About The Artist
My work explores pattern, texture and color through an intuitive practice in the studio. I move between abstraction and realism. Inspiration can come from anywhere. I often feel as if I’m stopped in my tracks by a subconscious familiarity that pulls me to create an image of what’s before me.
I keep a dream journal, referring to it for inspiration. I draw or paint subject matter floating across the picture plane in a dreamlike state of recollection tied together by a common theme. Recent works created during lockdown include color fields inspired by patterns found in nature and detailed ink drawings on paper. I also include fabric in some works creating relief to achieve a more tactile experience. To celebrate your love for something or someone is a sacred thing. I consider my work “a gift from Gaia.” It’s my way to share with the viewer my own personal space of observation.
©2022 Monica Loncola
Born in NJ, Monica Violet Loncola spent her formative years along the Atlantic Coast and NYC. She received her BFA in studio arts from Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Post graduation, she continued studies in Medical Illustration. She relocated to Northern California where she presently maintains her studio.
Creating original and commissioned works, many of her illustrations and paintings combine a variety of media and symbolic images juxtaposed in a dreamlike state of recollection. Ms Loncola illustrates a wide range of subject matter. ‘Her technical prowess for detailed realism and her ability to deftly fuse it with abstraction achieve works of art that are an eloquent manifestation of visual synergy.’ Manhattan Arts Magazine
Ms. Loncola has taught art in Marin County Schools over the past 25 years. Ms. Loncola was invited to teach art to children in the Golden Gate National Parks OutReach program working alongside CA Park Rangers through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Her work has been exhibited in Museums and Galleries in the United States, Japan, Africa and the US Art in the Embassies Program.
Her painting “Violet Urchin” was selected for an exhibit at The de Young Museum in San Francisco “The de Young OPEN”, a comprehensive juried show curated by Chief Curators of The de Young and three SF Bay Area artists: Enrique Chagoya, Mildred Howard and Hung Lui. It was a call for entries to showcase SF Bay Area artists during the pandemic lockdown. Her piece was purchased by a SF Bay Area collector for their personal collection.
Digital Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Oil Paint, Pastel, Watercolor