R. Hermelyn Di Silvestro
Since I can remember, I have painted, drawn and followed my passion for the arts. After graduating UCLA and Art Center College of Design with distinction, I became owner of Arc & Line Communications. I also taught at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. My artwork was selected into the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, awarded Best of Show in the Yosemite Renaissance XXIII exhibit, Best of Show in Politics (Not) as Usual exhibit, 1st place in the Pacific Prints exhibit, and 1st place in the Beyond Cancer exhibit by the Canary Foundation.
The power of the visual message has always intrigued me. My art invites the viewer to start a conversation, express ideas and explore social issues in hopes of affecting positive change. I am interested in exposing the connections and struggles between self, society, and nature. By acknowledging our earth’s value, I hope to communicate the importance of balancing the current dissonance between human society and the natural world.
I have a special romance with monotype printmaking. Some say the monotype “liberated” Degas. I feel as though it has liberated me. I paint freely on a plate with a glass-like surface, which records every movement and emotion of every mark I make. There is no hiding once I start. The uncomfortable space is enlightening and very addicting. It challenges me to see, feel and expose my subject as well as myself. Printing a singular painting reflects my resistance to identical reproduction and my fight for individualism.