Since I was a child, I enjoyed creating and dreamt of being an artist. I became a documentary film editor, working in New York, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Virginia. After retiring in 2021, I became a full-time painter, working with other artists and exhibiting in the Tidewater region. While painting, I find myself in a timeless zone where memories, emotions, and dreams influence my work. I never really know where a painting will end up, but it usually starts from a treasure trove of old photos I’ve saved over the years.
When something piques my interest, I immerse myself in images, much like I did as a film editor, and think of a story I’d like to tell. Using Photoshop, I experiment with design and composition. I might sketch or paint a small study, but often I just jump right into painting on canvas. Each painting becomes an emotional journey, changing over time until it combines imagery and memories in a way that seems true to me.
Monica Wittig Schauffler
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