"I feel so fortunate to witness ordinary scenes made extraordinary by light and atmosphere... and then to set out to capture the spirit of my experience in my work. It is my life’s ambition to convey more than just the visual through my work, but to awaken the other senses as well...to rekindle and experience over and over again the smell of the salt air, the feel of warm sand grains slipping through my toes, the sound of reeds rustling in the wind. I want you to feel as I have felt; the motion of drifting clouds, first light creeping over the land, sparkles on the sea - serenity and contentment."
J.C. Airoldi earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She led a successful career in commercial graphics for nearly 10 years – creating storyboards, character portraits and special effects animation for several of the nation’s leading computer game companies before pursuing her life long dream of painting professionally in 2002. Armed with a knowledge of balance, scale, color harmony, and texture (the tools of both the painter and the designer), J.C. embarks on each painting as an individual journey. She feels that her paintings are the result of "taking the time" to experience the wonders she finds everywhere in nature. She strives to achieve in her paintings the feelings she has that transcend what the eye immediately records.
J.C. is represented by Todd Bonita Gallery in both Ogunquit, ME and Portsmouth, NH, Camden Falls Gallery, Camden, ME, and Elizabeth Pollie Fine Art in Harbor Springs, MI. She is an artist member of North Shore Art Association (Gloucester) and Rockport Art Association, both in Massachusetts, and was elected into the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists in 2012 where her work is always available on Newbury Street at the Guild's permanent gallery.
She was published in a feature article in American Artist Magazine November 2008 and also contributed to American Artist's Special Edition: The Complete Painter's Handbook, April 2012. She has 15+ years teaching experience that include weekly classes and traveling plein air workshops in places like New Mexico, Cape Cod and Maine. While her teaching schedule is not what it once was after having her children in 2010 and 2011, she soon hopes to return to her love of teaching and to the wonderful students who have made her journey even more incredible over the years.
She has a studio at an historic mill building in Amesbury, MA where she shares the building with an incredible group of fellow painters, jewelers, architects, glass and ceramic artists, wood workers, 'foodie' entrepreneurs, and many other creative types. If she's not painting in her studio every day, she may be painting 'en plein air' anywhere the light and atmosphere call her.