I do have an artistic, if somewhat neurotic family heritage. Grandfather, Vincent Maragolotti a well known painter and muralist, Aunt Iris Guarducci, a Pulitzer Prize winner in portraits and my mother, Gina Tetzlaff, a New York dress designer and portraitist and there were others. So being surrounded by all this talent, I always felt a need to create art.
After growing up in a stressed out, but creative world, I moved from Westchester, New York to “Wild, Wonderful” WV-Went to college, got married and started my family. With a consideration of my unsettling background, I decided to have a career where I could be home with my children and they would have a settled "happy" childhood. So I started doing commissioned portraits ...and continued doing them for over 45 years. Yes, long after my little ones left me alone in my nest.
As I am sure with almost anyone that does the same job every day, for so many years, you are tired! My husband and I agreed that I now can now take some time to paint what I have had little time to do in the past. This was like opening a door to a locked room.
My first love is painting little story pieces that are nostalgic or romantic. This is either from observations or recording a memory of my own daughters. The pastel “All Together Now... First Ballet Recital” is my memory of my daughter Christy. I have such a vivid picture of all the cuties on stage, each doing their own dance.
The work “Bedtime Story” is my remembrance of my little one snuggling in my lab for our nightly ritual. And, on my romantic side I have some works that show my musings and love of peaceful surroundings.
I started my Etsy shop to have a good home for my newly created works. I am having such a blast experimenting with new things and having a venue to showcase the artworks I have wanted to create.
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