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Born and raised on the Connecticut coastline, classically trained artist, Taryn Alessandro earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Boston University in 2007. She has also studied fine arts at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, the Decordova Museum School, and studied painting abroad in Italy. Taryn currently resides on Maui where island living inspires her latest works. Taryn is currently represented by Sargent's Fine Art Gallery at 802 Front St in Lahaina, Maui.

"As a mixed media artist, my process involves many layers and a fine balance between structure and play. I refuse to get bored or become mechanical with a painting. Using a wide range of materials opens up my imagination into a whole new playground of possibilities. Gold leaf, paper,resin, sand, corrugated cardboard, and other found objects add texture, depth, and excitement to my work, providing both a visual and tactile experience."

When creating a composition, I work from all sorts of references: photos, textiles, life, imagination, collage, design - everything. I love experimentation and I always welcome new ideas and materials into my work. Each piece is a new adventure for me.

I spend a lot of time observing people and nature, discovering unexpected brilliant moments of color and emotion along the way. The complexities of real people in raw, candid, everyday, unromanticized, yet beautiful, moments nearly always becomes the focus of my works, even when the figures are poised before backdrops of stunning tropical paradise. The found materials I use in my paintings juxtapose the fleshy painted figures, creating a comparison between what is human and what is not.

Some artists will tell you that a painting is never finished. A great artist once told me that a painting is always finished... and I never forgot it. From start to finish, I am thinking about the piece as a whole, letting it evolve from skeleton to skin, but always beautiful in its own right, like a baby maturing into adulthood."

"I have been in a love affair with drawing and painting ever since I can remember. Creating art completely immerses me. More than a passion, it almost becomes an obsession. I feel blessed that it is also my career."

— Taryn Alessandro

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