My professional career began as a typographer, moving on to becoming a designer, photographer, retoucher, then digital image editor. I owned and managed Paul Baldassini Graphic Design for over 25 years in Boston’s Back Bay where I worked with a creative team of graphic arts professionals providing design, production, advertising and marketing services to a diverse range of clients including corporate, private and non-profit organizations.
During that time I continued to paint, when I was able to, for many years in watercolor only, later transitioning to oils. Having had some traditional training including college and workshops, I consider myself a self-taught painter due to total immersion into a highly self-motivated learning process outside the realm of formal instruction. This includes a dedicated study of old and modern master painters, combined with an expansive knowledge of their painting materials and techniques. I create compositions using digital tools and then create paintings using conventional techniques that are very similar to that of the old masters — some drawing, raw umber monochromatic underpainting, wipe out where necessary, direct overpainting, some glazing and scumbling and the use of special mediums.
My aim in painting floral compositions is to record something that I observed in nature that was fleeting but revelatory. To generate source material for paintings I use digital technology to examine and edit, larger than life, the flowers I photograph. The outcome expresses a carefully considered cropping and viewpoint, which is often based on a composite of several reference images. Like much great art, my paintings are a combination of fact and fiction, hard work and technical competence.
Photography by Isabella Lee-Baldassini
SHOWINGS & COMMENDATIONS
International Artist magazine February/March 2021 “Working with Colors” 8-page article including demonstration.
American Art Collector magazine June 2019 issue No. 164, 2-page editorial review.
International Artist magazine February/March 2019 “Florals & Gardens” Challenge No. 109 2nd Place Award winner.
International Artist magazine December/January 2017 “A Structured Approach” cover and 8-page article including demonstration.
Pratique des Arts magazine Issue No. 134 June 2017 “Scenes of cafes that connect people” 4-page interview about the Café watercolors.
International Artist magazine February/March 2015 “Florals & Gardens” Challenge No. 85 Finalist Award winner.
Artist’s magazine March 2015 “Over 60” Competition Award Winner Finalist
Wesleyan University — Zilkha Gallery “Art for Haiti” 6 paintings on display in group showing.
Guild of Boston Artists, Newbury Street, Boston — Group show
Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, (NEWS).
“The Face of America” Traveling show ,1994, Olde Forge, New York, including Andrew Wyeth, Philip Pearlstein, and other nationally known artists.