Our annual week stay at Long Beach Island, NJ, (Jersey shore)New Jersey.
This year we rented the 2nd floor of a 3 story beach house. It was the corner of Atlantic ave and 16th St. in Beach Haven. I did not want to take too long to figure out what I was going to paint this week, and I certainly did not want to take all week to paint it. It was scorching hot on that balcony, and then before you know it the wind was blowing my brushes and pallete around. I decided to take my digital and zoom in on the cluster of houses that seem to be the norm in that area. Some of them remain quaint in keeping with the historical style, and most are built up and back and all around, reminding me of a life that I probably will never know. Each house has its own unique personality. These three houses are cropped where you can only view the peaks and balcony. It allows a minimal study yet challanging enough to satisfy my vacation creation.
Maria Milazzo is a graduate from Kean University with a B.A. in Fine Arts/Teacher Certification. She has been painting since a youngster of 13 years old after receiving her first "John Nagey Learn To Draw Kit". Reflecting on her childhood, Maria remembers receiving shoeboxes filled with paintbrushes of all shapes and sizes deliverd to her door from her great Aunt Jean. "One day these brushes are going to be the start on becoming an art teacher". Many of those bruses are still being used today. Maria lives in Matawan NJ and has been a teacher of art to children and adults in the surrounding areas of her community since 1991. "The style of my work is ever changing as it reflects the ever changing outlook I have on my own little world. Sometimes I feel the strong need to break away from the present and take myself back in time, so I search out subjects that have both personal and non personal historical references". For the past 8 years, Maria has visited an old fisherman's wharf in Cape Code and has found the tip of the cape to be one of her main sources of inspiration. Maria adds, "Provincetown consists of colorful people and artists, historical landscapes, softness and drastic shadows of the dunes, and the breezes that wake up the soul". Maria adds, "I have a lot to be thankful for that I have been guided to the path of artistic expression. It has become something very strong within me that I carry along wherver I go." Maria is an art teacher at Marlboro Elementary and continues to run her small studio in Matawan, NJ.