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Florence Moonan
Stockton, NJ

Artwork Details
Spectral Dance
Venetian plaster, acrylic, graphite, iridescent silver oil paintstick on board
18" x 24"

Painter, and mixed media artist, Florence Moonan, was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1941. She was raised in Lambertville, where she was involved in the visual and performing arts at home, school, and local summer stock theater. She married in 1959 and began raising a family. In 1977, she accepted a full-time administrative position at Trenton State College (now, The College of New Jersey) where she soon registered for a studio class in the evening each semester. When she was 39, she matriculated as a non-traditional student in the art department. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey in 2002. Her paintings have been selected for numerous juried shows, solo, invited, and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her work is currently on exhibit at Pennswood Art Gallery (solo), Newtown, Pennsylvania through March 13, 2016. Recent exhibitions include: Kol Ami Gallery (solo), Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; Creative Tension, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown; Phillips Mill Annual, New Hope, Pennsylvania; On Your Radar? (invitational), Trenton City Museum; and Abington Art Center (solo), Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Her work was previously featured at The Gallery at Hillside Square in Montclair, (2014). Included in 2013 were:Viewpoints Invitational Art Exhibition presented by the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission; Philadelphia's Art in City Hall 2013: Library of Life, in collaboration with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; Abstraction Revisited at New Hope Art Center, and In My View, a solo exhibition in the Main Gallery at Trenton City Museum. She was invited for a two-person show at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College in 2012. Her artwork is held in the permanent collection of The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, BARC Developmental Services, and the Family Service Association of Bucks County. It has been recognized with awards from the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Phillips Mill, Ellarslie Open IX, Golden Key Art International, and others. Moonan is included in Doris Brande's book, Artists of the River Towns.

Since retiring from The College of New Jersey in 2007, she is occupied full-time with painting and exhibiting. She and her husband live on a hillside in Stockton overlooking the hills of Pennsylvania. They have three sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. Music remains a powerful influence on her work.

Florence writes, "My inspirations spring from bits and pieces from my memories-places, family mementos, travel, and above all, music. Painting has provided the freedom I need to express my internal emotions through color and texture. I paint primarily with acrylic and acrylic medium, and in recent years have been experimenting with other media. Currently, I am exploring Venetian plaster; its unique qualities help me produce surfaces that are, to me, as immediately appealing and sensuous as a beautiful aria. While listening to the music of Puccini I get carried away. If I can't sing it, I'll paint it.

"A recent series is not only inspired by music, it's on it. I've up-cycled the large pile of records that have been stacked against a wall in my bedroom for the past 40 years. The LPs have been prepared and painted on both sides for viewing front and back. Some of these works are symbolic of ancient artifacts and others suggest connections to the song tracks buried beneath the newly painted surface. Some previous series, have included repurposed cedar shakes (from our old roof), collaged fabric, grommets, buttons, rope, sawdust and ephemera.I love the element of surprise; when attacking a blank surface, I am filled with anticipation about how the work will unfold. Each work pushes the direction of the next until I have exhausted the possibilities. I think Edward Hopper got it right when he said, 'If you could say it in words there would be no need to paint.'"

Florence's work is permanently on view at:

The Quiet Life Gallery
Contemporary Art

7 South Main Street
Lambertville, NJ 08530

She also has a solo exhibit at:
Pennswood Art Gallery
1382 Newtown Langhorne Road
Newtown, PA
January 24 - March 13, 2016