In the course of being a nomadic artist, I have wandered throughout the landscape in diverse surroundings, constantly inspired by the natural world that surrounds us all.
Two summers ago we moved to the southern Alps; and began wandering around our new woodland home, overwhelmed with the vibrancy and variety of flowers growing here. some were common varieties I recognized from home. Others were entirely new creatures I wanted to learn more about. Even more fascinating, the farmers’ hay fields were expanses of living bouquets; I was reminded of medieval Europeans depicting these plants in their imagery, and I longed to paint them myself, to learn more about each, becoming friends even.
Soon after Van Gogh moved to southern France, he painted a series of florals to decorate the walls of his apartment. Since moving here, I have followed in Van Gogh’s footsteps and began my own series of botanical still-life paintings, depicting blooms on top of old landscape paintings.
After an enchanting conversation with a butterfly, my work has expanded to include these creatures of flight.
Wildflowers and butterflies
Still-Life paintings exploring our enchanted natural world
oil paint on walls and found paintings, 2014
Marisa Dipaola was born barefoot on December 12th, 1977, and grew up in the cedar swamps of southern New Jersey, eastern United States. Graduating with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000, she majored in painting and began experimenting with site-specific culptures. Upon graduation, marisa received a travel grant for Cordoba, Spain, to study la Mezquita, which began a collection of travels to fifteen countries, studying the sacred architecture and natural wonders, producing site-specific artworks in Japan, and Iceland, and entire series of work while on residence in Spain, India, Egypt, Italy, and Bahrain. She exhibits her installation pieces internationally: at museums, galleries, universities, cultural institutions and outdoors within natural sculptural parks and urban revitalization projects. Currently, she has resides in the southern Alps, recreating storybook and natural worlds handmade from found materials, an exploration of our wonderland through the alchemy of art-making.