Jeanette Luchese
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Jeanette Luchese has always been creative, spending 30 years working as a graphic artist. When she chose to start focusing on being a full-time artist, she enrolled in the School of Design and Visual Art at Georgian College and graduated with honours.
In 2008, she won the Juror's Choice Award at the South Simcoe Art Council's emerging artist exhibit and she hasn't slowed down since.
These days her passion is on display at a number of galleries in the area — including South Simcoe and Barrie — and internationally.
After Luchese has made her mark on a canvas, the colourful brush strokes represent her reconstruction of reality. At first glance the paintings may look abstract, but Luchese enjoys bringing aspects of drawing into her work and gets joy from not being characterized by just one medium.
“I enjoy saying that I cross-pollinate disciplines,” she says.
Luchese's ability also extends beyond painting. She has also done sculptural work, most notably her piece What day is it? which was part of an exhibit in Pot Huron, Michigan, and a six-foot tall sculpture called Unconditional Love in Sarnia.
For many pieces, Luchese says she doesn't map out a pre-determined plan.  
“I don't hold images in my mind, I hold thoughts and feelings and those come out,” she explains.
The process is the most truthful way for Luchese to work.
“The reason I create the way I do is if you're constantly thinking your perception is wrong, how can you be honest?”
Inspiration is drawn from everywhere. Her entire environment plays a part in the process, and as a piece evolves she starts seeing different influences.
“I'm really inspired by the people that surround me and stories of people that overcome,” she says.
Rediscovering her love for painting and daring to display her pieces publicly has given Luchese the opportunity to get in touch with her own history. Her mother immigrated to Canada in the 1940s and up until recently Luchese had never been overseas to meet the European side of her family.
Through the Internet she connected with the organizers of an Italian exhibit based on human rights and speaking out. When her painting was on display, she boarded a plane for Italy where she was able to see her work at the exhibit and connect with her mother's family in Italy.
Since taking the trip overseas, she's noticed a change in her colour palette and says she is gravitating more towards primary colours and livelier brush strokes.
To view more of Luchese's work or to see her full list of accolades, visit www.jeanetteluchese.com.

UPCOMING EXHIBITS:

Double Door Studio and Gallery
June 7-22
Paintings and Drawings of Mary Cellucci and Jeanette Luchese
4004 Horseshoe Valley Rd. W.,
Anten Mills

The Front Room Gallery
Sept. 14 – Oct. 5
118 Dunlop St. E., Barrie

Innisfil Studio Tour
Nov. 1-2
Studio – 1803 9th Line, Innisfil

Friends through Art
Nov. 7 to Jan. 6, 2015
Mary Cellucci, Jennie Clark,
Karen Wild and Jeanette Luchese
Art Unique, 4293 2nd Line/
Highway 27, Cookstown

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