"My paintings are a layered story of my life. I am inspired by nature, my immediate environment, family and friends. I am called to spill out on the canvas life's influence on my being and how we choose to stay alive. I am interested in the intersection of essence and media, making them sing."
Paula Borsetti's work reflects her love of color and the natural environment of New England. The artist borrows colors, patterns, textures, forms and movement to express herself.
Her 'Coastal' series is influenced by the summer environments at the lakes where she is located, in Maine. Walks to the sunrise at a local beach inspire and inform her. Writing about lessons from the sunrise gets her creative juices flowing. Kayaking, hummingbirds and family chatter find a way into Borsetti's abstract compositions.
The 'PALS' series is inspired by the words of a dear friend living with ALS. Since his diagnosis, Paula has been finding a way to understand, spread awareness, raise funds and heal through her art. Recent paintings in the series use Bobby's words as a point of exploration. Words he can no longer communicate without help. Words of family and caregivers. Paula works from the experience of watching family and friends navigate this beast of chronic diseases. She paints with a passion for knowing and expressing humanness and hopefulness.
While being an art educator for almost three decades fed her creativity, Paula is now dedicated to painting full-time. Teaching high school art was a path she is honored to have walked. She states, "I am pouring out the past 60 years of experience every day in my studio and loving every minute!"
Paula's work is exhibited locally, virtually and is in several private collections. A solo show online with Women Art United is scheduled for March 2023. Her work was included in the See/Me Gallery Booth at the Scope Art Show in Miami 2022. You can find her seasonally at the Salted Cod Arthouse in Rocky Neck, the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck and North Shore Art Association.
www.paulaborsetti.com or IG @locuststreetstudios
For a limited time, you can purchase custom Birkenstock sandals featuring Paula's work, a collaboration with Michael Grey (https://mgsandalfactory.com/collections/paula-borsetti). Designed to raise awareness for ALS, proceeds go to Bobby.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist