Filomena has loved art for as long as she can remember. Her love for art began at a very young age with drawing, but soon she was painting and exploring all the forms of art to express herself.
Filomena studied art formally from 1993 to 2000 at the Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCAD U) in Toronto, Ontario. During her time at OCAD U, Filomena developed a respect and admiration for the great artists that preceded her, including Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, many of the members of the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Gustav Klimt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and many others. She mirrored herself after these artistic masters and in time developed her own very unique approach to art.
Over the years during her artistic career, Filomena explored the many artistic media to express her creativity, including chalk pastel, oil pastel, charcoal, pencil, coloured pencil, pen and ink, acrylic paint, oil paint and mixed media. Today, Filomena enjoys painting mainly in oils and soft pastels. Her subject matter is most often landscapes that inspire and move her.
Filomena has always enjoyed changing her style of art. She spent many years mastering realism in her portraiture and body drawings and sketches. She went on to explore expressionism, impressionism, abstraction and abstract approaches to art. Today, she prefers to paint in a "painterly" manner - embracing the marks made by the paintbrush in oils or her fingers in soft pastels.
In numerous venues across Toronto and the GTA, Filomena has shown her artwork, whether independently or in collaboration with other like-minded artists. She also teaches art to adults, youth and children in art studios and schools in the GTA. Filomena hopes to continue sharing her artwork and love for art in this manner in the years to come.