Meet the Artist: Barbara Santucci
Barbara Santucci's paintings and pieces of art are filled with bright
colors that seem to bounce off one another. Her collages and paintings
are energized by the vibrant interplay of the palette. Loving texture,
she frequently uses papers, pastels and found objects to add a
dimensional quality to her work. Themes that run through her work is a
sense of home, friendship, and festiveness. Nature is also a peaceful
and calming theme that is prevalent in her work. Images of cats, birds
and other animals are often found in her pieces -- both in her collages
and her paintings.
Several of her collages are influenced by
her love of old quilts and their patterns. The paper she makes to
create her collages is unique. Processed from old fabric or plants she
often adds other ingredients such as threads and yarn. The process
might include pulp painting parts of the paper with acrylic. Pulp
painting is a process of adding acrylic dyes to diluted paper pulp.
Barbara often uses her collections of
antique buttons, beads, lace, die-cut cards, Japanese stamps and charms
to embellish her hand-sewn collages. Other techniques include the use
of embossing, airbrush painting, as well as her acrylic painting.
In 2002 Barbara Santucci was awarded the prestigious Blanche Ellis Starr Award for the Arts that is given to a performer, artist, writer, teacher of the arts or a
woman who has made significant impact on the arts in the Rockford