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RitaMarie Cimini

1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

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I am a painter and have practiced daily meditation for more than 30 years. My personal meditation practice has defined the way I view the world and affected my approach to painting. I am seeking to use my paintings to allow the viewer to experience calmness, peace and energy, just as they might from practicing meditation.
My objective is to draw the viewer to step away from their daily life and to be fully present to an internal peace while in front of the canvas. I seek to communicate with the viewer by appealing to curiosity and an attraction to the lovely, to the peaceful.
Some of these paintings include a more direct representation of everyday experiences of the sky or clouds or water to invoke a sense timelessness, and tap into our collective consciousness via common experiences. I have chosen to reconstruct familiar spatial appearances, informed by the common experiences of weather and environment in order to evoke shared human emotions such as peace, joy, sorrow, and ecstasy and to engage the emotions of the viewer directly. The reaction to sunny days or rainy days is universal. My focus is not on reproducing realistic representation of clouds and atmosphere, but rather on the interplay between colors and light and shadow, which has a direct and deeper emotional impact on the viewer.

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