original works that reflect her love of patterns, fractals, forms and color in nature. "My art explores a primal attraction to objects that stop me in my tracks by a guttural pull to render what I see. I’m fascinated by contrast and duality found in the cycle of life that grows from decay. Life itself is a series of fleeting moments, never being replicated in the same way twice. What fascinates me is the bounty of living organisms thriving in symbiosis with the elements of nature." As a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, the artist takes her cue from nature creating her own unique version of her subject matter. In her work, images float across the picture plane in composites or rendered isolated from their environment giving rise to an ethereal sensibility. "I prefer to capture the essence of an object, recalling the very moment it came into my line of vision."
Monica creates bodies of work based on particular themes using whatever medium suits the content. Ms. Loncola grew up along the Atlantic coastline spending her childhood summers beachcombing for tideline treasures. She spends her time equally between the Pacific and Atlantic shores. Her studio is filled with specimens collected throughout her life from both tidal regions, deserts, and inland terrains. Her work has been exhibited internationally with shows in Japan, Puerto Rico, The US Embassy in The Gambia, Africa, and the USA. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Edible Long Island, Manhattan Arts, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington DC, Washington Chamber Symphony and The Handel Festival Orchestra to name a few. The artist believes in giving back to the community by teaching in the school systems and volunteering her time to those less fortunate. Ms. Loncola feels it is her civic duty to share her gift with the world.
"I consider my Art a Gift From Gaia."
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist