I was an artist in residence at Main Street Arts during the summer of 2019. I stayed there from the beginning of July to the end of August. The resident for August couldn’t make it and Brad and Sarah offered for me to stay.
I was coming out of painting in my bedroom and drawing at a small kitchen table so I tried to take advantage of having the space. I spent all the time that I could in the studio. I stayed nearby in an apartment just up the road from the gallery and would often run over in the middle of the night because I just wanted to make the whole possible most out of the opportunity. I felt like a little ghost in the gallery. It was fun.
My goal was to enhance my figurative works and try to expand their world into my textured painting spaces as well as continue my practice of portraiture and study that at a larger scale and to take some pieces I had already been working on furtherI brought this painting in like this:
and worked it into its completion rather quickly:
I was so lucky to have had Sam in the studio with me as well. He would draw while I danced my paintings out. It’s a beautiful thing, really- to be able to share a creative space with someone. We would spend hours together, making things and sharing crazy ideas together, like children happily and freely. It really is a blessing.
He was addicted to the studio too, like I was- so it was so nice to always have something to do. I danced this painting out, inspired by him and the joy he was bringing to the space and to my life:
We would walk back to my apartment at night and cut through the hospital to get there. We would walk to the pond where the swans stay every time and watch them. We thought they were magical. They were so together. They reminded us of us.
Since my residency at Main Street arts, Sam and I have moved in together. It has been beautiful to see both of us grow as artists, side by side, in love, every day. Sam has truly been a miracle in my life. We are very lucky to have found each other and that fact was certainly a catalyst to assemble all the works we’ve inspired out of one another into Love Songs. And moreover, Sam proposed to me. And I said yes. So we’re getting married:)
Love Songs consists of 65 pieces of art by Sam Fratto and Geena Massaro and runs through Friday, September 17, 2021.