Artist's Statement

Since experiencing, as a child, the majestic world of book illustrations, I have loved drawing and art. Though I later majored in English and Philosophy as an undergrad and received my Masters’ degree in Philosophy, throughout the years, I always looked for opportunities to take drawing and painting classes offered by schools and community organizations.

To finance travel abroad in my college years, I painted murals in my home town of Elmira, New York—at a swimming pool, in the pediatrics ward of a local hospital, and at a little boutique that was the first business venture of now-famous Tommy Hilfiger, who then attended my high school.

Though, for some years, my painting was placed on the “back burner” while life became busy with the greatest creation of all—our son—upon moving to Fredericksburg in 1995, I had the good fortune to meet Johnny Johnson who opened the door to the realm of art to me once again.

I found water color a wonderful medium to capture the transforming quality of nature. Typically, I paint and draw from photographs of places that our family has visited, attempting to convey the heart and character of a scene, as I experienced it. I am truly grateful for the gift of this world—its depth, and beauty, and message of love.


Swirls of cosmic dust in the darkness
Condensing, compressing…
And this jewel called Earth emerges,
Rich in abundance of tangible treasures
And intangible mysteries of
Sunsets, senses, and soul.

--Collette Caprara

Also a member of Brush Strokes Gallery.

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