Donato DiCicco, Winter Sunrise at Dobkin Park

Donato Di Cicco, Winter Sunrise at Dobkin Park, oil, 68 x 84 cm, $2000

1. Tell us about the artwork you have in the VAM 2011 Juried Show.

Winter Sunrise at Dobkin Park was inspired primarily by the morning sunlight hitting and refracting over the dormant trees and snow. Essentially the small icicles of the frozen snow break down the sun rays in a magnificent array of colors which in turn are then reflected onto the dormant vegetation, instilling a sense of life and warmth which is a reminder of the spring to come.

2. How and when did you first become interested in creating art?

I was only 5 years old when drawing, sculpting, painting and building snow houses was very natural to me.

As a young adult of 17, I eventually went on to complete studies in fine arts in Florence Italy and later in Canada at Sheridan College in Oakville.

3. What do you think of the art scene in Mississauga? Where do you see it heading in the next ten years?

I definitively feel that the staff at VAM are on the proper path for promoting this Gallery to high standards.

4. What advice would you give young people who want to become artists?

Draw, paint, sculpt for the love of it.

5. What do you have lined up after the VAM Juried Show? For people interested in finding more of your artwork, do you have a website, blog, Twitter account or gallery?

I’m in the process of building a website.

See Donato DiCicco’s Winter Sunrise at Dobkin Park at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in the VAM 33rd Annual Juried Show until February 26th.

Voting for People’s Choice Award ongoing until February 26th. Ballots available at Gallery reception.

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